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[-] [email protected] 206 points 4 weeks ago

The children yearn for the mines.

[-] [email protected] 48 points 4 weeks ago* (last edited 4 weeks ago)

Trees and grass and other green things around you in the garden have a positive psychological effect. The feeling of having done something visible has a positive psychological effect. Getting a physical workout has a positive psychological effect.

I know yours is a humorous comment, but a child digging in a garden has nothing to do with them yearning to be an early-capitalism style child laborer.

[-] jose1324 31 points 4 weeks ago
[-] Plastic_Ramses 8 points 4 weeks ago* (last edited 4 weeks ago)

Jesus dude, go touch some grass.

We all know it's bad for children to work in mines, its a joke.

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[-] givesomefucks 108 points 4 weeks ago

I mean, yeah...

I grew up on a farm, if kids got too hype, they got chores.

If you keep a husky puppy locked up in an apartment all day, it's gonna act out and destroy shit and be difficult.

Same thing with a human kid.

You gotta let them burn that energy kut, giving them an iPad isn't going to make them tired.

[-] [email protected] 60 points 4 weeks ago

Considering how humans evolved we're not that different from huskies. We're supposed to be walking 20 miles a day.

[-] [email protected] 32 points 4 weeks ago

Crazy thing is, walking 20 miles a day isn't burning that many calories. By the end of the day, if it is flat ground and you're used to it, 20 miles isn't even enough to be sore or tired…

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[-] [email protected] 31 points 4 weeks ago

giving them an iPad isn't going to make them tired.

Try putting it in nightmode to eliminate the blue light. /s

[-] [email protected] 97 points 4 weeks ago

Children yearn for the mine.

[-] [email protected] 88 points 4 weeks ago

A 6'x3' hole?

Little dude is chill now because he's dug your fucking grave, man!

Talk about cathartic. Everytime he feels like you're a dick to him, all he's gotta do is think of that hole waiting to swallow your body.

And he's got a blunt instrument with a handle to fix the size difference, that he's getting real good at wielding.

Hand him the shovel if you want, but don't turn your back.

[-] BassaForte 36 points 4 weeks ago

Damn, that's one way to call someone short.

[-] [email protected] 15 points 4 weeks ago

Either short or a shallow ass grave.

[-] [email protected] 26 points 4 weeks ago

It's only 2 measurements of a 3D hole, I assumed depth wasn't specified and it was 6 feet long and a yard wide. Traditionally graves are also 6 feet deep but that's not always practical, so if it's less you should put rocks on top to keep animals from digging it up. Since I'm pretty sure the kid isn't going to bother with a coffin, even if OP is taller than 6 feet, their knees and spine are bendable.

[-] [email protected] 7 points 4 weeks ago

That's fair. I hadn't thought about the missing third measurement.

[-] [email protected] 7 points 4 weeks ago

I could of course be wrong and it's six feet deep x 3x3. Not sure how a kid is throwing the dirt up and out, but possible. And easy to dump in a body, it'd just crumple down in there. Less suspicious in appearance too. Stick a little tree on top, water it in.

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[-] [email protected] 63 points 4 weeks ago

Kid found his calling: to become a Dwarf.

[-] weariedfae 31 points 4 weeks ago

I was gonna say geologist.

[-] Semi_Hemi_Demigod 45 points 4 weeks ago

I knew a kid who loved bass fishing, but there were carp in the creek near where he lived. So he would go out at night and bowhunt the carp. In a couple years he'd cleared miles of river of the nasty things, and he had the best bass fishing in the area.

Later on he went to college and got a degree in fisheries.

[-] Dremor 9 points 4 weeks ago

A degree in fishery? Sounds fishy.

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[-] [email protected] 23 points 4 weeks ago
[-] Ultragigagigantic 6 points 4 weeks ago

尺ㄖ匚Ҝ 卂几ᗪ 丂ㄒㄖ几乇! 🐞

[-] [email protected] 51 points 4 weeks ago

Never underestimate the catharsis of digging a hole.

Unless you live on hardpan. Fuck hardpan.

[-] [email protected] 60 points 4 weeks ago* (last edited 4 weeks ago)

Who was that guy that discovered something very important in physics, and he said the elves told him about it? The elves that were in the massive holes/caves he would dig in his back property, as his outlet. I forget how large his friends said the tunnels were, but he clearly spent a lot of time digging tunnels.

Edit: Seymour Cray, of the Cray supercomputer. AKA The Father of Supercomputing.

John Rollwagen, a colleague for many years, tells the story of a French scientist who visited Cray's home in Chippewa Falls. Asked what were the secrets of his success, Cray said "Well, we have elves here, and they help me". Cray subsequently showed his visitor a tunnel he had built under his house, explaining that when he reached an impasse in his computer design, he would retire to the tunnel to dig. "While I'm digging in the tunnel, the elves will often come to me with solutions to my problem", he said.

Cray has been called solitary, uncommunicative, secretive, and difficult to get on with. Frank Sumner, Professor of Computer Engineering at the University of Manchester, met Cray on several occasions and refutes suggestions that he was a prickly character: "He was a very friendly man, and perhaps the greatest all-round computer scientist ever", says Sumner.

[-] [email protected] 9 points 4 weeks ago

I think Seymour Cray may have had a gas leak in his basement.

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[-] [email protected] 35 points 4 weeks ago

Humans don't respond well to having nothing to do.

[-] Entropywins 15 points 4 weeks ago

I respond pretty damn well to that

[-] shneancy 14 points 4 weeks ago

for a week or two yes, but once the novelty of just chilling runs out you start feeling like shit

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[-] ZeffSyde 33 points 4 weeks ago

I'm on the spectrum and digging a hole, diggy diggy hole. Diggy diggy hole!

[-] TooLazyDidntName 28 points 4 weeks ago

Guessing it's just the exercise? I feel more in control of my emotions after a nice long walk.

[-] [email protected] 26 points 4 weeks ago

Human beings crave agency and usefulness, even the little humans and even in little ways.

[-] fidodo 13 points 4 weeks ago

Sunlight too is incredibly important for mood

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[-] [email protected] 27 points 4 weeks ago* (last edited 4 weeks ago)

I had a great time with my brother in law a couple years ago shoveling snow off my parents drive....

So much so we continued into the road and did a houses length in each direction.

was fun (when we were done) watching cars struggle almost all the way up the road until they got to our bit, have a couple seconds of perfect driving experience, before re entering the icy hellscape.

I was sore the next day tho

[-] Ultragigagigantic 25 points 4 weeks ago

Holes, a wildly popular movie about the very real problem of exploitative kids camps. And yet they persist...

[-] [email protected] 32 points 4 weeks ago

The children yearn for the mines

[-] [email protected] 22 points 4 weeks ago

Turns out exercise and purpose is good for kids. Breathing through disappointment is a buddhist technique, a letting go technique. But letting go is only half of mental health. The other half is going after things.

[-] TankovayaDiviziya 7 points 3 weeks ago

Humans are not evolved to be sedentary. We need to be going out and about to be stimulated, not just physically but also mentally.

[-] Crackhappy 20 points 4 weeks ago

Hell yeah! I did this kind of thing a lot with my kids. Give them a backpack, a flip phone, lunch and drinks and tell them to go explore a hill visible from the house.

[-] [email protected] 17 points 4 weeks ago

I unwittingly terraformed a huge swath of land that started flooding when they flattened out the gravel road to our house over the course of a month or so with a spade when I was 10. This post is weirdly accurate.

I sometimes think of going back there to see what happened since but I'm not sure if someone lives there these days.

[-] [email protected] 13 points 4 weeks ago

I love to dig. My dad used to get mad at me for failing classes in school, which happened often. He'd say, "Do you wanna go dig ditches for a living?!"

Now I'm a software developer and yeah I like it. It shuts my brain off. I wish I could do it part time or even just as an exercise but I live in a suburb and any time you want to dig you have to make a phone call and wait for someone to come out

[-] [email protected] 6 points 4 weeks ago

Have you considered calling the locating service, get them to mark the entire yard, and then taking pictures so you know areas are okay to dig in going forward? I’ve been considering doing that for my yard just so I know where I can safely landscape.

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[-] Sam_Bass 9 points 4 weeks ago

Future in land management

[-] Madison420 7 points 3 weeks ago

So homeboy read holes right? Just needs to turn over a boat and hide peaches.

[-] [email protected] 7 points 4 weeks ago

I feel better after playing the dirt as well. I moved a bunch of compost today and I am feeling better. We need to do something physical and real.

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[-] [email protected] 6 points 4 weeks ago

Dig it oh oh oh, dig it

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