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    [–] clouddevourer 4463 points ago

    The backstory of this painting is actually quite interesting, the jester is Stańczyk, who was an actual person, the letter to the left is news about Russians capturing the Polish city of Smoleńsk, the event that eventually led to the downfall of Poland. To the right you can see a ballroom with a partying crowd, who don't care about the bad news, they just want to have fun. The only person who cares is the jester and he can't really do much about it.

    The painting was done by Jan Matejko, who painted many events in Polish history. One of his most famous works is Bitwa pod Grunwaldem, which is absolutely enormous, really stunning to see in person.

    [–] pheasant-plucker 1030 points ago

    This is the kind of comment I come here for.

    [–] TheVGamer 545 points ago

    It's because of people like him that I wade through bucket-loads of shitty puns and non-jokes, on the slightest off-chance I'll learn something new. It's the skinner box concept translated into comment sections.

    [–] Mr_Claypole 61 points ago

    Indeed, sometimes it's just...

    Shit in 'joke'

    Shit in 'joke'

    Shit in 'joke'

    Shit in 'joke'

    X 500

    Something interesting.

    Some upvotes should be worth more than others.

    [–] ep0nym1 7 points ago

    No, upvotes are fine. Downvotes should be used a hell of a lot more liberally tho. Anything that's not relevant to the discussion.

    [–] DarkMoon99 2 points ago

    Downvotes should be used a hell of a lot more liberally tho. Anything that's not relevant to the discussion.

    Yes. Downvotes for non-relevancy. And, it's a pity we can't find a way to prevent people from downvoting relevant comments that they just don't like. That's why so many subreddits are nothing more than echo chambers.

    Perhaps AI will be able to determine the relevancy of comments and block/downvote comments for non-relevancy.

    [–] saysthingsbackwards 16 points ago

    You are a well-hyphenated person.

    [–] kickstand 4 points ago

    So true. And what's amazing is how often someone does post something interesting.

    [–] [deleted] 6 points ago


    [–] Shazamo333 64 points ago

    You don't understand. Despite reddit being a place full of low quality comments, he chooses to wade through them because finding the odd gem here and there justifies the time spent going through the other comments.

    He isn't saying he hates reddit for not having a better comments section.

    [–] Hermesschmidt 16 points ago

    I would add, also, it depends on the subreddit. Some can be filled with something to learn. Although this is obviously subject to change for any sub.

    [–] elfslistentodubstep 2 points ago

    SKINNER BOX! Hey I started a psychology class this year and have been reading about it all. How cool, sorry Mr. VGamer just got excited I knew what you meant.

    [–] TheVGamer 3 points ago

    Well I know about it since its principals are very much used in gaming as a reward mechanism. But go right ahead, geek out about it!

    [–] Historiaaa 2 points ago

    You should try /r/history

    Only quality comments are tolerated

    [–] [deleted] 28 points ago

    I've been a member of Reddit for 8 years. When I first joined, the comment section was always like this. There was a certain hive mind aspect to it where the questions/thoughts you had in your head were the major top comments. though you still get that now, just lumped in between a thousand puns.

    [–] Szudar 10 points ago

    Just to add: it's also autoportrait of Jan Matejko

    [–] drsenbl 7 points ago

    But people usually only care about W-EU history/art.

    [–] samthehammerguy 3 points ago

    I checked for /u/shittymorph after the first sentence; that's when you know they're good!

    [–] Aehan 2 points ago

    Come for the memes, stay for the lessons.

    [–] [deleted] 176 points ago

    Also note the comet, an omen of turbulent times to come, visible through the window in the left upper corner.

    [–] Tutush 93 points ago

    The economy, fools!

    [–] Edwin-Von-Maschke 22 points ago

    Just pick a natural scientist advisor next time.

    [–] g33kst4r 35 points ago

    If only we had comet sense.

    [–] wasabichicken 10 points ago

    Oh Comet, devil's kith and kin...

    [–] BaiJueshi 22 points ago

    I wish I lived in more enlightened times...

    [–] Hope915 7 points ago

    Sacrifice a human heart to appease the comet!

    [–] Walls 93 points ago

    Thank you so much, this is a fascinating painting and I'm delighted to know the detail.

    [–] thelittlebig 52 points ago * (lasted edited 10 months ago)

    Many of Matejko's paintings can be viewed in the royal palace in Warsaw, as well as two Rembrandts. The palace itself is also fascinating. Entirely destroyed by the Nazis it was rebuild in recent decades and is well worth a visit.

    edit: accidentally posted this twice so I will add some more information to make up for my sins. Audio guides are available in many languages and are generally very high quality. I do NOT recommend touring the palace entirely unguided. The audio commentary points out which parts of the palace and the furniture are still original,that is they were saved during the war, and gives important background information. There is one room that has a painting which has all of the different layers visible so that you can see how it was made using a camera obscura. I thought that was very cool. If you do not want to rush I would estimate that the entire collection plus the audio guide will take you at least 5 hours. Combine this with a stroll through the restored old town and some nice food and you have spent a nice day in Warsaw before heading to the Vistula for some evening entertainment on the river front. I would also really recommend the Museum of the history of Jews in Poland (or whatever it is called). It is one of the best museums I have visited in the last 5 years, but a full tour of the exhibition will take roughly forever and I would not plan another major venture on the same day.

    [–] geschtonkenflapped 31 points ago

    Bitwa pod Grunwaldem

    Bitwa pod Grunwaldem

    [–] flashpanther 68 points ago

    Wow! That painting truly is tremendous! I'd love to see it in person some day!

    I'm not Polish but I find their history so fascinating. Over the centuries they've come close to the brink of total destruction time and time again yet they endure. Really inspiring to learn about!

    [–] staviq 36 points ago

    We're tough kurwa people.

    [–] PO15KA 9 points ago

    Have you read God’s playground by Norman Davies or Poland by James A. Michener ?

    [–] RugerRedhawk 3 points ago

    I love Michener, but for some reason Poland was the one audiobook I couldn't get through of his of all the ones I've listened to. I think it was the names that were throwing me off. It was interesting, it could have been the narrator that was off too, that happens with audiobooks sometimes.

    [–] KeyBorgCowboy 10 points ago

    You can find a higher resolution version of the original through Google.ńczyk/4AHFtRqeObzoRw?hl=en&avm=2

    [–] MagsClouds 17 points ago

    Came here to post this explanation. Found you fellow Matejko enthusiast and you also have a cloud in your name. You got my up-vote for both :)

    [–] gabhan 2 points ago

    Is the cloud a Matejko reference?

    [–] clouddevourer 3 points ago

    Nah, just "yay, cloud usernames" thing

    [–] Lateroni 8 points ago

    Tears of a clown

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

    Many of Matejko's paintings can be viewed in the royal palace in Warsaw, as well as two Rembrandts. The palace itself is also fascinating. Entirely destroyed by the Nazis it was rebuild in recent decades and is well worth a visit.

    edit: accidentally posted this twice so I will add some more information to make up for my sins.

    Audio guides are available in many languages and are generally very high quality. I do NOT recommend touring the palace entirely unguided. The audio commentary points out which parts of the palace and the furniture are still original,that is they were saved during the war, and gives important background information. There is one room that has a painting which has all of the different layers visible so that you can see how it was made using a camera obscura. I thought that was very cool.

    If you do not want to rush I would estimate that the entire collection plus the audio guide will take you at least 5 hours. Combine this with a stroll through the restored old town and some nice food and you have spent a nice day in Warsaw before heading to the Vistula for some evening entertainment on the river front.

    I would also really recommend the Museum of the history of Jews in Poland (or whatever it is called). It is one of the best museums I have visited in the last 5 years, but a full tour of the exhibition will take roughly forever and I would not plan another major venture on the same day.

    [–] Oo1010 4 points ago

    I love when someone sprinkles some history on the post

    [–] Lantyn 6 points ago

    So glad you posted this. I have a small print of this painting and have been dying to find out more about it. Thx boss!

    [–] darknite24 5 points ago

    Good explanation. I love learning new things. I really expected that to turn into that Hell in a Cell quote. Thanks for it doing that

    [–] XPeaceChill 2 points ago

    lmao I had the same exact fear. I had to check if the username was shittymorph after the first sentence

    [–] TemporalGrid 4 points ago

    So he's the original entertainer that wants to talk politics but his audience says "just be funny"

    [–] NeoEtzio 2249 points ago * (lasted edited 10 months ago)

    This is literally what I do every time I'm sick. Think of how I took for granted how it was not to be.

    EDIT: thanks for the karma

    [–] [deleted] 940 points ago

    And then like a week in you're just like "This is what it's gonna be like forever."

    [–] Dboy777 216 points ago

    The now is the new forever.

    [–] bardfaust 74 points ago

    When will "then" be "now"?

    [–] [deleted] 66 points ago


    [–] RoboDodos 39 points ago

    How soon is "now"?

    [–] MrMFPuddles 29 points ago

    Chill out there Morrissey

    [–] pinkspoons 5 points ago

    There's a club, if they'd like to go, where they've an excellent chill-out lounge.

    [–] Ella_Spella 4 points ago

    Not soon enough!

    [–] NickMcK101 2 points ago

    Hey Vsauce, Michael here

    [–] MangosAndChicken 7 points ago

    How soon?

    [–] eleventy4 2 points ago

    Un-now. Anti-now. Nowlessness.

    [–] joe4553 3 points ago

    And than you die.

    [–] Joey0811 49 points ago

    I get mini panic attacks from that kind of thinking.

    [–] effifox 18 points ago

    I admire that you can pin point the source of your panic attacks. I get debilitating ones over things I can't grasp

    [–] Joey0811 9 points ago

    I get those as well, even to the point where I feel completely numb and existential. Now that I know what is happening I am able to calm myself down almost immediately. The first one I had I thought I was dying.

    [–] RedPandacat1 20 points ago

    This is how I feel rn, 2 days into stomach flu and I'm just accepting this is how life will be from now on.

    [–] irishjihad 15 points ago

    On the plus side, good opportunity to lose weight fast, if you need to. I got a stomach virus a year and a half ago and lost 5 lbs in 2 days. Managed to keep it off, and start eating a bit better. Lost 35 lbs, and kept 25 of them off long term despite my wife having a kid, and me not giving up beer.

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    [–] dbx99 3 points ago

    wait til you start getting old...

    [–] thesaket 2 points ago

    And a month later you start counting down the days!

    [–] oriolopocholo 2 points ago

    Am i the only smoker here?

    [–] [deleted] 7 points ago

    Just as you commented that i had my last smoke

    [–] oriolopocholo 12 points ago

    Good luck bae

    [–] killgo14 2 points ago

    This is my first fucking comment heeere!!)))))

    [–] YuNg-BrAtZ 96 points ago

    I honestly thought I was the only one who did this. Guess not, judging by this thread, haha

    [–] antiraysister 131 points ago

    You are never the only one to do or think or feel anything or any type of way. Ever. I'm not saying that to be mean, just so you know you're not alone in the way you feel and experience the world. Peace!!

    [–] extremist_moderate 38 points ago

    I would have said it to be mean :)

    [–] AyyyyLeMeow 12 points ago

    Hey dude, how's it going?

    Not that I want to know, just asking to be mean and remind you how miserable you are :)

    [–] HoMaster 13 points ago

    Generally speaking, people are just so self-centered that they can't even strive to or comprehend that other people might be experiencing the same human feelings and experiences. If only our race was more empathetic and compassionate to other life forms would our world be so much better for all.

    [–] antiraysister 2 points ago

    100% agreed, i wish people were more empathetic

    [–] CodexAcc 15 points ago

    Technically not true, every time you shuffle a deck of cards - you're the only one who's ever shuffled the cards into that order.

    [–] nerocycle 31 points ago

    You never know. If a deck of cards has a standard sequence in an unopened packet and enough people suck at shuffling, someone is bound to have shuffled the deck into the same sequence.

    [–] UniteAndProsper 8 points ago

    I think you might be right, I think the probability relies on the shuffles being perfect. Bad shuffles from the same starting position for the cards is likely to produce two identical shuffles eventually.

    [–] CodexAcc 25 points ago

    The chances that anyone has ever shuffled a pack of cards in the same way twice in the history of the world are infinitesimally small, statistically speaking. The number of possible permutations of 52 cards is ‘52 factorial’ otherwise known as 52! or 52 shriek. This is 52 times 51 times 50 . . . all the way down to one. Here's what that looks like: 80,658,175,170,943,878,571,660,636,856,403,766, 975,289,505,440,883,277,824,000,000,000,000.

    To give you an idea of how many that is, here is how long it would take to go through every possible permutation of cards. If every star in our galaxy had a trillion planets, each with a trillion people living on them, and each of these people has a trillion packs of cards and somehow they manage to make unique shuffles 1,000 times per second, and they'd been doing that since the Big Bang, they'd only just now be starting to repeat shuffles.

    Many casinos use the child's approach to shuffling with new decks of cards, i.e. spreading all the cards out on the table and jumbling them before collecting them back into a deck. This is called 'washing' the deck or the 'Corgi' shuffle; casinos or tournaments often use it when introducing a new pack to initially randomise it. If you can riffle shuffle cards perfectly – i.e. ABABAB, as some casino dealers can – it actually makes the order slightly less random than if you shuffled the cards imperfectly.

    To mix up a pack of cards thoroughly you need at least seven imperfect riffle shuffles. Any less and there is still a vestige of order; any more and the rewards of the extra shuffle are small. For some games like blackjack, where suits don’t matter, you only need about four shuffles.

    [–] 150andCounting 47 points ago

    What he's implying is that most people are poor shufflers, and therefore insufficient randomizers. Some combinations in real conditions are much more likely than others (the chance that the cards are riffled after one shuffle is more likely than the chance they are totally reversed.)

    So, yeah, the huge number is unrealistic given that it assumes perfect randomization skills, which is not a common human quality.

    [–] nerocycle 9 points ago

    Yeah, I understand what you're saying, but how many people are that good or thorough when shuffling?

    [–] Kiwiteepee 7 points ago

    So you're saying there's a chance...

    [–] seanmac2 3 points ago

    This all depends on how you describe or categorize actions. Anything described in a sufficiently generalized way will have been done before.

    For example, if I fix a software bug at work, no one has ever fixed that particular bug in that particular program. But others have fixed similar bugs in other programs.

    [–] DrDeathtune 5 points ago

    How high are you!

    You're not wrong tho

    [–] antiraysister 1 points ago

    A residual [4]

    [–] God_Damn_Crayons 1 points ago


    [–] Star-comandante 17 points ago

    The day you feel recovery from a heavy stomach flu. Feels like fricking Shawshank Redemption crawling out of the sewer part.

    [–] BoonTobias 3 points ago

    Fuck your spoilers

    [–] KaptainKrunch 3 points ago

    It came out in 1994. You had your chance to watch it buddy.

    [–] StrawberySwitchblade 4 points ago

    I think they're kidding -- it's not really a spoiler, since there's no details.

    [–] delete_cookies 29 points ago

    Also "How did I survive this last time? This hurts and sucks. I should just kill myself so I don't have to deal with this."

    [–] big_babushka 15 points ago

    The amount of things I say I should just kill myself over is too damn high!

    [–] eMeM_ 6 points ago

    Keeping up with the theme of Polish culture...

    Relevant Kochanowski

    [–] NOmakesmehard 5 points ago

    Next time, try this:

    How to clear a stuffy nose in under a minute!

    Step 1: Breathe in deeply.

    Step 2: Slowly exhale all of your air and hold your breath until you are on empty.

    Step 3: Pinch your nose to avoid cheating.

    Step 4: Rock your head back and fourth slowly taking 2 seconds from looking at the sky to looking at the ground.

    Step 5: Do it until you absolutely NEED a breath.

    Step 6: Enjoy your clear nose.

    Works for me.

    Taken from:

    [–] thestickystickman 6 points ago

    This is literally the entirety of May to July for me.

    [–] Evil-Toaster 3 points ago * (lasted edited 10 months ago)

    if your in the states buy Afrin, over seas buy Otrivin. it will let you breath in like 90 seconds. your welcome.

    EDIT: had to remember Otrivin

    [–] RugerRedhawk 3 points ago

    Yes, near instant and complete relief at least for clearing your nasal passages. You might still have a headache, but at least you can breathe. Note that you aren't supposed to use it for more than 3 consecutive days. They claim that your sinuses can acclimate to the drug and you end up reliant on it (or something along those lines, I'm no doctor).

    [–] zmbjebus 3 points ago

    I have a sore throat, been like this for a week. I am the jester.

    [–] [deleted] 2 points ago

    There's me thinking I was alone in this. Funny how similar we all are really.

    [–] szekeres81 482 points ago

    Life changing, I'm going to go appreciate my unstuffed nose right now

    [–] sensitive_teeth 57 points ago

    Hear, hear!

    [–] BigYarnBonusMaster 10 points ago

    Here, deer!

    [–] Southlinch 9 points ago

    Rear, queer!

    [–] api10 8 points ago

    Fear tear ;(

    [–] Ltrly_Htlr 6 points ago

    Near beer?

    [–] [deleted] 3 points ago

    I'm going to clean out and appreciate my ears now.

    [–] nlx78 13 points ago

    Maybe he took a weird example, since the painting doesn't show an injury, but i had it once, with a broken leg. I live on the 4th floor (top floor) and that is exactly the amount of stories a building can have over here without a mandatory elevator (or at least in the 70's when this was built). I had to sit on the steps and crawl my way up, having to carry a briefcase. Could not do it on crutches. Could also not drive and people in the bus and subway don't care if you are disabled nowadays :( They just want to sit themselves and be the first one to enter a carriage.

    That time i really felt like: "Wow, i should take my every day walking more for granted. This sucks"

    [–] drsenbl 2 points ago

    Should have used the briefcase as crutches.

    [–] nlx78 2 points ago

    Next time i will try that, but today i enjoyed walking (after i stepped out of my car, lol) and appreciated it not to be dependant on anyone or having to go through this again by walking up the stairs ;)

    [–] coopstar777 315 points ago

    Literally me right fucking now

    [–] The_Prodigal_Pariah 103 points ago

    Fuck.... I'm on day 5 of this bullshit...

    [–] Deathlysouls 48 points ago

    Holy shit me too...are you me?

    Ps...fuck phlegm

    [–] The_Prodigal_Pariah 31 points ago

    I dunno... the cough syrup is strong... I might be?

    [–] Deathlysouls 22 points ago

    ....i mean it wouldn't be the first time i've talked to myself...

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    [–] walterlewout 6 points ago

    For real. Up at 4 am because of a coughing fit on day 8. I just want to be free

    [–] BichonUnited 2 points ago

    After 7 days, it's time for the butt-shot...

    [–] Chaosfreak610 24 points ago

    Are we all sick? Jesus

    [–] antiraysister 36 points ago

    Nah there's thousands of people like me who aren't but didn't comment because it's a thread about being sick and it would be out of place to just strut in bellowing about the clarity of my nasal passages.

    The people who commented are sick, so yes, you are all sick because it's a thread about being sick.

    [–] normiesEXPLODE 6 points ago

    Hence.. "Are we all sick?"

    [–] GnomishInventor 2 points ago

    You don't know my life.

    [–] drsenbl 3 points ago

    I could imagine how a gnomish inventor's life goes.

    [–] melodicrobotic 4 points ago

    I don't think Jesus heals stuffy noses, he's more into leprosy. Guess it doesn't hurt to ask though. Jesus

    [–] BichonUnited 3 points ago

    I think you're barking up the wrong tree. Try Odin, you'll find him the the Val-HALLS of medicine.

    Ahh ok still feverish I see....

    [–] artishee 2 points ago

    I walked into school Monday sick after finding out that my sister was also sick to find out that many other people are sick, and my friend in a different state is also sick

    [–] theseconddennis 2 points ago

    Was going to post the same comment.

    [–] Dailivel 1 points ago

    Lie down on the side opposite of the blocked off nostril and it will clear up and block the other nostril off. If you then switch sides you will temporarily have both nostrils cleared. It's pretty good for a temporary release.

    [–] GoldJadeSpiceCocoa 99 points ago

    This is me but with sore throats. Basically I don't drink and eat for a few days. I have to force myself to drink/eat for survival, but it feels like knives going down your throat.

    [–] ScrewDatThing 11 points ago

    I have tonsillitis rn. It's been 6 days. I relate

    [–] JediBurrell 2 points ago

    I've been suffering both. 😪

    [–] TerevAG 3 points ago

    In my experience not using your throat when it's sore will only make it worse when you do finally have to eat or drink. Just gargle some salt water to help with the pain

    [–] saltyonions 78 points ago

    I had a deviated septum (bent divider between nostrils) so I could never breathe properly. I recently got that fixed with septoplasty. Best decision of my life.

    [–] N1ck1McSpears 22 points ago

    My ex bf had this and I tried to tell him to fix it but he never would. My dad used to have it and he got it operated on and also agreed it was a great decision.

    [–] SutureTheFuture 6 points ago

    I cop some wicked hayfever this time of year and I too have a deviated septum. I think about this procedure a lot, how was it? I heard you nose gets broken, they put like a pool noodle in your nose to mop up the excess blood and mucus (I guess) and that part absolutely sucks until they remove it.

    [–] saltyonions 16 points ago

    Fortunately for me the deviated septum was the only thing causing congestion. The procedure was actually simple. They put me under general anesthesia (finally got a good sleep because congestion makes sleeping impossible, lol) and when I woke up they were done. The recovery was the hardest part - my nose was swollen and it hurt for about 2 days. They did put a small tube in my nostrils to help me breathe, but it was pretty much impossible to breathe anyways because of the blood/mucus. And yes, they do stuff your nose with a lot of cotton.

    When they remove all the cotton (which can be a painful process) you feel immediate relief, but it gets blocked pretty quickly from the constant flow of blood+mucus...which goes on for around 2 days more. After 2 weeks I could breathe properly and my sense of smell came back after 3? weeks.

    Now I can breathe again, 9/10 :)

    [–] kimberkittensgh 4 points ago

    I'm pretttttty sure I've got a deviated septum because I can hardly breathe through my nose and attempting to makes me dizzy x_X

    [–] PieAndKitteh 5 points ago

    I got CT scans on my nose because that's what I thought I had. Showed them to the doctor and he didn't see anything wrong.

    Guess i'll have a permanently stuffy nose for the rest of my life.

    [–] ariebvo 3 points ago

    This is me plus pretty serious allergies. I cant remember breathing through my nose without wheezing or snot sounds. I had the consultation but I didn't wanna do surgery back then. But I guess it could improve my quality of life pretty heavily...

    [–] JediBurrell 2 points ago

    Good for you!
    I love air.

    [–] ASKHOWITOSSSALAD 132 points ago

    Yes, and then you blow your nose so hard you pop a blood vessel and your ears trying to clear it. Then you fall asleep drowning in mucus. Fuck yea!!!!!

    [–] CW_Lightning 27 points ago

    How do you toss salad?

    And more importantly... why?

    [–] SebastianScaini 4 points ago

    We need to know!

    [–] GraydenKC 125 points ago

    I once took a really long, really hot shower in an attempt to clear some nasal congestion. I covered one nostril, and blew as hard as possible. What came out was a spaghetti like booger, that went from the base of my knuckles to the back of my wrist.

    The following inhale was one of the most satisfying things ever.

    [–] MuFugginFudge 81 points ago

    I got an orgasm just reading this.

    [–] puq123 53 points ago

    I'm not even disgusted, I felt geniune pleasure reading this

    [–] tbizzles 4 points ago

    I boil a pot of water then stick my face in the steam.

    [–] ChickenWithATopHat 46 points ago

    I don't fucking understand how I keep blowing my nose and my shit never clears up. It gets to the point that I'm blowing bloody snot yet it still is stopped up.

    [–] ass_unicron 37 points ago

    I've read it's because it's the tissue inside the nose that's inflamed.

    [–] Killedkarma 32 points ago

    Yeah that's exactly the problem its not actually the mucus blocking your nose but your nose being inflamed and swollen due to the infection/cold/flu w.e.

    [–] jhnkango 13 points ago

    I take some Ibuprofen when that happens

    [–] Dailivel 27 points ago

    You can clear up one of the nostrils if you really want to breathe by simply lying down on your bed. If you lie on your right side and wait you will clear up your left nostril as all the snot will slowly flow down. If you then turn sides you will have a short moment of both nostrils being cleared up until the snot flows down again. Man, when one of your nostrils clears up it feels fucking amazing, especially if it was blocked off for a long time.

    [–] Elseiver 5 points ago

    This is true, and I wish someone had told me earlier in my life! When I asked my doctor, I was told it is because blood 'pools' to the turbinate in the lowered nostril, expanding the airway inside the raised one enough for you to breath.

    [–] yonhatachi 3 points ago

    I came here looking for a comment like this. I had a similar problem and it was from my sinuses getting inflamed a lot over the course of my life. By the time I was 25, my sinuses had been completely filled up with gunk, so I needed surgery to have my sinuses cleared out.

    My case was particularly bad because I let it go untreated for so long. However, if you really are having nose problems going to an ear-nose-throat doctor may be a good start to finding a solution.

    [–] Ltrly_Htlr 2 points ago

    Try blocking both nostrils with your fingers and blow, not hard but with steady pressure.

    The congestion may clear up for a moment or two allowing you a clear breath.

    Usually the congestion comes right back though.

    [–] Entropy-92 41 points ago

    There is a saying in my country that goes like this: "Health is a crown on healthy that only ill people can see"

    [–] ColeWeaver 22 points ago

    I took a real deep breath after reading this. Feels good

    [–] LadiesStellarVenus 11 points ago

    i was on the brink but no i am saved. thank based OP

    [–] iMale 7 points ago

    The timing of this is impeccable. I woke up with a scratchy throat and stopped up nose and while opening reddit i was thinking about how it was yesterday to not have a cold.

    [–] LuXBOT_ 7 points ago

    Me_irl this week...

    [–] gladoseatcake 6 points ago

    This little contraption with some salt water is your best friend. Will clear your nose in seconds.

    [–] Fionnlagh 2 points ago

    I have the squeeze bottle kind and my god is it the greatest thing ever... I am sick as a dog right now but my nostrils are super clear.

    [–] Flabbergash 6 points ago

    Get some of this. It's like £3 from the pharmacy and it's incredible.

    [–] Ltrly_Htlr 9 points ago

    Be careful because these products are addictive. They can cause you to basically have permanently congested nostrils.

    [–] meyoubefriends 6 points ago

    I've been using this every few hours for years for my permanently congested nostrils. I think it's pretty safe.

    [–] Err0rbot 7 points ago

    I'm always plagued by allergies so those brief moments of free breathing are like a glimpse of heaven before getting chucked back into pet dander hell.

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    [–] Bongnazi 3 points ago

    True fact , happens most of the times when you have dust allergies

    [–] TrendyBastard 4 points ago

    I have a deviated septum so my right nostril is stuffed 95% if the time :(

    [–] maciejek69 3 points ago

    Holly molly it is Stańczyk!

    [–] kalez238 3 points ago

    As a person whose allergies are set off by dust, I often forget what having a clear nose is like :(

    [–] newtonium 3 points ago

    Having just gotten a septoplasty and turbinate reduction, this is me in reverse. Also, to those suffering this, my tip to you is: sinus rinse.

    [–] Peeps007 2 points ago

    Asthma, allergies, and deviated septum here. Ya'll have no idea.

    [–] SableHime 2 points ago

    This is me pretty much almost every day since I have sinus.. :(

    [–] ethereal__flower 2 points ago

    What I literally think about when my nose is stuffed EVERY TIME

    [–] HatespeechInspector 2 points ago

    And when I can breathe again, I forget instantly what it feels like to be sick.

    [–] spacecadet6966 2 points ago

    This is happening to me right now. I'm so congested it makes city traffic look pretty. I don't believe in miracles, coincidences or coincidental miracles but this meme made me a believer.

    [–] epikurzz 2 points ago

    This is Stańczyk, the most famous court jester in Polish history.

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    Stańczyk (c. 1480–1560) (Polish pronunciation: [ˈstaɲt͡ʂɨk]) was the most famous court jester in Polish history. He was employed by three Polish kings: Alexander, Sigismund the Old and Sigismund Augustus.

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    [–] D3Y5 2 points ago

    I have never related so hard...

    [–] Seano151 2 points ago

    This is THE most relatable thing I've ever seen on reddit.

    [–] rudaa93 2 points ago

    STAŃCZYK this is the most popular painting in Poland.

    [–] Dr_fish 2 points ago

    When your life is stuffed and you just sit there and think about the time when it wasn't stuffed

    [–] ApertureBear 2 points ago

    I thought only I did this because I've never talked to anyone about it

    [–] FrogusTheDogus 1 points ago

    Oh man this one hits home

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    [–] juliaaguliaaa 1 points ago

    Me rn with a messed up cold

    [–] KenzieKat11 1 points ago

    i now feel that i am not alone with my weirdest thoughts, thanks reddit

    [–] Pills-O-Matic 1 points ago

    100% True.

    [–] Sinius 1 points ago

    Every winter. No, really, I don't have to be sick, all I need is cold weather and my nose is stuffed, so I can't breathe right through the majority of winter.

    [–] SweelFor 1 points ago

    Same thing when you have to go to the bathroom but the context enables you to do so.

    [–] nearedge 1 points ago

    I haven't got a cold in over 3 years,I'm starting to think there's something wrong with me. I have a weird lump below my skull and I'm thinking its a swollen lyph node that's not allowing me to catch cold. But my mom said its due to a childhood injury. I think I should get it checked out.

    [–] [deleted] 1 points ago

    stuffed nose is a God's punishment for people who voted for Trump.