Fans of horror stories and video games are bound to know American writer, H. P. Lovecraft, as his name is pretty much on everything these days: Lovecraftian-this, Lovecraftian-that. A central theme in his works is that learning the truth about the world can drive you mad. But it’s not just knowledge about eldritch beings and uncaring cosmic gods that can shock you! Some jaw-dropping truths are closer to home, much more mundane, and far, far funnier.
That’s where the ‘Technically the Truth’ subreddit comes in. A community of nearly 1.26 million, they dedicate their time to sharing some hilarious examples of things that are technically true but completely unexpected. Check out some of their best posts below, upvote the ones that made you laugh, and be sure to check out their subreddit if you like their content!
Its Bigger I Swear!
We’ve got a theory that the reason why ‘Technically the Truth’ is so successful is because of the type of humor they use in their posts. Specifically, dad jokes! And who doesn’t love a good dad joke?
Scientifically speaking, dad jokes are bound to have lots of fans because they rarely (if ever) offend anyone by their very nature, comedian Paul Seven told the National Post.
They’re also ‘clean’ and require almost no extra context to get, as The New York Times points out. And the more accessible the jokes, the more fans you’re bound to get. However, comedian Seven also points out that stating the truth can and will offend some folks.
So ‘Technically the Truth’ is somewhere between (technically) the truth and dad jokes, having a ton of fun in the comfortable digital nook it’s carved out for itself.
Rule-wise, the subreddit puts a lot of emphasis on quality. So reposts are out (unless they’re older than 3 months) and you can actually get a temporary ban if you share certain controversial posts again.
The community also incentivizes its members (or ‘truthers’ as they’re known on the sub) to actually make good content and avoid ‘low effort’ and ‘lazy’ statements and titles. And it looks like it’s working because the quality’s great (and the member count proves it).