Genius designers are obviously made, not born - that's the thought that's likely to pop into your head after scrolling through the popular subreddit Crappy Design. Here you can find the most artistically deprived and esthetically sinister design fails, which will have you wondering just how on Earth any of these product design ideas were allowed to get made.

Obviously, not everyone was meant to be an artistic virtuoso, but these epic fails are so 'out there' and impractical that it's hard not to judge them while rolling on the floor laughing. Here are the bad designs that we think are the most interesting and the funniest. So scroll down, upvote your favorite funny photos and let us know if you've seen designs worse than these! And in case you're still hungry for some funny fails from backward-handed designers, check out more of Bored Panda's lists here, here, here, here, and here.

#1

The Imperial System

The Imperial System

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Foxxy
Community Member
1 year ago

The metric system makes so much more sense, why the imperial system is still used is beyond me.

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#2

Wow

Wow

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wandile dludlu
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm pretty sure they knew about this and just thought it would be fun to explain it all the time

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Bored Panda reached out to Crappy Design’s community to learn a bit more about the subreddit. “The original motivation for the subreddit was to point out crappy designs. Nowadays, most subscribers probably come here for entertainment. However, it is common to have meaningful discussion here on why or why not something is crappy design,” the subreddit’s moderators explained.

They also added that “the subreddit was created 8 years ago. Currently, there are 1.7 million subscribers with over 2 million page views per month. It is very popular.”

While looking through the pictures, some of us are sure to be thinking that we could have done a far better job designing these things than the people who made them. The ‘Crappy Design’ subreddit's members most likely think the same.

#3

Rose Uh ?

Rose Uh ?

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Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
1 year ago

Once again, a case of poor color choice. That bedspread looks more like homicide evidence.

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#4

The Cat Just Trapped Me In The Bathroom By Opening A Drawer

The Cat Just Trapped Me In The Bathroom By Opening A Drawer

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Troux
Community Member
1 year ago

This bathroom was designed by a cat.

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According to researcher and author Don Norman, there are principles of good design which help people evaluate whether a product is a boon or a bust. For example, Norman believes all good designs are innovative and push the boundaries of what an object means to us. Naturally, well-designed objects also have to be useful, beautiful to look at, easy to understand and uncluttered in how they look.

#5

Sign At A Local Beach

Sign At A Local Beach

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Aria FAFAT
Community Member
1 year ago

...am i the only one who doesn't find anything wrong with dumping babies in bins on the beach? yes? ok then...

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#6

My School Blocked A Website Because It Was Labeled As Education

My School Blocked A Website Because It Was Labeled As Education

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Eirik Johnsbråten
Community Member
1 year ago

Now, we can't have any of that, can we?

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Furthermore, Norman explains in his book ‘The Design of Everyday Things’ that good design means being honest and upfront about what the object does.

#7

Take My Honey

Take My Honey

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Cassim_D
Community Member
1 year ago

oh wasn't expecting that

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#8

The Circle Of Life

The Circle Of Life

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Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
1 year ago

No wonder he looks pissed!

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Also, objects should be long-lasting, environmentally friendly, and well-designed to the tiniest detail. Finally, products shouldn’t be over-designed.

#9

Almost Broke My Leg

Almost Broke My Leg

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similarly
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh my goodness! There are so many things wrong here. If that's in the USA, it would not pass an inspection. They could get sued.

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#10

Imagine Having To Wear This For Your Job

Imagine Having To Wear This For Your Job

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wandile dludlu
Community Member
1 year ago

Spacing and font style is important kids

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The Interaction Design Foundation explains that bad designs are overloaded with information and force the user to do more work than is necessary. Akshayta Rao writes that we all intuitively notice badly designed items but find it difficult to explain why good designs are, well, good. According to her, a well-known example of bad design would be USB cables. She’s right because we’ve all tried plugging them in the wrong way more than once. Some of us maybe even hundreds of times.

#11

...to Advertise Plus Size Clothing

...to Advertise Plus Size Clothing

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Foxxy
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

That is just ridiculous advertising and certainly doesn’t entice me to want to shop there.

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#12

A New Park Opened In My City, Pretty Lovely, And This. Buttcleaner3000

A New Park Opened In My City, Pretty Lovely, And This. Buttcleaner3000

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DP von Icecream
Community Member
1 year ago

Nope that is just a very fancy Bidet ;-)

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What do you think about these principles of good and bad design? Do you agree with them? Which things in this list of crappy designs do you think are the worst offenders? Let us know!

#13

I Bought A Billboard To Promote My Business And They Screwed Up The Formatting

I Bought A Billboard To Promote My Business And They Screwed Up The Formatting

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Drive Bee
Community Member
1 year ago

Just you, watching the city.

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#14

Crystal Furniture Set That Looks Like Raw Meat

Crystal Furniture Set That Looks Like Raw Meat

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Erika Jones
Community Member
1 year ago

The sad thing is that all that ugliness was probably also insanely expensive!

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#15

The Packaging Of Lol Dolls

The Packaging Of Lol Dolls

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nanashi
Community Member
1 year ago

more proofs that we can stop littering, if only we stop blaming everything on the consumer and start policing the people who made these kind of crap

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#16

So Proud Of My Country

So Proud Of My Country

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Alice Penguilly
Community Member
1 year ago

I see what you did there 😂

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#17

Wow. I Laughed When I Saw This!

Wow. I Laughed When I Saw This!

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Arno Nüüm
Community Member
1 year ago

As they say: When life gives you lemons, make orange juice.

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#18

Was Worried About Privacy, So I Asked If They Could Put A Door Up To The Men's Change Room. Problem Solved

Was Worried About Privacy, So I Asked If They Could Put A Door Up To The Men's Change Room. Problem Solved

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Brandy Grote
Community Member
1 year ago

Facepalm

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#19

Don’t Wake Anybody Up If You’re Exiting The Motel During A Fire!

Don’t Wake Anybody Up If You’re Exiting The Motel During A Fire!

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Suzanne Clark
Community Member
1 year ago

Sort of like the snooze button on your alarm clock?...yes, I'll exit, just give me a couple of more minutes sleep.

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#20

Who Thought Of This?

Who Thought Of This?

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amandine vion
Community Member
1 year ago

You can't be late if there's no time

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#21

This Resculpted Head Of Baby Jesus

This Resculpted Head Of Baby Jesus

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Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
1 year ago

Even Mary is ashamed.

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#22

I Normally Enjoy Irony, But Not This Time

I Normally Enjoy Irony, But Not This Time

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Rowlie
Community Member
1 year ago

It is quality, just very low

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#23

My Original Post Was Removed Because Everyone Thought The Backpack Was Real. Here’s Another Angle That Shows That The Bag Is Part Of The Design And Is Blocking The Phone Number

My Original Post Was Removed Because Everyone Thought The Backpack Was Real. Here’s Another Angle That Shows That The Bag Is Part Of The Design And Is Blocking The Phone Number

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Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
1 year ago

The water heater is rushing to remove the backpack

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#24

"I Don’t Know How Our Teachers Didn’t Notice This In The Yearbook. They Don’t Even Go To Our School."

"I Don’t Know How Our Teachers Didn’t Notice This In The Yearbook. They Don’t Even Go To Our School."

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Withnail
Community Member
1 year ago

IKR, there's a fist growing out of her head!

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#25

The Peas Are Upside Down...

The Peas Are Upside Down...

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Troux
Community Member
1 year ago

I'll have the M.C. Escher Platter, please!

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#26

Me And My GF Were Struggling With This Maze We Got When Watching The Pikachu Movie. We Checked The Solution In The Back And They Draw Through A Wall

Me And My GF Were Struggling With This Maze We Got When Watching The Pikachu Movie. We Checked The Solution In The Back And They Draw Through A Wall

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Jonathon Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

Infuriating! I hated puzzle books that were wrong as a kid, it felt like such a betrayal

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#27

This Pillow At My Grandparents House

This Pillow At My Grandparents House

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Alice Penguilly
Community Member
1 year ago

That is probably the most inspiring quote i've come acrossed since a while.

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#28

Hood On vs. Hood Off

Hood On vs. Hood Off

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Drive Bee
Community Member
1 year ago

omg

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#29

Let's Go Paperless

Let's Go Paperless

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tuzdayschild
Community Member
1 year ago

Startingggg...now!

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#30

Cozy Seats In Belgium

Cozy Seats In Belgium

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Slinkman
Community Member
1 year ago

The 'garbench' (only human pieces of trash may sit here).

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#31

This Bread Packaging That Makes It Look Like It Is Moldy

This Bread Packaging That Makes It Look Like It Is Moldy

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Troux
Community Member
1 year ago

This is actually a brilliant design if you are trying to protect your lunch in the work refrigerator.

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#32

When You Get Lost Thanks To Google Assistant

When You Get Lost Thanks To Google Assistant

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imontape
Community Member
1 year ago

Haha this is funny

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#33

Reason Why You Should Be Careful In Using Such Type Of Chair. You Need To Make Sure You Got A Good Quality

Reason Why You Should Be Careful In Using Such Type Of Chair. You Need To Make Sure You Got A Good Quality

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Troux
Community Member
1 year ago

"My chair just broke, but not as much as I have..."

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#34

Motivational Poster At Work

Motivational Poster At Work

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Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
1 year ago

How to tell if a designer is disgruntled.

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#35

No, I Don't Think I Will

No, I Don't Think I Will

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Mark
Community Member
1 year ago

Mr Hankey

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#36

Laughed A Latte At This

Laughed A Latte At This

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Troux
Community Member
1 year ago

I wonder if they sell the civet-digested coffee from SE Asia!

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#37

Totally-Nailed-It

Totally-Nailed-It

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Suzanne Clark
Community Member
1 year ago

It looks like it took a lot of effort to do something that stupid, unless of course, they only need the solar power during the winter when the trees are bare...unless the trees don't get bare.

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#38

Went To Go To The Bathroom At A Local Restaurant And Found A Literal “Crappy Design”

Went To Go To The Bathroom At A Local Restaurant And Found A Literal “Crappy Design”

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Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
1 year ago

Why do they always have to choose that color for bathrooms?

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#39

Worst Placement

Worst Placement

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Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
1 year ago

Judging by his reaction, people didn't seem to take it too seriously and think he was a pedophile.

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#40

Ah Thats What I Want My Toilet To Look Like. Like Someone Peed All Over It

Ah Thats What I Want My Toilet To Look Like. Like Someone Peed All Over It

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miaow
Community Member
1 year ago

WWhat kind of a toilet seat?! Alright whose the joker that created this? xD

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#41

“Lets Just Make Our Plates Look Like They Haven’t Been Washed In 4 Years”

“Lets Just Make Our Plates Look Like They Haven’t Been Washed In 4 Years”

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Mark
Community Member
1 year ago

Or double as an ashtray

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#42

2nd Birthday Badge Potentially A Choking Hazard

2nd Birthday Badge Potentially A Choking Hazard

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Neon Petra
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh the irony

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#43

Accidental Comedy 

Accidental Comedy 

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Rowlie
Community Member
1 year ago

You just need to find someone with a STRA THI pair

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#44

Hungary 101

Hungary 101

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tuzdayschild
Community Member
1 year ago

You can always tell when one takes pride in their work.

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#45

Not Really “Crappy” But Still

Not Really “Crappy” But Still

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Suzanne Clark
Community Member
1 year ago

I can't imagine on what planet the designer thought that would be appropriate.

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#46

Why Is The Ocean Filling Up With Plastic?

Why Is The Ocean Filling Up With Plastic?

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Bored Alchemist
Community Member
1 year ago

I don't get why they use unesscessay plastic like this

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#47

The Way They Cut The Carpet To Make This Door Open Instead Of Just Cutting The Door. (Found In Basement Of Newly Bought House)

The Way They Cut The Carpet To Make This Door Open Instead Of Just Cutting The Door. (Found In Basement Of Newly Bought House)

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Troux
Community Member
1 year ago

Note to self: Call carpet installer BEFORE door installer.

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#48

How... How Are You Supposed To Sleep With A Light In Your Face?

How... How Are You Supposed To Sleep With A Light In Your Face?

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Chyppa Homer
Community Member
1 year ago

Just put a brick on it. Problem solved.

StonedPanda
Community Member
1 year ago

Snowflakes wonder why they can't sleep without their lover?!

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wandile dludlu
Community Member
1 year ago

What if you keep seeing it light up and off for 20 mins straight

Rosie Hamilton
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh! That is so funny and such an awful thought at the same time.

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Alice Penguilly
Community Member
1 year ago

3am: I miss messing with my SO. Lets wake em up! Muahaha!!

Elsker
Community Member
1 year ago

it's a cute idea! but maybe for a little light instead of a pillow. or a snoring sound effect:D

Carlota Ocón
Community Member
1 year ago

Do you want to end your relationship? Buy this pillow!!!

Baby panda🥰
Community Member
1 year ago

That’s cute idea tho

Trixie Argh
Community Member
1 year ago

What do you do if the pillow lights up when the person is next to you?

Hard 2 Guess
Community Member
1 year ago

There are better products for long distance relationship now days. *wink wink* Just sayin.

JD Chapman
Community Member
1 year ago

I actually like the idea of this, but maybe thats just me missing my babe who only lives like 5 miles away...

Koalamonster
Community Member
1 year ago

Is that a different one than the one that lives 4 miles away?

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Suzanne Parvin
Community Member
1 year ago

Goes well with the Rose design sheets....

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 year ago

This has to be filed under "Incredibly stupid electronic stuff to avoid".

Jace
Community Member
1 year ago

There’s no end to the invention of stupidity.

[] person []
Community Member
1 year ago

TEXTING YOUR PARTNER : hey you awake them *dosent respond*

Sandra Simpson
Community Member
1 year ago

This is cute but still. How are u supposed to sleep?

UndyingBisexual
Community Member
1 year ago

That's actually... Kind of sweet. Unless the other person is like bawling their eyes out into their pillow and yours lights up and you think they're having a nice dream

Jonathan Armstrong
Community Member
1 year ago

Maybe a dim light if so, might be comforting(just spent a solid minute on that last word because I couldn't think of how to spell it and auto correct was no help)

Darth Kittius
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah! Like a nice warm glow? I think I would honestly like that

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Thomas Ewing
Community Member
1 year ago

Hyper-stupid, neurotic and paranoid. FAIL.

Erica D B
Community Member
1 year ago

Actually, I really like this design. I can't sleep in the dark so the light wouldn't bother me at all and if I had a boyfriend who lived somewhere else, it would be really reassuring to know that he's alright and sleeping soundly.

Nora Beckett
Community Member
1 year ago

Wouldn't be a bad idea if instead of lighting up, the pillow warmed itself up.

Purple Space Cow
Community Member
1 year ago

I get how it wouldn't work and stuff. But the idea is actually so cute!

Foxxy
Community Member
1 year ago

My son would like this, he sleeps with his bedroom light on ALL night. We have tried numerous night lights, lamps etc but nope, he wants his bedroom light on. We are possibly looking at getting a dimmer switch for him. Or maybe I should invest in one of these pillows.

Mira Kappagoda
Community Member
1 month ago

Most long distance relationships are in different time zones anyway :/

Jess Tiefel
Community Member
2 months ago

it's wholesome as hell but i'd want a dimming setting ffs

Abigail Nagel
Community Member
6 months ago

Easy solution: wear a sleep mask.

Suzana Tatim
Community Member
1 year ago

Would be better to vibrate...

Sue Sanders
Community Member
1 year ago

This is crazy. And why?

JD Chapman
Community Member
1 year ago

this actually seems really sweet, but maybe i just miss my babe who lives only 4 miles away...

Kimberley Thom
Community Member
1 year ago

don't see the point of getting a tan while sleeping. A heart beat would be better.

Kitten
Community Member
1 year ago

Perfect for breakups.

What's In Your Head?
Community Member
1 year ago

Aww, I like it!

sunshine ღ
Community Member
1 year ago

i guess it'd be sweet but i see the point

Sancho Cruz
Community Member
1 year ago

I understand the problem,would be cool if it maybe lit up different colors.. I still think it is pretty cool,but kinda for kids..

Slinkman
Community Member
1 year ago

And when it doesn't the first app send will be ; 'Why aren't you sleeping, are you cheating on me?'

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#49

Hey, Look!

Hey, Look!

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Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
1 year ago

There's a helicopter picture floating in the air!

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#50

Fashion Is Evolving

Fashion Is Evolving

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Rose the Cook
Community Member
1 year ago

XXXX short shorts?

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