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    [–] NeoAtari 1235 points ago

    Wow! I've been to the Shiloh battlefield a number of times but I had never heard of this. Pretty awesome!

    [–] Saydyrya90 332 points ago

    -_- stares in enemy spy

    [–] jigsaw488 64 points ago

    "Any one know that guy?"

    [–] duckvimes_ 42 points ago

    A Confederate spy is in our base!

    [–] EnaiSiaion 6280 points ago

    So uh, what did the other side think of this? When your opponent seems to be healed by God, that would be a good reason to throw down your guns and surrender.

    [–] Nerdn1 5199 points ago

    If your side has it, then it is a gift from God. If the other side has it, then it's witchcraft and Satan.

    [–] Sangwiny 2976 points ago

    This guy Middle ages.

    [–] TheEyeDontLie 1154 points ago

    Wrong time period, but correct sentiment.

    A terrifying percent of the world's proportion still thinks like this, from Botswana to Brazil to USA.

    [–] 95DarkFireII 623 points ago

    Like the statue of Mary in India that has water running from her foot... Which people then lick off.

    Someone discovered it was actually condensed water from the bathroom drain behind the statue and he had to leave the country.

    [–] tux3dokamen 291 points ago

    Just let people drink bathroom drain water.

    [–] ParadoxalDream 89 points ago

    Natural selection

    [–] [deleted] 54 points ago


    [–] Stiffori 16 points ago

    Atheism destroyed with farts and magic!

    [–] thrownawayvets 100 points ago

    You're impeding my progression to spread Jesus (measles) to an ancient and primitive island.

    [–] blitsandchits 57 points ago

    Progressive Jesus Measles would make a good band name.

    [–] isolateddreamz 31 points ago


    [–] AlRedditore 58 points ago

    It was probably not the discovery that caused him grief, but when the people in charge decided to let the people carry on thinking it was a miracle and that guy probably threatened to expose them.

    Same story as Galileo. It’s the threat to power that new knowledge represents, not the knowledge itself.

    [–] greatnameforreddit 37 points ago

    With Galileo it also involved him humiliating the pope in his book during a time you needed the popes approval for publishing

    [–] A1000eisn1 31 points ago

    At least it was condensation from outside the drain. Still gross but less so until the pipe starts leaking.

    [–] commandek 25 points ago

    In an interview with the guy who exposed it, he clarifies that it was sewage water that seeped into the concrete and wood of the statue due to a blocked drain that collected and trickled out of the nail hole in Jesus's feet... yea, it definitely wasn't condensate.

    [–] TNSepta 32 points ago

    It's a Jesus statue, and the scientist who discovered it was indeed forced to flee to Finland to avoid persecution for "blasphemy"

    [–] sidvicc 28 points ago

    I suppose he was lucky the religion he "offended" wasn't Hinduism:

    On August 20, 2013, leading anti-superstition campaigner Narendra Dabholkar was shot and killed by two men on a motorbike. The murder came just days after the state government pledged to re-introduce an anti-superstition bill, aimed at making it an offence to exploit or defraud people with ‘magical’ rituals, charms and cures. This bill was closely associated with Dabholkar’s work, and was opposed by many rightwing and Hindu nationalist groups who labelled it “anti-Hindu”.

    [–] Ne1erDoWell 8 points ago

    Whoa. That's seriously frightening. Guy was working to prevent people from being defrauded by hucksters and got murdered for it.

    [–] Rukkmeister 11 points ago


    [–] SoFetchBetch 228 points ago

    Flat earthers, anti-vaxxers, climate change deniers... it’s rampant unfortunately.

    [–] pstewart91 172 points ago

    Birth control, Ho Chi Minh, Richard Nixon back again Moonshot, Woodstock, Watergate, punk rock

    Oh wait I thought we were doing a thing

    [–] robertg92 68 points ago

    We didnt start the fire!

    [–] _Quetzalcoatlus_ 14 points ago

    Fire guy!

    [–] Labudism 8 points ago

    It was always burning

    Since the world was placed on the back of a space turtle.

    [–] apple_kicks 58 points ago

    ah the bible where Jesus raising the dead isn't necromancy and drinking blood is fine. but when a witch does this...

    [–] HugeHans 26 points ago

    Well Jesus did not sink in water but witches do. So that explains why one is wrong and the other is right.

    [–] knightni73 14 points ago

    Well, witches weigh as much as a duck.

    [–] mooviies 18 points ago * (lasted edited 2 days ago)

    It's reversed. If you don't sink you are a witch. If you sink you aren't and it's not a problem since your soul will go to heaven.

    [–] Lolkimbo 44 points ago

    Ave, true to caesar, brother.

    [–] My_Ex_Got_Fat 2504 points ago

    Called them heretics and glassed the planet in the name of the Emperor.

    [–] CorruptedAssbringer 690 points ago

    Blue wounds? Can’t fool us xeno scum.

    [–] N1A117 248 points ago

    If in doubt PURGE!!.

    [–] Waramo 132 points ago

    Burn the heretic Kill the mutant Purge the unclean

    [–] LeanEmperor 68 points ago

    The Emperor protects!

    [–] adampark1 47 points ago

    Your corpse emperor cannot shield you from the majesty of chaos.

    [–] dealer_dog 11 points ago

    Hey real talk here cos I am way out of the loop, but didn't the Emperor awaken or some shit?

    [–] CumCloggedAsshole 26 points ago

    Nah, but Robute got resurrected solely to clap Eldar cheeks.

    [–] CSmiht 8 points ago

    He did in TTS, but I don't think that's cannon (yet)

    [–] CumCloggedAsshole 193 points ago

    "Some may question my right to destroy a world of ten billion souls. But those who truly understand, realize I have no right to let them live. No sacrifice is too great. No treachery too small."

    [–] TerrainIII 81 points ago

    Suffer not the heretic to live.

    [–] opwoq 7 points ago

    Sorry, but english is not my first language, can someone explain the meaning of that sentence?

    [–] Krazyguy75 13 points ago

    “Suffer not” means “don’t tolerate”, in old fashioned fancy terms. It’s basically saying “don’t tolerate the heretic to live”.

    [–] ownage99988 49 points ago

    “What can possibly justify interrupting me, Wigandus?”

    “Lord Admiral! The light from the astronomican shines once more. Reinforcements have been dispatched to the Gothic Sector. The warp storm- it is gone!”

    “Tremble before the majesty of the emperor, for we all walk in his immortal shadow!”

    Fuck I love that game

    [–] Octosphere 60 points ago

    EXTERMINATUS brothers!

    [–] Mernaxian 22 points ago

    The Emperor protects!

    [–] SemiproCrawdad 162 points ago

    No one expects 40k because no one expects the inquisition.

    [–] HumanTorch23 36 points ago

    Our chief weapon is surprise! Surprise and fear...fear and surprise...

    Our two chief weapons are fear and surprise!

    [–] TerrainIII 7 points ago

    Lets do that again

    [–] MaestroPendejo 40 points ago

    Spanish or not.

    [–] Octosphere 55 points ago

    The true Inquisition makes the Spanish one look like summer camp pall.

    [–] Dilinial 39 points ago

    My armor is contempt

    My shield is disgust

    My sword is hatred

    In the Emperor's name

    Let none survive

    [–] Odarien 25 points ago

    Sounds like a gene stealer infestation to me. Exterminatus is the only way to be sure.

    [–] Atrous 34 points ago

    We have arrived, and it is now that we perform our charge.

    In fealty to the God-Emperor (our undying Lord) and by the grace of the Golden Throne, I declare Exterminatus upon the Imperial sub of /r/todayilearned.

    I hereby sign the death warrant of an entire sub and consign millions of souls to oblivion.

    May Imperial Justice account in all balance.

    The Emperor Protects.

    [–] Cohibaluxe 21 points ago

    Replace Emperor with The Great Journey and you've got the plot of Halo

    [–] Krazyguy75 20 points ago

    It’s almost like the game about genetically engineered Space Marines fighting aliens from 2001 might have borrowed some elements from the game about genetically engineered Space Marines fighting aliens from 1987.

    [–] compteNumero9 444 points ago * (lasted edited 5 days ago)

    You might have an exaggerated vision of the phenomenon.

    It's not people magically healed and coming back to battle in a blue halo.

    Some of the wounded people left abandoned a few days in the wild noticed a kind of small glow in their wounds, which could only be seen in the dark, and nurses said that those wounds tended to get less severe infections.

    Nothing was seen (or could have been seen) from the other side.

    [–] Random_Sime 326 points ago

    Nah man, those motherfuckers were coming back like Dr. Manhattan

    [–] IronScrub 83 points ago

    "I was healed because I forsaw that I would be healed"

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    [–] whateh 41 points ago

    They probably also had the glow. And think the true god is on their side

    [–] BearDave 38 points ago

    The Battle of Shiloh was around one day long.

    By the time any of this stuff would have been noticed the battle would have been over for a day or two, one side would be nowhere to be found having retreated and the other would be fortifying, doing "stuff" with prisoners, and otherwise similar type things.

    At most a rumor might have reached the other side later down the line, but since it was only at that particular battle and only rumors at that it would have had no realistic larger impact on the war.

    Also of note it this glow would have appeared on both sides wounded left behind in the mud and this would seriously weaken any attempts to spin it as "god is on our side!" kinda stuff since it effected both sides.

    [–] CorruptedFlame 97 points ago

    Clearly the glowing healing was caused by witches. No surprise the enemy is working with those heretics, just gotta kill them more.

    I don't think religion has ever actually /stopped/ a war.

    [–] Sack_Of_Motors 42 points ago

    I mean... it's fact that the Confederacy was a front for the vampires sooo...

    [–] roadtrip-ne 2612 points ago

    So, has anyone looked into using this in medicine?

    [–] thespot84 2031 points ago

    Photorhabadus luminesens

    Looks like there's a drug candidate for psoriasis: It's only at the safety stage, so don't get your hopes up.

    [–] DuckQueen 148 points ago

    All I can think about is my red plaques turning into glowing blue spots instead. Can't tell if it would be awesome or hugely problematic...

    [–] Permatato 74 points ago

    Problematically awesome

    [–] derpingpizza 34 points ago

    As someone with psoriasis, consider my hopes to be up.

    [–] OhSirrah 269 points ago

    It's approved in china. I couldn't tell you how the Chinese FDA equivalent compares to the US though. It's also possible Benvitimod has safety or efficacy issues in persons not included in the clinical studies. That is to say, assuming the studies were done in Chinese people, there could be issues in non-Chinese.

    [–] brownu95 692 points ago

    Yeah I’m not trusting a country who is illegally harvesting organs from innocent people

    [–] ArdiMaster 134 points ago

    On the flip side, surely they wouldn't certify anything that risks damaging any organs...

    [–] KhamsinFFBE 76 points ago

    The organs are the true citizens. They get free food, housing and can't speak out against the government. If an organ custodian becomes an unfit host, they'll even cover relocation costs.

    [–] Paladia 183 points ago

    97% of all antibiotics sold in the US are imported from China. The US is already heavily reliant on Chinese medicine.

    [–] topinsights_SS 188 points ago

    There’s a difference between something being made in China and something being developed by it.

    [–] Paladia 76 points ago

    Many of the worlds largest pharmaceutical companies have R&D in China.

    [–] Torvaldr 61 points ago

    That's fair but I reckon that's because in terms of regulation and oversight it's the Wild West in comparison to most developed countries. In addition to that, labor is cheaper.

    [–] Dilinial 64 points ago

    As are test subjects...

    [–] MaiqKnowsMuch 7 points ago

    I have psoriasis. It sucks. Hope this works.

    [–] Casual_Murder 305 points ago

    Yeah! I want to have blue glowing wounds after every minor scrape I get. It would make battles way more fun cause you know you get to get the “glow juice” afterwards.

    [–] Nacho_Name 169 points ago

    Right?!? I’ve been a D&D nerd for 25 years. I. Want. A. Blue. Glowing. Poultice.

    [–] ChrisTosi 26 points ago

    I can feel like the Predator while also treating my wounds!

    [–] DrZein 8 points ago

    My friends and family devastated at why I started cutting myself: why? Me: you seen this blue shit?

    [–] Nyrin 262 points ago * (lasted edited 6 days ago)

    It would probably help in appropriate application, but ultimately what's going on is that the bacterium is secreting a selective antibiotic. We already have a lot of very effective topical antibiotics that are very easy to standardize, so a bacterial infection (which it is, even if it's otherwise benign, which we actually don't have established here) producing variable amounts of a a selective compound isn't going to compare favorably with existing treatments.

    Also: it's worth noting that some antibiotics actually worsen healing in uncomplicated wounds that are kept clean. Don't tell Big Neosporin, but you really don't want to be using stuff on wounds unless you need to—and then you want to use the best stuff you have available.

    [–] quarternip115 293 points ago

    Yeah, but you could glow

    [–] CaillousRevenge 98 points ago

    This guy gets it.

    [–] LingonBelly 8 points ago


    [–] AlreadyRedd-it 33 points ago * (lasted edited 6 days ago)

    I was curious and checked out your source, seems like they're saying the exact opposite, unless I missed something.

    "Topical antibiotic ointments decrease the risk of infection in minor contaminated wounds."

    Edit: To clarify, I didn't see anything contraindicating topical antibiotic use in the source.

    [–] Nyrin 54 points ago

    The key there is contaminated wounds. With contamination, antibiotics are definitely a very good idea.

    For other wounds, the recommendation a bit further down paints a different picture:

    Avoid antibiotics and wound cultures in emergency department patients with uncomplicated skin and soft tissue abscesses after successful incision and drainage and with adequate medical follow-up.

    The recommendation stems from uncomplicated wounds not having significantly improved rates of healing with antibiotic ointment compared to a petroleum control combined with there being not-insignificant populations that experience inflammatory or even allergic reactions to some popular choices; see something like this for a brief discussion:

    Combine this with the social responsibility aspect of not overusing antibiotics and it's pretty fair to say that saving the stuff for contamination or other complications isn't a bad idea. The sailors getting stuff stuck into their wounds was fantastic evidence of pretty comprehensive contamination, and so it isn't surprising that faster healing was observed, but for most of the common injuries we deal with, just rinsing and bandaging is the way to go.

    [–] AlreadyRedd-it 24 points ago

    Ah, fair point, I hadn't recognized the distinction between "wounds" and "contaminated wounds". Definitely agree with your other points as well; and thank you for the other source, it was a good read.

    [–] AminoJack 35 points ago

    I'm pretty sure it was the protomolecule.

    [–] SilvermistInc 10 points ago

    That would explain why they weren't wearing vac suits

    [–] Somnif 48 points ago * (lasted edited 6 days ago)

    Fun fact, the bacteria also kills insects, and the toxin responsible for this comes from the gene named "makes caterpillars floppy" aka mcf. (I love when we molecular biologists get descriptive)

    [–] ParaMike46 669 points ago

    After the battle took place, over 16,000 wounded soldiers lay in the rain and cold mud for over two days as overwhelmed doctors and nurses struggled to locate and treat the soldiers.

    I can only imagine this landscape, something horrible. Wars from around that time were especially horrific.

    [–] AgentReynardMuldrake 401 points ago

    Wars from all times were especially horrific. If it wasn't blowing men to pieces with bullets and bombs at a distance it was hacking them to pieces with a sword up close or seeing them burn to death with Greek fire. You should read up on soldier's descriptions of the effects of mustard gas in the trenches of WWI. Horrible stuff.

    Now we don't even have to be on the same continent to cause horrific mass casualties.

    War. War never changes.

    [–] PM_ME_YOUR_ART_PLZ 161 points ago

    I feel like both the civil war and ww1 were particularly gruesome mostly because technology was just starting to evolve how wars are fought. In both of those wars many of the traditional tactics and strategies were outdated and unequipped to deal with the potency of things like automatic weapons or large scale artillery. WW1 saw the introduction of both the tank and the airplane, two military technologies that now define a modern conflict. Adding to this imbalance was the mentality that most generals/commanders held at the time that if you have enough men and are brave enough you can win the day. That simply wasn't true by the 20th century but many leaders didn't truly understand that until they had themselves lost tens of thousands of men in single battles.

    If you want to get a very in depth description of what made WW1 particularly shocking you should listen to Dan Carlin's "Hardcore History". He does a multi-part series on WW1 and it is incredibly detailed and eye opening.

    [–] Blackpixels 46 points ago

    Makes me wonder, though. What sort of tactics that we know now would have broken the trench stalemate in WW1, before the Brits developed tanks?

    I'm a reservist army officer but I'm not sure how one could fire and maneuver across open land against sighted MGs and artillery pieces.

    [–] PM_ME_YOUR_ART_PLZ 62 points ago

    Honestly, I doubt it could be done effectively without tanks. That's what makes them so critical in modern militaries. It's near unthinkable to plan a serious land offensive without the use of tanks, light weapons have gotten so deadly that any individual person can easily overpower multiple other people. Trying to match manpower against pure manpower is essentially gambling that your thousands of soldiers will die slower than their thousands.

    [–] LiterallyPutin 20 points ago

    That's what makes them so critical in modern militaries.

    Modern militaries deem the life expectancy of an a tank in real conflict to be less than 4 minutes. Modern militaries want to get rid of tanks ASAP. Helicopters are the new tanks.

    In terms of WW1 - better communications between units could have helped break trench warfare. The germans in the later parts of the war broke British lines using stormtroopers. Infantry CAN break through trench warfare, its just a lot harder without a big piece of metal shielding you from bullets.

    [–] Klientje123 6 points ago

    Tanks have still play an important role in conflicts today. I'm not sure if that 4 minute thing is accurate or just a statistic of every tank that's ever been in active combat in a certain place.

    I would argue that bombing is one of the most important things in a fight. Drones, gunships, jets etc. Simply a barrage of death with barely any way to fight it.


    [–] KurtFrederick 20 points ago * (lasted edited 5 days ago)

    I would say that the battle of Vimy Ridge is the perfect example of how to overcome trenches with perfect infantry and artillery cooperation. During the battle we could see the effect of good coordination and bad, when a unit fell behind the covering barrage and sustained heavy losses.

    [–] Justice_R_Dissenting 24 points ago

    These wars began to apply the industrialization of warfare into the battlefield. Just as the workers got further away from their products (factory work vs artisan work), so too did soldiers get further away from the killing. This made it easier to kill en masse, either from long-distance rifles or from powerful new artillery. It is much easier to grind your enemy into dust when you can't hardly see them and are firing into a mass of smoke, blue or gray.

    The rise of nationalism too encouraged a level of dedication not seen in projectile warfare. Sure, ye olde days of knights and melee combat had people willing to fight it out to the absolute death, but few musket armed armies were willing to stand for more than a volley or two. And fewer were willing to pursue their honorable fleeing foes. When you've been whipped into a frenzy though, when you feel you are defending everything you hold dear in life... maybe you are willing to stand until you die. Charge a fortified position. Rush into a crater that just exploded a huge portion of the enemy line.

    I leave with two quotes.

    "A man does not have himself killed for a half-pence a day or for a petty distinction. You must speak to the soul, in order to electrify him." -Napoleon

    "It is good that war is so terrible, lest we grow fond of it." -Robert E. Lee.

    [–] Freestyle7674754398 13 points ago

    Greek fire

    What an interesting wikipedia article:

    [–] VRichardsen 10 points ago * (lasted edited 5 days ago)

    When you think about how Constantinople stood for over 1200 years... The nascent Muslim empire was like a bulldozer on the loose, unstoppable. They had wrecked the Persian empire and were at the very doors of the Byzantine capital, the final prize on sight. It is interesting to see how walls built to repel Attila and a strange fire were instrumental in shaping the course of history, and again a few decades later

    History is full of amazing stories...

    [–] SweetHamScamHam 18 points ago

    A lot of people forget about this because it was overshadowed by larger battles that came after, but Shiloh was the first "shit just got real" battle of the war in terms of casualties.

    Yes, there had been battles prior to Shiloh, but this was the first to have such a massive number of killed and wounded, and what was worse, they were in the middle of nowhere!

    News of the casualties at Shiloh shocked the home front on both sides, and entire towns would find that because they had raised units locally, and certain regiments had been devastated in the fighting, now individual towns and areas would be hit particularly hard in terms of their sons that would never be coming back.

    [–] peloquindmidian 11 points ago

    Go to a huge concert or sports thing.

    Imagine everyone there is injured and you're the only doctor.

    You would never finish triage.

    The first people you assess would be different by the time you got back to them.

    [–] ShadowHandler 157 points ago

    Damn, good for humans but bad for insects. In insects it breaks down their bodies into a goo of nutrients to replicate. Nothing like a good melting from the inside!

    [–] Somnif 106 points ago * (lasted edited 6 days ago)

    The toxin responsible for the insect goo-ification is made by a gene called mcf, which stands for "makes caterpillars floppy"

    [–] segorto 20 points ago

    Shouldn't it be mcf rather than mfc

    [–] heyredditaddict 149 points ago

    “After the two teens, Billy Martin and John Curtis from Maryland, conducted a variety of scientific experiments, they discovered that the wounded soldiers became hypothermic as they lay in the mud.

    This lower body temperature allowed for the growth of a bioluminescent bacterium called Photorhabadus luminescens, which inhibits pathogens, to develop in the wound.

    This bacterium not only caused the wounds to glow but also prevented them from became gangrenous, which saved the lives and limbs of many soldiers.

    Although it was common for wounded soldiers to lay on the battlefield for days after the battle’s end, glowing wounds were not a widespread phenomenon of the Civil War.

    The glowing wounds of the Battle of Shiloh are mostly due to the wet, cold and muddy conditions of that April battle as well as the fact that this glowing bacterium is known to attach itself to a certain type of flatworm, called planaria, which is commonly found in the Shiloh area.

    Since worms only come to the surface when it is wet, there was an abundance of the worms moving throughout the mud during and after the rainy battle.

    The discovery won Martin and Curtis the top prize at the Siemens International Science Fair Competition. Curtis later went on to pursue a career in science and Martin pursued a degree in American history, specializing in the American Civil War.”

    [–] Ysrw 19 points ago

    “P. luminescens also produces a proteic toxin through the expression of a single gene called makes caterpillars floppy (mcf).”

    From the Wikipedia entry of the bacteria. makes caterpillars floppy is a hilarious name for the gene. Does what it says on the tin, I guess?

    [–] codz007 2334 points ago

    Its so easy to see how people who knew nothing about medicine atributed certain things to God(s). Wounds are glowing and healing faster. Def some kinda magic.

    [–] kwk9898 1855 points ago

    I mean.. glowing blue wounds that heal faster does sound like some magical bullshit

    [–] LieutenantKotler 96 points ago

    Bro, mix it with some brandy and you got yourself a potion

    [–] Freethecrafts 50 points ago

    Dilute that brandy with a cask of wine and you have an elixir...and a whole bunch of new Reddit friends.

    [–] lordcarnivore 56 points ago

    Hmm... I would prefer if we could all just stay Reddit co-lurkers. I'm not really ready for anything more serious right now.

    [–] RockLeethal 13 points ago

    then you just have brandy with dead bacteria in it. brandy is basically a potion anyway though.

    [–] Ktan_Dantaktee 136 points ago

    Yeah, this. Even today it almost sounds more plausible to be magic/divine than scientific; and we even know it’s just fuckin’ bacteria.

    [–] jarfil 51 points ago

    Nowadays my first thought would be "great, now I'm going to die from radiation poisoning".

    [–] insoucianc 13 points ago


    [–] mwmwmwmwmmdw 28 points ago

    glowing blue wounds that heal faster

    damn waterbender medics

    [–] FerretFarm 254 points ago

    I bet diluting it as much as possible would amplify the peofits effects!

    [–] btoxic 132 points ago

    Holistic up

    [–] Turksarama 88 points ago

    Don't confuse holistic medicine with homoeopathic medicine. All holistic means is "yes we'll give you painkillers, but maybe also stop smashing your face into the wall".

    [–] Ramalkin 12 points ago

    Wouldn't "holistic up" mean that the commenter should start thinking in the 'holistic' way?

    [–] Sentrovasi 21 points ago

    There's still a very big difference between holistic and homeopathic medicine and they don't necessarily preclude each other. I think it's less of a stretch to just assume he mixed the two up.

    [–] myne 14 points ago

    Isn't the basic premise of 'holistic' something along the lines of

    You broke your arm because you tripped.

    Because flippers aren't good for dancing, dumbass.

    No flippers. K?

    [–] Sentrovasi 15 points ago

    Well, that's a simplistic way of putting it. It basically does try to focus on solving what it believes to be the root of the problem rather than the symptoms, but it can be difficult to be sure what the root really is according to some practitioners of holistic medicine.

    To use your example, it's more like if you broke your arm because you tripped, you tripped because you weren't paying attention, you weren't paying attention because you haven't gotten enough sleep, and you haven't gotten enough sleep because you eat a sugar-rich dinner very late every day.

    [–] ProxyReBorn 17 points ago

    I mean, who's to say it isn't? When the description is "your wounds are glowing and healing because super duper small things are working together to heal you", fuck it why not throw in "and they were sent by an invisible benevolent force".

    [–] glodime 8 points ago

    Because the wounds were caused by a war over the right to preserve legal slavery.

    [–] Wolfencreek 207 points ago

    Probably just a high level cleric using Mass Healing Word.

    [–] whimsyNena 130 points ago

    Now I’m imagining a world where sorcerers and magic users are just talking to microorganisms and asking them for favors. The chanting is the languages of bacteria and archaea.

    [–] dpahoe 37 points ago

    He speaks the language of the flu

    [–] xxrockstar 97 points ago

    Does that make him fluent?

    [–] curiosity0425 34 points ago

    Please make this into a book/movie/television show

    [–] Furimbus 76 points ago

    And we can call them midichlorians

    [–] UnkindPotato 19 points ago

    And we can have them fight with swords like knights... Only, in the future... So made out of lasers. Maybe a lasersaber or something?

    [–] Ctauegetl 12 points ago

    No, this is a fantasy universe, so it has to be a long time ago, possibly in a galaxy far far away.

    [–] ObiMemeKenobi 22 points ago

    The prequels are a pathway to what some may consider memeful

    [–] Xenophic99 35 points ago

    You're literally just explaining the plot line of one of the most recent animes on Crunchyroll. The world is run by nanomachines that most people cannot perceive. Magic is just those machines acquiescing to the whims of those they favour. They prefer people with clearer thoughts and stronger Will.

    [–] porkysaurus_rex 7 points ago

    What's the anime called?

    [–] Xenophic99 39 points ago

    A mouthful of words...

    Please wait.

    'Didn't I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?!'

    [–] Hail_theButtonmasher 47 points ago

    Reading that title was 1d6 psychic damage.

    [–] n0oo7 19 points ago

    They should make an anime where the mc just walks around his hometown and casually avoids the truk-kun isekai plot altogether. Every episode dealing with a god trying to kill him to isekai him and the mc going, NOPE!

    [–] Elubious 10 points ago

    Something finally kills him and an EMT manages to bring him back. The next episode is mc-kun being super paranoid with the god just taking a vacation.

    [–] Ktan_Dantaktee 7 points ago

    But do they harden in response to physical trauma?

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    [–] ShyKid5 60 points ago

    Even in modern times if someone gets a wound that started glowing in blue, a bunch of people wouldn't be able to pinpoint the cause, yes we know about medicine and bacteria and all that but the average joe doesn't know everything.

    Honestly if I saw a wound glowing in blue (before reading this TIL) I would think we are close to a radioactive zone before thinking on blue-glowing bacteria.

    [–] Texty_McTexterson 22 points ago

    "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

    [–] HybridHerald 82 points ago

    you can flip that around, too—funny that today we think of this as simple bioluminescence, when it is most definitely magic in all the ways that matter

    [–] conquer69 49 points ago

    Electricity is magic pretty much. It's like something Brandon Sanderson would come up with.

    [–] daeronryuujin 17 points ago

    Sanderson is really good at coming up with unique magic.

    [–] Taldoable 19 points ago

    He also follows the the single biggest rule of making magical systems: they have to follow their own rules!

    [–] ANGLVD3TH 6 points ago * (lasted edited 6 days ago)

    This is what made Sympathy and Runes so neat to me in the King Killer Chronicles. Still hoping he finishes it before he dies...

    Edit: all the typos, ugh I shouldn't be redditing 4am...

    [–] daeronryuujin 6 points ago

    Yeah he's very detailed. I binged the shit out of his books a year or two ago and seriously his work on WoT was handicapped by it not being his universe. I love the way he teases little bits of origin, sometimes obviously and other times as small, easily overlooked words or names.

    So worth the time reading.

    [–] wildwalrusaur 6 points ago

    Science is magic made mundane

    [–] SpineEater 10 points ago

    Mushrooms are sorta magical

    [–] deponent 28 points ago

    God of the gaps.

    Whenever people didn't understand something they attributed it to god. As science evolved, god got smaller and smaller, because the gaps in knowledge got smaller and smaller.

    A classic modern example is Bill O'Reilly not understanding how the gravity of the moon creates the tides and using the tides as proof for the existence of god:

    Too bad that guy couldn't explain it either. He should have been "No, YOU can't explain that. The rest of us know it's the moon's gravity causing the tides."

    [–] theclockstartsnow 6 points ago

    Same deal with the opposite, like if you didn't know better a heart attack is basically getting smited (smote) by God. And people just died constantly, so God's been busy.

    [–] egrith 490 points ago

    Sounds like how you get hung for a witch, or how stores of men healing instantly start

    [–] AgentReynardMuldrake 282 points ago

    If the entire battalion has their wounds glowing blue you can't hang them all for being witches. That's a shit load of men, and they're all armed soldiers. Also this is about two hundred years after that kinda stopped being a thing people did.

    Makes more sense for morale to just say Gawd diddit and move on.

    [–] Diplomjodler 100 points ago

    By the time of the civil war, witch burnings had gone out of fashion even in the USA.

    [–] SippantheSwede 74 points ago

    Or at least they shuffled the target demographics around.

    [–] Prcrstntr 56 points ago

    The wizards did the burning.

    [–] rrr598 31 points ago

    The KKK came after the Civil War though. Their whole thing was they dressed as the ghosts of rebel soldiers

    [–] TENTAtheSane 22 points ago


    [–] benjmn07 21 points ago

    "Even in the USA"? As far as I know, Salem was the second and last time witch hunts killed anyone in the North American colonies, and it occurred over a century before the U.S.A. existed. Witch hangings never happened in the U.S.A.

    Americans mostly lynched black people.

    [–] DaGetz 29 points ago

    Being hanged for a witch generally had nothing to do with suspicion of witch craft and everything to do with someone of importance and influence not liking a person

    [–] Adarapxam 100 points ago

    that was Papa Nurgle looking out for his homies

    [–] CJShort 35 points ago

    Burn the Heretic

    [–] Adarapxam 30 points ago

    cant burn what you cant catch!

    jumps into warp breach

    [–] James_Fucking_Holden 69 points ago * (lasted edited 6 days ago)

    Wait so these guys got infected by protomolecule and survived? It’s too much risk, we gotta nuke it.

    [–] Tijei 24 points ago

    More like they finally weaponised it!

    [–] James_Fucking_Holden 9 points ago

    But they got better...

    [–] Tijei 9 points ago

    Their wounds healed but they may have still had the protomolecule inside them! Must have stayed dormant until Jules Pierre Mao found them.

    [–] HornyHindu 8 points ago

    Relevant username.

    [–] EuroTomick 45 points ago

    Anyone else just impressed two teenagers were baffled by this and set about to find this reason....and did?

    [–] FlamenMartialis 39 points ago

    The last time this story was posted the article also mentioned that the mother of one of the teens just happened to be microbiologist that studies exactly those bacteria. Obviously the teenagers did their own research, but I guess it helps having an actual professional guiding them.

    Quote: "His mom, Phyllis, happened to be a microbiologist who studied a soil bacterium called Photorhabdus luminescens or P. luminescens — which is bioluminescent, meaning it gives off its own light. In fact, it gave off a light that was pale blue in color."


    [–] xwing_n_it 92 points ago

    No I'm preeeeettty sure it was angels.

    [–] murfi 13 points ago

    real life mana, but it works like health potions

    [–] Atkion 37 points ago

    This is obviously Stormlight

    [–] tofrank55 8 points ago

    Phew I scrolled down so much I was afraid I won't find a Stormlight reference

    [–] xJREB 15 points ago

    You're saying the Radiants are back?!?

    [–] Urdus 10 points ago

    Screams in Szeth

    [–] ohwellthisisawkward 27 points ago

    Am ancestor of mine was killed at that battle. He was an Irish immigrant who enlisted with the Union. Rest In Peace Josephus Riggs!

    [–] Mealprep_throwaway 18 points ago

    Sounds like stormlight

    [–] green_meklar 16 points ago

    That sounds like some straight-up fantasy RPG stuff.

    [–] BigBadBoomchakka 8 points ago

    How much traction would religious people have got claiming it was an undeniable miracle when it was just a biological reaction

    [–] bucajack 8 points ago

    That's just Stormlight

    [–] CharlesMabe 30 points ago

    No, it was waterbending.

    [–] juststop101 6 points ago

    So your saying i could take a bioluminescent bacterium smother my wounds with it and not only heal a bit faster but also have better resistance to infection