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TIL On the tiny island nation of Tuvalu, everyday for about two hours before sunset hundreds of Tuvaluans, young and old, meet on the international airport runway to just hang out

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299 points · 6 months ago

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

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.

That most likely doesn’t go to the citizens.

12 points · 6 months ago

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

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Wrong thread bruh

-351 points · 6 months ago(11 children)

You posted in T_D about wanting to “tar and feather these n——rs”so I highly doubt that you are from this island bud.

What a bizarre troll account. Skimming through the post history was... interesting.

TIL what the reddit account of someone with severe mental illness looks like.

Here's hoping he doesn't shoot up a school.

-57 points · 6 months ago(0 children)

You can tell its a russian (or pretending to be russian) user because of the extra ((( on emoticons.

Original Poster14 points · 6 months ago

anyone actually from Tuvalu reading this?

im actually of tuvaluan descent but i barely have any ties to that side of my family, only know a few people

hey that’s pretty good

Pretty cool actually.

They’ve all drowned by now

If you believe that troll.

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.

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

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

So true.

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

2 points · 6 months ago · edited 6 months ago

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

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.

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

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5 points · 6 months ago

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

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

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

Disagree, airports prices on beer are way higher.

11 points · 6 months ago

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.

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

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3 points · 6 months ago

RIP he's been afk for 2 years

Believe.

holy crap, is this account legit?

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

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3 points · 6 months ago

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.

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.

Sounds like Mallory Square.......

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2 points · 6 months ago

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

17 points · 6 months ago · edited 6 months ago

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.

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14 points · 6 months ago

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?

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.

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1 point · 6 months ago

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.

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.

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3 points · 6 months ago

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.

I agree. We're definitely in agreement.

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

-21 points · 6 months ago(3 children)

Who touched you?

-11 points · 6 months ago(0 children)

This is awesome, thanks for posting!

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

That was uplifting.

Interesting and wholesome article. Well worth the read.

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

Soooo, real life Island of the Sequined Love Nun?

1 point · 6 months ago

What a neat blog. Thanks OP

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

Ahh no, that is a different place.

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

Literally no one cares

-6 points · 6 months ago(2 children)

Because today, he learned it.

Right, but I thought TILs were supposed to be quirky, interesting things. The sub is not really for random stuff like, "TIL Nathan Adler was born in December 1741"

-21 points · 6 months ago(0 children)

surely its not the isolation, its because they dont bootstrap enuf!

-20 points · 6 months ago(0 children)

2 hours before sunset?

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2 points · 6 months ago

Near the equator there is almost 12 hours of sunshine every day, cut out 4 for meals and the chilling on the tarmac and that’s still an 8 hours work day.

l hear the lazy bastards on Palau even sleep, probably don't even know their gdp

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