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[–]Lazybeans 298 points299 points  (19 children)

Tuvalu also makes tons of money through the use of its country code domain name, .tv.

[–]eaglescout1984 45 points46 points  (3 children)

When I read that my first thought was, "Well, when your very tiny nation makes a lot of money simply shopping its internet domain, I guess you can spend 2 hours everyday doing nothing"

Not that it's true, but it's the first thing I thought.

[–]albatrossG8 1 point2 points  (2 children)

That most likely doesn’t go to the citizens.

[–]Bouwow 11 points12 points  (0 children)

If the money is spent on healthcare, pensions and other social benefits it certaintly does go to the citizens.

[–]MufasaAce 47 points48 points  (0 children)

The same thing is done in American Samoa. They also had a little local TV show called Flight Night where they would interview people, have conversations, and just hang out. Am. Samoa is so small youre bound to know someone on the incoming flight.

[–]hunkmonkey 65 points66 points  (3 children)

This is just the nicest piece I have read in a very long time.

[–]KingGorilla 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Clicked to read more about the runway but ended reading the whole thing. That seems like a nice place.

[–]Visticous 6 points7 points  (1 child)

So true.

Everybody, just read the article. It's very wholesome

[–]Thrill_Of_It 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Fuck if you say it's wholesome, I'm there, I'll let you know when I finish

Edit: read the damn article, that was such a fun experience

[–]Geschirrspulmaschine 232 points233 points  (2 children)

TIL On the tiny island of Manhattan, everyday for about two hours before sunset hundreds of New Yorkers, young and old, meet in a field in the middle of the city to just hang out.

It's called a public park...This one happens to double as a landing strip.

[–]Dr_Hexagon 41 points42 points  (1 child)

Yeah considering there is only 3 flights a week its not that surprising they use the runway for other purposes.

[–]Zampere 3 points4 points  (0 children)

No one expects... THE GIMLI GLIDER!!!

[–]donaldtrumptwat 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Wonderful, reminds me of my childhood in a Lancashire village in the early 1950’s... magnificent ... thank you

[–]LegendaryFalcon 25 points26 points  (1 child)

That's in every way better than hanging out in a pub.

[–]ReadsStuff 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Disagree, airports prices on beer are way higher.

[–]mcpat21 10 points11 points  (0 children)

As a flight student, there are fewer really relaxing and calming places on earth than standing out on the tarmac on a clear starry night. Sometimes I stand out there for the longest times near our hangar.

PS - Our town doesn’t have many flights a day especially past like 8pm.

[–]Renegade_Meister8 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Sounds like the early days of the multiplayer mod for /r/justcause 3

[–]BornInTheRSA 2 points3 points  (4 children)

Calling /u/PMofTuvalu

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

RIP he's been afk for 2 years

[–]zulu-bunsen 0 points1 point  (1 child)

holy crap, is this account legit?

[–]BornInTheRSA 0 points1 point  (0 children)

No way to know for sure. I mean, we barely even get any information about this whole country.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I wish America had something like this. I've been to Italy and China and they both had large mixed generational groups just hanging out on the piazzas and squares.

[–]twistedlimb 6 points7 points  (0 children)

i think the reason a lot of america doesnt have this is because we have weird zoning laws. in lots of places in the us, zoning says you need 3 bedroom houses with a driveway and garage. that dictates what kind of families can live there, and it has effects down the line of how the town functions. in big cities you have a bigger mix, but in a lot of america, you have a homogeneous built environment, so you get homogeneous towns.

[–]lennyflank 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Sounds like Mallory Square.......

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Kind of. Except that would be 99% tourists in attendance, instead of locals.

[–]50eggs 13 points14 points  (10 children)

As a US citizen is a big city, it's always been intriguing and satisfying to see how people from poorer countries always seem so genuine, humble and happy with lives that aren't focused on materialism and a need to impress others. I'm sure in Tuvalu there are monetary classes and balances; but, in general, it just seems so simple and easy.

[–][deleted] 12 points13 points  (5 children)

i've often found that money can only improve your life to a certain point. like the wealthier business owners i've worked with in the past had terrible personal lives. they're always caught up in some scheme to screw each other over (in a divorce) and worrying about their material things. honestly i would rather be poor than like them.

like once you've got your worldly needs handled, why not just chillax with the people around you and have a good time?

[–]forbesno1 5 points6 points  (4 children)

I used to think the same way. But Security for uncertainty, and the power to do what you want in most situations. Plus the desire to ensure a strong start in life for future generations is a strong imperative.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (3 children)

that's why i said up to a point, like once my needs are taken care of, and i include emergency fund as a need, having a whole ton of extra money just doesn't appeal to me. that being said i am a minimalist so it's not like my world costs a ton of money. my examples are anecdotal too, i'm sure there are plenty of well rounded, wealthy people, but seeing how terrible these individuals are keep me mindful of what money does to people when they let it take over their lives.

[–]forbesno1 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I'm a minimalist in my needs too, that's for sure. But without sacrificing my peace of mind or happiness beyond a stop-loss, I'm going for the money. In an ethical and beneficial way. Not idealism, the most practical and sustainable way to make real wealth is to be frugal and provide continuous benefit to those who pay you, whether bosses or consumers.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

i think we're more in agreement than our first comments imply. ultimately "i'm on the do what you do, just don't be a shitty person about it" side. like i don't actually feel that there's anything wrong with personal wealth, but if i've gotta hurt others to acquire or maintain that wealth, it's not worth it to me.

[–]forbesno1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I agree. We're definitely in agreement.

Look. An internet argument that ended positively and in agreement. I think we just fixed the world.

[–]TheDrDetroit 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This is awesome, thanks for posting!

[–]rainwulf 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Woa. That's incredible. Would be an amazing place for a holiday!

[–]hokeyphenokey 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That was uplifting.

[–]BigDataBoy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Interesting and wholesome article. Well worth the read.

[–]joaozinhos 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's a nice thing to do. Just make sure you have clearance first!

[–]Clockwork_Pet 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Soooo, real life Island of the Sequined Love Nun?

[–]ibdx 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What a neat blog. Thanks OP

[–]ketimmer -4 points-3 points  (1 child)

It seems like a fun social gathering thing now. But I wonder if it was originally a cargo cult activity.

[–]PJenningsofSussex 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Ahh no, that is a different place.

[–]tzar-chasm -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Above ground burial seems popular over there.

Maybe someone from Ireland should go over ther and explain the Dolmen to them.

If anyone feels like sponsoring me I'd be happy to assist

[–]longjohnbonbon -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

Literally no one cares