While we may imagine a dystopian future of thought police, killer robots, and nuclear fallout, the real future predictions are much more boring. Instead of being brutally brainwashed and enslaved by fascist, authoritarian regimes, we have willingly enslaved ourselves. By allowing the top 1% to get exponentially richer, we drown in a sea of debts, tech, advertising, endless wars, environmental destruction, addictions, depression... the list goes on.

Brilliant, isn't it? But it's ok; there's always Facebook to scroll through (Bored Panda too, obvs), Netflix to watch, chemical-laden meals to consume, manufactured outrages over a mermaid's skin color to comment on. Who's got time for thoughtful resistance in this sick, sad world? Even those that think they are resisting by electing bigoted billionaires, bankers and Eton toffs to represent them are simply playing into their hands, as their dishonest, scaremongering claptrap divides us ever further over political, racial and gender lines!

Sometimes we need to take a step back and see the forest for the trees. This list, compiled by Bored Panda, contains some pretty terrifying examples of present-day dystopian society, things that make you realize that beyond all the distractions of trying to survive and thrive in the rat race, something's not quite right with this world.

So if you didn't find the sinister scenes of mindless automatons chanting “send her back” chilling enough, scroll down below to get a reality check on the spookily Orwellian society we are allowing to be constructed, and let's see if we can fix our near future in the comments! If you want to see even more proof of our dystopian world, be sure to check out our previous list!

#1

Immigrants

Immigrants

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Luis Milian
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1 year ago

up-voting this! #truth

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The term 'boring dystopia was coined by the late academic and cultural theorist Mark Fisher in 2015. He used it to refer to the "bland, mildly coercive signs that abound in late-stage capitalist society, which foster a vague sense of isolation or unease."

He started a Facebook group that documented these signs as a way to develop consciousness about the world around us. "It was understood from the start to be a consciousness-raising exercise, encouraging people to perceive the actual state of Britain rather than the PR state," Fisher said in an interview with Vice. "Which is surprisingly hard, because there's this mixture of Silicon Valley ideology, PR and advertising which distracts us from our own aesthetic poverty, and the reality of what we have. Which is just all these crap robots…"

#2

This Is Caleb. Caleb Has A Degree In Zoology And Asks His Customers What Their Favorite Animal Is. He Gives Them Facts While Completing Their Orders!

This Is Caleb. Caleb Has A Degree In Zoology And Asks His Customers What Their Favorite Animal Is. He Gives Them Facts While Completing Their Orders!

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Koalamonster
Community Member
1 year ago

That's both very cute and very depressing all at once.

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#3

Real Problem

Real Problem

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varwenea
Community Member
1 year ago

Is America "Great" yet?

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"Boring Dystopia was partly about the fact that no one can care about stuff any more," said Fisher. "It's not that they don't care, but in a city like London, or any intensely pressured urban metropolis—add to that the pressures of capitalist cyberspace and people just feel like they perpetually have no time."

"Our resources for caring are depleted, and that has aesthetic consequences."

#4

Charity

Charity

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Wil Vanderheijden
Community Member
1 year ago

Saddest part is that a lot of celebs even get paid to promote a charity.

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#5

Put The Blame Where It Belongs

Put The Blame Where It Belongs

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Kathie Leonetti
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1 year ago

Let's not forget the politicians and celebrities who fly all over who have huge SUVs .

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The Facebook group was short-lived, with Fisher quickly becoming disillusioned with Facebook itself. "For me the point at which the group started to go downhill was when it became like every other Facebook group. It was just recirculating 'content' and sending links, keeping people inside what I would call capitalist cyberspace instead of looking outside at their own environment. It felt like it was reinforcing the condition it was intended to displace," he explained.

"It didn't work at that scale, and you could feel that it wasn't the right place for it… It was just an experiment, and Facebook probably wasn't the right platform. I didn't want it to be diluted."

#6

A Child Can’t Stay On The Transplant List, Solely Because He’s Homeless

A Child Can’t Stay On The Transplant List, Solely Because He’s Homeless

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frank0ys
Community Member
1 year ago

...This is sad.

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#7

Calling An Ambulance In USA

Calling An Ambulance In USA

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giovanna
Community Member
1 year ago

That is just RIDICULOUS. I really, honestly don't understand how come the American people are not crazy mad in the streets protesting about that. Like, protesting all the time.

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After Fisher's tragic death in 2017 at the age of 48, his work remains as his legacy and is as important and relevant as it's ever been. His 2009 book Capitalist Realism is a must-read for anyone wanting to understand the modern world, and his 'Boring Dystopia' group lives on mainly in the subreddit r/ABoringDystopia.

What do you think? Are we truly living in a boring dystopia? Scroll down below to see the rest of the examples for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

#8

Stealing An Education

Stealing An Education

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Miklós Nagy
Community Member
1 year ago

Land of free? :D

Wil Vanderheijden
Community Member
1 year ago

Home of the broke.

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María Hermida
Community Member
1 year ago

Is this real? 😢😢😢😢

aiysha guerrero
Community Member
1 year ago

oh yes this is very real..........and far too common. and this is america.

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Ben Steinberg
Community Member
1 year ago

This. This was such a travesty of justice. The woman even had relatives who DID live in the district. And she was sent to jail for 5 years for this. Meanwhile, over at Richie-Rich's mansion...

Max L.
Community Member
1 year ago

can you tell me something about the case ? this is just absurd

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Shannon Richards
Community Member
1 year ago

White parents do that, too. One of my principals in Pennsylvania staked out one house and watched the mother drop her kids off at a bus stop. Of course, this white mother didn't go to prison. Her kids just got kicked out of our school district. In Pennsylvania, the state did not adequately fund the school districts, so they relied on property taxes. This problem would disappear if states enacted open enrollment laws like they do in Minnesota. In that state, school districts actually compete!!!! to recruit more students, even disadvantaged and students with special needs.

Mike
Community Member
1 year ago

Different circumstances, different penalties.

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Carol Emory
Community Member
1 year ago

Education is supposed to be free. So how is she exactly stealing one?

María Hermida
Community Member
1 year ago

As far as I know, some "public" services in the States are paid by the members of each community. If you live in a rich area you pay more taxes and the Council has more money, so there are better schools. If you live in a poor area, you pay low taxes, but the schools probably are crap, because they have a very small budget. The thing is, if you pay very low taxes in your area and you lie and say you live in a rich area so that your children can attend a rich school, it's stealing. In their opinion, not mine. I hope my explanation makes sense.

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Christina Sersif
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

That’s a waste of taxpayers money. Their said neighborhoods are probably crime infested and rather than cleaning up the streets they’d rather arrest mothers who want a better life for this kids. SMDH

Susan Gardner
Community Member
1 year ago

This is too upsetting to even comment

Ray Ceeya (RayCeeYa)
Community Member
1 year ago

I was one of those kids in the 80s. My parents shipped me off to live with my grandmother for almost 8 years.

Belinda Matson
Community Member
1 year ago

Not living with your child daily so their education is better is a sacrifice of epic proportions, even if they're at the grandparents & live close. How was the education?

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Jaime Swanson
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow...that is INSANE

Katie Ramsden
Community Member
1 year ago

Serious?!

Meg Needler
Community Member
1 year ago

Unfortunately, very serious.

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Sarah Laurent
Community Member
1 year ago

Where's the vomit bag when you need it ? (yes, again ! But.... Yurk !)

Mary Popps
Community Member
1 year ago

WhaaaAAAAAAAT ?!! O_o

Kat Hoth
Community Member
1 year ago

So sickening that the color of your skin determines your fate in life.

Foxxy
Community Member
1 year ago

That’s awful, this whole post is so depressing.

varwenea
Community Member
1 year ago

Is America "Great" yet?

Oathbraker
Community Member
1 year ago

That sounds like something South Africa would've done back in the day. The jailing part I mean, not the mothers trying to help their children.

Mike
Community Member
1 year ago

Comitting fraud is a crime in most places. It doesn't matter what color skin you have unless someone is trying to make a point. It's true that poor people can't afford great lawyers, but they get one for free (worth every penny). How many of those parents that commit the fraud also take the time to help their kids with homework and lessons?

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Valerie Lessard
Community Member
1 year ago

This is beyond absurd. Imagine having to go to prison for trying to give your child a better education. What a fucked up world

Mike
Community Member
1 year ago

Get real, it wasn't for giving a child the better education. She went to prison for fraud. (if the story is complete and there weren't other things involved)

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Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah, you can't do that. Not even that skewed argument can justify it or else every parent would do this and suddenly there's potentially 300 kids to a classroom. You go to the school in the district you pay school taxes in. That's how it works. And the problem isn't the school, it's the parents who aren't raising their kids right. The parents in these 'under performing schools aren't putting an emphasis on education or taking responsibility for their kid's lack of effort and performance. That's why it's under performing. They'd rather blame the school for their child failing, not doing their homework, skipping class and getting in fights. Ignorance is breeding ignorance and the cycle continues.

Aria Whitaker
Community Member
1 year ago

"Ignorance is breeding ignorance"....from the looks of this completely off base comment, you are absolutely correct.

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Rae
Community Member
1 year ago

That's just sad :(

Luka Hamer
Community Member
1 year ago

This is really sad... And rapists get 1 or 2 year, maybe. Well white ones anyway.

Kamila Ferens
Community Member
1 year ago

My country is fcked up but every day I'm thankful I don't live in usa.

Mike
Community Member
1 year ago

Don't believe all you read. The stuff that makes it into the news is a VERY small percentage of everyday life.

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Arn Poe
Community Member
1 year ago

The full story on each of these victims shows that each had committed additional crimes & the paperwork fraud charges were thrown out; some didn't actually even go to prison. That still doesn't make it acceptable for the wealthy to get away with what they did.

Sophia Trinh
Community Member
1 year ago

Since when should education be something that isn’t given equally? Or how did a need to ‘steal education’ even arise?

Bored Moogle
Community Member
1 year ago

We need a system similar to Japan's where students can choose which school to go to.

Charley CharleyEx
Community Member
1 year ago

Who would work in a ghetto school? Those kids are unsocialized. And armed.

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 year ago

Trollwarning.

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

in France, people do this as well but you don't go to jail when caught....

Dave G.
Community Member
1 year ago

they were all democrats too

Remliel
Community Member
1 year ago

Nah. This CAN'T be true. Those rich assholes who bribe their way into colleges for their children are not even getting a slap on the wrist and there are mothers in jail for using a fucking address? I hate humanity. Also private schools.

Lola Bunz
Community Member
1 year ago

What???

Martha Meyer
Community Member
1 year ago

What.The.F****!! That should be no more than a misdemeanor!

Thorunn Sleight
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow!

Leo H
Community Member
1 year ago

Couldn't the same be said of diversity preferrence when it comes to college admissions....saying we need to take more a,b,c because we are filled with x,y,z...even if the a,b ,c kids dont deserve to be there/ dont have the grades/ sat scores. Isn't that stealing an education? Yet its legal and done routinely

Meghan Turnis
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm not saying it's right (it's totally wrong and awful) but does it have to do with mail fraud? Anything dealing with fraud + USPS is a big deal because it's a federal service. Opening mail that doesn't belong to you is a felony. On the other hand, bribing a college official is "just" bribing one individual from a private business. This might account for the difference in penalty.

Belinda Matson
Community Member
1 year ago

No according to this article. https://educationpost.org/while-rich-people-bribe-their-kids-way-into-college-parents-of-color-sit-in-jail-for-wanting-better-schools/ They wanted to make an example of her (!!!) Sadly she was also arrested for selling drugs. & got a 12 year sentence but point remains 5yrs for her, no arrest for white parents who've done exactly the same, kids were just kicked out.

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Just Me
Community Member
2 months ago

That is disgusting. So take away a child's Mother simply because she wanted to better her children.

Lindy Mac
Community Member
1 year ago

All the schools should be at the same standard or it is stealing from the taxpayer.

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

I agree that those involved in that scandal need to serve the same time as everyone else who pulls that crap.

Ivana Bogdan
Community Member
1 year ago

Lol in my city you can go to whatever school you want. So if you want to walk to school on another side of town, no problem, go ahead.

Peter Wilson
Community Member
1 year ago

what a surprise --- it's not a justice system, it's a legal system

June Bankes
Community Member
1 year ago

This is terrible what happened to commonsense.

Jubayer Ahmed
Community Member
1 year ago

This is injuatice

John Bourne
Community Member
1 year ago

I have never heard of anyone going to jail for using a different address. If they did that half of America would be in jail.

criminalgirl
Community Member
1 year ago

Is Merica great yet?

PF Chace
Community Member
1 year ago

Wait, WHAT?!

Georgann Haeffner
Community Member
1 year ago

I had no idea!! That is beyond horrible! How can we help?

TwiceRice23
Community Member
1 year ago

And yet all our Democrats are against charter schools and vouchers, which would largely eliminate this problem.

Paula Hannon
Community Member
1 year ago

Holy shit how is that something you put someone in jail for.

sequoia hawes
Community Member
1 year ago

:(

Bron
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow! I thought I'd never be surprised by the American system, yet here I am :(

Katinka Min
Community Member
1 year ago

What? I hear of this for the first time. Five years? WHAT???

Ellen Brown
Community Member
1 year ago

I am still dumb founded that the wealthy celebs who bribed people to get their daughters/sons into the college of their choice get a slap on the wrist, whereas the mothers/fathers who are just trying to get ahead and to ensure their children get a decent education are the ones who end up in jail for crime less significant than those wealthy idiots. Shame on the political and justice system.

enjoyinglife
Community Member
1 year ago

Are you serious? Where is Kim K when you need her?!!!

jevais
Community Member
1 year ago

Land of the great trump come The joker 🃏 in bat 🦇 man 👨🏻 Jack Nicholson

Cheryl Fontaine
Community Member
1 year ago

Yep, an the admissions cheats get off with nothing!

Deborah Bernstein
Community Member
1 year ago

BS.

moeless
Community Member
1 year ago

Cites would great. I would love to read about that.

Angel Federico Gramajo
Community Member
1 year ago

Luckily this Kind of things dont happens where i live (Argentina really is free)

Claes Gustavsson
Community Member
1 year ago

Why are your country so f***ed up?

Max L.
Community Member
1 year ago

mind if I don't believe it ?

Susan
Community Member
1 year ago

Public education should be of the same quality, (high), for every child regardless of the neighborhood that they live in. Public school standards should be set by the federal government, and not the states. Poor states should be helped to reach these standards by the federal government in the same way that they are helped with housing etcetera. I want to see my country move out of the dark ages, and join the rest of the modern world.

Jo Choto
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1 year ago

KCN
Community Member
1 year ago

I should find an angry face emoji with a growling caption, just for this freakin' problem. Damn!

Tina Hugh
Community Member
1 year ago

Wanna give us a cite for that? Shit is messed up enough without making things up.

Leodavinci
Community Member
1 year ago

Source?

Gerry Higgins
Community Member
1 year ago

Source? What mother is in jail for that? They might not let the kit attend but no one is in jail for that.

Belinda Matson
Community Member
1 year ago

https://m.ctpost.com/news/article/Tanya-McDowell-sentenced-to-5-years-in-prison-3437974.php With pic of her in court in case you still don't believe

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Mthomas
Community Member
1 year ago

This cannot be accurate. Need to #factcheck

Belinda Matson
Community Member
1 year ago

https://m.ctpost.com/news/article/Tanya-McDowell-sentenced-to-5-years-in-prison-3437974.php. Sadly she was later arrested for selling drugs & got 12yrs. But she was sentenced to 5yrs for school fraud. And it's America so why would you think it's not accurate?

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1 year ago

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Well that is stealing an education. You're taking a place of another child that might be forced to go to an alternate school because there aren't enough places. Why don't the parents in the 'bad' area work with the school to help improve it.

graffitiwomen
Community Member
1 year ago

It really isn't that easy. You surprised me with your careless comment.😔

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#9

Need Books? Donate Plasma!

Need Books? Donate Plasma!

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Bill
Community Member
1 year ago

You are supposed to sell plasma for beer at that age. This isn't right

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#10

I Had To Pay $39.35 To Hold My Baby After He Was Born

I Had To Pay $39.35 To Hold My Baby After He Was Born

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Mick Hambleton
Community Member
1 year ago

What??? That is absolutely disgusting

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#11

Anything Different Would Simply Be Un-American

Anything Different Would Simply Be Un-American

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Beverly
Community Member
1 year ago

There is one thing we can do: Get out and vote. Vote for the senators and representatives who aren't afraid to push for single-payer, universal health care. And if someone calls you a socialist, tell them to look at Japan, which a) is hardly socialist, b) has the world's longest life expectancy, and c) has a well-established universal health care system.

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#12

Health Care

Health Care

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Tamara Neimet
Community Member
1 year ago

Don't have to wait for it. Come to Ukraine, we are constantly crowdfunding some sick child's care.

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#13

Watch This Advert Or Choke To Death

Watch This Advert Or Choke To Death

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María Hermida
Community Member
1 year ago

If you need to watch a video before trying to do something to help, it doesn't matter whether there are ads or not; the person will probably die anyway. That's the reason why everybody should learn some very basic first aid skills, like the Hemilich Maneuver, at school, instead of soooo much useless rubbish.

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#14

Only In America Would A Restaurant Display On The Wall That They Don’t Pay Their Staff Enough To Live On

Only In America Would A Restaurant Display On The Wall That They Don’t Pay Their Staff Enough To Live On

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nanashi
Community Member
1 year ago

I always wonder why they made it that it's the customer's job to make sure if the workers/servers are paid or not. does this system works?

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#15

Public Relations

Public Relations

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Miklós Nagy
Community Member
1 year ago

And people working in the media industry earn way more than any manual laborer or most of the engineers, scientists, medical doctors...

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#16

Remember The Panama Papers?

Remember The Panama Papers?

ColsBols Report

Christina Sersif
Community Member
1 year ago

Nothing hardly ever happens to rich people

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#17

"Today My Client Was Excited To Push The Elevator Buttons On The Way To Her First Deportation Hearing"

"Today My Client Was Excited To Push The Elevator Buttons On The Way To Her First Deportation Hearing"

LivingRaccoon Report

Koalamonster
Community Member
1 year ago

My niece is 5. I cannot imagine her having to represent herself in any legal matters. I'm 30, and I can't imagine representing myself in any legal matters.

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#18

I Don't Like This Episode Of Black Mirror

I Don't Like This Episode Of Black Mirror

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Anne
Community Member
1 year ago

Well.. we are too far in killing bees and the environment.. so.. we will need to do both at the same time. There is no planet B.

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#19

Capitalism In A Nutshell

Capitalism In A Nutshell

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MJ
Community Member
1 year ago

Government: cricket sounds, cricket sounds, cricket sounds, cricket sounds....

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#20

Good Article. No Surprises. “It’s Not About Wanting A Pay Raise Or Extra Income, It’s Just About Wanting A Livable Wage”

Good Article. No Surprises. “It’s Not About Wanting A Pay Raise Or Extra Income, It’s Just About Wanting A Livable Wage”

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Daniel Morgan
Community Member
1 year ago

And yet Trump has the audacity to say how amazing the country is doing and how everyone is wealthier than ever. Prick.

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#21

Both Are In The Wrong But Look At How The Pictures Are Depicted

Both Are In The Wrong But Look At How The Pictures Are Depicted

Choreutic Report

Wil Vanderheijden
Community Member
1 year ago

The blindfold of Lady Justice is eaten by the moths and she turns out to be a racist, conservative b!tch.

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#22

Not A Bad Plan

Not A Bad Plan

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Koalamonster
Community Member
1 year ago

I knew a girl who got Hep C from her ex-boyfriend. Her insurance would not pay to fix it unless she was very very ill. As far as I know she still has it. Had she gone to jail she would have been treated and it wouldn't be an issue anymore.

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#23

It's All About Priorities

It's All About Priorities

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Slinkman
Community Member
1 year ago

Orange is the new black

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#24

Bathroom Sticker

Bathroom Sticker

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Chris Mugea
Community Member
1 year ago

Definitely a joke.

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#25

Teeth Are A Luxury Only Paying Customers Are Allowed

Teeth Are A Luxury Only Paying Customers Are Allowed

ItsDanSheehan Report

Koalamonster
Community Member
1 year ago

I still have all of my teeth- one of them just stays in my drawer now.

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#26

Ambulances For 3k? Lets Just Call An Uber

Ambulances For 3k? Lets Just Call An Uber

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Luis Milian
Community Member
1 year ago

in the US, the cost for an ambulance to take you to the ER is as expensive as buying a new car.

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#27

Positive News

Positive News

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Magic567
Community Member
1 year ago

same with bored panda thou- bring on the downvotes!

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#28

This Feels Straight Out Of 1984...

This Feels Straight Out Of 1984...

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Pseudo Puppy
Community Member
1 year ago

turn off your gps. ;)

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#29

This Is How Expensive It Is To Attempt Suicide In The US

This Is How Expensive It Is To Attempt Suicide In The US

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Care
Community Member
1 year ago

Hope they're doing better now. Debt definitely doesn't help depression.

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#30

Open Office

Open Office

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Miklós Nagy
Community Member
1 year ago

The 90s when people were angry about their well paid, stable jobs and about their peaceful life...

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