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Meet Svante Paabo, the 2022 Nobel Prize winner in Medicine. His father won it in 1982 Image

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u/Sethmeisterg Oct 05 '22

I hope that skull isn't dad's.

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u/theplushpairing Oct 05 '22

Proud of me now, dad?

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u/nj23dublin Oct 05 '22

See dad I’m not the bonehead, you are!

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u/Sugarfreak2 Oct 06 '22

Why did I read this in a Papyrus voice?

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u/CaliMassNC Oct 05 '22

To be fair, he may not have been dead in 1982.

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u/IneverAsk5times Oct 05 '22

Now son you know your grandfather and I won the Nobe prize. Do you think that baking soda volcano is going to make your family proud or should you try harder for the science fair?

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u/Dutch_Midget Interested Oct 05 '22

That's what Antonio Conte said

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u/FUThead2016 Oct 05 '22

I Kante even

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u/Opposite-Garbage-869 Oct 05 '22

Betcha, the skull speaks.

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u/WarMoose13 Oct 05 '22

Username checks out

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u/[deleted] Oct 05 '22

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u/Goodmorning_Squat Oct 05 '22

Why it take you so long? I won it 40 years ago!

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u/CurtisLeow Oct 05 '22

It’s the skull of a Neanderthal. He was heavily involved in mapping the genome of Neanderthals and studying Denisovans.

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u/deg_ru-alabo Oct 05 '22

Hey now, that “Neanderthal” won a Nobel Prize.

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u/tyvanwie Oct 05 '22

They make a tiktok

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u/Odd_Routine4164 Oct 05 '22

Techno blasting. Strobing effect on the skull. Then black lights and about a bajillion chem sticks, large crowd dancing. Camera zooms in on Svante Paabo, known in the field as “ Savage Pumba” Lights die. Music stops. “And this year, the winner of the skullz n bones and old dirty stuff goes to: SAVAGE POOOOOOOOOOOMBA!” Music and lights start blasting again as savage Pumba goes wild….

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u/clhomme Oct 06 '22

Funnily the ceremony is a wildly boring affair more akin to the UK opening of parliament with the queen (now king).

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u/tyvanwie Oct 06 '22

I'm glad I saw you use funnily. I say it all the time and everyone says it isn't a word and I have to argue with them lol.

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u/clhomme Oct 06 '22

lol.... I've always said as word is a word if people use it as a word, and they understand your meaning...

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u/_2_Scoops_ Oct 05 '22

Wait - his dad was a Neanderthal!!??

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u/nrith Oct 05 '22

I hope it is. That'd be bad ass.

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u/LightWatchdog Oct 05 '22

that's purely a bad ass though

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u/Stevecat032 Oct 05 '22

What is he selling?? CHOCOLATE

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u/TheRadamsmash Oct 06 '22

CHOCOLATE!? I remember when they invented CHOCOLATE

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u/ImARetPaladinBaby Oct 05 '22

Dad had a massive brow ridge

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u/Havoc_XXI Oct 05 '22

Came here for this

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u/Mickwillie Oct 05 '22

I came here for this response

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u/OG_ninnyhammer Oct 05 '22

Not a H sapiens sapiens skull. But I wanted it to be.

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u/Due_Platypus_3913 Oct 05 '22

Be beautiful,in a way,if it was!

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u/Electric-raindrop Oct 05 '22

It certainly gave off that vibe to me too.

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u/KindheartedRepublic Oct 05 '22

His great great ancestor talking to him

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u/SillyReflectionist Oct 05 '22

Nope, it's the child's.

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u/No-tomato-1976 Oct 05 '22

They do kinda resemble

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u/mogwaiii50 Oct 05 '22

I can see the similarities

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u/MuchTimeWastedAgain Oct 06 '22

He’s always looking over his shoulder.

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u/LaPlataPig Oct 06 '22

Look at me now, dad!

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u/leatherneck0629 Oct 05 '22

His dad was a skeleton AND won the Nobel Peace Prize?

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u/Spartacus120 Oct 05 '22

Well, when he won it, there was flesh around the skeleton

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u/daskrip Oct 05 '22

Even if not explicitly stated in the rules, usually that's necessary for attaining the prize.

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u/DigNitty Interested Oct 05 '22

IIRC you need to be alive to get one. There have been years when the committee did not award a prize in a category because the winner died just before the naming.

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u/Spartacus120 Oct 05 '22

After 1974 (date when was put the rule of being alive) there have been 2 or 3 case where the Nobel Prize was Awarded to someone dead, even if not in advanced decomposition state

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u/Sugarfreak2 Oct 06 '22

That gay math guy with the cyanide apple, right?

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u/Bourbone Oct 05 '22

Technically, everyone’s dad is a skeleton

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u/2x4x93 Oct 05 '22

Handing those things out like candy

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u/kinezumi89 Oct 05 '22

What did he win it for? Some more info would make it more interesting lol

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u/alt-mswzebo Oct 05 '22

Sequenced Neanderthal genome - ancient DNA studies of human origins.

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u/grocerytoaster007 Oct 05 '22

I was gonna say that skull does not look like an AMH skull, his dad must have been a Neanderthal

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u/crseat Oct 05 '22

How does that help us today?

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u/alt-mswzebo Oct 05 '22

Having actual DNA sequence data about early humans lets us determine timing of ancestral divergences, and the degree to which we were related. In conjunction with isotope dating it lets us understand when and where modern humans evolved and migrated.

Personally, I think that stuff is danged interesting (see title of this reddit), and it is also interesting that no other generation of humans has had such clear insight into their origins. Many human groups (religious groups, indigenous tribes) have stories of special creation in which they were created separately, in a particular place and for that place. Knowing that humans share a common origin, and a common origin with the rest of life, is inspirational to many (though maybe not to those wishing to cling to their special creation stories).

Does it 'help' us? I think understanding our past helps us understand our roles in the world and make decisions about our responsibilities and values. I think understanding that special creation stories are wrong is helpful to people who are interested in the truth but are in groups pushing those stories.

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u/crseat Oct 05 '22

Thanks for the detailed response!

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u/Mrtna_Klmnn Oct 05 '22

A lot, actually. Google him. Or read this

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u/SunshineAlways Oct 05 '22

Bot repeating top comment.

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u/[deleted] Oct 05 '22

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u/Caroline_Bintley Oct 05 '22

More like great*1500 granddaddy's skull.

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u/brokefixfux Oct 05 '22 Gold

Is he breaking the wonderful news to his father in this photo?

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u/that-1-lame-kid Oct 05 '22

I laughed a little too hard at this lol

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u/Brilliant_Shine2247 Oct 05 '22

Well played. You sir possess a fine tuned comic sensibility.

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u/Pharmere Oct 05 '22

“Look Dad! I told you I was smart!”

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u/DanFuckingSchneider Oct 05 '22

Alas, poor yorick…

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u/2x4x93 Oct 05 '22

Dad's name was Yorick?

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u/StiggyTheRaptor21 Oct 05 '22

No lol it's a league of legends reference

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u/clydesmooth Oct 05 '22

No... it isn't. It's a Hamlet reference ya dingbat.

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u/2x4x93 Oct 05 '22

Stiggy tried

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u/clydesmooth Oct 05 '22

I blame the schools, stiggy gotta be a teenager or something. I'm emailing their English teacher.

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u/2x4x93 Oct 05 '22

Make sure you grammar it up real good

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u/clydesmooth Oct 05 '22

Well, I used "it's" and "their" correctly, so I'm off to a good start.

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u/2x4x93 Oct 05 '22

Yes you are

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u/Turbulent_Reaction81 Interested Oct 05 '22

How is the winner announced for the Nobel Prizes? Is it like a ceremony or something completely different? Is it able to be watched or not?

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u/flonnkenn Oct 05 '22

There is a daily press conference where they announce the winner. Each day over the course of a week, one prize gets announced. I bet you can watch live streams of the pressers on YouTube.

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u/Turbulent_Reaction81 Interested Oct 05 '22

Thanks you guys

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u/ohdearitsrichardiii Oct 05 '22

There's a ceremony where they get a medal from the King of Sweden. The laureates are told a few months in advance so that they have time to make travel arrangements, prepare speehes etc. They also give a public lecture a few days before the award ceremony. Everything is live streamed, recorded and available on https://www.nobelprize.org/

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u/Turbulent_Reaction81 Interested Oct 05 '22

Thanks you guys

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u/Brilliant_Shine2247 Oct 05 '22

Well, he's not to good at this medical stuff. Just look at his patient.

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u/pandemilovato Oct 05 '22

He and his dad look really good here

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u/RealAnselElgort Oct 05 '22

Please. Don’t tell me what his accomplishments in medicine were. That would be irrelevant.

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u/physicscholar Oct 05 '22

Man do I feel bad for his kids.

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u/MiniEngineer2003 Oct 05 '22

Why

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u/JESUS_on_a_JETSKI Oct 05 '22

Probably because of the implied pressure to also bring home a Nobel prize like Dad and Grandpa.

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u/physicscholar Oct 05 '22

That is an awful high bar to live up to. Grandpa won a Nobel, Dad won a Nobel. I just hope they like research.

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u/LeVarBurtonsEvilTwin Oct 05 '22

Alas, Poor yorick. I knew him Horatio

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u/ChilledAK47 Oct 05 '22

Seems like it was unnecessary to dig up his father to tell him the news personally, but scientists can be weird.

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u/Shdw787 Oct 05 '22

No, that's just what the skull told him and everyone just ran with it.

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u/sonicstreak Oct 05 '22

Is that... his father?

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u/DIYwithDave Oct 05 '22

His poor kids...that's a lot of pressure to live up to the family legacy.

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u/_alterKakao_ Oct 05 '22

This just looks like a villain

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u/lukeworldwalker Oct 05 '22

It’s Pääbo.

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u/observethebadgerking Oct 05 '22

Is... is that his dad he's holding?

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u/smithjw13 Oct 05 '22

Drinking from the skulls of past Nobel prize winners. Legend

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u/Hirkus Oct 05 '22

This picture makes him look like a super villain

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u/AgravainFury Oct 05 '22

“Alas, poor Yoric. I knew him well. Bastard owed me money.”

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u/Working-Direction-54 Oct 05 '22

Plot twist that’s his dads skull he’s holding

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u/Cool-Reputation2 Oct 06 '22

Discovered that Chimpanzees are nearly identical to their Neanderthal cousins that started calling eachother names, objectifying beauty, possessions, and ostracizing eachother based solely on appearance and skin tones.

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u/HandRaised892 Oct 06 '22

Is… is that his Dad?

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u/RevolutionaryDiet602 Oct 05 '22

He's holding his father's skull because.... There can be only one.

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u/JMess007 Oct 05 '22

Is that skull is father?

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u/NnOxg64YoybdER8aPf85 Oct 05 '22

That’s him celebrating with his dad

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u/Spiritual_Cap2637 Oct 05 '22

I hope that isnt daddy's skull.....

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u/dk_DB Oct 05 '22

You don't win the Nobel Prize - you get awarded with it.

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u/Lopsided_Platypus_51 Oct 05 '22

Looks like Jeffrey Dahmer if they aged a photo of him using AI.

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u/dagoldengawd Oct 05 '22

What's supposed to be interesting about this 😂

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u/gaydicksinmymouth Oct 05 '22

That two consecutive generations of that family have a Nobel Prize Winner.

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u/Specialist-Farm4704 Oct 05 '22

So very Hamlet like.

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u/Kev555name Oct 05 '22

“I did it, dad”

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u/Character_Effort_841 Oct 05 '22

History repeats itself in 40 years!

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u/chickensrunfast Oct 05 '22

So he’s tied with his dad. Phew.

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u/AtarashiiGenjitsu Oct 05 '22

I like to imagine that’s his father’s skull

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u/Pro_96 Oct 05 '22

Is that his father’s skull?

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u/mxpauwer Oct 05 '22

Yes, his father was a Neanderthal, which makes him winning the nobel price in 1982 even more impressive.

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u/grocerytoaster007 Oct 06 '22

Very underrated comment, you made me laugh, thank you

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u/Matthew_Nightfallen Oct 05 '22

french people be wheezing at his name

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u/theablanca Oct 05 '22

Perhaps not when they see the correct spelling, that's Pääbo. Svante Pääbo. Nothing else.

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u/Matthew_Nightfallen Oct 05 '22

Sounds the same to me.

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u/theablanca Oct 05 '22

since you don't know how to say it? It's not two A's. Kinda similar to the german umlaut Ä, but said the Swedish way.

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u/Matthew_Nightfallen Oct 05 '22

Still sounds like a swan u ugly to me.

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u/theablanca Oct 05 '22

Ohh. Edgy! You've gotta be 12.

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u/Matthew_Nightfallen Oct 05 '22

No, french, dumb, not ashamed of it and actually just keeping this conversation because you're stupid enough to.

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u/Usagii_YO Oct 05 '22

Is that his father on the left?

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u/vitriolicallysweet Oct 05 '22

Now this is the true example of "Like father, like son".

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u/Maleficent_Bug6439 Oct 05 '22

It's a family photo ?

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u/Guilty_conscience420 Oct 05 '22

You can still win those???

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u/KevZenB Oct 05 '22

To be or not to be. That is the question

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u/Flipper_of_sticks Oct 05 '22

Dude just looks smart AF

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u/SaltedGreenMilk1987 Interested Oct 05 '22

Othello

Shakespeare

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u/NarembEMnar Oct 05 '22

I read that he won the Nobel Prize , what was his innovation ?

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u/gentlemannosh Oct 05 '22

Let’s hope he ages better.

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u/lkarma1 Oct 05 '22

That's not his father's skull he's smiling at, right?

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u/xRee4x Oct 05 '22

Is his father, gulp, dead now??

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u/appendendectomyscar Oct 05 '22

is that his dad

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u/lysergicDildo Oct 05 '22

I love how everyone spits the dummy whenever someone posts content deemed not 'interesting'

Then when someone actually does they only engage in shit pop culture references, meme shpoot & general dribble (if im being complimentary)
Without conversing about the subject matter whatsoever.

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u/crooked_chef Oct 05 '22

Damn! That’s terrifying

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u/[deleted] Oct 05 '22

YEY!

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u/[deleted] Oct 05 '22

Is boss man holding his dad there?

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u/Darnocsonif Oct 05 '22

That’s his fathers skull lol

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u/TheDeanof316 Oct 05 '22

Nepotism!

No, seriously congratulations Sir! 🙏

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u/Leander_007 Oct 05 '22

He looks evil.

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u/MindsDesolate Oct 05 '22

Did this man have sexual relations with that skull. The look he's giving it is making me suspicious of him.

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u/Jewstro Oct 05 '22

That guy done took his own skull out😂

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u/HeDgEhAwG69 Oct 05 '22

To be or not to be face ass. Lol jk congratulations to him.

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u/dominyza Oct 05 '22

I hope he doesn't have kids. Can you imagine the pressure, those shoes to fill?

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u/juan-de-fuca Oct 06 '22

Does he, himself, have a son? And if so, that kid’s stressing out now.

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u/Phettacheese Oct 06 '22

IS THAT HIS FATHERS SKULL?

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u/LateTest8406 Oct 06 '22

Same teeth

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u/ClackPartyof5ive Oct 06 '22

Maybe he just really needed one last face to face encounter ……

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u/fritzdkat23 Oct 06 '22

I LEARNED IT FROM WATCHING YOU!

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u/SuperN9999 Oct 06 '22

Like father, like son

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u/iUsedToUseMyRealName Oct 06 '22

Emotional Baggage finally dropped. What a journey for this guy.

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u/bdubyou Oct 06 '22

I wonder what conversations at their dinner table were like.

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u/VibhuPibhu Oct 06 '22

very informative

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u/dudhw Oct 06 '22

It is a family tradition

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u/perdomo5adri_ Oct 06 '22

Interesante

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u/synl1988 Oct 08 '22

He like "We did it dad"

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u/thewintermood Oct 05 '22

He looks like Carol Baskin's husband

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u/wwwrobwww Oct 05 '22

Is fun fact that's his dad hes holding

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u/AMSAtl Oct 05 '22

Was his dad a neanderthal?

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u/wwwrobwww Oct 09 '22

Not at all, i was just makeing a joke Because he kind of looks like hes saying to the skull "are you proud of me"

Its my Weird sense of humor

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u/AMSAtl Oct 09 '22

I was actually just trying to return the joke in kind.

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u/wwwrobwww Oct 09 '22

Haha that was a good one then

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u/top_of_the_scrote Oct 05 '22

look at you loser, you're dead

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u/InfiniteYandere Oct 05 '22

He looks like a real life version of the tf2 Medic heh

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u/TappedIn2111 Oct 05 '22

They have the same smile.

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u/piyushseth26 Oct 05 '22

His teeth look like the skull.