I am Graalnak of the Vroon Empire, Destroyer of Galaxies, Supreme Overlord of the Planet Earth. Ask Me Anything. Laura Pearlman
PEOPLE OF EARTH: I AM GRAALNAK OF THE VROON EMPIRE, CONQUEROR OF WORLDS, DESTROYER OF ALL WHO OPPOSE ME, AND YOUR SUPREME AND BENEVOLENT OVERLORD. FOR THE NEXT SIXTY OF YOUR EARTH-MINUTES YOU MAY ASK ME ANY QUESTION WITHOUT FEAR OF RETRIBUTION.
– Posted by graalnak 1 year ago
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tadthederailer, 1 year ago: Seriously? No way this is Graalnak. He doesn’t even answer questions in his own press conferences.
verbosiraptor, 1 year ago: The rules are clear: prove you’re Graalnak or we’ll delete this thread.
graalnak, 1 year ago: YOUR RULES DO NOT APPLY TO ME.
verbosiraptor, 1 year ago: It’s right there on the sidebar. No exceptions.
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fleep, 1 year ago: Greetings! I am Fleep, Gralnaak’s communications secretary. I present to you this photograph of Graalnak holding a sign with the message “YOUR RULES DO NOT APPLY TO ME, REDDIT” written in the blood of the human intern who suggested this compromise.
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deliciouskoolaid, 1 year ago: Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses or one horse-sized duck?
graalnak, 1 year ago: I WOULD FORCE THE TINY HORSES AND THE GIANT DUCK TO FIGHT EACH OTHER. I WOULD SLAUGHTER THE SURVIVORS, EAT THEIR LIVERS AND HAVE THE REST GROUND UP AND USED AS RADISH FERTILIZER.
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deliciouskoolaid, 1 year ago: What is it with you guys and radishes?
graalnak, 1 year ago: RADISHES ARE DELICIOUS.
ordinaryhuman, 1 year ago: Why have you allowed these Earth-radishes to distract you from your primary mission on this planet?
graalnak, 1 year ago: KLEEPTOR IS THAT YOU?
ordinaryhuman, 1 year ago: No I am an ordinary human as my profile clearly indicates.
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dishslinger, 1 year ago:Last week four Vroons came into the restaurant where I work. They had a five-course dinner: radish rosettes, radishpacho, radish salad, sauteed liver and radish leaves, radish sorbet for dessert. The bill came to $197.28. They left $200. That’s a $2.72 tip. It should have been at least $40. Can you please tell your people to start tipping appropriately?
graalnak, 1 year ago: TIPPING IS OPTIONAL. YOU SHOULD BE GRATEFUL FOR THE $2.72.
ordinaryhuman, 1 year ago: Graalnak is correct no one gives me extra money just for doing my job.
tadthederailer, 1 year ago: Wait, is that $197.28 including tax? A standard tip used to be 15% on the pre-tax amount. Now you want 20% on everything?
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ordinaryhuman, 1 year ago: When are you going to begin construction on the plasma weapon factories?
graalnak, 1 year ago: STOP NAGGING ME, KLEEPTOR. I WILL GET TO IT. PROBABLY AFTER RADISH GROWING SEASON.
ordinaryhuman, 1 year ago: I am not nagging. It is a legitimate question.
ordinaryhuman, 1 year ago: Also I am not Kleeptor.
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deliciouskoolaid, 1 year ago: I’d love to join your internship program! How can I qualify?
dishslinger, 1 year ago: Are your interns paid?
burner2600, 1 year ago: Do interns get the schematics for those plasma weapon factories?
graalnak, 1 year ago: YOU WILL NEED A STRONG WORK ETHIC AND A HIGH TOLERANCE FOR PHYSICAL PAIN. YOU WILL RECEIVE VALUABLE WORK EXPERIENCE, AND ALL THE PARTIALLY-DIGESTED RADISH STEMS YOU CAN EAT.
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burner2600, 1 year ago: Is there any substance fatal to Vroons and harmless to humans?
graalnak, 1 year ago: YES. WATER.
burner2600, 1 year ago: Really?
graalnak, 1 year ago: NO YOU IDIOT RADISHES ARE 92 PERCENT WATER.
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deliciouskoolaid, 1 year ago: How many Vroons does it take to change a lightbulb?
graalnak, 1 year ago: NONE. OUR TECHNOLOGY HAS ADVANCED FAR BEYOND THE NEED FOR LIGHT BULBS.
dishslinger, 1 year ago: None, they’ll just make some human do it for substandard wages.
burner2600, 1 year ago: One to set the lightbulb-changing quotas and a thousand to punish every human who comes up short.
ordinaryhuman, 1 year ago: None, I will just sit on this pile of radishes in the dark.
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ordinaryhuman, 1 year ago: What do you expect the Vroon warships to do when they reach the Praxadoolean defense fleet? Throw radishes at them?
graalnak, 1 year ago: SHUT UP, KLEEPTOR.
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deliciouskoolaid, 1 year ago: Is it true that Vroon ships visited the Earth 150 years ago?
burner2600, 1 year ago: Oh, not this again.
tadthederailer, 1 year ago: Not what again?
burner2600, 1 year ago: Just a stupid urban legend.
deliciouskoolaid, 1 year ago: There are newspaper clippings from all over the world. A typical article describes “a large and bellicose individual with skin resembling the peel of a lime and an astonishing number of teeth” visiting farmers and insulting them. The details vary, but they’re all pretty similar.
ordinaryhuman, 1 year ago: That sounds like one of us.
ordinaryhuman, 1 year ago: I mean them. One of them.
graalnak, 1 year ago: YOU ARE NOT FOOLING ANYONE, KLEEPTOR.
burner2600, 1 year ago: The way the story goes, the visitor would order the farmer to bring him his best radish. Then he’d take a bite, spit it out, and leave.
ordinaryhuman, 1 year ago: No Vroon would spit out a radish.
deliciouskoolaid, 1 year ago: The reports all say he complained they weren’t radish-y enough. Something about tasting like sawdust compared to Dalgoxean hyper-radishes.
graalnak, 1 year ago: HYPER-RADISHES? I DEMAND YOU TELL ME THE LOCATION OF THESE HYPER-RADISHES IMMEDIATELY.
deliciouskoolaid, 1 year ago: They were from Dalgox-5, or Daglox-5, or something. I think it’s a planet.
graalnak, 1 year ago: TALGOX-5?
deliciouskoolaid, 1 year ago: Maybe.
graalnak, 1 year ago: I HAVE IMPORTANT BUSINESS TO ATTEND TO. THIS QUESTION PERIOD IS OVER.
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deliciouskoolaid, 11 months ago: Wow. I can’t believe that worked.
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I’m deliciouskoolaid (aka burner2600). One year ago today I started a rumor and saved the world. Ask me anything.
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