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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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?

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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?

Uwe Theiss
Community Member
1 year ago

It was formerly known as "Atlantis".

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Anne Bleakley
Community Member
1 year ago

This is shocking to have in a place of education. Wars have started over less. Mexico are bound to be annoyed

Demonic Darkness
Community Member
1 year ago

What's Mexico?

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Geth
Community Member
1 year ago

I like how Canada is just "North."

Peko
Community Member
1 year ago

Beyond the wall.

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Lynne Darroch
Community Member
1 year ago

Canada would like the rest of our country back and Mexico would like to exist.

Alex K
Community Member
1 year ago

south america doesnt even exist. and behold, atlantis!

tuzdayschild
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm an American citizen but I'm insult on Canada's behalf.

Bunzilla
Community Member
1 year ago

As usual, Canada is disappearing out into space... Used to see it all the time in American weather forecasts.

Sadie Jayne
Community Member
1 year ago

I know! What's the deal with that??? Do they think winter storms just manifest at the American border?

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Spam Spam
Community Member
1 year ago

what happened to Australia?

Noez 🇸🇪
Community Member
1 year ago

Excuse me, hello, we Scandinavians demand an explanation...... Oh wait, okay, yeah Trump.

Uwe Theiss
Community Member
1 year ago

Be Grateful. You can still see most of Scandinavia and also you can identify Spain/Portugal and a bit of france. But where are the british islands? Denmark and Germany also disappeared.

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Donna Leske
Community Member
1 year ago

"We don't need no stinkin'" Alaska, South America, Hawaii, New Zealand, and very little Canada.

juice
Community Member
1 year ago

i love how the planets are actually all part of Earth now

Kat K
Community Member
1 year ago

also it looks to me like you can see Earth from Earth :D

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Piper Smythe
Community Member
1 year ago

A teen dystopian novel but their future world is based off of this. "Soon, the ambassadors from Northern Doll Asia and Southern Japanese Asia will be coming to see all the progress we're making in our colony of New Atlantic Maryland."

Peko
Community Member
1 year ago

"Europe" not including the UK, red double decker.

Jef Bateman
Community Member
1 year ago

Can somebody tell me what is near the west coast of Africa? Is it steaks? (Don't downvote me, please. I really can't make it out.)

Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
1 year ago

They do kinda look like steaks or butterflies maybe? So weird.

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Sandra Simpson
Community Member
9 months ago

what

Renée Rubalcava
Community Member
1 year ago

Somewhere on the east coast of Africa, Captain Fred in his Yellow Submarine go to Pepperland ( somewhere in the Antarctic) to free it from the music hating Blue Meanies .

Jennine Paul
Community Member
1 year ago

This is the most painfully American thing.

Chris Lightley
Community Member
1 year ago

The longer you look at it, the worse it gets.

Liberato
Community Member
1 year ago

Wowzers, I love how we have a solar system inside our planet! Is that Giant Earth-like planet Jupiter? LOL

Sam Petter
Community Member
1 year ago

The longer you look at this, the more of a shitshow it becomes

JinxBox
Community Member
1 year ago

Some US kids should just go on strike 'till some proper education system provided...

Pug Pug
Community Member
1 year ago

We deiced its best as a county to just get rid of Washington all together after the last election.

Loretta
Community Member
1 year ago

This one should be first. It's disturbing on so many levels.

Fred and George Weasley
Community Member
7 months ago

wheres england?

Alyssa Habecker
Community Member
8 months ago

huh?

EtherealSponge
Community Member
1 year ago

Maryland has seceded and become a communist state while using paddles to break away from the east coast

Would You Like A Jelly Baby
Community Member
1 year ago

...not quite...

Redfox
Community Member
1 year ago

The Sydney Opera House in now in Kalgoorlie? And where I live in Australia doesn't even exist? Oh the humanity!

L McN
Community Member
1 year ago

Where is Canada? Mexico? ANY other country? I mean, we have some borders, but....USA is it? Really? Did the Germans start WW3 and expand for Europe (sorry Germans, but given the history it is somewhat relevant)? South America is all but missing, Maryland is....maybe Atlantis? Obviously not an official map by any means but...wow....

Karina Andersen
Community Member
1 year ago

face palm,

Donna Baker
Community Member
1 year ago

who made this? had to have been a pre school student

Sharon Kapon
Community Member
1 year ago

I love it that Israel is a real part of Europeeeee, i feel like Ariel the little mermaid

Bugra Tan
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Same fault as usual! Everytime when i see a wrong world-map. hahaha! I think the proof of excellence of an irregular map is if there's no Turkey. It's like forget about that Australia is an island on an irregular map :)

Bugra Tan
Community Member
1 year ago

Also Italy has some vein issues therefore the view of their land looks like the under-leg puffed up :D

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Patricia Stilwell
Community Member
1 year ago

As long as they don't show Baltimore as the capital!

Anita Chapman
Community Member
1 year ago

Betcha this school’s in Maryland.

Sadie Jayne
Community Member
1 year ago

By the way - what happened to Michigan and ALL of the Great Lakes!!!!!!!

Sadie Jayne
Community Member
1 year ago

Well.... at least the whales made it to water....

Wendy C
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm gonna venture a guess that this school is in Maryland?

Sandra Mason
Community Member
1 year ago

when did Maryland become a country?

SomebodyNobody
Community Member
1 year ago

Um. Maryland's a country?

Zero-Light
Community Member
1 year ago

Worst job ever - lighthouse keeper, in Antarctica.

Steve Barker
Community Member
1 year ago

Excuse me! That is a priceless Jean-Michael Basquiat!!

Holly Allen
Community Member
1 year ago

Maryland! What did you do???

Sharon Vaughn
Community Member
1 year ago

Where was the geography teacher when this was being done?

Judy Crozier
Community Member
1 year ago

who ate the UK?

Jane Dorothy Warner
Community Member
1 year ago

Maybe they spell the lost city of Atlantis as Maryland.

Donald Holder
Community Member
1 year ago

I guess the compass was more important that showing Alaska and Hawaii in its usual crop boxes on the lower left.

Annamay
Community Member
1 year ago

Kindergarten kids. So cute.

Linda Robinett
Community Member
1 year ago

I suspect the school is located in Maryland. But it is such a short distance to Mars from Canada that I am surprised we don't have colonies there yet.

Annette Rainbow
Community Member
1 year ago

How did the opera house move to Perth Western Australia? When it is in Sydney, (in Eastern Australia). Where is the bite in Australia. So many things wrong in this map in Australia alone.

Brok Thorn
Community Member
1 year ago

hahaha australia is now half the size of usa crammed in as an afterthought (actually same size)

Eleanor Redding
Community Member
1 year ago

uh

Mikey
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh look. Narnia.

wisdom evee
Community Member
1 year ago

how the fuck do you manage that?

Hongyan Xu
Community Member
1 year ago

Also, why are the continents under water and what happened to South America?

Ana Cuervo
Community Member
1 year ago

Trump map of the world with no Mexico, Central and South America.

Eunice Probert
Community Member
1 year ago

Never mind Maryland, how did the UK get to be physically connected to Europe? Mind you, if that map was true, we probably wouldn't be in the stupid brexit mess we're in now.

Rachida Zenz
Community Member
1 year ago

propaganda..

Kat K
Community Member
1 year ago

I love how central America become USA

Kristof De Smet
Community Member
1 year ago

flat earth!

Mrta Brzoza
Community Member
1 year ago

The South America is gone

Miss Kitty
Community Member
1 year ago

It's the map of the future.

Callie Ge
Community Member
1 year ago

How did the USA get bigger than Africa, Africa is 3 x the size of America.

Bob Beltcher
Community Member
1 year ago

Poor South America. And it looks like Trump f'ed up on where to build the walls.

Ben Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

Rather obvious, this school is in Maryland...

Mikyla McEwen
Community Member
1 year ago

Where the fuck is Canada 🇨🇦

Chaz83
Community Member
1 year ago

What the hell is going on with Australia??!!

Zsuzsanna Szucs
Community Member
1 year ago

OMG That's awful.... lol

Raph cuddy
Community Member
1 year ago

proof tht the earth is flat

Spacemonkey
Community Member
1 year ago

1.It's a flat earth map 2.Yes, earth is the center of the the solar system 3.Maryland actually is Atlantis 4. Where dafuc is mexico

Stephanie Hewitt
Community Member
1 year ago

Canada doesn't exist, we're just north USA now I guess lol

Maybeitsraining
Community Member
1 year ago

Wait what? No UK either! Smh... we don't exist in this ego planet

Chris Bebout
Community Member
1 year ago

Clearly this a school in the United states of dumerica

Mario Clouâtre
Community Member
1 year ago

Preparing students for the next vox pop on geography.

Diane Patrick
Community Member
1 year ago

Where is New Zealand!

Twenty øne doggos
Community Member
1 year ago

What... why is Maryland its own continent? Maybe this school is in Maryland, but still...

Sardonic Scribe
Community Member
1 year ago

That's an incredibly insulting map for the rest of the world. Then again, people from the United States are taught they are the world.

D. Pitbull
Community Member
1 year ago

Okay... wow... so... Maryland obviously detached and separated from the USA because it reached its final form and was just too large for the USA to handle the sudden increase in landmass.... and... Canada has disappeared, now just being called the vague "North"... and 3/4 of South America was cut off by a giant pizza slicer?... and... oh good grief... Random Lighthouse? What??...

dev mehta
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Maryland is supposed to be in Australia.

Dr. Carlos Dangercat
Community Member
1 year ago

Interesting that you can see planet Earth from ....Earth?

Karen Dyer
Community Member
1 year ago

Sad

Theory Buchannon
Community Member
1 year ago

does it say on the far south east of the board " Anlantis "

Sarah Panhorst
Community Member
1 year ago

WHY?????

Gwyn Plaine
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Explains a lot!

Kjorn
Community Member
1 year ago

and how does the roman of the carthageans never discover this new continent Maryland?

Bonnie Blue Bird
Community Member
1 year ago

Pluto made the solar system :)

The Dutches
Community Member
1 year ago

Maryland????

Slune
Community Member
1 year ago

That explains why Americans thinking Switzerland and Sweden are close neighbors speaking the same language

Sa Ruuu
Community Member
1 year ago

It looks like a mural project done by kids, I think they did their best and it looks fun. I'm guessing their school is in Maryland which is why they drew that bigger and it's not like the size of the wall would fit an entire world map in the best way so why are people complaining?

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 year ago

I like this map. It is colourful, it is joyful, it is playful, and it is more accurate than the very best of maps 600 years ago!

Patrick McKemie
Community Member
1 year ago

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What's funny is, this school is in Canada.

Uwe Theiss
Community Member
1 year ago

How do you know? I would gues it is a school in Maryland cause that state is pretty prominent on that "map".

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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
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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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