When in doubt, Reddit

by C.J. Konopka

Hey Honors!

  • Does your easiest class require attendance?
  • Do you ever feel like there are too many internet inside jokes to keep track off?
  • Do you wanna talk about fan theories of your favorite TV show that none of your friends watch?
  • Do you like watching cute animal gifs instead of doing homework?

If you have answered yes to any of these questions, or all them like me, I’m here to suggest Reddit.

What is Reddit?

Reddit is a social news/discussion/meme site that is kind of hard to classify. In its own words, Reddit is “the front page of the internet.” The site is a collection of forums called subreddits, or subs, where users post text/videos/gifs/links about a particular topic and other users can vote and comment on what is posted. Subreddits are incredibly diverse, from r/IAMA (ask me anything) where celebrities answer fan questions to r/finishing which is all about wood flooring. While you can browse Reddit without logging in, creating an account lets you vote on, comment on and even create posts. Most importantly, it lets you store a set of your own subreddits to view on your frontpage.

Your collection of subreddits includes a collection of popular communities such as r/funny and r/politics. As you explore the website you can add more subreddits to your collection. Here are some subreddits beyond the default that i think everyone should be subscribed to.

Most Have Subreddits

1) r/youtubehaiku
Youtube Haiku provides you with clips of the latest noteworthy or meme-worthy videos youtube has to offer. Posts are either tagged haiku which are clips of 10 seconds or less, or poetry which are clips of 30 seconds or less. This sub is a good way to stay up on the fads of the internet and always great for a quick laugh. The worse part about this sub is the smug reaction you’ll have when you see the same clips on facebook a few days later.

2) r/bestof
Oddly, this one isn’t on the list of default subs. Bestof provides links to posts people deem to be the best of Reddit. This sub is great for quality insight on other subreddits you don’t frequent.  A lot of the links are to comments which normally would get glossed over if your were searching r/all (the top of the website in general).

3) r/BetterEveryLoop
BetterEveryLoop is a collection of gifs that, as the name suggests, get better every loop. In these gifs, the background is usually funnier than the subject or you notice extra things each time. Here are some examples to give you a taste of the sub.

4) r/OutOfTheLoop
The internet is a very broad and ever changing place. If you ever find yourself confused about a running joke or topic, r/OutOfTheLoop has your back. For example, you may be wondering why you keep seeing pictures of Steve Harvey. A quick question on r/OutOfTheLoop will reveal that this is a joke referencing the Miss Universe screw up last year because the Oscars announced the wrong best picture winner.

Just his face has almost 20,000 Upvotes!

5) r/babyelephantgifs
This wholesome niche sub will provide you with two to three adorable gifs of baby elephants doing their thing per day. This simple but heartwarming community makes a great addition to your daily feed.



Honorable mentions:
These two subs are entirely of memes and are not for everyone. However they are very popular and definitely help make Reddit an entertaining site:

6) r/me_irl
The sub where memes are born, and die shortly after. This subs humor is self-deprecating and random. However, if you stick with it you get some hilarious moments such as a meme war between skeletons and crusaders which was won by Bionicles. If you like more grounded  “me in real life moments” check out r/meirl (no underscore).

7) r/PrequelMemes
Prequel here refers to the Star Wars prequel movies. This sub is only about a month old and rising quickly into a place in mainstream Reddit. This sub is great for those who grew up watching the Star Wars movies and still love them but also love making fun of them.

Happy internet surfing, Honors!

Humans of Honors: Megan Berntson

Major (and minor): Psychology and Management

Year: Junior

Hometown: West Des Moines, IA

FHP section (if FHP): N/A

What is your favorite honors memory? the Camino de Santiago seminar

What is something interesting about you? “I’m actually going to walk the Camino de Santiago in May!”

What is your dream job? Dreams about being a flight attendant, but will probably be therapist

What is your favorite smell? Her dog (mini Australian Shepherd named Cleo)

What’s your idea of a perfect date? Hiking!

If you could meet anyone fictional, who and why? Holden Caulfield (from Catcher in the Rye) because he’s a really interesting person

A College Student’s Guide to Cooking

by Becca Lair

In my family, learning how to cook is this special rite of passage into adulthood, in the shape of midwestern comfort food. It’s a bond spanning generations, from my great-grandmother, to my grandmother, to my mother, and now to me. I absolutely love cooking and sharing that love with others. However, after moving into an off-campus apartment with my new roommates, I began to realize that not all college students share that same affinity for cooking. Plus, cooking in college is actually really hard. Between classes, club meetings, and friends it just seems easier to buy something to go. In reality though, living off campus is pretty expensive and I definitely do not have the funds to eat out all the time. So, over the past few months I’ve been trying to make time for it, inviting my friends and my roommates to cook with me so we can hang out and have a special (and super cheap) meal. I’ve also had the privilege of teaching my very cooking-illiterate roommate the basics of cooking things like chicken, pasta, and most recently, beef. So far, it’s been working out pretty well, and I’d thought I would share some of my advice with you!

1. Recipes are really just suggestions. Don’t have papayas or rosemary or any other super fancy sounding thing that the Pinterest recipe calls for? Leave it out! Or, put something that you are actually familiar with in your food! The internet is also the best place for finding substitutions as well, especially if you’re dairy or gluten-free.

2. Beware of Pinterest and Tasty. I know the food always looks super good and you think it’s going to be easy, but when you read the recipe make sure that you know what at least 3/4ths of the ingredients are, and that it doesn’t take more than 6 or 7 ingredients and 8 steps to make it, especially if you are an inexperienced cook. A lot of times complicated meals like that end up taking hours to make and they never turn out very well. That being said however, the internet is an awesome resource for food and cooking hacks. Plus there a lots of apps now with awesome coupons for buying food just about anywhere!

3. Only have 10 minutes to make a meal? These are your best friend:

Basically they’re almost as easy as making ramen but they’re better tasting, you can pair them with meats or veggies, and they’re usually only $1 at Walmart. Plus depending on how hungry you are they can be two servings (yay leftovers!)

4. While many of my fellow meat-eaters tend to be scared of cooking meat, it really isn’t super difficult. Meat thermometers are a thing, if you’re really scared of your meat not being done. But also just make sure it isn’t pink and for the most part you should be okay. No shame in cutting into the meat to check it. Remember, it doesn’t have to be pretty, it just has to be edible. Also if you’re looking for reasonably priced meat, the Meat Science department at Kildee Hall does sell meat three times a week over the lunch hours!

5. Want to know the secret to making amazing midwestern comfort food? It’s probably this:

I use cream of mushroom soup in probably half of the dishes I make. It is mostly used in casseroles but it’s a really good and easy (and cheap) additive. Sometimes when I can’t figure out what I want/have no groceries, I will just combine this with some cooked ground beef and noodles and ta-da! it’s a meal. Other soups that rock for cooking include: cream of chicken, cream of celery, and tomato soup.

6. Freezers are hands-down the greatest invention of the 20th century. Don’t want to go to the store every other day? Freeze things! Vegetables, meats, leftovers, whatever! These things are all capable of being put in a freezer bag and saved up for another day. BUT, be prepared to become very good at organizing because space can be very limited when you have multiple roommates.

7. Lastly, food is meant to be shared! Sitting down with other people for a nice homemade meal is one of the best bonding experiences and should be done as often as possible, especially in college when life is absolutely crazy.

What is Kaleidoquiz (KQ)?

by Charlie Labuzzetta

This past weekend, from 4pm on Friday to 6pm on Saturday, campus and Ames were overrun by Pikachu-onesie clad Walmart patrons, Thift Shop Parody grocery shoppers, and other shenanigans. It was the 50th year of Kaleidoquiz!

According to KURE 88.5, ISU’s student radio organization, “Kaleidoquiz is a 26-hour radio contest. While the teams are answering the normal trivia questions every 6 minutes through-out the night, they are also scrabbling to finish scavenger hunts, trying to recognize a song or movie in the Montages, or performing some odd task that we set before them.”

Anders House, this year’s KQ winners

Each year Honors students, especially those belonging to Honors houses, invest a large portion of their weekend and lose a night of sleep for the glory of winning KQ. This year the Honors houses Harwood and Anders were two of the top competitors. Here is a list of some of the craziest moments from the 50th KQ:

  • Making a parody of “Thrift Shop” in a grocery store (check out Harwood’s winning submission here, and DJ Puhl’s remastered version here)
  • Removing the greatest number of clothes for the Curtiss to Beardshear run
  • Finding someone in an animal onesie who is “surrounded by walls” (aka in Walmart)
  • Traveling to Minneapolis to retrieve signed restaurant napkins in the Mall of America
  • Trading two paper clips for the wackiest things possible on Welch Ave
  • Writing a creepy love letter with words cut out of magazines
  • Calling random people with the initials K.Q. and asking if they’d come to Black Engineering as part of a scavenger hunt

It really was a blast! If you want to see any of the goofy pictures or videos taken during the event, be sure to check out the Kaleidoquiz Facebook page.

How to pack for spring break 2k17!

by Lauren Suhi

Spring break is fast approaching, and for many of us, that equates to finding the quickest plane ticket out of the dreary weather of the Midwest for a day or two! Or next week is simply a time to stay at home and avoid all homework and projects for a week.

But, if you do go to a fun, destination location—lucky you—here’s some quick tips to help you pack the more efficiently:

suhi1. How much baggage do you have? Are you flying? Then decide if you’d like a carry-on luggage or to check your bag. If you’re planning on taking things you can’t carry on to a plane, then checking your bag is the best option. Plus, if you have multiple layovers, then there is no hassle to lug around your bag. But if you want to skip the hassle of baggage claim, stick to it! Just remember it has to fit in that overhead compartment.

2. How many clothes do you really need? In many instances, you only really need one outfit per day. Odds are that you really only need about 5-6 shirts and 4-5 pairs of pants for a whole week. Try to bring items that you can reuse easily multiple days. If they get dirty? You can always wash clothes in the sink of the hotel room or other places if needed. Plus, if you’re going somewhere warm, it’ll dry super quickly!suhi-2

3. A day in their shoes? I always over pack shoes when I travel. A good rule of thumb is to really decide what footwear is ideal for your activities. For example, this spring break I’m planning on walking and hiking a lot, but also spending time at the beach, so I only need my Chaco’s and gym shoes. Cutting down on shoes is one of the easiest way to lighten your luggage and get more space out of your bag!suhi-3

4. Stop drop and roll! Once you have an idea on what you want to bring on the trip, try to pack outfits and roll them together. Make sure to fill all empty spaces. Fill shoes with socks and underwear to fill any space that would be generally wasted. Here’s some expert packing advice on how to fold things so they don’t wrinkle while maximizing space: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIk8v__Osm8

If you need any more advice there’s plenty of packing lists and tips online! I know that I’m for sure looking forward to getting away from the wind and cold of Ames to sunny, beautiful Costa Rica. Have an excellent, safe and relaxing break, everyone!


The Madness This March

by Allye Bodholdt

As February draws to a close and we near the month of March, we approach one of my favorite times of the year. It ranks right up there with Christmas, my birthday, Thanksgiving, and summer vacation…March Madness! Every spring I look forward to the conference tournaments, Selection Sunday, filling out my bracket, and watching the unbelievable upsets, and as Cyclone fans, I think we have even more to be excited about this season.


The Cyclone women are playing their best basketball of the season at the time when it matters most. While post-season play may have seemed unlikely just weeks ago, a five game win streak to end the regular season, including an upset of No. 6 Texas on the road, has changed all that. With the career of Seanna Johnson, one of the best Cyclone women’s basketball players coming to a close, March looks to be another special month for the Cyclone women!


The Cyclone men are also playing their best basketball heading into March! Like the women, they are riding a 5 game win streak into the last week of the regular season. With a 6-1 record thus far, the month of February has proven to be just as lucky for the men, as they saw wins over No. 9 Baylor and No. 3 Kansas on the road. With one of the best senior classes in Cyclone basketball history leading the way, the sky is the limit for the men come March!


Given how great the month of February was for the Cyclones, I am even more excited for the craziness that is March Madness this year. With both the Cyclone men and women playing so well, this March could prove to be something special!

Humans of Honors: Madeline Kim

kimMajor: Apparel, Merchandising, and Design

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Mason City, IA

Favorite Honors Memory: Going to the live music events as part of my honors seminar

Coolest place visited:  Charleston, South Carolina

Dream job: Technical designer for some large company

Cheered up by: A cup of tea

Historical figure to meet: Coco Chanel

Upcoming movie most excited for: Beauty and the Beast