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    'Idiots Fighting Things' Is a Triumphant Commentary on the Human Condition

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    Derek Mead


    The last time I peed myself with excitement over a new subreddit, I spent about a week poring over the annals of /r/WhereDidTheSodaGo, obsessing over the sheer insanity of our infomercial-infested world. For such a specific subreddit—it's just weird GIFs taken from infomercials—it provides powerful commentary on just how obsessed modern humans are with buying their way out of simple problems, and just how inane our "But there's more!" culture has become.

    But for all our obsession with ridiculous gadgets we see on TV, we are still human, which means a whole lot of us are dipshits. Better yet, we're violent dipshits, and when you add booze to the mix, all bets are off. So while modern man is indeed obsessed with tool acquisition and solving life's ups and downs with IKEA therapy, /r/IdiotsFightingThings reminds us that we've all still got a bloodthirst for inanimate objects lurking deep inside. 

    I braved the asshattery to pull out some truly stunning portraits of the human experience, I hope you enjoy:

    This is one of the top posts in the day-old subreddit, and it's easy to see why. It's the perfect embodiment of the blinding rage people have towards, well, nothing.

    This post was titled "Fuck your trash!" which is perfect, as you just know this guy made a dated Chappelle's Show reference before going in for the kill.

    This video is fucking PERFECT. The slow pan along the countryside, then suddenly a Sasquatch-style shot of some guy picking up a log like he's the archetype of the human species. Then, to show off his stunning strength, he flips the log into a lake... and knocks himself unconscious. Humanity is doomed.

    Love the photoshopping on this one.


    This guy REALLY hates that goddamn ladder!

    I honesty have no idea what this guy was even trying to do.

    I can't decide what's better: the content of the video itself, or the fact that "Fat guy Runs into Sign!!" is what the English language has come to.

    "Area Man Dislikes Desks, Is Bad at Jumping"

    This surely is a joke, but I couldn't resist including it.

    Laugh all you want, but know that you share most of your DNA with this guy. The insanity is inside all of us.