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Explain Like I'm Calvin

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In the spirit of /r/explainlikeimfive, here's a place to come up with the best explanation you can on topics you know nothing about. Inspired by Calvin's brilliant dad, who knew everything.

RULES (Inspired by ELI5):

  • Blatant speculation *only*. If you know the answer to a question, keep it to yourself! We only want the best and most creative wild guesses here. Even if you know the answer, make up something better.
  • Never cite sources. We're not looking for verifiable facts here. Your source should be your own crazy imagination.
  • Reference ELI5. Cross-posting good questions from /r/explainlikeimfive is encouraged, but if you do it, include a link back to the original question there (this will also help people who are interested in the "real" answers).


  • Please begin your questions with "LIC" or "ELIC".
  • If you're posting a non-question, do not use "LIC" or "ELIC".
  • Answers can be as simple or complicated as you want, but aim for humor. The spirit of the subreddit is to have a humorous exchange of completely made-up answers to life's burning questions. Feel free to add to other people's answers, or to follow-up with more questions for clarification.
  • Humor is necessary, but don't be a jerk. Try to avoid especially touchy subjects in questions, or giving blatantly offensive answers.
  • Feel free to pose a possible answer with your own question if you have a good theory.
  • "It builds character" is a perfectly appropriate answer, but remember that original answers also build character.




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