#1 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -


#2 Posted by ajamafalous (12007 posts) -

MOON

#3 Posted by 71Ranchero (2775 posts) -

Why is the Veyron on here? Its poor design was outdated before it even got produced.

#4 Posted by Animasta (14697 posts) -

We'll have to wait until 2034 to see if the LHC actually does help figure out time travel...

#5 Posted by Breadfan (6590 posts) -

Written communication, yo.

#6 Posted by coakroach (2491 posts) -

THE MOON WAS A CONSPIRACY MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN.

#7 Posted by MooseyMcMan (11124 posts) -

Sending people to the goddamned Moon. There's a reason why they haven't done it in decades. It's REALLY hard to get up there, let alone back.

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#8 Posted by MikeGosot (3227 posts) -
@MooseyMcMan said:

Sending people to the goddamned Moon. There's a reason why they haven't done it in decades. It's REALLY hard to get up there, let alone back.

And because we're spending money on other things.
#9 Posted by AiurFlux (902 posts) -

The Pyramids are the biggest mystery, the LHC has the potential to be something incredible if it actually does what it's supposed to instead of being a multi-billion dollar money pit under Geneva, and the Internet would be a contender if it weren't for all the assholes on it. Written language and the moon landing seem the most logical, but I went with the one where we actually stepped foot on an alien body for the first time in the entirety of all known life.

So yeah. The moon. It's still our greatest achievement, which is kind of sad given that it was over 40 years ago and we've advanced technology so much since then. But our big leap with that technology is the cell phone and easy access to pornography.

#10 Posted by SockemJetpack (408 posts) -

Animal husbandry. If you disagree than you hate delicious meats.

#11 Posted by MooseyMcMan (11124 posts) -

@SockemJetpack said:

Animal husbandry. If you disagree than you hate delicious meats.

I do love delicious meats....

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#12 Posted by RandomInternetUser (6789 posts) -

The Gays

#13 Posted by Butler (386 posts) -

I saw a Veyron the other day, it's weird to see one up close after seeing it on Top Gear.

I voted for O: Carl Sagan's The Cosmos.

#14 Posted by ma_rc_01 (364 posts) -

The frito boat

#15 Edited by Kedi2 (248 posts) -

Language

Also, this could be a good Cards Against Humanity Question.

#16 Posted by Dany (7887 posts) -

Electricity.

#17 Edited by PrivateIronTFU (3874 posts) -

I still can't quite fathom how man made it to the moon and back. It's awe inspiring stuff.

Also, Buzz Aldrin is a badass.

#18 Edited by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

@Atramentous said:

Why is the Veyron on here? Its poor design was outdated before it even got produced.

A: Because I've been watching Top Gear.

B: Because they set out with a seemingly impossible goal and achieved it regardless of the cost.

C: That was kind of the joke answer anyway.

#19 Posted by UitDeToekomst (716 posts) -

the correct answer is... the fig newton. man, are they tasty!

#20 Posted by konig_kei (622 posts) -

Where the fuck is giantbomb.com!

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#21 Posted by 71Ranchero (2775 posts) -

@nintendoeats said:

@Atramentous said:

Why is the Veyron on here? Its poor design was outdated before it even got produced.

A: Because I've been watching Top Gear.

B: Because they set out with a seemingly impossible goal and achieved it regardless of the cost.

C: That was kind of the joke answer anyway.

Fair enough.

#22 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

@PrivateIronTFU: Oh man, I didn't know that there was video of that. BAD. ASS.

#23 Posted by mrcool11 (469 posts) -

love.....

#24 Edited by believer258 (11948 posts) -

Written communication, I would say. I understand that it evolved instead of just sprouting up from some genius's mind, but it's still incredible that we can even deliver simple messages to each other, let alone describe entire stories and events in minute detail simply with some squiggly symbols.

Even if written communication isn't the greatest, it's certainly the most influential. Without it, we couldn't have got anywhere.

#25 Posted by Clinkz (1118 posts) -

Air conditioning.

#26 Posted by Patman99 (1590 posts) -

Going to the Moon is extremely impressive BUT the Pyramids were built before the time of machinery. Yeah, we (humankind) went to the moon with a computer less powerful than a modern calculator but those Egyptian bitches built all that shit by HAND. Where did they get the blocks? Who knows... I imagine being able to build the pyramids took multiple decades to complete.

#27 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

@Clinkz said:

Air conditioning.

A(nti-pers)spirational

#28 Posted by ch3burashka (5087 posts) -

Moon is cool and all, but it was a political statement of the Cold War, hence there being zero movement on that front in half a century.

The internet is by far the greatest achievement. All the cat videos on Youtube clogging it does water down its potential, but the ability to communicate with anyone within a few seconds is crucial to our current society. The internet was the singularity of the 20th century, it irrevocably changed what it meant to be a human on the planet Earth. Obviously, not everyone uses it to write to people in China, Africa, Antarctica and Australia all at once, but the mere possibility it has created has united us, at the very least economically.

#29 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

@Patman99: It did. A Pyramid often began construction before it's eventual occupant was born.

#30 Posted by PrivateIronTFU (3874 posts) -

@nintendoeats: Yeah. That guy is an annoying little cockroach, and I'm surprised Aldrin kept his cool for as long as he did. There aren't too many people more deserving of a punch to the face.

#31 Posted by Canteu (2821 posts) -

Written communication. Without this, nothing on that list would be possible.

#32 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

Hmm, the peaceful resolution of the Cuban Missile Crisis was supposed to be on that list. I'm not sure how it got deleted.

#33 Posted by BoG (5191 posts) -
#34 Posted by mazik765 (2315 posts) -

A lot of those are overlaps. And of that list I'm going to say written communication as our society is pretty much dead without it.

#35 Posted by tourgen (4512 posts) -

Back in the 80s I was CERTAIN that my answer to this question would be "going to Mars and back" by now. It's not and I'm sad.

#36 Posted by TooWalrus (13218 posts) -

Dude- goin' to the moon. It was literally (metaphorically) a giant leap for mankind... or it should have been. GET ON IT, NASA! (or rather, private programs funded by renegade billionaires)!

#37 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

Anyone who votes for B is a fucking asshole.

#38 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

@mazik765: Certainly some of them depend on others to exist, but they each represent some kind of significant leap forward or exercise in human ingenuity/will/cooperation.

#39 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

Anyone who votes for B is a fucking asshole.

WHAT!? We left you a free car!

#40 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@nintendoeats:

You invaded Lunarian ground and claimed it as your own. That amounts to a declaration of war, and you're really fucking lucky that I didn't follow through on that.

#41 Posted by PrivateIronTFU (3874 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

Anyone who votes for B is a fucking asshole.

Because you have yet to figure out how to get back alive?

#42 Edited by Athadam (694 posts) -

Without written communication, none of those things are possible.

Written communication is a way for us to travel into other people's minds and read their thoughts, even if they are across the world, even if they are from a different era. It's pretty much mankind's first time travel method.

#43 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5833 posts) -

E.

Most of the things on that list would have probably never happened were it not for E.

#44 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@PrivateIronTFU:

You say that as though I was born on Earth and traveled to the Moon, something I doubt would be possible given the technology available in the 17th century.

#45 Posted by Athadam (694 posts) -

What I also suggest putting up there is the Voyager missions.

These happened shortly after the Apollo missions and have sent exploration probes through a grand journey of our solar system and beyond. They've pretty much gave us our current basic understanding of our solar system.

Think about it this way - going to the moon is such a tiny distance compared to going past Neptune or Uranus. And right now, the Voyagers are still functioning and transmitting data from outside of our solar system. Plus, they have a golden record with human language, music, and thoughts put onto it!

#46 Posted by thevigilanteoflove (504 posts) -

Agriculture.

#48 Posted by SSully (4199 posts) -

If I trust my video game forum of choice for anything, it is in deciding the greatest achievement of man kind.

#49 Posted by JJGIANT (755 posts) -

Civil Rights Movement

#50 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

@SSully said:

If I trust my video game forum of choice for anything, it is in deciding the greatest achievement of man kind.

Hmm, maybe you're right. Perhaps we should ask some scientists to conduct a study to determine the objectively correct answer.

Back to seriousness, it seems to me that our greatest achievement is really just the one that we are collectively most proud of, so asking a bunch of people that are united by something completely unrelated to education or economic standing is actually not a bad way to go about it.