The 1970s must have taken place on a different planet. These photos of men’s clothing from that decade leave us drowning in astounding mustard knits, loud patterns, high waists, way-too-skimpy briefs, and other men's fashion faux pas that we don't have enough of imagination to describe 40 years later.

As synthetics fell in price, casual men's style garbs were suddenly available to many fashion-forward young men looking to cut loose. Since polyester doesn’t require ironing, the “wash and wear” revolution is in full view of these models with their skin-tight threads and jumpsuits that leave nothing to the imagination. A 70s fashion Travelknit suit jumps out of the suitcase ready to wear, keeping with the decade’s focus on spontaneity and indulgence.

Scroll down for our pick of the worst 70s men's fashion pieces. And as a final note, don’t look at the prices in the funny ads! You’ll only resent H&M even more!

(h/t: flashbak)

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CarolineCordery
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6 years ago

Men in Belted Sweaters would be a good band name.

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1970s Men’s Fashion

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KerrieMantei
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6 years ago

Damn hipsters

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MorriMiele
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6 years ago

I found Waldo

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KatKotka
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6 years ago

It was definitely the era of the crotch...

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KerrieMantei
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6 years ago

Is that a Onesie?

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LaurelCrooks
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6 years ago

The jumpsuits on the right are just awful.

KathleenNoah
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6 years ago

They look like old Star Trek uniforms!

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RichardKoopman
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6 years ago

Straight from the "James Brown Mail Order Catalogue"!

JeffSafey
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6 years ago

As opposed to the ones on the left? Hahaha!

StarShea
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6 years ago

Needs moar butterfly collar.

MoniqueChampagne
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6 years ago

The purple jumpsuit is groovy man!

RickQuintana
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6 years ago

Toro! Toro! OLÉ!

MarleneLopez
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6 years ago

Didn't the guys on the right star in that 70's sitcom Eggplant and Doo Doo?

ChristineAlbrecht-Buehler
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6 years ago

How did anyone procreate in the '70s?

DarthCuddles
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6 years ago

I think the guy on the far right stole that from the wardrobe room on the set of Logan's Run

BrettValentine
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6 years ago

Yes! Far right: ". . NO. . . my lord Mudd. . ."

SimonHalls
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6 years ago

Star Trek has a lot to answer for.

HelenNeubauer
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6 years ago

At first I wasn't certain if those were ruffles on his shirt or excessive chest hair

JuliannaForrai
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6 years ago

Yep, but on the left they just look like costumes from a pretty bad French movie... :P

AliVayo
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6 years ago

Star Trek!

James Harbinson
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4 years ago

Not sure if the guy on the right is getting ready for a hot night out with Counselor Troi, or if he has to catch a "Runner" before they reach "Sanctuary."

Bianca Esteban
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4 years ago

No!

Jane Bergin
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4 years ago

Beam him up, Scotty. Please.

Jane Bergin
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4 years ago

Beam him up Scotty. Please.

William Hamilton
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4 years ago

More pimp and science fiction costumes. The Jumpsuit on the far right is from the uniforms of the alien enemies in a never produced Star Trek movie probably.

Mitch Hagan
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5 years ago

I just cannot wrap my head around that brown/tan jumpsuit. People were on a lot of drugs in the 70s.

Leslie Gengo
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5 years ago

I hate them so much I almost love them

Lisa R
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5 years ago

Real men don't wear jumpsuits.

Helen Rakowski Telencio
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5 years ago

Oh gosh ,

MillieRose
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5 years ago

They were also ready for disco!

SophNesbitt
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5 years ago

Oh dear...

JimmySuarez
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5 years ago

They're fully UNISEX.

MelBox
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6 years ago

i dont really like the jumpsuits. maybe if they were worn by a woman they might look better?

StevenWilliamson
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6 years ago

Rrrruffles have rrrridges!

LaurelWeinstock
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6 years ago

Looks like prom attire for the Star Trek Next Generation cast.

GregBalsley
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6 years ago

On the right - The Spinners meets Space: 1999.

AmyPollard
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6 years ago

Prince, did you get a haircut?

AmandaHanrahan
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6 years ago

My woodwork teacher used to wear a jumpsuit....true story

ShielahAndersen
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6 years ago

at least there's no cameltoe

MelanieMattson
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6 years ago

The Star Trek wardrobe department called. They want their costumes back.

KareyPapin
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6 years ago

No.no no. There are so many things wrong with manjumpsuits

LarissaBrittan
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6 years ago

Oh Mah Lore! It's like a Pimpim' Star Trek fashion show!

JohnMoriarty
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6 years ago

Never remember these from the 70,s as I was there all though I little cloudy that decade. I think you are looking at the Disco Days. I stayed with my Rock and Roll and bluejeans.

BetsyNealLewis
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6 years ago

Do the Hustle!

JamiRussell
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6 years ago

Still better than the current trend of sagging! I'd rather see this than some dude's dirty boxer shorts!

JessicaRacusin
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6 years ago

Oy.

ShaunRichards
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6 years ago

I think I found the template for the fashion in Logans Run.

DavidChild
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6 years ago

The one on the far right looks like a rejected Star Trek uniform!!

DavidBird
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6 years ago

Now we're talking!Looking good!

PerrinRynning
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6 years ago

I'm pretty sure I saw that one on the right end in a Star Trek episode...

LisaMcNitt
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6 years ago

Bow chicka wow wow!

SusannaVesna
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6 years ago

I somehow find the far right jumpsuit cool! Not on a man though!

ChristineBeresford
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6 years ago

good grief each picture just gets worse

ChrisSlatton-Johnson
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6 years ago

I'll take the guy in the purple... Said No woman EVER!

BeckyNorth
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6 years ago

These guys are just extras from A Clockwork Orange

LeilaniGribner
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6 years ago

Jazzercise ....In hell!

MelissaWelch
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6 years ago

Jumpsuits?

NicoleRoberts
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6 years ago

When I saw the guy in the purple, I thought that was his chest hair poking out of the top. I don't know if that would be worse than ruffles that look like chest hair.

PattiBrett
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6 years ago

SERIOUSLY?

OliviaBrettSutton
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6 years ago

The ones on the right; as seen on Star Trek.

JenCenters
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6 years ago

Puffy shirts!

ValerieAshley
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6 years ago

Supa fly

sneakcollector
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6 years ago

sorry, have to find a new word for such ugly things... :)

RachaelHallard-Navin
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6 years ago

If you straightened the leg a bit on the left trousers then they would be really nice actually and def wearable.

TraceyGjosund
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6 years ago

When did the Trekkie convention get into town

TrishaLynch
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6 years ago

I remember those frilly parts of shirts, was the craze to wear them as formal wear in the 70's

BobFelton
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6 years ago

'But I don't wanna be a pirate!'

KelleyDitchburn
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6 years ago

Star Trek costumes

DaveMuise
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6 years ago

Original gangsta!

SusanneThomas
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6 years ago

Everything is just so wrong.

AlysonBouchard
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6 years ago

The outfits on the left aren't much better

JosephineLouise
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6 years ago

star ship enterprise... Beam me up!!! I'm FABULOUS!!

RichardKoopman
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6 years ago

Straight for the 'James Brown catalogue'

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1970s Men’s Fashion

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KittyBuns
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6 years ago

I would love if my partner dressed like this.

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LaurelCrooks
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6 years ago

Um.

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BeckyBlake
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6 years ago

Is he lactating!

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DrgnflyMoon
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6 years ago

Pimps on the left. Ho's on the right:)

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RobynScott
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6 years ago

That could spoil a third date.....

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RebekkaBowater
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6 years ago

" Lemme just stand here looking sexy while i hold this Chicken upside down" WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON HERE LOL!! xD

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HeatherCrawford
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6 years ago

im speechless.

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AlexPeters
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6 years ago

Now I know the apocalypse will be crocheted!!! OMG. My eyes, my eyes!!

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DominikaFutó
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6 years ago

Standing ovation for the designer.

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JulieMolina
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6 years ago

More things should be in giraffe pattern.

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GillianMcGown
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6 years ago

on the right. Bay City rollers had a lot to answer for!!!

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KaiChu
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6 years ago

Mondrian-like briefs!

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dani
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6 years ago

thunderbirds are go!

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RachelMcPeak
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6 years ago

That magazine title though.

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FranFoley
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6 years ago

Fancies?

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SusanWilkinson
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6 years ago

My dad had one of these!

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NatalieRudley
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6 years ago

If we weight these knits down with enough rocks we can drown them and no one will ever know!

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FranFoley
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6 years ago

You know you're all thinking it.

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NatalieRudley
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6 years ago

The description on this is strangely erotic!

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BrettValentine
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6 years ago

but I can say a whole LOT about this!

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LauraD'Costa
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6 years ago

Lmao anyone for tennis?

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JulieMolina
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6 years ago

Those two guys are really avoiding eye contact.

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FranFoley
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6 years ago

See what they did there? Those tricksters.

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Carsuals

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ArturKlassen
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6 years ago

LSD was much more popular those days.

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TraceyGjosund
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6 years ago

Guy on the right looks like he just did a hit of something

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MarisaDelgado
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6 years ago

Pierce Brosnan? George Lopez?!! Didnt expect to see so many celebs in these ads lol

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DianeHume
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6 years ago

Makes me want to sing the YMCA song

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WendyReaser
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6 years ago

Yep because real men wear underwear and tshirts

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EmilyPilc
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6 years ago

Fruit of the doom. These guys look like serial killers.

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#36

In 2015.

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SandyGalbraith
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6 years ago

Well... Hello sailor!

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#37

Dee Eye Ess See Oh

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NealGraves
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6 years ago

Xanaduuuuuuuuuu!!!

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#38

Square To The Hips

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NicoleRoberts
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6 years ago

Because two big shit-brown patches on a guy's butt cheeks is what the ladies love!

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#39

So Much Derp

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NicoleRoberts
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6 years ago

The kid in the bird shirt is slowly realizing that this photo shoot was a bad idea.

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Dusty Day
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4 years ago

Da da da daaaaaaa! CATALOGUE MAAAAAAAAN!

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#41

Starsky & Hutch Style Knit Jacket

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CindiNeumann
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6 years ago

starsky and hutch

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#42

Real Men Have Molester Mustaches. And Wear Slipper Socks.

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NicoleRoberts
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6 years ago

Wanna ride on my Terry Go Round?

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