r/explainlikeimfive 10h ago

Other ANNOUNCEMENT! ELI5 introduces the ExplanationCoin!


Hey there, Explainers!

You all have asked and we're answering, welcome to the new future of r/explainlikeimfive! In a partnership with a wealthy benefactor, who shall remain nameless, we're introducing the latest and greatest in the Reddit blockchain experience! It's called: ExplanationCoin, otherwise known as EXP! We believe that EXP is a great way to gain a sense of pride in the community, which accomplishes our goal of fostering a place where people can come for easy-to-understand explanations to complex topics.

With EXP, you can shape the way r/explainlikeimfive functions! You can spend EXP to:

- get posts higher up in the "hot" feed

- get top-level comments further up in the thread

- add special tags onto good or bad comments, like "good answer" or "doesn't know what they're talking about"

- add special tags to good or bad posts, like "interesting question" or "google it!"

and, best of all...

- spend coins to immediately reverse a temporary ban! No longer will you be confined by pesky things like rules or common civility standards!

So with all these great features, you might be wondering, how do I earn ExplanationCoin? That's a great question! All you have to do is make good comments in r/explainlikeimfive threads, get lots of upvotes, and our proprietary software will count your sub comment karma towards the awarding of EXP!

Existing sub karma is excluded in fairness to the whole sub.

Best of all, in a short time you will be able to purchase EXP! Don't worry about the chore that is making productive and good comments, buy your way to success!

With all this exciting EXP talk, you might be wondering - where does EXP go when you spend it? That's the best part, it goes directly to the mod team! We'll then use it to purchase and create our own Explain Like I'm Five website where we can get out from under the thumb of the tyrann see our vision of the community come to fruition! Join us, won't you?

We hope everyone is excited about EXP! Without further ado, let's get to making money! EXP!

r/explainlikeimfive Dec 09 '22

Bots and AI generated answers on r/explainlikeimfive


Recently, there's been a surge in ChatGPT generated posts. These come in two flavours: bots creating and posting answers, and human users generating answers with ChatGPT and copy/pasting them. Regardless of whether they are being posted by bots or by people, answers generated using ChatGPT and other similar programs are a direct violation of R3, which requires all content posted here to be original work. We don't allow copied and pasted answers from anywhere, and that includes from ChatGPT programs. Going forward, any accounts posting answers generated from ChatGPT or similar programs will be permanently banned in order to help ensure a continued level of high-quality and informative answers. We'll also take this time to remind you that bots are not allowed on ELI5 and will be banned when found.

r/explainlikeimfive 5h ago

Biology ELI5: How are you able to go to bed super hungry, but wake up the next morning and not feel the need to eat anything?


r/explainlikeimfive 8h ago

Technology ELI5: How can a sudden power outage break your computer?


r/explainlikeimfive 1d ago

Biology Eli5 why does pressing my palms against my eyes create a kaleidoscope effect?


r/explainlikeimfive 7h ago

Chemistry eli5 Why does glass explode on the stove but can handle being in the oven just fine?


I had a glass dish that I've been using in baking. The other day I fked up and turned on the wrong burner when I was making something else. I never experienced it before but when I went to sit down suddenly a loud bang happened and the glass broke into a million shards. So why did that happen? I'd imagine it's something about molecules or something.

r/explainlikeimfive 16h ago

Other ELI5: how does a sign language interpreter deal with unfamiliar words?


Gameshow I'm watching just asked which citrus fruit is also known as a shaddock and, having never heard of it, wondered if the interpreter was in the same boat and had to spell it out or something

r/explainlikeimfive 6h ago

Chemistry ELI5: What actually happens to our wastewater? Do we actually end up drinking what was once urine?


Furthermore, what happens to traces of psychoactive chemicals, painkillers and other drugs that are assuredly washed into sewers and treated? Does that impact those who end up drinking that water downstream?

How "pure" is treated water? Is it purely H20 with nothing else present, down to its very atomic structure? Or are there traces?

r/explainlikeimfive 9h ago

Biology ELI5 : How do scientists determine what part of the brain performs what function?


r/explainlikeimfive 6h ago

Biology ELI5: How do the "holds" after the inhale and/or exhale in breathwork help? Slow, steady respiration leading to relaxation seems obvious, but how do the 4 to 7 second holds benefit the body/mind?


r/explainlikeimfive 2h ago

Other ELI5 why do dehydrated foods such as Cup Noodles contain lipids, and how can they (the lipids) be preserved for months ?


r/explainlikeimfive 3h ago

Economics ELI5: How did the housing market crash cause people to lose their homes?


I don’t have the financial literacy to understand how a market crash caused people to lose their homes. In my mind (and I guess I’m wrong) when you get your home and mortgage, don’t you have a set monthly payment for the term of the loan? If you were able to make the payment prior to the crash, how does a market crash change that? The only thing I can compare it to in my mind is buying a car. If I purchase a car, and have a set monthly payment, the ups/downs in market prices doesn’t change my ability to make a car payment that I was already paying. Someone ELI5 the factor(s) that I’m missing.

r/explainlikeimfive 5h ago

Chemistry ELI5: Where does the stain go with Tide pens?


When you remove a stain the stain generally is collected in whatever you’re using to remove it (water, rag, etc.) and turns it that color. The Tide pen always stays white and yet the stain disappears. How does this work? Why isn’t the pen collecting the color?

r/explainlikeimfive 3h ago

Physics Eli5: Why do ice cubes only fit perfectly in their original slot?


Bit of a lame question but if you take an ice cube and put it in any other slot in the tray it doesn’t fit perfectly. Why not? My ice tray is rock solid plastic and all the slots look exactly the same.

r/explainlikeimfive 28m ago

Biology ELI5 if you remove fat cells through liposuction, how is excessive food handled?


r/explainlikeimfive 6h ago

Technology ELI5 How can someone else see my router settings like what ports are open?


Title says it all. Not tech savvy.

r/explainlikeimfive 2h ago

Other ELI5: How did people accurately measure geographical features for more accurate maps in the past?


I was recently taking a look at older maps of the world and was intrigued when I saw the slow progression in geography accuracy. So before the creation of more modern technologies like aircraft, satellites, etc, how did maps become more and more accurate?

My guess: Repetition allowed for the very slow tweaking of measurements.

r/explainlikeimfive 21h ago

Chemistry ELI5: With all of the advancements made on this world, how have we not been able to make zero or low calorie amazingly tasting food like chocolate chip cookies!?!


r/explainlikeimfive 27m ago

Biology Eli5 how is it that scientists can tell how old a found artifact is ?


I just don’t understand how they can measure time by looking at a fossil in the first place.

r/explainlikeimfive 2h ago

Technology Eli5 : how do the old “magic eye” pictures work?


The picture must be offset someway but I’ve never figured it out. Can these be made at home with a computer?

r/explainlikeimfive 9h ago

Biology ELI5: Why is manure/feces used as fertiliser for plants?


Why are animal waste products used as plant food? Wouldn't the animal have already absorbed the nutrients from the food?

r/explainlikeimfive 5h ago

Engineering ELI5: Why do aeroplanes at cruising altitude appear so large?


Just watched an aeroplane fly over my city at 32,000ft according to FlightRadar24. I could see its wings, tail and (roughly) its branding.

Is it because 6 miles isn’t that long a distance for our eyes? On the flip side, looking down at earth from 32,000ft I don’t think I could see an aeroplane as clearly?

r/explainlikeimfive 6h ago

Biology Eli5: What causes bruising? And why do some bruise easier than others?


r/explainlikeimfive 10h ago

Physics Eli5: How does multifocal contact lenses work?


How can the same pair of lenses correct for both nearsightedness and farsightedness when they sit on the same place on the eyeballs?

r/explainlikeimfive 1d ago

Other ELI5 why aren't tranquilizer guns used on humans during stand-offs


Like, instead of tasers, live ammunition, etc, why isn't there some sort of investment in making tranquilizer guns to incapacitate criminals?

r/explainlikeimfive 1d ago

Mathematics ELI5-What is the fibonacci sequence?


I've heard a lot about the amazing geometry of fibonacci and how it it's supposed to be in all nature and that's sacres geometry... But I simply don't see it can some please explain me the hypes of it

r/explainlikeimfive 4h ago

Biology ELI5: Why is it not possible to "fight against" anesthesia and other sedative drugs?


I've been sedated multiple times before for surgeries and each time I have tried to fight against the drug, and each time I have miserably failed. Why is this not possible?