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 involved in the learning process, let alone inspire creativity, and the joy of knowledge.

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 architecture design, dilapidated school 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 crappy design.

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

#1

German School

German School

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The Dutches
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1 year 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
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1 year 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
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1 year 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
1 year ago

the irony :/

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#5

Hangers At School...

Hangers At School...

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Bredan TheGreat
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1 year 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
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1 year 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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1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago

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

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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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago

why?

Wil Vanderheijden
Community Member
1 year ago

Because the guy that installed the ceiling wasn't allowed to touch the clock and the guy that was allowed to touch the clock wasn't allowed to touch the ceiling.

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FatBaby
Community Member
1 year ago

The fact that they cut a hole in the ceiling instead of simply moving the clock down 5 inches...

Blue Cicada
Community Member
1 year ago

It's hardwired into the electric system. Still, if you know you are dropping the ceiling, you can find a way to drill a new hole in the cement brick for the wiring for the clock, or just abandon those clocks and take the opportunity to install newer clocks.

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AndersM
Community Member
1 year ago

You had one job

Devyn Nagy
Community Member
1 year ago

It's never 11, 12 or 1 'o Clock!

Alex
Community Member
1 year ago

Lp

Bob Beltcher
Community Member
1 year ago

How!

Randall Thomas
Community Member
1 year ago

or you could, like, hang the clock lower

Pen Edward
Community Member
1 year ago

so that no one will notice its lunch time

Sandra La Madeleine
Community Member
1 year ago

Because moving a clock is so fucking hard.

Tianjun Xu
Community Member
1 year ago

Sorry too high!

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
1 year ago

Some contractors, cheated on their tests !!!

Kathy Baylis
Community Member
1 year ago

Don’t lower the bridge, raise the river. Wait, wasn’t that the title of a movie?

Lana Jig-maker
Community Member
1 year ago

The most easily solved entry.

Binod Adhikary
Community Member
1 year ago

Time is running up.

Sadie Jayne
Community Member
1 year ago

So much for having pride in your work......

Sandra Mason
Community Member
1 year ago

well, for a few hours you just don't care.

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
1 year ago

It meant to encourage imagination or cognitive thinking. What a great idea, isn't it?

Fred Burrows
Community Member
1 year ago

Your time is up

SomebodyNobody
Community Member
1 year ago

I just burst out laughing IN CLASS

Zero-Light
Community Member
1 year ago

Lunch was always a mystery at my school too.

Slune
Community Member
1 year ago

I sometimes have the feeling that the ceiling falls down

cybermerlin2000
Community Member
1 year ago

New ceiling was fitted but no one could be bothered to move the clock

Patrick Larson
Community Member
1 year ago

Pure lazy.

Sharon Vaughn
Community Member
1 year ago

New ceiling?

Biddy Bee
Community Member
1 year ago

Time flies!

Annamay
Community Member
1 year ago

Well why not?

Incognito
Community Member
1 year ago

when your clock glitches through the roof in a video game

backatya
Community Member
1 year ago

You had one job...

Mark Kelly
Community Member
1 year ago

but why?

Sean Reynolds
Community Member
1 year ago

how?

Aidyn06
Community Member
1 year ago

how will we know when it's noon?

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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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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

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boredpanDaman
Community Member
1 year ago

dont you "i'll know show i how to" me!

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