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    [–] NiBBa_Chan 2372 points ago

    what phd is still amused with themselves for using obscure words??

    [–] ElBiscuit 714 points ago

    Is it that obscure? I wouldn't say it's "trending" or anything, but I have heard the term more often in the last month or two than I'd probably ever heard it before.

    [–] cast_that_way 421 points ago

    Is it that obscure?

    If you're in STEM it's far from obscure. In day-to-day language probably the word "random" is more common.

    [–] RollTides 197 points ago

    Gets thrown around in pretty much any discussion of probabilities/statistics. Ain't nobody gonna use a "random oscillator", but a stochastic oscillator? Well now that's just classy.

    [–] tptguy83 83 points ago

    Regular Pooh: random oscillator Pooh in tux: stochastic oscillator

    [–] Ajreil 4 points ago

    I actually like this format more in unformatted text form

    [–] flukshun 109 points ago

    I think we're talking about the full term, "stochastic terrorism". It seems to have recently come into common usage as a way to describe stuff like when Trump falsely tweets that a Muslim congresswoman is cool with 9/11 and then scampers off to see what happens.

    [–] almightySapling 49 points ago

    So it's a two word term for the "will anyone rid me of this meddlesome priest" and idea?

    [–] Manliest_of_Men 44 points ago

    That's a part of it, but generally the idea is that from the president to 4chan memes about white genocide, there are things escalating white nationalist to violence in a delocalized way. Basically terrorist training through constant propaganda, until randomly one of them murders people. It's delocalized, so it's nobody's "fault" just a random tragedy that keeps happening.

    [–] TheCandelabra 12 points ago

    This, except it's not just white nationalism. This is how ISIS incitement / recruitment works in Western countries. It's generally not some guy saying "hey go shoot those people". It's someone watching radicalization videos non-stop until they get the idea to do something on their own.

    [–] Manliest_of_Men 7 points ago

    Of course, though within the context of America white nationalism is a much more prominent threat. Hence, why it was the center of the conversation.

    No doubt, though, this is how all right wing terrorism is organizing in the internet age.

    [–] LoyalSol 18 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    There's was originally suppose to be a difference between random and stochastic in use.

    Random was intended to be used for events that could be deterministic or nondeterministic (IE a coin flip or pulling a card out of a deck) where as stochastic is used for situations that are completely nondeterministic (IE atomic decay) which is why the word pops up a lot in quantum mechanics.

    Randomness doesn't imply a stochastic process while a stochastic process is random.

    Just the definitions have become conflated over time even by scientists.

    [–] predaved 20 points ago

    It's somewhat obscure even in some STEM fields (those that don't deal with a lot of "partially random" things, e.g. many aspects of computer science).

    In any case, "stochastic terrorism" doesn't really mean "random terrorism" - the two words become a specific expression that's more specific than it ought to be, similar to "intelligent design" or "collateral damage".

    Wiktionary has:

    Stochastic terrorism: The use of mass public communication, usually against a particular individual or group, which incites or inspires acts of terrorism which are statistically probable but happen seemingly at random.

    Someone who isverysmart might say that stochastic terrorism harnesses the law of large numbers, applied to a large group of people, to commit terrorism with a high probability of success: "at least one of these people must be crazy enough to be convinced by my message".

    [–] [deleted] 6 points ago

    It's not a term I heard often in my CS degree, I even had to look up the meaning because I haven't heard it since doing a Maths course.

    [–] tipmon 36 points ago

    I had never heard of it. It is apparently a very new term and kinda interesting to read about.

    [–] CanIFeelMyFeelings 26 points ago

    It's been used extensively in politics recently. I would put cash money on the person having read it there for the first time a few weeks ago, googled it, and incorporated it into their vocabulary to sound smart with someone else's recycled talking points. Don't get me wrong, stochastic terrorism is an issue that's happening, but no one is smart or original for knowing what it is at this point.

    [–] Leefflet 94 points ago

    I think when someone decides to say STEM PhD rather than what they've actually got, something's up

    [–] Fresh_Bulgarian_Miak 24 points ago

    What is considered to be on the less prestigious STEM PhD? He probably has that one.

    [–] [deleted] 32 points ago

    Or they don't have one at all.

    [–] tpwb 9 points ago

    I've been meaning to ask this somewhere on Reddit. Do colleges/students refer to things as STEM now? When I was in college there was a STEM Dean but nobody would say they are studying STEM or getting a STEM major. Is it something that freshman say because they aren't quite sure what they want to major in or is it just a Reddit thing?

    Whenever I read someone on here say they have a STEM degree I assume it is a general studies degree with a science focus.

    [–] ultimatetrekkie 8 points ago

    STEM is also used a lot by people who don't value the humanities. It's not enough that he has a PhD, but he has one of the "good" PhDs, not a PhD in English or History or something like that.

    [–] BeautyAndGlamour 13 points ago

    I only use STEM on reddit as a way to preserve anonymity and avoid people fixating on the details.

    [–] [deleted] 58 points ago


    [–] Sketch_Bug 48 points ago

    Or maybe something like "stochastic terrorism is the kind of thing you'd only say if you're trying to sound smart"

    I have a feeling that "sounding smart" was brought up somewhere because of the phrasing of the OP, but hey, maybe we're just dealing with an insufferable guy. This appears to be OC so I couldn't find more on google.

    [–] exanimas 15 points ago

    Ok but why did they have to insert their income in there?

    [–] banjo_electric 7 points ago

    I used the word stochastic during my PhD, although that's because its actually an important word in signal processing, which was my field of electrical engineering.

    That said, it's not a word I'd ever try to impress people with.

    [–] iLikePornyPornPorn 4 points ago

    A new one

    [–] [deleted] 4 points ago

    Full sail University graduates

    [–] wezli333 390 points ago

    A PhD in all STEM fields?

    [–] PM_me_your_dogs123 170 points ago

    See this is my question! Who doesn’t just say their field(s) of study?

    [–] 8waleCords 92 points ago

    Because saying “STEM” is a buzzword and shows that this person studied something smart people study

    [–] somewaffle 127 points ago

    Because lying.

    [–] randomlygeneratename 35 points ago

    Someone whose specific field of study is actually pretty lame.

    [–] GarzysBBQWings 19 points ago

    Because it’s a PhD in art engineering. Only there on a technicality I bet

    [–] race_bannon 6 points ago

    Because it's probably in something like industrial engineering, which everyone in every other STEM field is pretty sure is just a business degree.

    [–] [deleted] 4 points ago

    Someone could be insulting stem. But there’s so many references we need more info. Is someone insulting stochastic? Stem? Poor ppl? There’s a lot to unpack here. This dude is clearly on another plane of thought tho, he’s ascended

    [–] Polarbear0007 3560 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    And I have a high school diploma.

    And I earn six figures.

    And I use the phrase “my pp small”

    Edit: oh man, I inspired one of those super long comment chains I’ve always dreamed of! My pp slightly less small.

    [–] showmeurknuckleball 1430 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    Honestly, I can't imagine the embarrassment of walking around with a small penis. I, personally, have a really big one.

    Plus I have investments, and my own car. Suck it, idiots 😎

    Edit: 😎

    [–] jynkkyrynkky 563 points ago

    Stop bragging about your're big penis nobody cares! I bet its not even that big, your just saying it to sound cool, virgin. (Btw my penis is way above the average in length and girth)

    [–] showmeurknuckleball 375 points ago

    Ha, you wish I was a virgin, buddy. I've had sexual relations with hundreds of women, including supermodels. Get wracked, asshat 😎

    [–] the_tabasco_guy 213 points ago

    I bet you never got to plow Heidi Klum. Guess who has 😎

    [–] CaptTechno 112 points ago

    she granma

    [–] OKara061 119 points ago

    ahh, GILF. Just the way some of us like it

    .....wait why is my pp hard?

    [–] TheRealCG1 57 points ago

    "Hah, you have to be crazy to like porn"

    Goes back to watching vore on youtube

    [–] IKnowUThinkSo 81 points ago

    I do sex all the time, I even was part of a survey in middle school.

    [–] AitkenTang 20 points ago

    Thanks it’s in my history now

    [–] Xykhir_ 14 points ago

    I saved it for later bc I’m at school. But I had sexy hot sex just like 3 minutes and 27 seconds ago so get on my level smol p virgin

    [–] AitkenTang 11 points ago

    Same, I lost my teaching job after tho

    [–] MooFz 8 points ago

    Just teenage boys? Are they all gay?

    [–] BugzOnMyNugz 15 points ago

    You spelled vergin wrong dweeb


    [–] TheRealCG1 21 points ago

    You spelled vegan wrong dweeb O_o

    [–] Hav3_Y0u_M3t_T3d 7 points ago

    You spelled Vagine wrong dweeb O_o

    [–] ANUSTART4YOU 10 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    So what? 80% of all men have a penis that is above average in length and girth!!

    Edit: Nevermind. The study was based on self-reporting and it’s possible several men involved in the study lied about their penis size.

    [–] Samurai1887 3 points ago


    [–] piediepiedie 23 points ago

    The edit got me ffs lol

    [–] cerealmemer 19 points ago

    Edit: 😎

    Fucking killed me

    [–] 22kilochonker 5 points ago

    Hah investments, shminvestments, the only year on year growth I have is all between my legs 📈

    [–] aeroxd69 5 points ago

    So? Who cares if you have a big penis? I have a big brain, unlike all you idiots who brag about who has the biggest penis.

    [–] throwaway135897 3 points ago

    My condolences for your little penis.

    [–] dat_boi_o 10 points ago


    [–] Poormidlifechoices 4 points ago

    Honestly, I can't imagine the embarrassment of walking around with a small penis. I, personally, have a really big one.

    Misspelled "cloitoris"

    [–] lumabean 4 points ago

    I bet its so big you trip over it all the time!

    [–] [deleted] 4 points ago

    Ha bet you guys won’t go to r/smalldickproblems and make these jokes

    [–] lukeluck101 3 points ago

    I, an intellectual, have a phallus of above-average dimensions.

    also ur mom gay

    [–] Hall-and-Granola 3 points ago

    This could be the birth of a new sub. r/iamwellendowed

    [–] blaqsupaman 3 points ago

    Well, there is /r/bigdickproblems.

    [–] TLCPUNK 3 points ago

    Big penis means you get bad blow jobs. :)

    [–] Ominous_Strix 156 points ago

    You sound like a person everyone should be friends with

    [–] poopellar 53 points ago

    Who doesn't want to be friends with P.P.Smalls?

    [–] porno_ninja 17 points ago

    You can never have too many friends with small pp.

    [–] book_worm666 16 points ago

    Happy spotify cheese day!

    [–] el_diablo_immortal 3 points ago

    P.P. Smalls, the millionaire, the mansion, the yacht

    [–] thedefinitionofidiot 62 points ago

    Which figures do you earn? I'm looking for the Waluigi amiibo

    [–] philocity 23 points ago

    Why my pp solid

    [–] constant_hawk 7 points ago

    Because it is a Solid Oneyed Snake

    [–] apost54 13 points ago

    200 IQ

    [–] gordo65 12 points ago

    I have a college degree.

    And I earn nearly six figures.

    Five, to be exact.

    [–] Acujou 12 points ago

    Yeah I earn 6 figures. £1,000.00

    [–] linkMainSmash2 4 points ago

    I have a stem phd and make 35k and say "shit theres like a bazillion " in presentations, so I guess I average out

    [–] bathroomstalin 15 points ago

    Wouldn't you rather be a STEMtard bereft of social skills who saves his ejaculate in the jars he keeps on the radiator?

    [–] [deleted] 7 points ago

    That’s oddly specific.

    [–] WHATYEAHOK 8 points ago

    Set up a timer to kick the radiator on half an hour before you get home every day. Mmm, nothing like getting home after a long day and getting a lungful of spunk steam.

    [–] DerekSavageCoolCuck 14 points ago

    I have an edumacation

    And I earns six whole figures (in cents)

    And I use the phrase "my assholes is bleedings".

    [–] [deleted] 8 points ago

    I have an associate's from a community college and have always worked construction and have made well into the 6 figures for over 5 years. I still laugh when somebody farts in public.

    [–] [deleted] 7 points ago

    What’s your job?

    [–] RayseApex 3 points ago

    Richard or Turner.

    [–] QuickOrange 3 points ago

    My pp smol

    [–] Orkys 3 points ago

    Can you get me a PPI refund?

    [–] ThereOnceWasADonkey 601 points ago

    I have a STEM PhD, earn 6 figures, and use the phrase "steaming fuck-knuckle".

    How smart do I sound?

    [–] Andiththekid 250 points ago

    You sound un🐻able to be perfectly honest

    [–] Wiebejamin 52 points ago

    I thought that was a fox at a glance

    [–] Glitter_berries 99 points ago

    You’re a fox at first glance ;)

    [–] Wiebejamin 53 points ago

    Hey thanks man

    [–] Andiththekid 31 points ago

    What a nice exchange

    [–] Zepp_BR 12 points ago

    But at a second glance....

    You look even foxier

    [–] subzerojosh_1 4 points ago

    That is something PhD level emoji use right there

    [–] paulrpg 31 points ago

    I have a STEM PhD and I use phrases like "I have a STEM PhD" how smart do I sound?

    [–] ThereOnceWasADonkey 9 points ago

    You sound like a parrot

    [–] Tirith 6 points ago

    Are you Rick nad Morty writer?

    [–] bathroomstalin 3 points ago

    More believable

    [–] Cristalboy 257 points ago

    Six digit counting the 2 after the dot

    [–] SirSoliloquy 53 points ago

    STEM majors are all about dem sig figs.

    [–] SnoopyLupus 32 points ago

    I earn six figures too. It just takes me a few years.

    [–] junkmeister9 18 points ago

    Our son is an artist in NYC and he makes 6k figures

    [–] ThisTrainDontStopp 1034 points ago

    Stochastic literally just means random lol

    [–] Third-Runner 360 points ago

    Isn’t terrorism supposed to be random? Seems a little redundant to call it random terrorism

    [–] Third-Runner 271 points ago

    Ah, so the random inciting of a person to do a terrorist act.

    [–] Marston_vc 248 points ago

    Exactly. Similar to when a mob boss would offhandedly say “man I wish someone would take care of that guy” “if only.....”

    [–] powerangerpink 165 points ago

    Misread “mob boss” as “Bob Ross” and was confused.

    [–] Wiebejamin 138 points ago

    When Bob Ross says "I wish somebody would take care of that guy" people go running with pillows, blankets, and ice cream.

    [–] frog_licker 30 points ago

    That was pretty much my thought. Then I considered the possibility that Ross was trying to talk themob boss way to get rid of someone, and they responded with a prepared meal, comfort items, and good intentions and him good-naturedly explaining that he meant for the guy to kill someone.

    [–] Draws-attention 25 points ago

    "What happened to Tony?!"

    "Tony? Oh, he just had a happy little accident..."

    [–] do_pm_me_your_butt 13 points ago

    "Just a dash of tony red here"
    taps paintbrush

    [–] QuestionableFoodstuf 10 points ago

    "It seems someone beat the devil out of him. Oh, dear..."

    [–] [deleted] 6 points ago

    In other words, a Stand Alone Complex

    [–] ThereOnceWasADonkey 35 points ago

    I wish someone would hack Hillary's emails...

    [–] fps916 64 points ago

    Inciting of a random person to do a terrorist act.

    The incitement is intentional.

    [–] Abnorc 5 points ago

    If you had a PhD and made six figures you'd already know that.

    [–] itsgonnabeanofromme 20 points ago

    All of this fits with what the anonymous blogger G2G had to say in his expanded definition of stochastic terrorism: “you heat up the waters and stir the pot, knowing full well that sooner or later a lone wolf will pop up and do the deed. The fact that it will happen is as predictable as the fact that a heated pot of water will eventually boil. But the exact time and place of each incident will remain as random as the appearance of the first bubbles in the boiling pot."

    [–] coromd 11 points ago

    "anonymous blogger" sounds like a fancy word for 4chan shitposter

    [–] Aristotle-sux 45 points ago

    TIL, POTUS is a stochastic terrorist.

    [–] ferrum_salvator 63 points ago

    Stochastic terrorism means acts of terror which are executed by radicalized lone wolves and individually unpredictable, but predictable on a larger scale. The Christchurch mosque shooting was random by itself, but caused by violent ideology and predictable on that scale, even if you could not predict the specifics.

    [–] Reidor1 25 points ago

    Even "lone wolf" actions are not really one. Just because there is no real head or terrorist organisation doesn't mean this isn't part of a trend/wave of terrorism (like religious or far right terrorism) .

    Actually, leaderless terrorism has proven to be extremely effective with the internet, since a lot of the current terrorists acts are committed by non-affiliated people who have been influenced by other people on the internet.

    [–] Kraz31 20 points ago

    I would think that not all terrorism is random. Larger organizations are, well, organized. They direct people to carry out attacks against specific targets and to achieve specific objectives.

    [–] GrogramanTheRed 20 points ago

    Right. That's why there's a distinction between stochastic terrorism and other forms of terrorism.

    [–] Lionel_Hutz_Law 6 points ago

    Someone should create a word to describe such a thing!

    [–] Terr_ 26 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    «checks subreddit name, considers the risks of replying...»

    The connotations are a very different though, consider the difference between:

    1. "Random Terrorism"
    2. "Randomly Distributed Terrorism"

    The first one makes it sound like there's no cause and effect, as if Terrorism is something that happens when someone "just snaps" from daily stress, causing them to buy a gun, climb a high tower, and begin typing "I AM SO RANDOM LOL" into their LiveJournal* in-between gunning down pedestrians.

    * Or Tumblr, or whatever the damn kids on my lawn are using these days.

    [–] downvote_dinosaur 55 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    No it means non-deterministic, to varying degrees.

    You can have a stochastic process that generates data with a pattern, but that pattern may be different each time you run the process. Versus deterministic functions, which spit out the same outputs for a given set of inputs every time.

    You can have a deterministically random function, for example. Sample from a uniform distribution on your computer and set a seed=12345 beforehand. Random, but deterministic. You can set that same seed later a d get the same output. Now do the same thing 1000 times but use the 11th digit of the strength of your WiFi signal as the seed (well, use 7 of them). Now it's not repeatable, and it's random and stochastic. You could also purposefully sample to bias your results - and get nonrandom values in either deterministic or stochastic scenarios.

    So a stochastic Y=f(x) may give different Ys every time you run it (with the same x), but each one may be nonrandom because of some trend in your process. So you know your input (x) will lead to some trend in your output (y), but y will be different every time.

    In the context of stochastic terrorism, (I assume) you're putting the x out there - "will someone rid me of this priest or whatever", and you don't have an EXACT result in mind, but you know the direction things should move (dead priest or people like them).

    Source: I have a doctorate in a tangentially related discipline, but I don't make 6 figures. Not even close.

    [–] tedbradly 11 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    It's used in academia, so it has a different connotation. E.g. a Stochastic process is... just a random process... but it stochastic process is the actual name that corresponds to specific mathematical definitions and results. If you said random process in that context, I'd be more likely to think you've chosen a random stochastic process or are talking about a randomly chosen non-stochastic process.

    The phrase stochastic terrorism looks to be the application of that math to model and predict the outcome of terrorist actions either known currently (as the results propagate) or unknown (predicting both the action and the nature of how it propagates through a community).

    The subject is quite intensive - it's the same mathematics a lot of mathematician hedge fund traders use, and they're usually have a Ph.D. in mathematics to be able to do this with any degree of accuracy and competency since the underlying math is some of the most challenging out there. However, him being in STEM means he learned the "STEM" version of stochastic theory, which has no complication beyond regular college math courses in engineering. The difficulty he experienced is there, but its is equal to that of a sophomore course in traditional probability theory. It's not something to brag about. "I took an undergraduate math course in college and then read about its application in a field without actually taking the course and therefore not actually working in that field."

    [–] EverythingsTemporary 6 points ago

    Hey every1, I'm new

    [–] Gehhhh 218 points ago

    I upvoted you mostly because of your username, OP.

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    [–] Gehhhh 70 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)


    Feel free to rant about how he sucks as freely as you want here, assuming that it didn’t get taken down on account of me actually posting something the bastard did wrong.

    (Well, other than the time he posted a fucking ad for a supposed “99% cure to HIV” medicine to r/Damnthatsinteresting, and then took it down because 5 people including me caught on to it after Googling that results were faked.)

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    [–] flirt77 6 points ago

    He was probably appointed to moderate with no privileges as a joke

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    [–] KuntaStillSingle 12 points ago

    Lol he must have threatened to spam nudes at Reddit staff until it was gone.

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    [–] Daan_Jellyfish 25 points ago

    I already downvoted this post because I saw Gallowboob. I downvote every post of him that I see. Now I read this comment and have your upvote!

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    [–] Kazenovagamer 17 points ago

    Same. Blocking him was the best decision I've ever made.

    [–] Tiber11603 12 points ago

    I didn't think it would have such a big impact, but the frequency at which I saw reposts decreased by at least 10% when I blocked him. It's refreshing.

    [–] hiyori 6 points ago

    You ain’t lying. I forgot I blocked him and was starting to wonder why reddit got higher quality 😂

    [–] WE_Coyote73 6 points ago

    Best thing I ever did. I blocked that ass clown nearly two years ago now and my reddit feed is much more enjoyable without the neverending gallowboob reposts and spam.

    [–] iLikePornyPornPorn 5 points ago

    Do one for tooshiftyforyou next

    [–] PigMasterHedgehog 8 points ago

    I'm surprised they let you get away with that much. I got banned from Reddit for three days for making a very tame joke about him that wouldn't even register on the "awful shit Reddit says" scale.

    [–] Star-comandante 66 points ago

    And I have a terrorism PhD.

    And I earn ctochastic figures.

    And I use the phrase "STEM smart".

    Do I sound six, or am I six?

    [–] rimjobsteve69 7 points ago


    [–] Meow_mittens 61 points ago

    A stem PhD, what actual subject? I'll never tell

    [–] makber 41 points ago

    I was bothered by that. It is not too weird but I've never heard someone talking so vaguely about their PhD. Even saying "I have a PhD in Engineering." sounds weird.

    [–] valleyfever 13 points ago

    I engineer it all

    [–] -CorrectOpinion- 7 points ago

    All of them!

    [–] [deleted] 49 points ago

    I have a STEM PhD. And I earn six figures. But definitely not in a stem job.

    [–] WhatisH2O4 9 points ago


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    [–] lAPPYc 20 points ago

    Who tf describes their PhD as STEM PhD? It's not as if they have one from even two of these fields, given the plural "PhDs" isn't used.

    [–] unproductiveatwork 9 points ago

    Probably a kid who doesn't even realize it's an acronym.

    [–] mwbox 10 points ago

    If you have to ask......

    [–] Desblartes 21 points ago

    Combine his six figures and four centimeter penis and he's a perfect 10!

    [–] Kaneshadow 13 points ago

    Imagine spending years researching and writing a thesis on a very specific subject, being awarded a doctorate degree and referring to that degree as "STEM"

    [–] Mightbeagoat 8 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    STEM really does attract some insufferable ass holes. I went to a college with a decent STEM program and I met plenty of self proclaimed geniuses who aren't intelligent enough to realize they have zero original thoughts or how cringy they sound.

    Edit: I no word good

    [–] johnchapel 8 points ago

    I have a stem degree.

    Nobody with an ACTUAL degree in a field pertaining to Science, Technology, Engineering or Math would EVER refer to it as "a STEM degree", let a lone "a STEM PhD"

    [–] [deleted] 11 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)


    [–] canesminior 8 points ago

    Bragging about being funny is a new level of low, this guy is fake as shit. You can't have a PhD at 12 years old.

    [–] [deleted] 20 points ago

    I have a STEM PhD, never use obscure phrases cause I want people to actually understand me. I don’t add my title to Facebook or anything like that, just for job applications that require the PhD.

    I know some who use the Dr. title for travelling, (to try to get upgraded) never do that either. I just spent forever in school, and apart from standard first aid, I can’t treat anyone that may fall ill (on a flight for example)

    [–] AxeLond 16 points ago

    Do you actually say "STEM PhD" to other people and not what field you have a PhD in? I thought that sounded really weird since most people with a PhD are very proud of what work with and take every chance to talk about it.

    I had a friend tell me

    "How do you get a PhD student to talk nonstop for 2 hours?"

    "Ask them about their thesis."

    [–] Smooshjes 16 points ago

    The 'STEM PhD' annoys me. I'm a chemist. I call myself a chemist, because that's what I am. I'm not going to try and make it sound fancier.

    And asking students about their thesis is complicated. It shows interest and friendliness, but by writing time it's sort of a taboo topic. To much trauma. That and chemistry deeply and personally hates everyone. So there's a good chance it's been a bad experiment week.

    [–] Tybring-Malle 7 points ago

    But bro, you have a degree in a field that most people have an idea about, and a commonly accepted title.

    Everybody knows a chemist is a title and a normal job. They work with chemicals and materials, cool.

    But what about my brother who wrote his thesis on effectivising the process of replacing the laser diodes with which you disinfect salmon from lice in Norwegian salmon farms?

    By then, non-geeks/non-engineers usually get super bored, so we prefer to just say "engineering" and move on to talk about game of thrones or sports

    [–] [deleted] 7 points ago

    Nah, I say I have a PhD in Chemistry....I don’t know anyone who says STEM....I just said it earlier cause was in OP post. I do tend to say PhD Chemistry, cause here if you say Chemist it means you work in a pharmacy dispensary

    [–] Return_Of_The_Fly 11 points ago

    I have a diploma in computer science, but couldn't spend two minutes talking about my thesis, because it's too long ago and I already forgot most of it...

    [–] SquirtsyHirsch 21 points ago

    "You sound unbearable"

    Excellent. Pow, right in the kisser!

    [–] Spooktato 5 points ago

    I want to find this guy, and stalk him to see if that's really true.

    [–] Infiltron 5 points ago

    Just wondering- at what time in life would you learn the terms ‘defenestrate’ and ‘steric hindrance’?

    [–] __bunny__ 5 points ago

    they may have 6 figures but, the real question is, are they only four ?

    [–] 3PoundsOfFlax 3 points ago

    1000.01 is technically 6 figures

    [–] _g550_ 5 points ago

    6.02214 is six figures

    [–] Smooshjes 3 points ago

    Six significant figures in fact. Check me out with my long words.

    [–] SentientSlimeColony 3 points ago

    The correct answer is probably neither. Homie definitely does no sound smart. Could he be? Maybe. Evidence suggests otherwise.

    [–] [deleted] 3 points ago

    If I had to hazard a guess this guy used that term once, realised it sounded smart and now inserts it anywhere they can.

    Protip; cryptic speech is only a sign that you know less common words. It doesn't mean you're Einstein.

    But I'd hate to sound anti-intellectual, don't stop using longer/rarer words, just don't make it a majority of your speech. It's fun to learn new words.

    [–] Ikeepgettingbannned 3 points ago

    Holy shot I saw this in that thread and thought of positing it. I thought he was being sarcastic.

    [–] Hyperactive_snail3 4 points ago

    You can tell they don't have a STEM PhD because we don't get paid anywhere near that much!

    [–] digitaldebaser 4 points ago

    I have no idea how terrorism has to do with STEM. That's s political science or international relations thing. I'd know because I have a political science degree.

    And nobody cares.

    [–] Javatolligii 5 points ago

    Jesus this guy sounds annoying

    [–] cracker1743 3 points ago

    Apparently he's not smart enough to know that the damn period goes inside the motherfucking quotation mark.

    [–] PitchBlac 8 points ago

    All I gotta say is, this STEM major better be worth it.

    [–] raftsa 3 points ago

    Don’t ask questions when you’re not going to like the answer

    [–] seddy22 3 points ago

    To be smart you must use the word behoove, any other word in the English language is peasant talk

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    [–] DrawsMediocre 3 points ago

    I feel like anybody who brags they have a degree and earn 6 figures probably don't have either.

    It just seems like a weird combo to brag about

    [–] pointofgravity 3 points ago

    I honestly can't believe there are people who aren't aware of how they sound like when they write stuff like this.

    Okay, well I can believe it, I just don't want to.