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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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.

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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!!

SarahPackard
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6 years ago

And why is the man on the left wearing his sister's very short dress? I'm afraid if he decides to move what we all might see. Lol!

JulieWicks
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6 years ago

Omg! I can't stop laughing... Hope he has pants on!!

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StarShea
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6 years ago

Nothing says, "Get at me", like granny's afghan.

dani
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6 years ago

wiiiiiillllmaaaaa!!!!

TennoAndra
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6 years ago

The, ugly, belted (or un-belted!!) sweater-vest was the (inherently pointless) "hoodie" of the '70s! (y) (y)

DavidHutchinson
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6 years ago

I'm thinking these guys lost a bet.

SadieMadrid
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6 years ago

Wanna play volleyball? Wait, let me grab my crocheted poncho!

KarenClarke
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6 years ago

Boys, your Grammy went to a lot of trouble to crochet these outfits specially for you. The least you can do in return is pose for ONE picture to show how much you appreciate her efforts. Now wipe those smirks off your faces.

fantasycreature
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6 years ago

Virginity protection wear

HollyJonson
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6 years ago

Ken Barbie called. He says "Hey! You forgot to put my pants on!"

JosephineLouise
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6 years ago

I want that poncho.... Said no man ever!!!

PaigeHolliman
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6 years ago

Playgirl for Oompa Loompa.

JeffTerry
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6 years ago

Yabba dabba don't. Just don't.

JuliaBurke
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6 years ago

My cats would love these guys!

MelissaWelch
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6 years ago

What? Who's the guy with no pants?

KeithMcIntyre
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6 years ago

Knitting catalog gone wild!

LaurelCrooks
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6 years ago

Oh god help them! Yikes!

Kerin Schiesser
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2 months ago

OMG who stole my great-aunt's zig-zag, crocheted couch afghan and cut a neck-hole in it! aaAAAAArrrgh. CAN NOT UN-SEE!!!!

Daniel I
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4 years ago

Did these guys crochet their own afghans/clothes?

Marty Chamberlain
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4 years ago

And the Millennials think they have it bad.

Christy Culligan
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5 years ago

You want one of these Jim?

Mitch Hagan
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5 years ago

It's a good thing they put that volleyball in the shot, otherwise we might question these dudes masculinity.

Rebecca Moses
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5 years ago

Poncho power

Jennifer St-Laurent
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5 years ago

The guy on the left is like "Why did I sign in for this photoshoot!? I look ridiculous!! Okay, calm down and smile, or they won't pay me!" XD

Lisa R
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6 years ago

Whose bright idea was this one?

Noelle Darzi
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6 years ago

KnitBoys

IAmBecauseWeAre
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6 years ago

They look like a Peruvian folk band omg

AmandaWebster
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6 years ago

I've been looking everywhere for that table cloth!

SophNesbitt
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6 years ago

I've yet to see this on my local beach. Can't think why.

JimmySuarez
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6 years ago

Were they out playing volleyball in their knits???

SaraSeifert
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6 years ago

It looks like they are wearing potholders!

ThomasBauer
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6 years ago

Missoni for men?

MichaelThornton
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6 years ago

thanks for the offer of volleyball guys,but ,i might give it a miss

HelenJohnson
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6 years ago

It's impossible but... every photo is even more awful than the last one! A dress, a football, a bedspread... What kind of 'sport' is this?

IreneMay
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6 years ago

Because I lost the volleyball game. O.k., o.k., those guys lost, too.

PatrickHughes
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6 years ago

Fee Fi Fo Fugly!

NancyAdams
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6 years ago

OMG WOW Speechless !

ShielahAndersen
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6 years ago

aka...drunk and fell over couch...tangled in afghan...managed to bite a head hole and comb hair for pose...

KareyPapin
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6 years ago

Linus? Is that u in that blanket

MichelleGersky
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6 years ago

Crocheted clothes for men- ummmmm .... no. :/

LauraSwingle
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6 years ago

You too, Callierose2013? My Nana made those same afghans. But no one ever played Soccer in one.

cest_nayce
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6 years ago

my ayessssssssssssssssssss!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

FrédéricEeckman
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6 years ago

So, let's make it clear, it's a women's catalogue, but they couldn't find women to wear the clothes ?

TrishJeffries
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6 years ago

Orange is the New black.

PattiHauschildHoffman
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6 years ago

Cause nothing says "I'm up for a game of volleyball" like a crocheted sweater!

D.B.Myrrha
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6 years ago

I had that poncho when I was six (and yeah, it was in the 70s.) Didn't know my dad and I could have matched!

KristinGiulino
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6 years ago

'I'd love to go to the beach with you, just let me get my knitted poncho.. '

BetsyNealLewis
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6 years ago

When you are done playing dress up put that back on the couch.

TraciCuller
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6 years ago

My Mom had a poncho made out of crocheted granny squares. It was metro sexual apparently. LOL

RebeccaFunkenstein
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6 years ago

Welcome to Hell.

DeeDiddlee
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6 years ago

I just watched Anchorman 2 and Ron Burgundy was wearing the poncho in his lighthouse!

ChristineBeresford
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6 years ago

only clint eastwood can pull off wearing a poncho

ChrisSlatton-Johnson
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6 years ago

I just peed a little...

RosalindDalefield
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6 years ago

Here was I, thinking that mini-dresses were worn by women.

DanHawkes
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6 years ago

he'll wear your grandma's clothes, he'll look incredible!

VerónicaLíaAlbanesi
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6 years ago

Oh, sure! This is a very sport look!

DixieYagle
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6 years ago

My 5 year old saw this and cried out "BACON? BACON!"

ArturKlassen
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6 years ago

Jabba Hutt style.

ArturKlassen
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6 years ago

Jabba Hutt and his servants.

sneakcollector
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6 years ago

new dresses in a sanatory?

LindaZagwolski-Durand
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6 years ago

Please stop this is scaring me.

TraceyGjosund
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6 years ago

I never saw men wearing these at the beach when I was growing up

JuliaJamieson
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6 years ago

Looks like my friends new blanket pattern!!

Christina'sCeramics
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6 years ago

Why?

YasarKarakaya
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6 years ago

Lol

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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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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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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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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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5 years ago

Da da da daaaaaaa! CATALOGUE MAAAAAAAAN!

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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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