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5 Of The Greatest Reddit AMAs

What happens when you allow Reddit users to "Ask Me Anything?"


Popular social community site Reddit has a feature called AMA, which stands for "Ask Me Anything." These question and answer sessions feature interesting people from all walks of life, all of whom have volunteered to verbally bare it all for the site's massive internet audience. Some of the best AMAs feature our favorite famous people who personally log on to answer questions from their fans.

Here are some of the best AMAs to date.

1. President Barack Obama

You know your website has become an important part of pop culture in America when the President of the United States agrees to let your users ask him anything. On August 29, 2012, President Obama logged onto Reddit and said, "Hi, I’m Barack Obama, President of the United States. Ask me anything."

Ask, they did. So many users logged on to take advantage of the chance to speak directly to the President that Reddit's servers crashed pretty much immediately. The President answered questions for roughly half an hour, and to date he is the most influential and famous person to ever participate in an AMA.

2. Louis C.K.

Louis C.K. is no stranger to social media, but his popular AMAs pretty much put him on the map. The first, done on December 12, 2011, promoted his downloadable show, Live At The Beacon Theater, and the AMA promotion helped C.K. sell over a million dollars worth of $5 downloads. Following up on that success, the comedian came back for another AMA on May 14, 2012, to let fans know about new material on his site.

"Hi. I don't know if I'm doing this right. I can't remember. I'm here to answer your questions. I have new stuff on my website http://www.louisck.com a new audio special called "Louis CK WORD live at Carnegie Hall" and an audio version of SHameless, as well as an audio version of Live at the Beacon, which is free to those who bought the video. Hi. It's me."

C.K.'s usual wry sense of humor was on full display during both of his AMA sessions. Huffington Post put together a list of their favorite responses here.

3. The Oatmeal

Matthew Inman, creator of the hilarious webcomic, The Oatmeal, logged onto Reddit under the username "GiantBatFart" to tell his fans anything they ever wanted to know about their favorite webcomic.

4. Ken Jennings

"IAmA 74-time Jeopardy! champion, Ken Jennings. I will not be answering in the form of a question."

So began the AMA for a surprisingly funny Jennings, who used the username "WatsonsBitch," presumably after the IBM supercomputer Watson beat him badly on the show in 2011. Quite simply, Jennings is a heck of a funny guy. Who knew?

Sample answer about whether he has ever used marijuana:

"Never been high — except on a drug called Ken Jennings! (Warning, Ken Jennings may cause drowsiness, nausea, ‘housemaid’s knee,’ night blindness, paralysis, or death. Ask your doctor if Ken Jennings is right for you.)"

5. Neil Degrasse Tyson

American astrophysicist and science communicator Neil Degrasse Tyson makes regular appearances on The Daily Show and the Colbert Report, so he already has pop culture credibility, but when he logged on for his Reddit AMA in November 2011, he still blew the doors off the place. Receiving over 10,000 questions in just a few hours, Tyson tackled tough subjects about space and life on our planet.

Mind-blowing example:

"Our bodies atoms are traceable to supernova stars that scattered their chemical enrichment across the cosmos, spawning the birth of star systems that contain planets, at least one of them containing life."

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