School. It's somewhere we all have to go, whether we like it or not. They could at least make it a pleasant place to be, couldn't they? Well not really, no. Most public schools are formulaic, functional places that hardly make students want to be there, let alone inspire creativity and the joy of learning. With budgets being further slashed under conservative governments in the U.S. and UK, the situation in these countries at least isn't looking up. Not only are students and teachers dealing with boring, dilapidated buildings and classrooms, but many also have to live with shortages of basic materials too, prompting teachers to leave the profession en masse. So much for caring about the next generation!

Bored Panda has collected a list of examples of school designers either taking shortcuts, not caring or needing to go back to school themselves. From thoughtless toilet placements to hilariously offensive murals, these students can at least have a wry chuckle at the ridiculousness of it all.

Scroll down below to check them out for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

#1

German School

German School

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The Dutches
Community Member
9 months ago

More ouch.

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So we've seen the consequences of bad design, so what makes for good design? There are a few basic principles to stick to if you want to make sure your design is practical, relevant and makes sense!

According to Dieter Rams, a German industrial designer who was responsible for the design of Braun’s consumer products for many years, there are 10 principles of good design, also known as the '10 commandments.' Even though they were written long ago and technology has advanced beyond his wildest dreams, Dieter's principles still apply today!

#2

New Statue At A Catholic School

New Statue At A Catholic School

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Ritchat
Community Member
9 months ago

I'm a bad person. Laughed way too hard at this. D:

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#3

This School Bus Ad

This School Bus Ad

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Paige s
Community Member
9 months ago

yep, how i feel every day i wake up to go to school

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Furniture designers Vitsoe have worked closely with Dieter Rams for decades, and helpfully summarize his founding principles of good design with the following explanations:

Good design is innovative The possibilities for innovation are not, by any means, exhausted. Technological development is always offering new opportunities for innovative design. But innovative design always develops in tandem with innovative technology, and can never be an end in itself.

Good design makes a product useful: A product is bought to be used. It has to satisfy certain criteria, not only functional, but also psychological and aesthetic. Good design emphasizes the usefulness of a product whilst disregarding anything that could possibly detract from it.

Good design is aesthetic: The aesthetic quality of a product is integral to its usefulness because products we use every day affect our person and our well-being. But only well-executed objects can be beautiful.

#4

It's Even More Fascinating When This Shit Happens In A Design School

It's Even More Fascinating When This Shit Happens In A Design School

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Paige s
Community Member
9 months ago

the irony :/

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#5

Hangers At School...

Hangers At School...

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Bredan TheGreat
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9 months ago

Why though?

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Good design makes a product understandable: It clarifies the product’s structure. Better still, it can make the product talk. At best, it is self-explanatory.

Good design is unobtrusive: Products fulfilling a purpose are like tools. They are neither decorative objects nor works of art. Their design should therefore be both neutral and restrained, to leave room for the user’s self-expression.

Good design is honest: It does not make a product more innovative, powerful or valuable than it really is. It does not attempt to manipulate the consumer with promises that cannot be kept.

#6

"A Man Plowing A Field" On A Local School Building

"A Man Plowing A Field" On A Local School Building

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BlackestDawn
Community Member
9 months ago

Well, he's plowing something all right.

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#7

Interesting Take For A School Quote

Interesting Take For A School Quote

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Foxxy
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9 months ago

Damn, that’s a terrible quote.

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Good design is thorough down to the last detail: Nothing must be arbitrary or left to chance. Care and accuracy in the design process show respect towards the user.

Good design is environmentally-friendly: Design makes an important contribution to the preservation of the environment. It conserves resources and minimizes physical and visual pollution throughout the lifecycle of the product.

Good design is as little design as possible: Less, but better – because it concentrates on the essential aspects, and the products are not burdened with non-essentials. Back to purity, back to simplicity.

So three you have it, pretty simple right? If you are tasked with designing something and want to avoid the hilarious mistakes found in this list, check these principles off first and you should succeed!

#8

Being Helpful For The Blind

Being Helpful For The Blind

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Foxxy
Community Member
9 months ago

Someone didn’t think this one through.

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#9

The Way My School Installed The New Projector

The Way My School Installed The New Projector

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Pokemon sa
Community Member
9 months ago

You had one job !

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#10

The Absolute Crap Design Of My School. This Is The Place Where Every Hallway Intersects

The Absolute Crap Design Of My School. This Is The Place Where Every Hallway Intersects

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The Dutches
Community Member
9 months ago

And dangerous in case of fire. Hopefully there are a lot of emergency exits in the building.

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#11

This School Just Renovated The Toilets At Their Gym

This School Just Renovated The Toilets At Their Gym

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The Dutches
Community Member
9 months ago

Demand that the teachers use it. Things will change immediately.

Jim Bielik
Community Member
9 months ago

The teachers don't make architectural decisions, that's administrators.

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TheExtremeSmell
Community Member
9 months ago

Weird looking chess set

Uwe Theiss
Community Member
9 months ago

Did they realize the job is only done to about 80%. Some walls may still be missing.

Kenny Kulbiski
Community Member
9 months ago

Either that or you're supposed to bring your own toilet paper.

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Philip Davis
Community Member
9 months ago

It's obvious this pic was taken before the dividers were put up. Where are the toilet paper holders for the seats? They will be on the dividers.

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
9 months ago

The floor is mopped clean, does not look like an unfinished construction job.

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Lama Lady
Community Member
9 months ago

This is literally my worst nightmare turned real. Thanks a lot

Living_Shadow
Community Member
9 months ago

I feel that

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jamie1707
Community Member
9 months ago

the catholic grade school I went to didn't have any partitions or doors either. When lavatory time came, and of course it was on a very strict schedule, the nuns would march all the boys to the lav and then stand there and watch. I never, ever peed while in that school, and I believe that's why I have CPIPS (can't pee in public syndrome lol) today (I'm only half joking!).

Daniel Lewis
Community Member
9 months ago

The newest fad there is the “Pee in the urinal while sitting on the toilet challenge.”

Slune
Community Member
9 months ago

Will become a Olympic discipline

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Cassie
Community Member
9 months ago

There's no TP or anywhere to hang TP. looks like this picture was taken before the modular stall walls were put in. The TP dispensers will be on the walls. This is almost certainly not the finished product.

Dan Pieniak
Community Member
9 months ago

Still, when the walls do go up, it will be quite a challenge moving around - and the TP holder will make it worse.

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Callie Ge
Community Member
9 months ago

What every well rounded young man wants to do, stare at his mates arse while taking a dump,

Living_Shadow
Community Member
9 months ago

Oh my God.. just imagine having to take a dump and then people walk in and stare at you. The entire time you're just sweating and wanting to finish as soon as possible and praying no one else will be there. I can't. What the actual fuck

Brobro McDuderson
Community Member
9 months ago

Counterpoint: this bathroom is still under construction. It looks perfect...perhaps unused. Now that the tile work and plumbing is finished, it’s time to install the dividers.

Abraham Gumba
Community Member
9 months ago

There is hardly any space between the toilet seats.

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Aeroscout
Community Member
9 months ago

Same design US military used in barracks for years. I was using them even as late as 1983.

Tianjun Xu
Community Member
7 months ago

Still no stalls....

Barbara Baxendale
Community Member
9 months ago

Talk about personal space !!

hobbitly
Community Member
9 months ago

I think they just still need to build the cubical stalls around the toilets.

Zoltán Almási
Community Member
9 months ago

well this one isnt ready yet. Those walls will be there. this is just a construction phase

Aubrie Allen
Community Member
9 months ago

I find sitting on the toilet while staring directly at the butt of someone peeing relaxing.

Ula
Community Member
9 months ago

Maybe they will add separations?

Sarah Panhorst
Community Member
9 months ago

Why? Why would anyone think this is a good idea?

danielw
Community Member
9 months ago

at a guess? to prevent people from doing ilicit things in the bathroom. Has the (possibly fortunate, from a bean counter's perspective,) side effect of preveting people from doing anything in the bathroom

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Ellen
Community Member
9 months ago

Reminds me of that awful scene in full metal jacket

Alex Bailey
Community Member
9 months ago

I knew I'd be glad to have never watched that movie.

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[] person []
Community Member
2 months ago

how tf does this happen

Spy Fandel
Community Member
6 months ago

Ooh i would like that

happy_bisexual
Community Member
8 months ago

that is terrifying to even think about using lol

deborah atulomah
Community Member
9 months ago

Inhuman and degrading. Looks like the set of Full Metal Jacket.

Paul Chang
Community Member
9 months ago

I’ll watch you pee while I take a dump

David Roughton
Community Member
9 months ago

They left out the cubicles!!! 😂😂😂😂

Sadie Jayne
Community Member
9 months ago

The Romans had public toilets very much like this... (YUCK!!!!)

Ann McNeil
Community Member
9 months ago

Renovate them again!!

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
9 months ago

Unbelievably stupid and disrespectful.

okpkpkp
Community Member
9 months ago

As the old army barracks, they used to house us GIs in. Privacy? Forget about it.

Marlene Ricker
Community Member
9 months ago

What the Hell were they thinking?

Slune
Community Member
9 months ago

They seem talking together

Slune
Community Member
9 months ago

The klone Room

JMC
Community Member
9 months ago

Preliminary training for the armed services or constipation.

Lyn Moffett
Community Member
9 months ago

That’s EXACTLY what I thought before I seen the comment below

Annamay
Community Member
9 months ago

Oh fun! Communal pee and/or poop!

Debbie
Community Member
9 months ago

HUH?

Kerry Ericksson
Community Member
9 months ago

Some dividers needed badly...

Susie Swearingen-Kamachi
Community Member
9 months ago

Maybe they are getting them ready for boot camp.

Donna Leske
Community Member
9 months ago

Privacy is overrated. . . . . . Not.

Noel Ibon
Community Member
9 months ago

I'm assuming they aren't finished, as the stalls aren't up yet??? lol

Andy Mitchell
Community Member
9 months ago

I can’t believe how gullible most people comment are!! When you construct a new public washroom/convenience, pretty much the last thing you put in are the individual private enclosures. This photo was simply taken before they were erected. LOL.

backatya
Community Member
9 months ago

this is very bad

Christina Davis
Community Member
9 months ago

I guess we're going Roman style

Kathy Baylis
Community Member
9 months ago

Well, at least there wouldn’t be any eye to eye...

Christopher Oetker
Community Member
9 months ago

my guess is the dividers havent been installed

Natasha Forchione
Community Member
9 months ago

😲

Tiffany Marie
Community Member
9 months ago

Maybe they just hadn't put the stalls up yet

Mrta Brzoza
Community Member
9 months ago

Well shared showers - shared toilets

Claire H
Community Member
9 months ago

Well this is terrible! There's no toilet paper? That's the issue here.

Mark Kelly
Community Member
9 months ago

Partitions do exist.

Andrew Tuller
Community Member
9 months ago

Photoshopped

Vilkas
Community Member
9 months ago

The builder usually works on prison bathrooms.

Wij
Community Member
9 months ago

Don't see paper holders in this

Pretty Pangolin
Community Member
9 months ago

About 30 years ago my team played an away game at another school. They had no partitions either. Makes me grateful for small things!

RitaGG
Community Member
9 months ago

Searches for toilet paper.

Raph cuddy
Community Member
9 months ago

the meeting hall

narendran murugan
Community Member
9 months ago

Budget?

Alejandro Vega
Community Member
9 months ago

BEST... BATHROOM.... EVER!!!! I wish I had a bathroom like this at my house!!!!

Milda Mockūnaitė
Community Member
9 months ago

I hope it's not one bathroom for BOTH boys and girls...

Diane Patrick
Community Member
9 months ago

Shit on the floor.

Jessica Temple
Community Member
9 months ago

they took all the doors off in some schools due to vaping in the bathroom.

Logan Scaggs
Community Member
9 months ago

yeah but the partitions and the rest of the walls too?

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Matthew Smith
Community Member
9 months ago

Taking the piss!

Glowdaddy
Community Member
9 months ago

I heard that military barracks are designed like this.

Jaguarundi
Community Member
9 months ago

This is an adolescent challenge contest field if I ever saw one!

Bill Suza
Community Member
9 months ago

Image seems to originate from Lithuania and be an optional bathroom for large scale events at a sports complex/gymnasium.

wisdom evee
Community Member
9 months ago

it's no different for a boy if there just standing next to someone while showing there ding-dong

Pen Edward
Community Member
9 months ago (edited)

group pooping

D. Pitbull
Community Member
9 months ago

This looks... terrifyingly like... a challenge.

Allison B.
Community Member
9 months ago

Dividers or not, the toilets seem mighty close lol.

Bill
Community Member
9 months ago

Just like School of Infantry

Cody Eriksen
Community Member
9 months ago

a military academy perhaps?

Aidyn06
Community Member
9 months ago

please tell me this is boys only

Terry T.
Community Member
9 months ago

Military barracks....

Chris Green
Community Member
9 months ago

Challenge accepted!

glowworm2
Community Member
9 months ago

Is this a bathroom or school board meeting room?

Catlady6000
Community Member
9 months ago

For the peeing championship. You gotta practice somewhere;/

boredpanDaman
Community Member
9 months ago

oh. i know. i know! i think these are for a vision-sharpening exercise

Geth
Community Member
9 months ago

WTF?

kathryn stretton
Community Member
9 months ago

Wow. The idiocy.

Vincent Jay
Community Member
9 months ago

Reminds me of boot camp. Everything was out in the open.

Kjorn
Community Member
9 months ago

i feeling like i'm in Full Metal Jacket right now… is Gomer Pyle around?

Dippin Dot
Community Member
9 months ago

My worst nightmare

Daniela-Iulia Balaciu
Community Member
9 months ago

maybe the boys have different sport hours than the girls, but for certain the design is questionable

MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
9 months ago

we had no doors in toilet in my school, not fun for teenage girl on period

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#12

The Pie Graph In My School's Newspaper

The Pie Graph In My School's Newspaper

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Foxxy
Community Member
9 months ago

And the person who made the graph was in kindergarten.

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#13

High School Gym In Pontiac, Mi. There Are No Words...

High School Gym In Pontiac, Mi. There Are No Words...

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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
9 months ago

was this done by same lady who 'improved' Jesus paining?

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#14

This Machine At My School Sound Painful

This Machine At My School Sound Painful

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Alex Bailey
Community Member
9 months ago

God, no thanks.

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#15

My Schools Attempt At Being Multicultural

My Schools Attempt At Being Multicultural

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Bunzilla
Community Member
9 months ago

Why would you put ANYBODY'S face on a garbage can?

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#16

My School Has This Mini Park Inside It But No One Can Get Inside

My School Has This Mini Park Inside It But No One Can Get Inside

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Foxxy
Community Member
9 months ago

That’s just sad, would be a great spot to sit.

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#17

Our School Has Fantastic Fans

Our School Has Fantastic Fans

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Pan Da
Community Member
9 months ago

It's just your school's self-destruct system

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#18

Seen At My School

Seen At My School

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Sarah Panhorst
Community Member
9 months ago

why?

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#19

My School Locker Can’t Even Fit My Backpack Because Of Those Shelves

My School Locker Can’t Even Fit My Backpack Because Of Those Shelves

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Marcellus the Third
Community Member
9 months ago

But your suit! You can hang it crease-free!

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#20

Front Door Of A Middle School

Front Door Of A Middle School

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Pokemon sa
Community Member
9 months ago

polarballs

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#21

Extreme Entrance To School Gym

Extreme Entrance To School Gym

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Linda Something
Community Member
9 months ago

For parkour lessons!

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#22

One-Way Window Tint At School, So We Can't See Shooters, But They Can See Us

One-Way Window Tint At School, So We Can't See Shooters, But They Can See Us

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
9 months ago

It's really sad that their first thought has to be about someone using this to massacre them more easily.

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#23

School My From Words Inspiring

School My From Words Inspiring

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Keanric Choy
Community Member
9 months ago

someone's gonna do just that when reading this as they walk up.

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#24

There Is So Much Wrong With This Map At My School

There Is So Much Wrong With This Map At My School

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
9 months ago

How did Maryland make it into theAtlantic Ocean?

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#25

Our School Must Be The Crappiest Design I've Ever Seen!

Our School Must Be The Crappiest Design I've Ever Seen!

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JessG
Community Member
9 months ago

It can't be legal to have see through glass doors on the children's toilets

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#26

The Wall Decoration At My High School, Red Is Supposed To Represent The Freshmen

The Wall Decoration At My High School, Red Is Supposed To Represent The Freshmen

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Linda Something
Community Member
9 months ago

It represents the freshmen that didn't survive the halls.

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#27

The Pamphlet For My School's Special Needs Program

The Pamphlet For My School's Special Needs Program

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Bunzilla
Community Member
9 months ago

Well, that's not creepy

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#28

My Schools Fine Arts Department Had Some Interesting Stickers

My Schools Fine Arts Department Had Some Interesting Stickers

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NCC~1701
Community Member
9 months ago

Hey when you gottta you gotta I won’t judge

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#29

This Graph In A High School Year Book

This Graph In A High School Year Book

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
9 months ago

That'll teach them percentages, alright.

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#30

This Is On Our Wall In The School...

This Is On Our Wall In The School...

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
9 months ago

This is supposed to be a light bulb I guess.

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#31

These Signs Are All Around My School, Let's Sell Some Children!

These Signs Are All Around My School, Let's Sell Some Children!

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Bunzilla
Community Member
9 months ago

Ouch. Very poorly worded.

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#32

At First Glance, The White Lettering On This Pride Poster At My High School Blends In With The Yellow Background. Changes The Meaning Drastically

At First Glance, The White Lettering On This Pride Poster At My High School Blends In With The Yellow Background. Changes The Meaning Drastically

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Kevin Donegan
Community Member
9 months ago

Sadly, it's a hidden message.

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#33

The Mirror At The Men's Bathroom At My School

The Mirror At The Men's Bathroom At My School

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Foxxy
Community Member
9 months ago

What is the purpose of having the mirror that high.

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#34

This Door In My School

This Door In My School

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Alex K
Community Member
9 months ago (edited)

dobby lives there

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#35

My High School’s End Zone For Over 90 Years

My High School’s End Zone For Over 90 Years

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BingeFest1
Community Member
9 months ago

Also known as the ankle breaker

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#36

This Person In My School Book

This Person In My School Book

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NCC~1701
Community Member
9 months ago

Don’t judge. Maybe he accidentally got to close to the fireplace and there was an accident!:p

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#37

Off Centre, Misspelled, Hard To See Road Markings At A Local School

Off Centre, Misspelled, Hard To See Road Markings At A Local School

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Nunya
Community Member
9 months ago

Help! It an emegecy!

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#38

My Friend's New Locker Has A Huge Pipe Running Through It

My Friend's New Locker Has A Huge Pipe Running Through It

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The Dutches
Community Member
9 months ago

That is not a locker. That is a hidden pipe.

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#39

Stalls In School's Bathroom

Stalls In School's Bathroom

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Bunzilla
Community Member
9 months ago

I've seen this picture so many times with many different descriptions. No idea where it actually came from.

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#40

"High School"

"High School"

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Foxxy
Community Member
9 months ago

Whoever did this must have been high

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#41

This Graph In My School's Yearbook...

This Graph In My School's Yearbook...

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Ellen
Community Member
9 months ago

"Would you rather" is what I'm most irritated about, what kind of question is that given the available answers?

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#42

This Sign At My School

This Sign At My School

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FloC
Community Member
9 months ago

Written by Yoda.

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#43

After My School Had A Fire Alarm (Planned) I Noticed This

After My School Had A Fire Alarm (Planned) I Noticed This

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boredpanDaman
Community Member
9 months ago

this way! no, THAT way! no... ooouch... g'bye

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#44

There Are Several Of These At My School And I Am Unlucky Enough To Be Right In The Corner

There Are Several Of These At My School And I Am Unlucky Enough To Be Right In The Corner

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GoodPanda
Community Member
9 months ago

OOF

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#45

The Unfortunate Overhead View Of My School's Library Desks

The Unfortunate Overhead View Of My School's Library Desks

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Alex K
Community Member
9 months ago

if someone is desperate to be offended, they will be offended with everything

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#46

Poster At My School. Lightbulb Looks Like A Noose

Poster At My School. Lightbulb Looks Like A Noose

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Daniel Lewis
Community Member
9 months ago

Helpfulness? Do they provide the rope for you?

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#47

This Wrestling Painting At A High School

This Wrestling Painting At A High School

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Uwe Theiss
Community Member
9 months ago

To be honest, only with the outlines wrestling always looks like a sex scene.

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#48

My High School Science Departments Lights

My High School Science Departments Lights

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Paige s
Community Member
9 months ago

omg, big OCD moment :'(

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#49

Found At My School

Found At My School

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BrokenFlame
Community Member
9 months ago

for people wondering what it says: You will never have this day again, so make it count

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#50

The Design School I Graduated From Sent This Postcard Out

The Design School I Graduated From Sent This Postcard Out