What comes to mind when you think of a dystopian universe? is it Dali-esque surrealist landscapes or is it a more realistic world like 'The Handmaidens Tale' or '1984.' Well, according to the late Brtish academic and cultural theorist Mark Fisher, we are already living in a present-day dystopian society and folks - it is very boring.

The term 'boring dystopia' was coined by Fisher in 2015 and refers to the subliminal coercion that abounds in a capitalist society. So subtle that unless you're looking, you might not realize these problems with society are actually already happening. Charlie Booker's Black Mirror is the closest fantasy depiction of this theory, with his episodes questioning how far is too far when it comes to our evolving technology and how close we are to the dystopian future.

However, for real-life examples of this theory, and social issues coming together with, it look no further than the sub-Reddit titled 'A Boring Dystopia,' which is dedicated to sharing images that are disturbingly unassuming. From the poster that reads "Sleep deprivation is your drug of choice. You might be a doer," or a bus passing by with bold black letters stating, "You don't need therapy you just need a new car," the following photos may make you question every society problem in a different light.

Scroll down below to see the Orwellian thread of signs on problems with the world!

#1

Peak Bureaucracy (Happened In Toronto)

Peak Bureaucracy (Happened In Toronto)

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Linda
Community Member
2 years ago

are you fucking kidding me..

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#2

Boring Dystopia

Boring Dystopia

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Ben Smith
Community Member
2 years ago

Tell you what...it's difficult to limit screen time for kids, but it's so very important.

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#3

I Guess We Just Have To Get Used To This

I Guess We Just Have To Get Used To This

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Ola Polowczyk
Community Member
2 years ago

Well, this is sad. But it's a description of "Better safe than sorry"

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#4

Drink Soda To Help Fight Diabetes

Drink Soda To Help Fight Diabetes

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Zenozenobee
Community Member
2 years ago

This is soooo bad I couldn't help but laught.

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#5

You Must Be Noteworthy To Take A Selfie At This Spot

You Must Be Noteworthy To Take A Selfie At This Spot

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nanashi
Community Member
2 years ago

IMO this is the most ridiculous thing on this list

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#6

Look At All That Freedom

Look At All That Freedom

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
2 years ago

Reminds me Henry Ford "A customer can have a car painted any color he wants as long as it’s black”

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#7

The Only Way To Live

The Only Way To Live

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Lotte
Community Member
2 years ago

this is just sad

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#8

Healthcare Described In One Picture

Healthcare Described In One Picture

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

Based on the ATM symbol ("bankomat" on yellow background with Raiffeisen logo) and the uniform of the paramedics it is from Croatia. The photo dates back to September 2016, and the Photographer's name is Sandra Krunic. The original title of this photo said something about American healthcare, which doesn't fit.

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#9

You Get 3 Minutes

You Get 3 Minutes

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Chyppa Homer
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

How will they bear all that philanthropy

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#10

Boring Dystopia

Boring Dystopia

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Ben Smith
Community Member
2 years ago

This was actually done to combat theft near a rail yard where cargo from trains was being frequently stolen. This is a fantastic example of a person using social media to twist the facts to suit their own agenda.

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#11

"How Can We Decorate Our Lobby To Look Refined While Still Being Utterly Devoid Of Character?"

"How Can We Decorate Our Lobby To Look Refined While Still Being Utterly Devoid Of Character?"

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Zenozenobee
Community Member
2 years ago

And people who decided this didn't think that this would make a perfect joke?

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#12

"Anti-Homeless" Bench

"Anti-Homeless" Bench

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Maiun
Community Member
2 years ago

WTF!!!!?!

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#13

Quick Reminder That We've Been At War For 17 Years. Sure, People Are Sent To Fight And Die Every Day, But It's Just Old News, Right?

Quick Reminder That We've Been At War For 17 Years. Sure, People Are Sent To Fight And Die Every Day, But It's Just Old News, Right?

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r3dd3v1lL
Community Member
2 years ago

You've always been at war. The USA is a warmongering country. Does that even surprise anyone at this point?

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#14

Kurt Cobain Was Not Diagnosed With A Mental Illness And Leave A Suicide Note For It To Be Turned Into A Fashion Trend

Kurt Cobain Was Not Diagnosed With A Mental Illness And Leave A Suicide Note For It To Be Turned Into A Fashion Trend

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Me
Community Member
2 years ago

Welcome to hell

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#15

American Airlines Announces Pay Raises For Pilots And Flight Attendants, And Investors Balk

American Airlines Announces Pay Raises For Pilots And Flight Attendants, And Investors Balk

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Random Panda
Community Member
2 years ago

Investors want to get all the money, while putting in none of the work. It's the workers' labor that creates value, which brings in the money. It makes sense they should be paid appropriately.

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#16

Mass Shootings Are Now So Frequent That President Trump Just Copies-And-Pastes His Condolences

 Mass Shootings Are Now So Frequent That President Trump Just Copies-And-Pastes His Condolences

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TheDivineMs.M
Community Member
2 years ago

THATS our president folks!

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#17

Education For Your Kids? Not Important. Buy Our Expensive Car Instead

Education For Your Kids? Not Important. Buy Our Expensive Car Instead

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Miklós Nagy
Community Member
2 years ago

"We need cheap workforce in our factory in the future too!"

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#18

Trump's Official Survey Doesn't Include Any Negative Response Options

 Trump's Official Survey Doesn't Include Any Negative Response Options

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stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

other with a landslide

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#19

Teaching Kids To Read Via Logos

Teaching Kids To Read Via Logos

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r3dd3v1lL
Community Member
2 years ago

I don't know why but to me this seems to be more vulgar and immoral than the last porn movie I watched.

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#20

Boring Dystopia

Boring Dystopia

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Sollipop
Community Member
2 years ago

that's just sad

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#21

Totally Normal And Fine

Totally Normal And Fine

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birdhouse
Community Member
2 years ago

Be careful now. All the Trump supporters will cry fake news.

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#22

S**t Like This Just Happens Constantly Now

S**t Like This Just Happens Constantly Now

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
2 years ago

I wonder if that fake smile would open the door from the #17 post

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#23

Liquidation Sale

Liquidation Sale

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stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

not as bad as 'things to do before you die' why not 'things to do while you're still alive' much more positive.

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#24

Plastic, As God Made It

Plastic, As God Made It

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Paul K. Johnson
Community Member
2 years ago

Didn't George Carlin say that the only reason Earth hasn't killed us is that it can't make plastic and needs us to do it?

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#25

Gun Show This Weekend

Gun Show This Weekend

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TheDivineMs.M
Community Member
2 years ago

It's been documented that after a mass/school shooting, gun sales actually go up. How sick is that?

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#26

Teachers Gifted Supplies For Their Classrooms ...on A Talk Show

Teachers Gifted Supplies For Their Classrooms ...on A Talk Show

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PickleRick
Community Member
2 years ago

"Living in America!" LOL

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#27

Late Stage Capitalism

Late Stage Capitalism

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Chyppa Homer
Community Member
2 years ago

Shouldn't the simple fact that you're out of blood, solve ALL your problems ? Including housing ? Just a tought

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#28

Be Happy

Be Happy

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Chyppa Homer
Community Member
2 years ago

Yeah, if you don't smile, an exec will immediately bolt from his office and grin at the door for you :D

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#29

Life Is Beautiful

Life Is Beautiful

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-
Community Member
2 years ago

Yes. STUNNING!! (It's sarcasm, relax)

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#30

Jaywalkers Under Surveillance In Shenzhen Soon To Be Punished Via Text Messages

 Jaywalkers Under Surveillance In Shenzhen Soon To Be Punished Via Text Messages

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Naima Ivansdóttir
Community Member
2 years ago

how is this surprising? did you really think they were developing this kind of technology just for your social photo tagging to be easier? come on.

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#31

Google Helps Its Sponsors Before Its Users

Google Helps Its Sponsors Before Its Users

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Sollipop
Community Member
2 years ago

there are no words

Jhoa
Community Member
2 years ago

Simple mistake. Adds are coded into the system. No one has thought to remove them when people search for sensitive topics.

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Ellie
Community Member
2 years ago

It's just the algorithm for ads. Any name of a merchant you input prompts an ad, but it still pops up suicide hotline.

Sarah
Community Member
2 years ago

You know that nobody physically reviews this stuff, right? It's a glitch in the matrix.

Joel Umbreon
Community Member
2 years ago

just tried it. The emergency hotline was right the first thing displayed. Either they changed it or it's different here in Germany

C
Community Member
2 years ago

I had a friend who worked for a company that managed marketing searches. His job was basically to get companies as the top search result on different engines. So, this is just IT at work, not dystopia

Mario Purisic
Community Member
2 years ago

This one is not that fair tbh. It's an automated system

ispeak catanese
Community Member
2 years ago

People were involved in the programming, they could've avoided this type of response.

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Patricia Ross
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm just gonna say DUH and leave it at that

Nick P
Community Member
2 years ago

Speechless... Money is more imp than Life...

Hellysal
Community Member
2 years ago

You know, I don't think what we see here is so bad. Hear me out. Google is meant to search for you things that you want. If someone wants to commit a suicide, that's not some softwares' problem nor its duty to convince them otherwise. Yet someone programmed it as even if noone around you offered you help, some automatic, lifeless and emotionless system made of zeros and ones - will show you there's another way. I find it rather soothing than terrifying, this image. Someone cared, even if a search engine wasn't build for anything but giving you specifically what you asked.

Lu
Community Member
2 years ago

Yes this is bad but it’s not intentional. It’s an algorithm.

Tobias Meiner
Community Member
2 years ago

Google, Youtube, Twitter, Facebook and similar services are private companies, not social care institutions. They exist to generate revenues and thus there is absolutely no reason for them to help their users more than they help their sponsors. The main problem is that users are OK with that and do not demand bigger diversity on the market turning to the competition for better services. It's not new either, this is how the telephone services market looked like in the late 70's.

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
2 years ago

Is this true?

Alexandra Davis
Community Member
2 years ago

When I've searched for suicide methods I've had adverts for drugs and websites talking about different methods pop up before websites giving advice and numbers to call. It's all automated and popular sites are shown first. My care co was shocked when I showed her.

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Just Me
Community Member
2 months ago

yep

Jake TheVeggo
Community Member
1 year ago

but thats just the way the algorithm on google works, it has nothing to do with a dystopian society. the algorithm picks up "otc sleeping pills" and "suicide", but can't link them; it just shows results for both queries

Oksana Naumova
Community Member
2 years ago

Crazy.

Kendra Miller
Community Member
2 years ago

I've been in the habit for years, where I do a search then immediately scroll down to approximately where I think the true results begin. I never find what I'm looking for when I click one of those promising looking ads. I'm one of the countless millennials who have been unconsciously trained to tune out ads. So They ain't making a dime off me (love ghostery and ad block and I do periodically turn them off if I think a site is actually needs and deserves it eg. WuxiaWorld).

Jen Hines
Community Member
2 years ago

sad.

Space Nurd
Community Member
2 years ago

I don't think it's on purpose but that's so sad.

Tegan Simmonds
Community Member
2 years ago

Woah

Michael McNeely
Community Member
2 years ago

Laughing out loud.....

Chiara Burnell
Community Member
2 years ago

this is disgusting

Jeffrey Teston
Community Member
2 years ago

Umm Google has had paid advertising on their searches for over a decade. Sure it's a little insensitive but the results needed are still there and it's better than not having that power at your finger tips. Stop using Google if you don't like it. Is 411 still a thing?

Basil
Community Member
2 years ago

When I look at the comments here defending this, I think people forget what a common theme of dystopias are: the degradation of our own humanity. We all know that this is just an algorithm, that both is and isn't the point. Yes it just an algorithm. But it's the fact that in our time of need, when we are at our most human, the algorithm creates this kind of existential horror where we are reminded that we are just cogs in a machine, part of the corporate capitalistic buy/sell strategy. The algorithm is just the string of numbers we are forced to interface with that reminds us of that fact. It is a mindless intelligence that feels nothing. It wants to help with our death with a smile, because it understands nothing but to sell and to follow its directives. It mocks our pain with its blank faced ignorance. "Would you like to pay by visa or mastercard for your own suicide? Thank you for shopping vicks.com!" THAT is dystopia. That is what this post means.

Valerie Lessard
Community Member
2 years ago

oh I have no fucking doubt we're currently living in one, but this is the least of its ominous signs

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Christina Sersif
Community Member
2 years ago

Just wow.

Nasren Jak
Community Member
2 years ago

"Confidential help is available for FREE" indicates that soon they are going to start charging people even for this service

Prestigous Cactus
Community Member
2 years ago

anyone actually tried this? Never does it for me but maybe that's just me.

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#32

They Love It!

They Love It!

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Anne
Community Member
2 years ago

NOPE. Biggest nope of my life NOPE

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#33

I Withdrew Some Cash And The Receipt Has The Most Dystopian Bloody Thing On It

I Withdrew Some Cash And The Receipt Has The Most Dystopian Bloody Thing On It

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Nikki D
Community Member
2 years ago

Is that a dalmation out the backseat window?

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#34

I'm Sure The Sermen Drew Some Comparison With Following "False Prophets"

I'm Sure The Sermen Drew Some Comparison With Following "False Prophets"

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Zenozenobee
Community Member
2 years ago

I don't think this challenge honor the Christ... Poor Him, it must be tiredsome to be loved by idiots.

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#35

Watch Live

Watch Live

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Makiko Kuramoto
Community Member
2 years ago

disgusting

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#36

Boring Dystopia

Boring Dystopia

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birdhouse
Community Member
2 years ago

Time to disconnect people!

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#37

It’s Really Hard Watching Other People Live Out Your Dreams

It’s Really Hard Watching Other People Live Out Your Dreams

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ille102
Community Member
2 years ago

It is probably obvious to most, but the reductress is, just like the onion, a satire site :) just so you know

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#38

You Don't Need Therapy

You Don't Need Therapy

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Joe Clark
Community Member
2 years ago

You need a new car so you can drive to therapy.

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#39

The Fortune In These Fortune Cookies

The Fortune In These Fortune Cookies

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birdhouse
Community Member
2 years ago

A freaking commercial!

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#40

Bleeding You Dry

Bleeding You Dry

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Zenozenobee
Community Member
2 years ago

Giving your blood is a good thing, having no choice but selling your blood sucks

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#41

Aligned With The Holiday Spirit

Aligned With The Holiday Spirit

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Tobias Meiner
Community Member
2 years ago

And? This can be a police parking lot, military base, impound lot, a mint etc.

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#42

You've Heard Of Elf On The Shelf, Now Get Ready For

You've Heard Of Elf On The Shelf, Now Get Ready For

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Smoofy
Community Member
2 years ago

HE SEES YOU WHEN YOU'RE SLEEPING, HE KNOWS WHEN YOU'RE AWAKE

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#43

How America Ends

How America Ends

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
2 years ago

Why is this shown on television?

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#44

The Important News

The Important News

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Chyppa Homer
Community Member
2 years ago

It's an update. Bus probably fell from the cliff, crashed on a cemetery, and they are keeping the viewers up to date on how many victims they keep finding under the wreck. Chips look tasty though :D

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#45

Golden Fistbump

Golden Fistbump

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Random Panda
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow. The lack of self-awareness is astounding.

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#46

This Escorting Website Features A Live-Updated Student Debt Clock

This Escorting Website Features A Live-Updated Student Debt Clock

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Zenozenobee
Community Member
2 years ago

So consequently, government, banks, and universities are pimps.

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#47

Happiness Within Reach

Happiness Within Reach

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Kjorn
Community Member
2 years ago

people who 'live' in walmart and mcdo doesn't like to walk :-)

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#48

Back To School Shopping

Back To School Shopping

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Me
Community Member
2 years ago

Doesn't this feel safe and free?

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#49

Facebook Served Me An Ad Inside Of A Private Chat

Facebook Served Me An Ad Inside Of A Private Chat

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TheDivineMs.M
Community Member
2 years ago

Nothing is private on Facebook, even when you think it is.

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#50

Their Main Concern Isn't Population Changes, It's Diaper Sales

Their Main Concern Isn't Population Changes, It's Diaper Sales

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Ben Smith
Community Member
2 years ago

Thank God. We're already over populated

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#51

Over 2 Million People Watched "Top 10 Teen Life Sentence Reactions" For Their Entertainment

Over 2 Million People Watched "Top 10 Teen Life Sentence Reactions" For Their Entertainment

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
2 years ago

Sadly enough, curiosity at the misfortune of others is part of life. In this case it’s some sort of guilt free entertainment because all the convicts were murderers and surely deserved that harsh punishment.

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#52

4 Ways Sexual Harassment Can Cost Us

4 Ways Sexual Harassment Can Cost Us

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Random Panda
Community Member
2 years ago

This looks like it's aimed at management that ignores workers' bad conduct, because they happen to be good at their job or they just don't think it's a big deal. It makes sense the campaign would tackle the issue from this angle, as this is the only way to get through to these people. Still shitty, but I get it.

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#53

Protect The Dear Leader, Report Fake News

Protect The Dear Leader, Report Fake News

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issam
Community Member
2 years ago

He wished he looked like that figure .

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#54

Hey Human, Wan't Cold And Clean Water? Subscribe For Just $1.99 A Month

Hey Human, Wan't Cold And Clean Water? Subscribe For Just $1.99 A Month

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Sally Appleton
Community Member
2 years ago

Bet they're connected to the exact same pipe

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#55

Boring Dystopia

Boring Dystopia

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Prestigous Cactus
Community Member
2 years ago

Correction: Cali: "Can you guys fight this fire? We can't pay you much and you won't be able to become a firefighter later. But it's completely voluntary." *People* in *Prison*: Yeah whatever we'll do it. Cali: We'll make sure you guys get credit on Twitter. PiP: Wouldn't it be dumb if people complained about that? Cali: Yeah that would be dumb, thanks guys.

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#56

Remember, Your Job Is W H O Y O U A R E

Remember, Your Job Is W H O Y O U A R E

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John Montgomery
Community Member
2 years ago

And it makes for shitty conversation when meeting people. "What do you do?" Zzzzzzzz. I'd much rather know what someone's hobby is or what they do to bring joy into their lives. Even if it's sports or religion, it's better than hearing about what one does to fund their fun.

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#57

Addiction Is The Most Powerful Tool For Workplace Productivity

Addiction Is The Most Powerful Tool For Workplace Productivity

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PyroarRanger
Community Member
2 years ago

uh what

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#58

A Breath Of Fresh Air At The Airport

A Breath Of Fresh Air At The Airport

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birdhouse
Community Member
2 years ago

No one will even look up from their phones to notice.

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#59

This Student Loan Payment Site That Looks Like A Mobile Game...

This Student Loan Payment Site That Looks Like A Mobile Game...

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Amanda Ford
Community Member
2 years ago

This is a legitimate thing. This is Givling. By playing a trivia game and watching ads

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#60

Get Drunk, Go Shopping, Kill Yourself

Get Drunk, Go Shopping, Kill Yourself

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-
Community Member
2 years ago

well.... Can't say no to that.

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#61

Stories That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity. The First Two Are Ads

Stories That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity. The First Two Are Ads

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PyroarRanger
Community Member
2 years ago

well one is called the hope detector, and the other is good odds??? it sounds nice?

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#62

Just Work Until You Die

Just Work Until You Die

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issam
Community Member
2 years ago

Eat coffee !? Who does that !

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#63

H A P P I N E S S

H A P P I N E S S

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Boo
Community Member
2 years ago

What's up with that rogue truck going the wrong way?

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#64

Boring Dystopia

Boring Dystopia

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