Top Unique Reddit IAmA's http://www.topiama.com/cat/unique The latest Unique IAmA's collected from Reddit Unique ExperienceI am Kevin Bales, Professor of Contemporary Slavery and co-author of the Global Slavery Index, here to talk about ending slavery. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6021/i-am-kevin-bales-professor-of-contemporary Hi Reddit! I’m Kevin Bales @kevin_bales, Professor of Contemporary Slavery at the University of Nottingham, co-author of the Global Slavery Index, and co-founder of Free the Slaves. In 1999 I published the Pulitzer Prize-nominated book Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy.

I am here to talk to you about ending modern slavery and to promote two related educational projects I am running to learn more about global abolition and how to get involved in the campaign. One of them is a free massive open online course that starts today called Ending Slavery: Strategies for Contemporary Global Abolition. The other is a fully-accredited, one year full-time, distance learning Master of Arts entitled Slavery and Liberation, which begins in September this year.

Let’s do this: Proof: (http://imgur.com/7xybC80)

Edit: Thanks for all the questions so far. I am flying to London now. Will be back around 9pm BST/4pm EST to answer some more so keep them coming!

EDIT _ It's now 10pm where I live, so I will come back and answer more questions in the morning, I need some supper! Many thanks - Kevin

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Mon, 08 May 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Unique Experience-LiveIamA bicyclist who rode 14,000 miles around North America - from Seattle to Maine, down to Florida, over to California, and up to Alaska. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6020/iama-bicyclist-who-rode-14000-miles-around-north I am an actor, director, Chicano art collector, and writer, and half of comedy duo Cheech and Chong. I have a newly released memoir called "Cheech Is Not My Real Name, But Don't Call Me Chong!"

https://www.instagram.com/p/BTmOSy1Bxfo/?taken-by=cheechmarinofficial

https://mobile.twitter.com/CheechMarin/status/859450507747663872?p=v

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Sun, 07 May 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Unique ExperienceI am Mr. Trash Wheel, I’m a trash-eatin’ googly eyed sentient machine in Baltimore’s harbor, here for an Earth Day AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5976/i-am-mr-trash-wheel-im-a-trasheatin-googly-eyed My short bio: I was born in 1942 in the village of Barta, then Romania, now called Plavnia in Ukraine. My father was drafted into the Romanian Army (then allied with Nazi Germany) in 1942, eventually coming home after the Battle of Stalingrad, only to be drafted again in 1944 but this time by the Red Army after the Russians took the Romanian region of Basarabia.

We were now part of the Soviet Union. I grew up in a house with my Mother and Grandparents. I had a total of 7 brothers and sisters, 3 of whom eventually succumbed to hunger and diseases around 1946, when the Soviets started taking all our food to send back to Russia. My Grandpa also died of hunger when he refused to give up his horse. Back then we relied on roots and small rations of soups as everything was for the collective.

In 1956 I finished 7th grade in the local school. I wanted to study, but everything was far away, we had no roads and no chance to reach any other schools so I started learning how to sew from my neighbor in her improvised shop. This unfortunately didn't help our condition as I couldn't earn any money with my skills.

Once Stalin died, a lot of deported men and women where allowed to go back to their homes, and in 1962 I met one of those men, who wanted us to marry. We did, but I set a condition: I would only become his wife if I we moved to his village, Cuza-Voda, since they had a high-school and I could study 3 more years.

Having finished high-school, I moved to the capital city of Moldova, Chisinau, to become a pharmacist while my husband studied in the Music Collegium. We eventually moved back Cuza-Voda, had a daughter and lived through the Soviet Union, after which our country became the independent Republic of Moldova in 1991. It is indeed weird to see all these countries named in such a small region; now imagine having 3 different identities throughout your life: Romanian, Soviet and Moldovan.

My family was always very patriotic and I'm a big History and Geography fan. It'd be my pleasure to answer any questions you might have.

My Proof: This is me with my Granddaughter, who is helping me with this AMA and translating things to English: Last summer, and this is us now.

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Fri, 21 Apr 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Request[AMA Request] Someone who works in TV/film that is responsible for compositing all those "real" family, wedding, childhood photos seen in the background http://www.topiama.com/r/5979/ama-request-someone-who-works-in-tvfilm-that-is For a long time now I've been intrigued by the photos of characters that appear in the background of TV shows and movies. I assume for individual childhood/throwback photos they are just using a real photo of that actor... but what about when there's a group photo? Wedding photos, family vacations, etc. You can almost always tell it's really them from their younger days.

My 5 Questions:

  1. What goes into creating these?
  2. Does the director have a say in what photos the actor submits for the composite photos?
  3. Is this your primary job function or do you have other duties?
  4. What actor or actress had the funniest old photo that you've seen?
  5. Do you keep the photos as momentos once the show or movie is wrapped?
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Tue, 18 Apr 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Unique ExperienceIamA Survivor of serial killer Tommy Lynn Sells - AMA http://www.topiama.com/r/5860/iama-survivor-of-serial-killer-tommy-lynn-sells Greetings everyone.

Let me be straight with you right off the bat, this is not my first rodeo. But 8 months is a long time and a lot of stuff has happened in Sweden since. (Also you guys have an orange president now? Do you color code your leaders?)

I also figured since certain statements have been made about my country by a certain someone, it might be a good idea to have someone on the inside give his two cents on what is actually going down over here.

I have the whole day free and will gladly answer as many questions as possible.

EDIT: Haha, 76% upvoted? I didn't know my job was so controversial ;)

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Thu, 02 Mar 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Unique ExperienceI Am 91 Years Old - Back for AMA #4 - Ask Me Anything! http://www.topiama.com/r/5855/i-am-91-years-old-back-for-ama-4-ask-me-anything I was quite sure my AMA from 6 months ago would be my last for two reasons. First, at my age, you never know when the Grim Reaper might appear. But, more likely, I felt that after answering 1,000 questions, there would be no more. Yet the young people of Reddit truly surprised me with 1,000 more. I had the time of my life – really – responding to all manner of queries: so thoughtful, relevant, studious and often meaningful to me and (hopefully, my answers) to the questioners. And so (as jazz artist Count Basie said with his classic ending of “April in Paris,” One more once! PROOF

My life in brief:

  • Born lower middle class in San Antonio in 1925

  • Public school grades 1-11

  • Joined Marine V-12 program in 1943, but was spared deployment to Japan by the atomic bomb

  • After the war earned three degrees in Illinois and Michigan through the G.I. Bill

  • Spent my working years in education, teaching from kindergarten to university level - but the most meaningful work as as a junior high school principal in an inner city school for 15 years

  • Moved to Washington, DC for retirement after my wife passed away

And I'll preempt two of the most frequent (and interesting) questions I get:

On my attitude towards DEATH: I was amazed that people felt so deeply about it. Yet my honest response was that it's a subject that I've given almost no thought to it – and never have. It's something that I can do nothing – or little – about so why worry? And I generally added that I that see my life as a (beautiful?) flower that remains that way for some time, and then, when life no longer has meaning, returns to the earth.

How I've maintained my health: 1. Lifelong support of a caring family and friends. 2. Continued interaction with young people throughout my life. 3. Enough income to satisfy my somewhat simple wants and needs but not so much that I worry about the accumulation of wealth. 4. The help of a supportive, caring government. 5. A positive outlook on life, and 6. Satisfying and meaningful employment.

I will do my best to answer every single question! Should there be another deluge of questions, it could take me the full six months, as it did previously, to answers them all. I use a weekly blog to share some of my thoughts so I'd encourage you to "tune into my (usually) weekly blog at

http://www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com

You'll not only find the status of my responding, but also to learn more of my attempts to reflect on 90+ years of living.

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Tue, 28 Feb 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Unique ExperienceI am Carmen Emanuels, a 92 years old Dutch survivor of multiple Japanese-run internment camps during their occupation of the Dutch Indies in WWII. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5841/i-am-carmen-emanuels-a-92-years-old-dutch Hello everyone! I’m Fabio Rojas, Sociologist and Professor at Indiana University Bloomington.

I’m the author of “From Black Power to Black Studies: How a Radical Social Movement Became an Academic Discipline” (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007).

In honor of Black History Month, I thought it would be fun to visit Reddit for a conversation on this topic, on the history of the civil rights movement more broadly, and how these play into the social change we are seeing today.

Ask me anything!

EDIT: I’m going to wrap up the AMA for now. Thanks to everyone who participated—the questions were great! I may check back a bit later today and answer a few more questions if any new ones have trickled in. And thanks to Learn Liberty as well for arranging the AMA. If you’re interested in learning more about my work relating to the civil rights movement, I would invite you to check out the episode of Learn Liberty Live that I recently did with them. You can see their other videos at /r/learnliberty.

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Tue, 21 Feb 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Unique ExperienceHi Reddit, I was abandoned at birth and left to die on a canal bank, but I survived! AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5847/hi-reddit-i-was-abandoned-at-birth-and-left-to Hey everybody, this is comedian Pete Holmes. I am coming on Reddit to help promote my new series Crashing, which premiered on HBO last night you can watch it here for free! and will be on every Sunday night 10:30 ET/PT for the next seven weeks. You may also be a fan of my podcast [You Made It Weird]((http://nerdist.com/you-made-it-weird-1-kumail-nanjiani/)), or my [YouTube page]((https://www.youtube.com/peteholmes)), or my HBO special [Faces and Sounds]((http://www.hbo.com/comedy/pete-holmes-faces-and-sounds).. I’ve been on [Kimmel]((https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3snHkk3nnXw)), I’ve been on [Colbert]((https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1S9BXg3XeU)), I was the voice of the e*trade baby – I mean, who cares? Maybe you even know me as Batman from the College Humor videos “Badman.” So go ahead, ASK ME ANYTHING…Harvey Dent!

Proof: https://twitter.com/peteholmes/status/833491784709726209

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Fri, 17 Feb 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Unique ExperienceIamA "Real People" from one of the Chevy commercials. My gf is too! A(us)A! http://www.topiama.com/r/5759/iama-real-people-from-one-of-the-chevy Hi there! I have osteogenesis imperfecta type I, while I've mainly broken my legs I've also had an arm and a shoulder fracture. I go to university, have friends, and I basically try to be as normal of a person as I can be even though the disease impacts almost every part of my daily life -the symptoms are not just brittle bones, there's also getting tired faster, potential vision and hearing loss, etc. I use a wheelchair all the time except when sleeping or when I'm in a different chair. Ask me anything!

My proof picture has my eyes because blue sclera are a very common symptom of OI.

Proof: http://imgur.com/a/ejLt0

Edit: RIGHT. That was lovely, everyone. I feel like all good questions have been asked and answered and you now know literally everything about me! Thanks so much for your time and questions! If you ever have any other questions or just want to talk, send me a message :)

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Thu, 19 Jan 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Unique ExperienceIamA teenager who was stabbed with a scissor blade in a mugging incident. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5708/iama-teenager-who-was-stabbed-with-a-scissor Proof: http://imgur.com/e6ORMwZ

Hey Reddit! I'm a 911 dispatcher here to welcome your questions, provide insight, and hopefully gain a little visibility for a profession that usually only enters the public eye when we screw up!

I work in a PSAP (Public Safety Access/Answering Point) meaning that we dispatch for every agency in my county, which includes Fire, EMS, Law Enforcement, and other agencies. My center specifically handles calls and radio dispatch for the County Sheriff, local Police, 10 separate Fire Departments, the Forestry Service, EMS, the local Rescue Squad/independant first responders, State Parks, and Animal Control!

Ask away!

*******EDIT***************

Thank you, everyone, for your support, your time, and your questions! I have to sign off for a bit, but I promise I will return and try to answer everything that's been asked!

Call us if you need us!

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Here are answers to some common questions!

1) When should I call 911?

Any time you believe yourself or someone else to be in danger, or if you are in a situation that you cannot handle on your own, please do not hesitate to call! We would always rather you call and we send someone out and it end up being a non-emergency, than you hesitate and something bad happen. Call!

2) How do I get a job as a dispatcher?

Our center does not require any kind of degree beyond a high school diploma. I personally just found a job posting on my County's website and applied! The next step is a skills/aptitude test which will test your typing speed (at least 35 words/minute), your reading comprehension, listening skills, and your ability to multitask. If you pass this, then you usually will have a panel interview with several people from the dispatch center, which is honestly just about like every other interview I've ever had. The questions are fairly generic, they're mainly looking for clear communication, and a background in customer service is a plus since that's essentially what you're doing, serving the public. After you get hired, you'll be trained very thoroughly, certified in every area the center requires, and then start your probationary period (mine was six months).

3) Can you trace a call?

Yes and no, essentially. Landline calls will usually give us a reliable physical address. Cell Phone calls will usually give us a GPS location on our map that's accurate within about 30 yards. VOIP calls function mostly like landline calls on our end, but have less accuracy on average. That said, all of these can and do fail from time to time, so it is always best to tell us your location!

4) What's the most important information to tell 911 when I call?

Location! Location!! LOCATION!!!!

If we know nothing else, your location will let us send help and we can go from there! Yes, we would love to know what is going on in the situation, but as soon as we get your location we can start sending help, so please tell us that first, and then while someone else is dispatching responders, the call taker will try to get the rest of that information and let the units know as we go

5) What happens if someone calls and hangs up, or says nothing, or is unable to speak to the dispatcher due to the situation/a dangerous person in the room?

Every center has different policies about this. For a call where someone calls and just immediately hangs up, my center will still send an officer to check it out because we have the time and resources to do so. Other centers will not send anyone if they don't hear signs of distress. For a call where the call is connected but you don't say anything (called an "open line"), we will listen as long as we can and try to hear voices or noises that could tell us what's going on, then act accordingly. Do we hear yelling or arguing? Gun shots? A car radio playing like you butt-dialed in the car? For callers who have called and cannot answer questions because there is someone dangerous nearby We will try to get you to somehow answer yes or no questions if possible, but if you are in that situation and cannot say anything, try and set the phone down discreetly and just let us listen to what's going on. We may be able to hear enough to know what's going on, but if no sounds of distress are heard, then again it's up to the center's policy as to whether an officer is sent or not. I wish that every center could send an officer to every open line/hang up call that comes in, but it just isn't feasible even though we will try our best to figure out what is going on.

*********************EDIT#3********************************************* Gold and front page! Thank you all so SO much for your awesome questions and for your support! I promise I'm still trying to answer all the questions I can! Have a safe and fun New Year's Eve!

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Fri, 30 Dec 2016 0:00:00 EDT
Unique ExperienceWalking 5,000 miles across America from Delaware to California. Currently 1,350 miles in, AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5703/walking-5000-miles-across-america-from-delaware proof

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Sun, 25 Dec 2016 0:00:00 EDT
Unique Experience-LiveNorth Korean Defector Who is Sending Information to North Korea http://www.topiama.com/r/5652/north-korean-defector-who-is-sending-information My name is Park Il Hwan and I am a North Korean defector who is working on the activist movement for "information dissemination." I settled in South Korea in 2001 and I majored in law at Korea University. My father gave me a dream. This was a difficult dream to bear while under the North Korean regime. He said, "If you leave this wretched country of the Kims and go find your grandfather in the U.S., he'll at least educate you." "The dream of studying with blue-eyed friends" was a thought that always made me happy. Enmeshed in this dream, I escaped North Korea all alone without a single relative. This was something my dad had said to my 15-year-old self after having a drink, but this seed of a "dream" became embedded deeply in my mind, and as the years went by, it grew so strongly that I couldn't help but bring it to action. I thought carefully about why I wanted this so desperately to risk my life. The words of my father that "changed my consciousness" was "information about the outside world." The genuine solution to the North Korean issue is the "change of consciousness" of the North Korean people. To resolve the issue of North Korean nuclear weapons, there may be different opinions between the Democrat and Republican parties, but despite the change in administration, "information dissemination" in North Korea is a movement that must continuously go on. When looking at issues of Muslim refugees or ISIS that show the appearances of clash of civilizations, the above can be said with even more conviction. In the end, even if a totalitarian regime is removed, if there is no "change in consciousness" of the people as a foundation, diplomatic approaches or military methods to remove a regime are not solutions for the root issue. The change that I experienced through the "information dissemination" that we do to send in USBs or SD cards to North Korea, thus the "change of consciousness" among the North Korean people, must be established first as a foundation. Please refer to the link below to find out more details about our "information dissemination" work. On Wednesday, December 7th from 10AM - 11AM KST (Tuesday, December 6th 8PM - 9PM EST), I'll be answering your questions. Thank you. http://nksc.us/

Proof: https://www.facebook.com/nksc.us/photos/a.758548950939016.1073741829.746099332183978/1049543981839510/?type=3&theater

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Wed, 07 Dec 2016 0:00:00 EDT
Unique Experience-LiveIamA South Pole winter-over who worked at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station for 12 months straight AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5649/iama-south-pole-winterover-who-worked-at-the Hi everyone, I’m Leah Remini, author of Troublemaker : Surviving Hollywood and Scientology. I’m an open book so ask me anything about Scientology. And, if you want more, check out my new show, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, tonight at 10/9c on A&E.

Proof: https://i.redd.it/ri3zbip14g0y.jpg

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Sat, 03 Dec 2016 0:00:00 EDT
Unique ExperienceI am @ParkerLawyer, a divorce lawyer most recently known for my experience in Parrot Custody arrangements! Ask Me Anything! http://www.topiama.com/r/5608/i-am-parkerlawyer-a-divorce-lawyer-most-recently My name is Lady Lawya, I'm a divorce lawyer, and someone made it to the front page of /r/law yesterday when they "borrowed" my tweet. Ask me anything about what it's really like to handle a divorce case involving pet custody.

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Thu, 17 Nov 2016 0:00:00 EDT
Unique Experience-LiveIamA American Indian who grew up and lived on the reservation AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5575/iama-american-indian-who-grew-up-and-lived-on-the My short bio: I grew up and lived on the Oneida Nation rez in Wisconsin. I am part of the Turtle Clan (or Wolf, if you want to be pedantic) I have a lot of insight on tribal affairs, customs and culture. Feel free to be non PC.

My Proof: http://imgur.com/a/k3AEd

Edit: I'm going to answer questions as long as i can. My friends and myself are very moved that so many people took the time to ask me questions. I am very honored

Edit 2: I'm surfing the new section! Keep em coming

Edit 3 : I'm still answering questions in the new section. Also slowly replying to old ones

Last edit: I'm looking through everything and what I thought would be a nice AMA turned out to be enabling some stereotypes that I should have left to myself. Take all my opinions with a grain of salt. I don't speak for any other people besides myself. This is a very nihilistic world view and i hope somebody got something good out of it. Please go to /r/IndianCountry for a more balanced view from other Indians.

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Sun, 06 Nov 2016 0:00:00 EDT