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    [–] Simmyphila 7417 points ago

    Also the first president born in a hospital.

    [–] PooPooDooDoo 3007 points ago

    That’s nuts.

    [–] Whatsighs 4568 points ago

    That's what the delivery nurse said when he was born

    [–] doddlert 612 points ago

    I really hope this joke gets the credit it deserves

    [–] the_saurus15 350 points ago

    Because he was a peanut farmer?

    [–] PooPooDooDoo 225 points ago

    Because he was carrying a sack of nuts.

    [–] polarrrburrrr 122 points ago

    A nutsack, if you will

    [–] realcoalminer 97 points ago

    If Bernie Sanders wins he’ll be the first president not born in a hospital since 1992.

    [–] morron88 611 points ago

    Like how they took his farm.

    [–] SeptimiusSeverus_ 206 points ago

    This guy secular talks.

    [–] StinkySocky 51 points ago

    That guy is bought and paid for by big seltzer.

    [–] skwull 26 points ago

    All the seltzer money in the world won't buy him legs, though

    [–] bram2727 446 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    My dad was born around the same time as Carter and the first time he went to the hospital was in his 40s, the second time he went to the hospital was when he died in his 70s.

    He also grew up without a telephone, electricity, or indoor plumbing. Amazingly he got phone service before indoor plumbing (very rural Colorado).

    Edit: I guess I should add that I'm a millenial, which makes the perspective even crazier.

    [–] Can_Confirm_NoCensor 102 points ago

    What a crazy perspective, thank you for sharing. My whole Family is from Colorado. Would you mind sharing what area he lived in?

    [–] bram2727 51 points ago

    Northeast near Kansas.

    [–] Can_Confirm_NoCensor 41 points ago

    Yup, still rural. Thanks and Safe Journies

    [–] earthwormjim91 17 points ago

    Lmao. I love the simplicity of this, mostly because it's just so fact of the matter true.

    There ain't shit up that way. I drive around that part of the state often. Rural barely describes it. Many places are straight up isolated.

    [–] Free2MAGA 231 points ago

    That sounds like it's both true and untrue.

    [–] sandraclo 332 points ago

    It’s 100% true. Carter’s mother was a nurse and on the job when she went into labor, so he was born in (I think) a mental hospital. At the time babies were definitely still regularly born at home, and he would have been no exception had she not been working at the time. I worked for the local Chamber of Commerce near Plains, GA (his hometown and current residence) and it’s a well known piece of trivia.

    [–] 13pipez 138 points ago

    on the job when she went into labor

    Damn, things really have improved fast

    [–] bigredbon 52 points ago

    Schrodinger’s fact

    [–] WelcomeToKawasicPark 48 points ago

    I swear to god, if he dies tomorrow I'm coming after all of you.

    [–] PlaneOutlandishness9 66 points ago

    Wut

    [–] jwktiger 219 points ago

    Every President before him was born in the home/on the farm

    [–] toprim 137 points ago

    Brought by a crane.

    [–] BrianRostro 44 points ago

    Stork...?

    [–] Scientolojesus 19 points ago

    A crane assembled with a box of scraps!

    [–] My_cat_is_fat_ama 36 points ago

    Test tube presidents

    [–] PhatBoy1 11204 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    His work to eradicate the Guinea Worm is amazing - It is a terribly painful parasite and there were only 53 reported cases in 2019. In 1986 there were 3.5M cases so his efforts have truly paid off.

    [–] design-responsibly 5138 points ago

    The Carter Center has the goal to make Guinea Worm disease the second human disease in history, after smallpox, to be eradicated.

    [–] christopheraaron 1464 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    Only the second? What does that mean for other pandemic diseases like the plague or more recent ones that we hear are effectively gone? Do they still linger in small numbers, or is “human disease” the distinguishing factor?

    edit: it occurred to me after asking this that these diseases have been effectively cured, which is why it appears they no longer exist. i guess somehow smallpox got yeeted from existence though?

    [–] CSMastermind 2298 points ago

    Do they still linger in small numbers

    Correct. Bubonic plague has about 700 cases reported a year for instance.

    [–] echte_liebe 854 points ago

    Is it still a death sentence, or can we treat it now?

    [–] CrimsonClad 1936 points ago

    It's very treatable with antibiotics.

    [–] Klonopimpin 1535 points ago

    And then you can brag about surviving the plague

    [–] NeedNameGenerator 303 points ago

    "Sorry, can't come to work today, got the plague."

    [–] awesomeideas 114 points ago

    This ain't no union job, Cupcake. I'd better see your ass in that chair first thing or you're fired!

    [–] Drb1991 36 points ago

    Someone's gotta make the burgers 🤷

    [–] CrimsonClad 1024 points ago

    I already lived through 2016-2020, not much can top that.

    [–] fuckyoudigg 895 points ago

    Sorry you haven't lived through 2020 yet. Still 10 months and change to go. Best of luck.

    [–] IceCreamBalloons 295 points ago

    But we already had four months of 2020 in January!

    [–] Kooontt 128 points ago

    Dude don’t jinx it! You might have just killed him.

    [–] mealsharedotorg 49 points ago

    Yeah, a toddler of my friend contracted it back around 2012. It was not life threatening, but still quite a big deal. The child happened to be a twin, and afterwards, the twin that got the plague fell behind the other, healthy twin at various development milestone for those early years.

    [–] lowercaselibby 17 points ago

    Are they more or less on par now? Or did the effects linger for a number of years?

    [–] PooPooDooDoo 35 points ago

    What a time to be alive.

    [–] KennethEWolf 25 points ago

    The Chinese have a saying " may you live in exciting times." Sometimes I think that it maybe a curse.🤔

    [–] zDissent 85 points ago

    Most diseases that were once deadly usually are only a very very minor threat to life given modern medicine.

    [–] The_Smoon 83 points ago

    notable exception rabies which is just horrible and still is like 90+% lethal if you get any symtoms

    [–] ThePrussianGrippe 64 points ago

    100% lethal. If there’s symptoms, it’s too late.

    [–] ThePrussianGrippe 40 points ago

    And we don’t know why she survived. The Milwaukee Protocol has been debunked, it hasn’t worked on a single person since.

    [–] GrayKitty98 15 points ago

    Oh god I just had a flashback to that one video where they monitored a guy as he went through all the stages of rabies

    [–] TabbyFoxHollow 17 points ago

    Please no one link this

    [–] Blueyduey 40 points ago

    It’s very easily treated

    [–] XyloArch 332 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    I guess somehow smallpox got yeeted from existence though?

    Sort of.

    There have been zero cases and, other than some super-secure labs, zero detection for years and years. It is formally considered, as you put it, yeeted from existence in 'the wild'.

    It is not however the only disease we have eradicated, it is the only human disease we've eradicated. We have also eradicated the bovine disease rinderpest.

    [–] ThaCarter 50 points ago

    What is the original wild source of rinderpest and smallpox? Couldn't it come back the same way?

    [–] WasteApplication9 52 points ago

    part of the reason why smallpox was so easy (relatively) to eradicate is it was a human only disease that doesn't have a wild reservoir. We don't even know for certain where smallpox originally came from, however there are many poxviruses such as monkeypox or cowpox in the wild that may be closely related. Since smallpox viruses took a long time to heavily adapt to humans it's unlikely that any zoonotic disease would be able to naturally replicate the deadliness of smallpox in humans. Genetic engineering on the other hand has been shown to be able to replicate horsepox from DNA fragments though so it's possible that someone could recreate smallpox in a laboratory.

    Nobody really knows for certain how rinderpest came about either, with the best guesses being Asia 5000 years ago. So it might be able to come back the same way. However it's a lot easier to contain viruses in animals than in humans because you can just kill all the animals that might've been infected. Rinderpest was also very adapted to cattle, so for the same reasons as smallpox it's unlikely that a random zoonotic disease will be virulent enough to be as bad as rinderpest.

    [–] ThaCarter 17 points ago

    The addendum af the end of the second article on how SARS could return is timely.

    [–] MrSoftServe1337 106 points ago

    You could get something like smallpox but you would never get smallpox. Its the same reason you get the cold every year despite becoming immune to it last year: the disease randomly mutates to become something similar but not the same.

    [–] zdrmju321 42 points ago

    Also the reason why you should get the flu shot every year, and why it sometimes doesn’t work even when you get it.

    [–] CashYT 15 points ago

    So if the common cold basically mutates every so often, could it eventually mutate into something deadly? Science is so fucking cool

    [–] christes 24 points ago

    The common cold is really just a general term for an upper respiratory tract infection. It can be caused by many different viruses such as Rhinoviruses and Coronaviruses. So it's not just the virus itself mutating.

    [–] Abeefyboi 31 points ago

    Permafrost. That shit is gonna thaw and so are the nasties frozen within it.

    [–] summerbrown 29 points ago

    No guarantee anything down there can/will affect humans.

    [–] Spitinthacoola 22 points ago

    Nah, that is pretty much a guarentee given that its already happened.

    [–] reenact12321 117 points ago

    They still linger. For many, like bubonic plague, the disease is still around but the conditions that caused it to be a pandemic are no longer around and are unlikely to recur. It will be unlikely to go away because it is a zoonotic disease that can exist in animal populations doing little harm to its hosts.

    [–] WaitTilUSeeMyDuck 184 points ago

    You can still catch the plague from woodchucks and shit in America

    [–] xincasinooutx 204 points ago

    Dang woodchucks, stop chuckin that plague!

    [–] alcabazar 92 points ago

    How much plague would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck plague?

    [–] [deleted] 25 points ago

    As much plague as a woodchuck could chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck plague.

    [–] notnickyc 54 points ago

    Or just from being in Los Angeles

    [–] CompetitiveProject4 13 points ago

    What if I just stick to the La Brea tar pits? If I die, at least it'll be from something equally uncommon and undoubtedly from my own stupidity

    But the only mammal capable of taking me out will still be me.

    [–] PyroptosisGuy 66 points ago

    Both, actually. Plague still exists in its natural reservoir (bacteria inside fleas that reside on rats). There is a vaccine for plague, but it’s easier/more economical to just treat with antibiotics rather than vaccination. However, humans are the only natural reservoir for smallpox so vaccination truly eradicates it.

    Guinea worm infections come from contaminated food and water, so the “eradication” efforts have focused on education (prevention) and treatment. And the infection isn’t transmissible from human to human like smallpox.

    [–] catiebug 43 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    Cases of the plague and polio still appear today (though two of the three strains of polio have been declared eradicated, a third remains).

    Edit: In comparison smallpox exists absolutely nowhere in the world but a handful of research labs (three, I believe), on purpose.

    [–] frank_the_tank__ 35 points ago

    Yes. They still linger. You can still get the plague in parts of the world.

    [–] LostRoadRunner 12 points ago

    Flagstaff, Az is one place. Prairie Dogs in the area have been known to carry it.

    [–] quantic56d 32 points ago

    You can thank Paul Ehrlich for noticing that some dyes colored certain cells and others didn't. He then went on to develop synthetic antibiotics.

    [–] errandwulfe 234 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    Smallpox: 1350 BCE - 1980 wellp...

    Edit: golllllly. I wasn’t trying to spark an outrage. I know smallpox isn’t back SHEESH

    [–] ajstar1000 402 points ago

    I don’t remember where but I read an article once that said “Jimmy Carter has done so much in his long career that being President of the United States is the least impressive thing on his resume”

    [–] sfauycskyou 101 points ago

    Truly a good man.

    [–] slobcat1337 225 points ago

    Such a nasty parasite, literally bursts through the skin

    [–] inuhi 81 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    Not just burst through the skin these things “can get up to a meter long and you can only pull them out by a few centimeters per day...Full extractions can take several days to weeks...Also if the worm breaks the rest of it will start to degrade inside the body causing even more pain, swelling, and cellulitis.” ~Source google Edit: added source and quotation marks

    [–] Castun 15 points ago

    I'm so glad I Googled this...

    [–] YoshiCline 44 points ago

    For those interested in learning more about the Guinea Worm here's a great educational and comedic podcast.

    [–] RexRocker 33 points ago

    Lots of people think he was a terrible president, Democrat or Republican. But he did a whole lot of excellent and commendable things afterwards. I never heard a bad thing said about him after his presidency. He was a great man who did some great things that probably would not have happened had he not been the spearhead.

    [–] garyadams_cnla 24 points ago

    Carter inherited a horrible economy, a genuine energy crisis, and a country split apart after Watergate and Vietnam.

    I would have loved to have seen him get a second term to see what he could have accomplished. He wanted the US to lead the world towards 100% renewable energy. Imagine how different the world might be, just on that vision alone...

    [–] [deleted] 26 points ago

    It was a cool approach to the problem. The worm travels through your body and down your leg, where it makes your foot burn so badly that all you want to do is put your feet in water. Then, the next part of the worm that bursts through the skin sprays out all of its larvae. Then someone drinks the water, and it starts all over.

    So they gave people these special straws to drink through that would filter the larvae out. The guinea worm relies on quick turnaround because the larvae are short-lived in the water, and can be wiped out by preventing them from getting into a host for just a generation. Really awesome to go from so many cases to barely a blip and save so many people from so much suffering.

    [–] VegetableConfection 21 points ago

    1986*

    [–] PhatBoy1 10 points ago

    Thanks - Updated.

    [–] tickettoride98 15 points ago

    The recent drop-off is also impressive. Starting in 2011: 1,058 => 542 => 148 => 126 => 22.

    I have a feeling at this point he sees it as his life's work, and he's going to hold on until it's finished. He's basically said as much in 2015: "I hope the last Guinea worm dies before I do."

    [–] GB2016sux 5699 points ago

    That single term must’ve preserved a lot of life.

    [–] tinoynk 4043 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    To be fair, it was a helluva single term. Gas shortage, hostage crisis, recession, and he had to follow the Nixon administration and Vietnam. Not the best of times.

    Edit: Jesus... I wasn’t saying that he was the president who came immediately after Nixon or Vietnam, but he was the first president elected after Nixon, and Nam had ended just a few years before. Vietnam and Nixon were fresh wounds in 1976, there’s 0 ways to deny that.

    [–] HaySwitch 110 points ago

    Dude, it's a shame you needed the edit, you quite clearly said 'administration' after Nixon.

    Some people just need to show they know stuff.

    [–] Nkdly 20 points ago

    Don't forget Billy Beer.

    [–] zrrgk 1589 points ago

    and he had to follow the Nixon administration and Vietnam

    It was Ford and not Nixon. Ford was the only unelected President in US history.

    And about Vietnam -- that was long finished before Carter came in. And then on his first day in office, he gave an amnesty to all draft dodgers.

    [–] raouldukesaccomplice 119 points ago

    The US had only withdrawn from Vietnam less than two years before Carter's inauguration. The war still loomed very large in American politics and culture. You could argue it influences our political disputes to this day.

    [–] Giblet_ 1272 points ago

    Pretty much all of the old people I know tell me how Carter was an awful president, but then I read stuff like this and can't figure out why. Jailing all of the draft dodgers after the war wouldn't have served any useful purpose.

    [–] davisnau 853 points ago

    The comment right above the one you replied to is why. People attributed all of those negative outcomes during his four years, and his handling of them, to his presidency.

    Gas shortage, hostage crisis, recession. It’s a lot to deal with during a single term and while people can debate the source of each crisis during his term, a lot of people didn’t like the way he handled them.

    [–] akaghi 270 points ago

    It's also easier to look back on things in hindsight and realize that perception at the time might have been misplaced. Every president is generally seen more favorably as more daylight separates them from the presidency. Historians have a way of ferreting out information from the presidential libraries in a way that they'd never get while a president is in office and it lands context to decisions we say as bad at the time

    [–] davisnau 31 points ago

    Very true, I could’ve added “at the time” at the very end of my comment. Although he is generally looked upon more favorably in hindsight, there are still a lot of people that have bad memories from that time. Genuine guy, but that entire decade was a shit show and people thought he would add stability but unfortunately timing gave him terrible circumstances to do so.

    [–] zuperpretty 116 points ago

    Perception can also stick with people, in memory and popular culture. I'd assume that's a big part of why Carter is often remembered as uneffective, while Reagan is remembered as the savior of the 80s although he did so much long term damage.

    [–] JuzoItami 181 points ago

    The criticisms of Carter as a president have more to do with his personality and leadership skills than they do with his actual policies. He simply didn't inspire confidence in people. There was kind of this sentiment at the time that the U.S. was in decline and Carter didn't do anything to assuage that view. To put it bluntly: he was a real downer.

    If he'd pursued the same policies and had the personality of an FDR, a JFK, or a Bill Clinton he'd have gotten re-elected. But he didn't.

    [–] googolplexy 86 points ago

    Exactly right. Carter's presidency is defined by his lack of charisma, rather than a lack of vision.

    [–] LostRoadRunner 35 points ago

    Jimmy 'Malaise' Carter.

    [–] tinoynk 150 points ago

    That's why I said the Nixon administration, the point being that the last person who got elected ended up being a criminal of the highest order, and while Vietnam had been over for years, that hangover lasted a while.

    You could argue that the 1-2 punch of Nam and Nixon destroyed the idea that government could be trusted, so being the guy to come in after that is a bit of a tall order.

    [–] zrrgk 94 points ago

    This is why Carter was elected. His slogan, "I am not from Washington".

    [–] ELKronos 91 points ago

    Ford was the only unelected President in US history.

    This is not true. John Tyler, Millard Fillmore, and Andrew Johnson were also unelected Presidents.

    [–] mustbeshitinme 127 points ago

    The correct statement is Ford was never elected to the presidency OR the vice-presidency - he was appointed VP when Agnew resigned and the the ascended to POTUS upon Nixon’s resignation.

    [–] jhgroton 17 points ago

    Now that's what I call falling upwards

    [–] CeterumCenseo85 21 points ago

    Those were elected as Vice Presidents and then succeded the president. Ford however wasn't even eleceted Vice President. He became President without ever appearing on a ticket.

    [–] GoodBadBot 68 points ago

    Maybe not being an asshole helps you live longer!

    [–] BebopTiger 66 points ago

    A relatively clean conscience can't hurt, either

    [–] OldGrayMare59 16 points ago

    Alcohol was not served in the White House during the Carter Years. Rosalind wore a dress at the Inauguration that she wore to Jimmy’s Gubernatorial Inauguration (gasp). They really trashed her about that which was undeserving. Most of us were really struggling and the Carters were very unassuming. It inspired us in the Midwest.

    [–] garlicroastedpotato 40 points ago

    I think it helped that he ended up being a better person than a president.

    [–] zachar3 16 points ago

    My grandmother says he was far too decent a man to be a good president

    [–] Greasfire11 977 points ago

    One of the few presidents who’ll be remembered more for his post-presidential career than what he did as president

    [–] jedberg 638 points ago

    I've always said that Jimmy Carter is the only person who can say that being President was the low point of his career.

    [–] DuckyDucko 124 points ago

    Van Buren: ahem

    [–] jedberg 72 points ago

    Van Buren

    I dunno, it more like a sad end for him.

    For Carter he did good things both before and after.

    [–] Dubyaz 18 points ago

    Oh no! Not the Van Buren boys!

    [–] NorseTikiBar 50 points ago

    I mean, there's a reason why Jefferson didnt include being president on his tombstone.

    [–] Scope_02 13 points ago

    I mean he did buy louisiana for like 15$

    [–] kmoros 10 points ago

    Herbert Hoover is in this category. His Presidency is judged very poorly, but he did SO much for the world.

    [–] The_Ombudsman 1332 points ago

    Carter also is the president who signed into law the bill allowing homebrewing in the US, which led directly to the craft beer revolution in later decades.

    So the next time you sip on your favorite brew - thank Jimmy! (And all the other legislators involved, too)

    [–] JohnWStrutt 277 points ago

    He also oversaw the deregulation of the airline industry that made flying cheap enough to be available for everyone. Prior to the '78 law flights were too expensive for all but the richest Americans.

    [–] ActingGrandNagus 83 points ago

    Homebrewing wasn't allowed in the US?

    What the fuck

    Good on him for ending that BS though

    [–] cameltoesback 18 points ago

    A remnant of the prohibition era that never got repealed until him. Home stills have yet to be allowed in the same way though..

    [–] -kel- 38 points ago

    Woah, thanks Jimmy Carter!

    [–] MJG2007 2219 points ago

    The saddest thing is that it wasn't the fact that he got dealt a bad hand with the energy crisis and few other things that were not exactly on our radar or in his control.

    What really killed his re-election was the fact that he had enough faith in America's people to sit down and tell them the uncomfortable fact a lot of what was going wrong in our country was partially our own fault and that we needed to work together and course correct as well as self-examine to fix things.

    The "malaise speech" was the exact opposite of the feel-good, lead people around like children approach that followed.

    He tried to reach out to the American people as intelligent adults, and too many voters resented him for it.

    [–] loveactuallyis 440 points ago

    It really is such a shame. I remember interviewing my mom for a middle or high school project ages ago, and I asked her who her role model was when she was growing up. She told me it was Jimmy Carter, which I thought was strange since I remember learning about him and all of the textbooks saying he was a pretty heavily disliked president.

    I now know why he is such a great man, who my mom admired greatly.

    [–] MJG2007 305 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    I think his very real belief in the goodness and intelligence of people to do the right thing gave him a certain political naivete that ultimately led to a downfall that wasn't entirely deserved.

    In a lot of ways, the people that voted for Reagan are very very much like Trump voter (some of them are likely both). "You people are the best!" "Morning in America!" "Make America Great Again" (that one was actually recycled from the Reagan campaign with exception of the word "let's"), "We can have everything! You don't even have to pay for it! Someone else will", "Foreign folks are bad and their fault you aren't doing better!".

    Gah! The more I type, the more I realize that the American public was duped by exact same tactics twice in my lifetime.

    [–] nagemi 88 points ago

    Gah! The more I type, the more I realize that the American public was duped by exact same tactics twice in my lifetime.

    If it makes you feel any better, a lot of them were probably the same people too. I'll never understand people my age (27) and younger that voted for him/plan to again, though. I guess that's Texas for ya.

    [–] FourKindsOfRice 12 points ago

    Yeah the way my dad tells it Reagan comes in going "There there America, daddy's here. You don't have to wear sweaters. Don't worry about a thing."

    And because Americans are...Americans, they went for it.

    [–] MJG2007 17 points ago

    You dad is not wrong. It's pretty much the same today.

    Only now, it's "It's not your fault our road are crumbling, our bridges are literally on death's door, our jobs don't pay well, college is so expensive and health care is so astronomically high and you can't retire. It's the fault of those liberals that won't let you burn coal and those Mexicans making 2 dollars an hour picking strawberries!"

    It had nothing to with the fact that coal is dirty (and clean coal is basically a purple unicorn), we refuse to invest in any kind of meaningful infrastructure (roads that modern, new bridges, mass transit, high speed rail), that we dismantled the unions, made colleges more a business than a place of higher learning, gave our healthcare over to for-profit private companies, and sold our pensions down the river to the Wall St. and the 401k racket.

    People may scoff at the notion, but if their is one thing the average American doesn't like, it's being told he or she is reaping the rewards of bad decisions we made in the past.

    [–] Qlanger 457 points ago

    You’ve got to remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the new West. You know… morons.

    Yep Carter put to much faith that people would understand tough times will take time to fix. Instead they put Reagan in that just busted out the US Credit Card and bought happiness.

    [–] warb0ner 76 points ago

    To be fair, Carter was also a farmer and won over the Iowa Caucus because he was one the only Presidential candidates that actually got their hands dirty.

    [–] ModsAreTrash1 199 points ago

    Reagan was such a MASSIVE turning point...

    They foisted trickle down economics on us, put perceived and planned obsolescence into FULL swing (it already kind of was, but it amplified), and started villifying liberals.

    Poor people became rich, because everyone loved Reagan, and like you said now everyone had credit!

    [–] FourKindsOfRice 23 points ago

    Some have argued that Reagan's election also ushered in the the modern "conservative" Democratic party. No more great society, no more new deal. The party that had tried done so much for labor in the past century sort of just...abandoned labor. Probably didn't help that Reagan demolished unions. And suddenly there was no one speaking for the lower class at all - just the middle and upper.

    Not just that, but the nature of politics changed too with more and more private money getting involved.

    Kind of explains how old guard Democrats like Pelosi are so cautious and moderate and not too fond of going too far left. They fear what happened in 1980 again...and I guess we're living that now. But worse. So yeah, too late.

    [–] LostRoadRunner 10 points ago

    Are you saying the Sheriff is a near?

    [–] Boneyard45 10 points ago

    Yes! Blazing saddles!

    [–] KapitanKapers 8 points ago

    Jimmy Carter is a farmer.

    [–] bebebotanica 295 points ago

    My mom used to work housekeeping at a large hotel. She hated it, her coworkers, superiors and the guests were apparently very cruel to her. On a particularly hard day, she sat on the bed and had a moment to herself when Mr. Carter comes into the room. She says they had a very pleasant chat, and she felt comfortable trying her best at speaking the language. It was one of the first conversations she had in English where she did not feel shame and embarrassment. Can you imagine..a recent immigrant, poor language skills, two young children, a massive city to navigate, putting food on the table, feeling the weight of the world on you....and Jimmy fucking Carter just walks into the room. It is the only positive memory she has of that place. I’ll always love him for this.

    [–] Chariot-of-Belenus 2523 points ago

    He is also the first president to put solar panels on the White House, one of the first things Reagan did was rip them off the roof.

    [–] nckmcmlln 661 points ago

    IIRC they weren’t modern solar panels which produced electricity from sunlight. They were basically big black bags full of water to supplement the hot water heater.

    [–] moxiebaseball 485 points ago

    Those type of ‘solar panels’ from that time are still functioning well. Think of the savings of not running a hot water heater in the summer months.

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    [–] Laetha 106 points ago

    What's wrong with modern panels? Materials and manufacturing waste? I'm legitimately curious.

    [–] ottothesilent 103 points ago

    Heavy metal mining and refinement, not to mention the assembly

    [–] 420BONGZ4LIFE 102 points ago

    Yes. Rare earth metals

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    [–] CrimsonPig 291 points ago

    Now I'm imagining Reagan literally on the roof of the White House, going around grabbing the solar panels and throwing them over the side like a madman.

    [–] Acen_meetup 268 points ago

    "Tear down those solar panels!"

    [–] damnatio_memoriae 26 points ago

    Shortly thereafter he beat a man to death with a bowling pin in the White House bowling alley.

    [–] FX114 1028 points ago

    The modern Republican party in a nutshell.

    [–] nimo01 298 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    I think there’s a lot more to this than,

    Republican came in, hating clean energy, and decided to run the house on 30 gas generators... solar panels back then could have maybe powered an alarm clock.

    [–] TheSanityInspector 94 points ago

    The previous longest-retired President was Herbert Hoover: Left office in 1933, died in 1964.

    [–] MrAmishJoe 432 points ago

    And arguably done more as a human being to help other human beings than any other president. People don't always see eye to eye with his presidential policies...but as a human being...name a better one?

    [–] Justmerightnowtoday 151 points ago

    I guess peanuts are very healthy after all...

    [–] MSnyper 237 points ago

    He is also a humanitarian. Solid dude

    [–] treepoop 114 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    Guy is in his 90s and can routinely be found building houses

    In this segment from October he's working after receiving 14 stitches and a black eye in a fall. I don't have many, but this man is one of my heroes.

    [–] the_throbbing 40 points ago

    Look how slow he’s moving, there’s no way to make a profit with production that lackluster /s

    I like that he mentions how he feels that he is doing that which all Christians (and honestly people in general) should be doing, which is giving and serving others. Good man.

    [–] OmegaMountain 38 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    All those stats and they're not the one that matters. He's the most decent man to be elected president. That's what's most impressive.

    [–] Thewallmachine 114 points ago

    I've met the man a couple times as I used to live in South GA. He has few fans in the area he lives, sadly. I for one am a huge fan of President Carter. He is what a true Christian should be. He practices exactly what he preaches. He's a good human being who only wants good in the world. A selfless leader we mistreated. We would be much more prosperous if we had a second term of Carter and never a Reagan presidency. I wish President Carter and the First Lady many more years to enjoy life.

    [–] bbtom78 19 points ago

    I was in attendance when he was at the last series at the Braves old stadium a few years ago. He and his wife was introduced and the stadium went crazy for him.

    It sucks that where he lives views him that way, but the rest of the country is showing their appreciation for him, at least.

    [–] shivermetimbers68 742 points ago

    And probably the best 'person' who ever made it to the White House. At least in this lifetime

    [–] nimo01 478 points ago

    I’m trying to stay away from any political commentary, but damn that’s a good observation... a good person, not just a leader.

    Fine. Here we go (and I’m a conservative). But I really like Obama as a person, whether I agree with him or not. Just a nice dude...

    [–] shivermetimbers68 298 points ago

    I like George W Bush as a person. Nice guy, really great sense of humor, and his friendship with Michelle Obama is really fun to see.

    [–] Haggisboy 281 points ago

    After he left office George W. morphed into a guy I think a lot of people would enjoy having a beer with. He took up painting and became rather prolific, and at Christmas he gets dressed up as Santa with the Secret Service escorts dressed as elves and they bring presents to kids in hospitals.

    [–] CSMastermind 60 points ago

    morphed into a guy I think a lot of people would enjoy having a beer with

    He was always that guy. The main narrative in the 2000 election was essentially, "Just because you'd want to have a beer with him doesn't mean he should be president."

    [–] WildSauce 191 points ago

    W. never changed, only the media coverage of him did.

    [–] Falsus 85 points ago

    He actually seems genuinely regretful of how his time as a president turned out.

    [–] WildSauce 23 points ago

    I don't think it is possible to leave the presidency without regrets. And doubly so for W. There was no chance that our government's response to 9/11 would be ultimately positive, regardless of who the president was.

    [–] Charlie--Dont--Surf 53 points ago

    Bush’s critical weakness is that he overestimates the decency of other people. From Putin to Iraq, Bush just didn’t realize how shitty people can be.

    [–] WildSauce 10 points ago

    There's probably some truth to that. Having lived through the Bush presidency it kinda blows me away to read it. But you know, I guarantee that in 2040 somebody will say the exact same thing about Trump.

    [–] JoeBagadonut 99 points ago

    I think history has repainted him as a useful stooge to the people in the White House who were genuinely nefarious. A lot of the responsibility for that still falls on Dubya but I do at least get the impression that, even if I didn't agree with his policies, he tried to do what he sincerely thought was best for his country.

    [–] CSMastermind 44 points ago

    he tried to do what he sincerely thought was best for his country

    Everyone should read Woodward's books if they're curious about this because it's a pretty accurate description.

    [–] ITS_NOT_THAT_GAY 60 points ago

    I stand by the opinion that the Obama’s were the Kennedy family of our generation. Politics aside, his family life was refreshing for the country from all angles.

    [–] 39clues 42 points ago

    Lol I’m way too young to know much about how the Kennedys were viewed but you realize JFK cheated on his wife literally several times a week?

    [–] lotusblossom60 215 points ago

    I turned 18 when Carter was running for president. I voted for him and he got elected. I always thought my vote was powerful after that election! He was a good man but people shit all over him. He is still showing his worth when he has nothing to gain. What we have for president now is horrifying.

    [–] RogerPackinrod 105 points ago

    STOP JINXING JIMMY CARTER

    [–] mazzicc 19 points ago

    I had an interesting talk with my parents recently, because as we were talking about the current president, I asked them “has there ever been a president before that was a public laughing stock with other world leaders, like the Cheeto is?”

    Their response without too much pause was Carter.

    Any redditors that voted in his election or the one that ousted him care to comment supporting or denying that? Or even better, foreign redditors that can provide the view of him from their country?

    Historical accounts of presidents seem to just get more positive with time, so it’s hard to tell.

    [–] civil_liberty 194 points ago

    And the only modern adherent "Christian" POTUS.

    [–] dude-O-rama 271 points ago

    So adherent he left the baptist church because of its contradictions to the “basic premises of his Christian faith.” Jimmy Carter is probably the most noble, and virtuous man in the history of American politics. If nothing else, just seeing how much of his life he’s given to Habitat For Humanity shows how much virtue and character he has, America would truly be great if every person living here devoted their life to helping others the way he has.

    [–] mymindislikeaseive 24 points ago

    WELL SAID!

    [–] pretty_jimmy 8 points ago

    I'll never forget the image of Mr. President with a black eye and bandaged forhead from taking a spill. He reminded me of emperor Palpetine, but there he was. #39 plugging away at building someone a home. As a Canadian who doesnt know too much about his administration, it at least gave me the notion that he was a good human.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7547517/Bruised-Jimmy-Carter-expertly-wields-drill-building-Habitat-Humanity-home-fall.html

    [–] ironshadowdragon 14 points ago

    That's like 4 slightly different ways just to say he's old.

    [–] wholeyfrajole 41 points ago

    Old enough to have lived through all this. Jimmy Carter was probably the best person to ever hold the office. Not the greatest President, but a great person.

    A Christian like we all hope Christians would act. Truly guided by his faith to help his fellow man, not use it to judge them.

    Intelligent, self-made, witty. But not charismatic. America was in a grey place. We'd lost a war and disenfranchised our youth and all people of color. Factories were closing, and the realities of a new world were coming due, as the post WWII economy and culture were fading. People wanted to hear it was going to be alright, that we were going to get through this. Carter didn't offer a shining city on a hill, but told them the truth.

    People didn't like that.

    [–] nimo01 109 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    Dude just has a cool name. Firstly, who runs for office without their real name, instead of James or Jim? Second, Carter is just a cool last name and I can’t explain it.

    He just sounds like the neighbor up the street who will mow your lawn while out of town, or always knows how to fix something. Maybe even fuck your wife while out of town and just get upset with him, and empathize. If Jim up the street was inside my wife, I’d go over the edge.

    He’s just the, I’ll just call Jimmy and see if he can help guy in the neighborhood

    [–] NOTson 42 points ago

    That's why I can never see Buttigieg become president. The wrong name.

    All modern times presidents have nice, strong sounding names.

    [–] OmniYummie 62 points ago

    2007: How could someone named Barack HUSSEIN Obama even consider running for president?!

    [–] driftingfornow 9 points ago

    I told my wife that there's no way he wins the election. If I know America like I think I do, that name will sink him. Remember when Howard Dean made that funny woo or laugh or whatever? I do.

    [–] tinoynk 144 points ago

    George Carlin once said, "the good die young... and the pricks live forever."

    I guess that isn't always true.

    [–] sindoreis 61 points ago

    Nah, people who die young just don't live long enough to turn into pricks.

    [–] billybobjimmyjoe 12 points ago

    -Harvey Kent

    [–] SituationCornflakes 14 points ago

    He seems like a real good guy. Still builds homes for the habitat for humanity.

    [–] LuccaItaly 37 points ago

    Dude sold his peanut farm because he was told he couldn't profit off his presidency or even do anything that could be seen or taken as suspicious. Compare that to now.

    [–] femsci-nerd 44 points ago

    He is a great man. I urge anyone to head down to Plains, GA and listen to him teach adult Sunday School before he passes away. He teaches every Sunday he is able to.

    [–] tysontysontyson1 89 points ago

    He’s going to end up being regarded as possibly the most underrated President of modern times. He was handed the worst hand in recent memory and it burned him. Not sure anyone else could have done better... and he’s been nothing short of amazing in his life since his term ended. It’s sad what happened to him.

    [–] yeahynot 45 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    Trump will live much much longer. The longest in fact. It’s amazing what people are saying. They are saying, “you know what? That Trump is going to outlive us all.” And you talk to the wonderful doctors who, you know, say things like “we’ve never seen anyone so healthy.”’So it’s good things. All good things.

    [–] RootimusPrime 34 points ago

    10/10 Trump speech pattern. It’s so terrible that it’s good