The news aggregation site Reddit has one of the widest selections of communities on all of the internet. One moment you can find yourself scouring through pages upon pages of cute cats, the next you're witnessing footage of a drive-by shooting in the streets of Brazil.
What makes the content on the site so diverse is the userbase that comes from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds, and live on all corners of the globe. With that in mind, it's not surprising that when people have an issue and are looking to get the widest array of opinions possible, they go to the site for advice.
Over the years, this has actually proved successful on several occasions where Reddit's amateur sleuths have combined their various specialties to solve mysteries that otherwise may well have never been decoded.
Sometimes, these discoveries have literally meant the difference between life and death, with strangers on the internet having bounded together in order to try and find the best possible solution.
These mysteries may have never been discovered if it wasn't for the help of amateur detectives online.
8. Webdriver Torso
In 2014, online sleuths noticed that a YouTube account called Webdriver Torso was uploading with insane regularity, yet none of the videos seemed to make sense. Theories about the channel's purpose varied wildly, with some even speculating that it was a government sending encrypted messages for the sake of espionage.
However, a now-deleted Reddit account claimed to have gotten to the bottom of the mystery, linking the channel to YouTube's parent company, Google.
Google actually eventually responded to the mounting speculation surrounding Webdriver Torso, explaining that the videos were used to determine to what extent the technical quality of videos had suffered when they were uploaded to the site, when compared to the originals. The company even showed a sense of humour by rickrolling the curious online investigators with their statement.
We're never gonna give you uploading that's slow or loses video quality, and we're never gonna let you down by playing YouTube in poor video quality.
Also, if you search Webdriver Torso into Google, the logo will begin behaving in a shape-shifting manner, as seen in the videos