‘Moore’s Law’ is the principle that the number of transistors on a microchip doubles every two years, resulting in faster computers and exponential growth in technology. If this is true, it would explain why older people struggle to keep up with the rapidly evolving digital landscape.

Whilst newer generations are growing up with computers and smartphones in the internet age, our elders are still in their infancy of using them. This results in some hilarious moments when they completely and utterly fail at using today’s technology. There are more than just tech missteps too—some just come from being out of the loop with the here and now. How do you politely explain to grandma that uh… “thing” she has, is not what she thinks it is?

We’re not giving them a hard time about it: it’s just funny (and cute) seeing those we consider wiser than us showing us that this isn’t always the case. Bored Panda has collected the latest examples of this but you can see our other collections here and here. Vote for your favorites and try to show your elders how to do it too!

#1

Me: "Grandma, I'd Like To Take A Picture Of Us". Activate Front-Facing Camera. Grandma: "Oh That's A Very Nice Picture, When Is That From?" Me: "That's Us Right Now"

Me: "Grandma, I'd Like To Take A Picture Of Us". Activate Front-Facing Camera. Grandma: "Oh That's A Very Nice Picture, When Is That From?" Me: "That's Us Right Now"

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Dorothy Parker
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2 months ago (edited)

Too sweet for words.

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When we think about the expansion of the internet in the last thirty years, it’s hard to imagine a world without it, or even a time before it. Although the younger generation has an increasing dependence on it, the previous generations got by just fine without it.

So, this begs the question of why older people would need it at all. It can be tricky trying to explain the benefits and fun of it to someone that still doesn’t know what “an internet” is.

To get some insights on why it’s important for all ages to use the internet, I spoke to Kascha Cassaday, one of the co-founders of 'Cyber Seniors'. Their company provides free training and technology support for senior citizens from tech-savvy student volunteers.

Kascha told Bored Panda, “The pandemic proved more than ever the importance of being tech literate. As we were all stuck at home, we relied on video calls to decrease social isolation. As seniors age and their mobility decreases, technology will keep them independent and connected.”

#2

They Had Us In The First Half Not Gonna Lie

They Had Us In The First Half Not Gonna Lie

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Miss Cris
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2 months ago

But she went in a sm dress anyway and brought a black and pink dildo.

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Learning something new is difficult for anybody, not at least for older people. So, there can be some teething issues when trying to use the internet on your own. Combine that with the naivety of what is socially acceptable to share online and not knowing the modus operandi of online communities, and you have the results shown here. 

Although the internet has officially been around for a long time, seeing and sharing funny examples of the elderly misusing it has only appeared in recent times. So, why are pages like r/OldPeopleFacebook only popping up now?

There’s a number of factors that account for it, and if you bear with us, it’s interesting to look at. Like we mentioned about ‘Moore’s Law’, technology is becoming more advanced as time goes on. It’s also becoming cheaper and therefore, more available too.

#3

Here Is My Favorite Picture Of My Grandma. She Was Having A Hard Time With The Mixer

Here Is My Favorite Picture Of My Grandma. She Was Having A Hard Time With The Mixer

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PjandBolt
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2 months ago

This is my favorite picture of this persons grandma.

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My Grandfather Got This Tie For Free In The '90s And Wears It To Every Passover Seder

My Grandfather Got This Tie For Free In The '90s And Wears It To Every Passover Seder

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Jon S.
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2 months ago

He's just letting the ladies know he's still available

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A perfect example of this is our computers and internet speeds. Anyone who remembers booting up a bulky beige box and having to listen to the sound of robots screaming to access the internet in the early ‘90s will understand what we mean. Computers with dial-up were slow back then.

Nowadays, we have the internet in the palm of our hands with smartphones, and we always seem to be connected wherever we go. This makes it easier to enjoy all the benefits that it brings. Whether it’s staying connected with family and friends or checking out the latest fun stuff on Bored Panda, there’s plenty of joy to be had. 

#5

My Uncle Using His Flashlight To Brighten Up My Dads iPad Screen

My Uncle Using His Flashlight To Brighten Up My Dads iPad Screen

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Nor
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2 months ago

All the better to see the iPad my child

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#6

Grandpa Went To Get His Passport Photos Done But Pressed The Wrong Button

Grandpa Went To Get His Passport Photos Done But Pressed The Wrong Button

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Devil's Advocate
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2 months ago

There's no need to have anything other that passport photos in those booths

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And it seems the younger generations want their parents and grandparents to join in too. In an ongoing survey conducted by Pew Research Center, the results show that the numbers of elderly US citizens using the internet are gradually increasing year upon year. When the study first started in the year 2000, only 14% of over-65s said they’d used it. Currently, 75% of people in the same age range now use it regularly.

#7

My Grandparents Were Waiting For Each Other At The Mall

My Grandparents Were Waiting For Each Other At The Mall

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Rowlie
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2 months ago

they were suposed to meet at 1pm 1/08/1996

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#8

My Dad Likes Reading So I Got Him A Kindle For His Birthday. He's Using It As A Bookmark

My Dad Likes Reading So I Got Him A Kindle For His Birthday. He's Using It As A Bookmark

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Mazer
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2 months ago

I prefer the written word on paper as well

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#9

I Told My Grandpa That I Wanted To Build My Own Computer While We Were Talking Over The Phone, A Week Later This Came In The Mail

I Told My Grandpa That I Wanted To Build My Own Computer While We Were Talking Over The Phone, A Week Later This Came In The Mail

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Léandre Merceron
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2 months ago

This is so pure ❤️

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It’s great that more and more elderly have access to the internet. Now, they just need some supervision on how to use it properly... But in all seriousness, despite having used it, there’s still a large number of elderly that struggle with it. 

A 2015 survey also completed by Pew Research Center shows that only 26% of over-65s feel confident in using computers, smartphones, or other devices. Approximately one-third of the respondents said that they were only a little (23%) or not at all (11%) confident with using tech to go online.

I asked Kascha why this is. She said, “In the beginning, seniors tend to struggle with everything, from how to use a mouse to different tech terms. Words like, ‘apps’, ‘data’, or ‘wifi’ can be foreign to them. But if they are determined to learn, they will. The only reason they don’t is fear of failure or feeling frustrated because no one is taking the time to teach them."

#10

Bob

Bob

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Mazer
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2 months ago

Great sense of humor! When the barista asks me “can I get your name”, I look at them quizzically and ask them “don’t you like your own name” always brings a smile

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#11

My Mother Made A Facebook Account And This Was Her First Message To Me

My Mother Made A Facebook Account And This Was Her First Message To Me

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Chris Longski
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2 months ago

Very clever !

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#12

My Grandma Thought This Was A Cross So She Hung It Up. I Decided Not To Correct Her

My Grandma Thought This Was A Cross So She Hung It Up. I Decided Not To Correct Her

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Ryan Deschanel
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2 months ago

Put it near Obi-Wan-Christ.

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A change is definitely needed to help the elderly’s attitude to technology and the internet. How can we make a difference? The Good Things Foundation, a US charity that helps people to get online, has partnered with the Centre for Ageing Better in the UK to publish a handy guide on how to do so.

Taking things slowly and one step at a time is an important point in beginning their journey. The guide explains: “Agree on simple goals, at least to start with. On the first day, it could be just checking the weather or what’s on TV, which can give older people a sense of instant achievement. But also think about more complex, longer-term goals, like having a video call with a relative.”

#13

My Grandma Knows I’m An Uber Driver But Doesn’t Know How It Works. She Got Me This Planner And Wrote “Thought This Would Be Good For Your Uber Appt’s”

My Grandma Knows I’m An Uber Driver But Doesn’t Know How It Works. She Got Me This Planner And Wrote “Thought This Would Be Good For Your Uber Appt’s”

She's beyond precious.

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Mazer
Community Member
2 months ago

So thoughtful, I hope she penned in her free time to spend with you

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#14

My Wife's Grandpa Is Unsubscribing From Facebook

My Wife's Grandpa Is Unsubscribing From Facebook

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Mazer
Community Member
2 months ago

No better way than the USPS. To heck with the employees, by pass the bull and go straight to the top. Man has his priorities in order. Niiiice

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#15

My Grandma, An Avid Gardener, Has Been Wearing This Mask For Weeks. The Checkout Lady At The Store Today Explained It To Her

My Grandma, An Avid Gardener, Has Been Wearing This Mask For Weeks. The Checkout Lady At The Store Today Explained It To Her

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Nor
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2 months ago (edited)

Grandma's got game, she probably knows all about Mary Jane

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There’s an emphasis on taking it slowly too. The guide continues: “Don’t rush them: if they’re not ready to start right now, try and agree on a time that you can both put aside. Let them feel in control. Tell them they can stop anytime they want to.”

“Explain that you don’t want to show them everything, but you think there are one or two things that they might find useful. Explain what the benefits are, and give them the chance to ask questions.”

#16

My Grandpa Asked Why The Trail Mix Tasted So Bad

My Grandpa Asked Why The Trail Mix Tasted So Bad

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Akalvin
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2 months ago

well...

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#17

My Grandpa Doesn’t Trust His New Roomba So He’s Been Following It Around

My Grandpa Doesn’t Trust His New Roomba So He’s Been Following It Around

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matilda
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2 months ago

I bet I would do the same

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#18

Haven't Found My Fisheye Lens For Weeks. My Mom Used It As A Clipper

Haven't Found My Fisheye Lens For Weeks. My Mom Used It As A Clipper

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matilda
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2 months ago

What can I say, if it works...

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There’s a lot more great information in the guide, so if you need help getting some stubborn elders onto the internet, it’s a recommended read. Hopefully, we’ll see more people of all ages getting started, especially for the fun stuff they unintentionally bring us. 

Let us know if you have your own elders that give you a laugh when trying to use the internet. And share your stories in the comments! 

#19

Set Up My Mom’s Updated TV System Yesterday

Set Up My Mom’s Updated TV System Yesterday

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Chris Longski
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2 months ago

SO how does she change channels ?

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#20

My Grandma Loves Her “Jesus” Statue

My Grandma Loves Her “Jesus” Statue

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Ty Stratton-Quirk
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2 months ago

How does she explain the prosthetic hand?

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#21

My Father Made This Really Nice Landscaping In His Front Yard. And Then He Stood Back And Realized What He Had Done

My Father Made This Really Nice Landscaping In His Front Yard. And Then He Stood Back And Realized What He Had Done

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Ty Stratton-Quirk
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2 months ago

It's a necktie; nothing wrong with that!

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#22

My Friend Was At The Airport, And This Old French Woman Just Didn't Care

My Friend Was At The Airport, And This Old French Woman Just Didn't Care

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Jihana
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2 months ago

That is an awesome pic 🤣

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#23

My Mom Accidentally Printed Her Divorce Papers On Stickers

My Mom Accidentally Printed Her Divorce Papers On Stickers

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Robin Childers
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2 months ago

Now she can really "STICK" It to him! lol

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#24

My Grandma Bought My Whole Family Masks - Not Only Do They Make You Look Like Underwear Hannibal Lecter, But They Also Have Holes Punched Through To Make It "Easier To Breathe"

My Grandma Bought My Whole Family Masks - Not Only Do They Make You Look Like Underwear Hannibal Lecter, But They Also Have Holes Punched Through To Make It "Easier To Breathe"

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Trillian
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2 months ago

Underwear Hannibal Lecter .. I'm crying!

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#25

When Mom Comes Over To Visit

When Mom Comes Over To Visit

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imontape
Community Member
2 months ago

Classic!

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#26

This Is What Happens When Your 2,088-Week-Old Mother Loves To Push Buttons In Her New Car

This Is What Happens When Your 2,088-Week-Old Mother Loves To Push Buttons In Her New Car

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Ty Stratton-Quirk
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2 months ago

"Mom, it was a 100-degree August day five minutes ago. This is what happens when you press the wrong combination of buttons!"

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#27

My Grandma’s Friend Used The Voice To Text Option And Couldn’t Get It To Stop

My Grandma’s Friend Used The Voice To Text Option And Couldn’t Get It To Stop

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beastmachine.
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2 months ago

Given the current rate of modernization we might find ourselves in a far worse situation trying to keep up with tech

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#28

Hey, That's My Son

Hey, That's My Son

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Mazer
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2 months ago

Time for a trip to the optometrist, a great opportunity for quality time

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#29

My 97-Year-Old Grandpa Is On Facebook. A Couple Of Years Ago He Liked A Photo Of Mine, So He Printed The Whole Page To Display It In His Home

My 97-Year-Old Grandpa Is On Facebook. A Couple Of Years Ago He Liked A Photo Of Mine, So He Printed The Whole Page To Display It In His Home

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Mazer
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2 months ago

He’s sounds like a treasure! Knows what’s important in his world

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#30

Trying To Explain To The 70-Year-Old Swiss Man Who Offered To Take Our Pic That His Finger Was Covering The Lens

Trying To Explain To The 70-Year-Old Swiss Man Who Offered To Take Our Pic That His Finger Was Covering The Lens

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Akalvin
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2 months ago

Great picture actually. One you'll never forget! Even better if you trim a little: aaa-611f55...7d52f2.jpg aaa-611f5547d52f2.jpg

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#31

My Grandmother Passed Down Her Recipes On A Floppy Disk

My Grandmother Passed Down Her Recipes On A Floppy Disk

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Devil's Advocate
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2 months ago

At least it's a 3.5" floppy

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#32

So My Cat-Crazy Mother Figured Out How To Change The WiFi Name Today, Now My Neighbours Must Think We're Running A Brothel. Great

So My Cat-Crazy Mother Figured Out How To Change The WiFi Name Today, Now My Neighbours Must Think We're Running A Brothel. Great

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Miss Cris
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2 months ago (edited)

That's lovely! Everyone should put names like this!

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#33

My Grandmother Had Some Kind Of Existential Facebook Crisis This Afternoon

My Grandmother Had Some Kind Of Existential Facebook Crisis This Afternoon

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James016
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2 months ago

Those are fair questions

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#34

My Mother Got Embarrassed When She "Found My Girlfriends Panties" On Our Kitchen Table

My Mother Got Embarrassed When She "Found My Girlfriends Panties" On Our Kitchen Table

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Trillian
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2 months ago

OK so after 1,5 years in a pandemic, your mom doesn't recognize a mask when she sees one?

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#35

When You Choose An Inappropriate Background To Break The Bad News

When You Choose An Inappropriate Background To Break The Bad News

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BoredPandaAddict
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2 months ago

That’s so sad 🤣

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#36

My Dad Gave Me This Picture For Christmas

My Dad Gave Me This Picture For Christmas

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Floofy Samoyed
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2 months ago

It's the thought that counts

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#37

My Grandma Doesn't Believe I Am Who I Say I Am

My Grandma Doesn't Believe I Am Who I Say I Am

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matilda
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2 months ago

Haha this one made me laugh, i could see hands doing quote signs when saying Christopher

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#38

Found This On Facebook Marketplace And Can't Stop Thinking About It

Found This On Facebook Marketplace And Can't Stop Thinking About It

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Rowlie
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2 months ago

at least he is wearing clothes

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#39

Cher Accidentally Turning On Night Mode And Nancy Sinatra Telling Her To Restart. Amazing

Cher Accidentally Turning On Night Mode And Nancy Sinatra Telling Her To Restart. Amazing

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Mazer
Community Member
2 months ago

So awesome to have friends in high places when you need them!

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#40

My Grandfather Bought This Neck Massager Online. He Thinks It’s Interesting That This Model Is Also Waterproof

My Grandfather Bought This Neck Massager Online. He Thinks It’s Interesting That This Model Is Also Waterproof

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Mazer
Community Member
2 months ago

Never know when your back goes out, you might be in the hot tub at the time!! Extra points for thinking ahead

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#41

My Grandmother Found A Lanyard For Her Keys

My Grandmother Found A Lanyard For Her Keys

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Devil's Advocate
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2 months ago

Maybe it is, who are you to judge?

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#42

My Girlfriend's 79-Year-Old Grandpa Asked Us To Come Over On Easter So He Could Give Us Some Free Computers

My Girlfriend's 79-Year-Old Grandpa Asked Us To Come Over On Easter So He Could Give Us Some Free Computers

Said he keeps getting them for donating. Said his garage is full of them.

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Devil's Advocate
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2 months ago

Well technically...

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#43

Went To China To Visit My Grandparents And Saw This Picture On Their Wall. They Thought It Meant Something Inspirational In English

Went To China To Visit My Grandparents And Saw This Picture On Their Wall. They Thought It Meant Something Inspirational In English

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matilda
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2 months ago

It's the same with people decorating homes with Chinese symbols When they don't know the language

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#44

I Got My 80-Year-Old Father This As A Gag Gift. When He Opened It, He Got All Embarrassed And Immediately Tucked It Away

I Got My 80-Year-Old Father This As A Gag Gift. When He Opened It, He Got All Embarrassed And Immediately Tucked It Away

Later, I privately asked him why he got all weird about it, and I found out that he was under the impression that it was a sex toy.

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Nixxy
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2 months ago

C**K-a-DOODLE-doo

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#45

Wrong Emoji

Wrong Emoji

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lizard03p3s2
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2 months ago

My mom sent the same emoji when my grandmother was passing. I had to explain it to her. She'd already sent it to the entire family.

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#46

My Mom Photocopies Recipes Off Of Her iPad

My Mom Photocopies Recipes Off Of Her iPad

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Chris Longski
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2 months ago

Good way to get hardcopy. Actually very clever.

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#47

My Grandmother Politely Asked Me To Try And Not Leave My Condoms In Her House. I Think I Need To Politely Ask Grandma To Upgrade Her Prescription Glasses

My Grandmother Politely Asked Me To Try And Not Leave My Condoms In Her House. I Think I Need To Politely Ask Grandma To Upgrade Her Prescription Glasses

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Beeps
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2 months ago

Well, they are face condoms.

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#48

My Mom Found A Blurb In The Newspaper About An App She Was Interested In And Wanted To Remember

My Mom Found A Blurb In The Newspaper About An App She Was Interested In And Wanted To Remember

Instead of taking a picture of it, she cut it out and taped it to the back of her phone.

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Devil's Advocate
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2 months ago

Pictures just sit there on your phone and don't remind you of s**t unless you remember to look at them

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#49

When My Grandfather Has To Log Into Facebook, He Creates A New Account Instead. Today Is His Birthday

When My Grandfather Has To Log Into Facebook, He Creates A New Account Instead. Today Is His Birthday

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Rowlie
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2 months ago

Happy Borgsday!

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#50

Old People Youtube

Old People Youtube

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Rick
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2 months ago

What’s so funny about that? Youtube has tutorials for everything.

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