There’s a fine line between designs that are jaw-droppingly original and ones that are truly awful. Unfortunately, a lot of people tend to lean heavily on the latter side of the line, so the world’s filled with design atrocities that will make you cringe. So bad they’re good? Nah. So bad they’re the worst.

The Crappy Design subreddit with more than 2.3 million members is home to the worst designs ever and we bring you the newest ones to scare your artistic friends with. Even if you know next to nothing about good design, you’ll intuitively shy away from some of these design choices. Scroll down, upvote your fave crappy designs, and let us know in the comments which ones you loved to hate the most.

When you’re done, have a look through Bored Panda’s earlier posts about the Crappy Design community here, here, and here.

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Fernleaf6505
Community Member
3 months ago

"how to get past??? howww???????"

Hans
Community Member
3 months ago

"You shall not pass!"

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UncleRussian
Community Member
3 months ago

I've played enough video games to know that there are invisible walls everywhere

glowworm2
Community Member
3 months ago

The guy playing along with it made me laugh.

Samuel Charbula
Community Member
3 months ago

It's actually a decent design when considered in context: it is most likely intended to keep vehicles off the path.

TheExtremeSmell
Community Member
3 months ago

Yeah it makes sense to me also.

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Herb Vautour
Community Member
3 months ago

What an idiot. Just get someone to give you a boost over the gate.

DancingToMyself
Community Member
3 months ago

He just couldn't find any person who is courageous enough...

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Marzipanda
Community Member
3 months ago

Dummy. Just have a friend walk to the other side and pull you over.

Ann McNeil
Community Member
3 months ago

"My life is on the other side!! I need to get there!!"

Joan OConnor
Community Member
3 months ago

To discourage wheeled vehicles perhaps?

BusLady
Community Member
3 months ago

To keep bicycles off the path?

Janine B.
Community Member
3 months ago

I know some dogs who would fail to solve this mystery. 😂

Sue Hubbard
Community Member
3 months ago

I know some humans who'd fail too.

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Adam C
Community Member
3 months ago

Idiotproof gate from Simpson

AMANDA SERRANO-MORALES
Community Member
3 months ago

I feel bad for that dude

Joe Berger
Community Member
3 months ago

If only there was a way....

N G
Community Member
3 months ago

I wonder why were the photos edited? It's not been done very well

Aziz Ahmad
Community Member
3 months ago

Best security ever

Delonnie Torres
Community Member
3 months ago

¯_(ツ)_/¯
Community Member
3 months ago

*sigh* "wHy WoRlD wHy?"

Mare Freed
Community Member
3 months ago

Best tragic storytelling ever!

JellyBean
Community Member
3 months ago

i think this is a glitch in the metrix

Richard Brown
Community Member
3 months ago

Did you try the pole vault method

Elga Konietzny
Community Member
3 months ago

i got boxed in

Anamaria Mazer de Toledo
Community Member
3 months ago

Art Deco

Dolevaal
Community Member
3 months ago

That reminds me of a Sim who cant move bc something blocks his way.

Chelle R.
Community Member
3 months ago

HaHaHa Yep, so frustrating! 😅

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Jacey Lynn
Community Member
2 months ago

Love the pictures!

backatya
Community Member
3 months ago

Damn why is life so hard????

Caroline Driver
Community Member
3 months ago

The grass is lava

autism genius
Community Member
3 months ago

go around it

Pepper Pots
Community Member
3 months ago

That is funny

SocksNeverMatch
Community Member
3 months ago

You Shall Not Pass!!

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
3 months ago

Existential crisis?

Ella Blackwood
Community Member
3 months ago

This just cracks me up!

EDWIN JAMES FAWCETT
Community Member
3 months ago

They have just covered over a large Drainage Channel

EDWIN JAMES FAWCETT
Community Member
3 months ago

Singapore

Paige Garberding
Community Member
3 months ago

He's respecting the grass. Good lad. But why that gate!?

Hugh Crawford
Community Member
3 months ago

Well, it kpt him out...

grey galah
Community Member
3 months ago

i had to clap

Harley Hoglin
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

If look to the left that sidewalk has a one of these along it.

DancingToMyself
Community Member
3 months ago

BAHAHAA

Jewell Martin
Community Member
3 months ago

Obviously the gate was meant to close off a sidewalk for some reason, maybe construction or a flooded area. I applaud the ingenuity of the young man for the photos. But it looks to me as if the gate is functioning correctly.

Rebecca Painter
Community Member
3 months ago

It's ornamental, stay on the grass.

Spikey Bunny
Community Member
3 months ago

I wonder how much the city paid for this useless gate. SMH

Cat DeAngelis
Community Member
3 months ago

This guy is funny haha

PEYTON SCHOONOVER
Community Member
1 month ago

How are we gonna get past it? Come on Im a stupid!

Dorothy Cloud
Community Member
2 months ago

Someone thought long & hard about how to keep bikes, etc. out of the park!

STRANGER THINGS fan
Community Member
2 months ago

i just need a moment *sinks into the deep pit that is his soul*

Dianne Schifferli
Community Member
3 months ago

It’s a bike rack 🚴‍♂️

H.L.Lewis
Community Member
3 months ago

I see stuff like this all the time in the area where I live. LSoutherners, ya gotta really wonder about their education levels...

Leslie Dickson
Community Member
3 months ago

It’s probably for chaining bicycles and then begin walking!

John Harper
Community Member
3 months ago

Now that's overthinking things...>>>>

ItzBreadGaming
Community Member
3 months ago

Defeat!

Anja Schmidt
Community Member
3 months ago

humanity makes it really exciting ...

Pao-Tang Kao
Community Member
3 months ago

That's a covered storm drain. Not a walk way. Hence the railing.

Max L.
Community Member
3 months ago

The only sense I can see stretched here .. no bicycles ?

Quazmodic
Community Member
3 months ago

The design of that fence is just fine! It's a cute little fence. What's the problem?

Chrystal Thomas
Community Member
3 months ago

I believe it must be for securing your bicycle.

Mary Ann Burgess
Community Member
3 months ago

Well, the sidewalk is a dead-end!

Donna Reynolds
Community Member
3 months ago

Maybe use it for a bike stand?

O Jackson
Community Member
3 months ago

WHY MEEEEEEEE!! I just wanna go on the sidewalk!!🚷

Naomi Williams
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm guessing that it's actually a poorly placed bicycle rack.

EDWIN JAMES FAWCETT
Community Member
3 months ago

No. There used to be a drainage ditch there that they have now covered up. This is near The National stadium in Singapore

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Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
3 months ago

Is this for bicycles?

Bacony
Community Member
3 months ago

when you burn down a villager house in minecraft

Mai Kim
Community Member
3 months ago

You need to get HM01!

RunYouCleverBoyAndRemember
Community Member
3 months ago

They probably assume people pay attention to the 'Don't Walk On The Grass Signs'... I've got news for them...

Claire Armstrong
Community Member
3 months ago

Lol, that was funny lol! At the 2nd picture I was all like "WTF???" lol

rachel carter
Community Member
3 months ago

Walk around lol or jump over hahah it's like a covid 19 gate to keep people off the trail

Cécile V.
Community Member
3 months ago

Walk onthe grass, so green, so attractive but keep it clean!

Li Ah
Community Member
3 months ago

This is hilarious 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

Sang Fe
Community Member
3 months ago

Fetal position just destroyed me

Kk C-Mcgee
Community Member
3 months ago

I absolutely love this lmao

Amy Watson
Community Member
3 months ago

Is it supposed to be a bike rack??

Cream Pie
Community Member
3 months ago

You are so funny! 🤣

MantisKeeper
Community Member
3 months ago

something you find in video games

Kathryn Zimmerman
Community Member
3 months ago

It's a bike rack at the end of the bike path.

BIG FOOT
Community Member
3 months ago

The determination

Mishte Tine
Community Member
3 months ago

The best

Panda with Heart
Community Member
3 months ago

Lol

Barb Harrell
Community Member
3 months ago

why does he want to crawl through the bike rack?

Mitchell Barnett
Community Member
3 months ago

It's a bike rack. You lock what is called a bicycle to it.

EDWIN JAMES FAWCETT
Community Member
3 months ago

No. There used to be a large drainage ditch but now covered. This is very near the National Stadium in Singapore

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Sarah Fox
Community Member
3 months ago

Ha ha he failed the simplest of tests, look closely it doesn’t say keep off the grass. There are many ways that this simple test can be conquered. Should you wish to pass. 👏🏻👌🏻😁😁

Vanta Black
Community Member
3 months ago

It's like fighting every video game boss all at once.

Isabella Vega
Community Member
3 months ago

Yep that’s me. Just curl up in frustration

Scyth
Community Member
3 months ago

Blind and wheelchair proof

Astrid Nineor
Community Member
3 months ago

"Whhhhy, impassable obstacleeeeee"

Darth Vader
Community Member
3 months ago

what??????

Nadine Bamberger
Community Member
3 months ago

Wait until you try to access that path with your clown car, who's laughing now?

Mary Ann Burgess
Community Member
3 months ago

Well, the sidewalk is a dead-end..

mph seti
Community Member
3 months ago

That'll stop people in wheelchairs...

Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
3 months ago

Foiled again.

guy greej
Community Member
3 months ago

Vidyo Games

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2 Butts 1 Plant

2 Butts 1 Plant

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Raine Soo
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3 months ago (edited)

I needed to take a moment to realize that those are the palms of a person's hands.

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#3

A Scene From An Indian TV Show

A Scene From An Indian TV Show

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UncleRussian
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3 months ago

I mean to be honest this looks close enough. It's a movie, unless there are doctors watching nobody will know the difference

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Previously, Bored Panda spoke to the Crappy Design moderators to learn more about their community.

“The original motivation for the subreddit was to point out crappy designs. Nowadays, most subscribers probably come here for entertainment,” the moderators told us that a part of their followers is there just to have fun and gawk at truly ugly design decisions.

“However, it is common to have meaningful discussion here on why or why not something is crappy design,” they pointed out that some of the members actively participate in in-depth chats.

#4

Idk I'm European

Idk I'm European

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

Those who can't afford health care in the US will be driven to suicide. So sad...

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#5

This Captain Of The Submarine In My English Book

This Captain Of The Submarine In My English Book

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Olivier Caissy
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3 months ago

Well a captain is supposed to go down with his ship.

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#6

That's Not How It Works

That's Not How It Works

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BorPand8
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3 months ago

That's why incest is bad.

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Founded back in 2011, the community has flourished over its 9-and-a-half-year existence. Just a year ago, the Crappy Design subreddit had 1.7 million members and got more than 2 million page views each month. Those are huge numbers to be fair. However, since then, the sub has gained an additional half a million new followers.

But let’s hop back to what makes product designs good or bad. For instance, researcher Don Norman writes in his book ‘The Design of Everyday Things’ that good design is upfront and honest about what the thing does. No hidden purposes for Norman!

At the same time, he says that designs have to look beautiful and uncluttered while pushing the boundaries of what a particular object means to us. So we have to be innovative but simple while avoiding clutter and mediocrity. Quite a challenge, wouldn’t you think? No wonder there are so many bad designs out there.

#7

They Said You Will Be In The Front Page, But Didn't Mention What The Title Of Next Article Going To Be

They Said You Will Be In The Front Page, But Didn't Mention What The Title Of Next Article Going To Be

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John Smith
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3 months ago

Now that's unfortunate.

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#8

People Wearing Face Masks Looking Like Monsters

People Wearing Face Masks Looking Like Monsters

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

The thought of running into people who looked like that would keep me at home...permanently.

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#9

Fail

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UncleRussian
Community Member
3 months ago

AND ON THE 8TH DAY THE LORD SAYETH

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Meanwhile, the Interaction Design Foundation stresses that bad designs are often overloaded with useless info and make us waste time to figure out what the thing does and how it works.

So if you’re designing something, make it as intuitive and simple as possible—after all, you wouldn’t want to create something messy that’s bound to end up on the Crappy Design subreddit, would you?

#10

They Stopped Construction On The New Burger King In My Hometown Because The Building Is Backwards. They Put A Whole Building Up Backwards!

They Stopped Construction On The New Burger King In My Hometown Because The Building Is Backwards. They Put A Whole Building Up Backwards!

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Nash Nopper
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3 months ago

WAIT... WHAT!

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#11

Black One Is Salt, White One Pepper

Black One Is Salt, White One Pepper

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UncleRussian
Community Member
3 months ago

But... This...Can't... My life is a lie...

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#12

This Isn't Even My Final Form

This Isn't Even My Final Form

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UncleRussian
Community Member
3 months ago

John Cena?

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#13

Welcome To “The Cut” Forest Recreation Area. This Font Threw Me For A Loop. Delete If Not Allowed.

Welcome To “The Cut” Forest Recreation Area. This Font Threw Me For A Loop. Delete If Not Allowed.

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Iggy
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3 months ago

That's if anyone can find it!

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#14

Hiding Money Inside Something That Could Easily Wind Up In The Fireplace

Hiding Money Inside Something That Could Easily Wind Up In The Fireplace

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Raine Soo
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3 months ago

I'll just burn through my money, thanks.

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#15

We Cut Kids

We Cut Kids

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SanchaTheSeeker
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3 months ago

His expression shows it

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#16

Stay Home!

Stay Home!

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
3 months ago

Those who are will stay the same.

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#17

This Bath Bomb's Final Color

This Bath Bomb's Final Color

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Kisses4Katie
Community Member
3 months ago

They call it Golden Shower.

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#18

Social “Distancing”

Social “Distancing”

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Amy Pattie
Community Member
3 months ago

That’s not how that works…

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#19

This Graph

This Graph

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Zenozenobee
Community Member
3 months ago

Is it for a Stroop test?

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#20

I Can't Read The Article About Pointless Monthly Subscriptions Without Buying A Monthly Subscription

I Can't Read The Article About Pointless Monthly Subscriptions Without Buying A Monthly Subscription

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UncleRussian
Community Member
3 months ago

Word of the day: irony

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#21

Wow! What A Bargain!

Wow! What A Bargain!

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White Wolf
Community Member
3 months ago

Thanks, I got mine for free.

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#22

Blobfish Supra

Blobfish Supra

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guy greej
Community Member
3 months ago

These only appear weird due to different waterpressure in the deep where they are designed to operate from. In their natural habitat it's a normal looking car. Only bloats on the surface when exposed to less pressure than they are supposed to exist in

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#23

I’m Having An Aneurysm Just Looking At This

I’m Having An Aneurysm Just Looking At This

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Simba
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3 months ago

Which one to press for level 17?

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#24

Accidental Venn Diagram

Accidental Venn Diagram

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

LOL Our values barely overlap trust, partnership, innovation, and performance. We're just a bunch of lying, backstabbing, shortsighted never do wells.

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#25

What's The Worst That Could Happen?

What's The Worst That Could Happen?

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

How about a peeing for distance contest?

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#26

Finally A Deal That Suits My Acquired Taste

Finally A Deal That Suits My Acquired Taste

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

Get 'em before they become a nuisance.

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#27

No Broken Legs I Know Of

No Broken Legs I Know Of

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
3 months ago

In many countries local building codes would outlaw something like this.

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#28

We Don't Need That Corner, I Guess...

We Don't Need That Corner, I Guess...

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Natalie Bohrteller
Community Member
3 months ago

When you order your basketball court on Wish.

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#29

Can Someone Tell Me What This Jacket Is Actually Made Of?

Can Someone Tell Me What This Jacket Is Actually Made Of?

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Gin
Community Member
3 months ago

Layer 1: 70% polyester + 30% polyurethane; Layer 2: 56% polyester + 44% viscose; Layer 3: 100% polyester.

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#30

Complex Oral Care

Complex Oral Care

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

How come no one said anything before it became a sign? Or am I the only one with my mind in the gutter?

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#31

This "Muddy Waters" Poop Dress I Found On Depop

This "Muddy Waters" Poop Dress I Found On Depop

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Zenozenobee
Community Member
3 months ago

Perfect for a "I crawled out from my grave" look.

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#32

In Turkey, We Have Footpaths With Embossed Yellow Tiles To Help Blind People.

In Turkey, We Have Footpaths With Embossed Yellow Tiles To Help Blind People.

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UncleRussian
Community Member
3 months ago

Hey at least the ambulance is already there

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#33

Almost Perfect

Almost Perfect

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renee brack
Community Member
3 months ago

If those windows were centred on that fairly ugly building it would cease to be art and look like a prison.

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#34

No Entry, Entrance Only

No Entry, Entrance Only

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UncleRussian
Community Member
3 months ago

Schrödinger's Gate

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#35

I Mean, Of All The Design Choices, You Chose This

I Mean, Of All The Design Choices, You Chose This

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Zenozenobee
Community Member
3 months ago

Ok... this is either to discourage clients to use the toilets so that you don't have to spend money cleaning them, either to not spend money cleaning the toilets because the clients won't see the difference.

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#36

These Bathroom Stalls

These Bathroom Stalls

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Evelína Zlá
Community Member
3 months ago

The see through glass is bad but what about the lack of space for your legs... and other parts of the body... like face. It will be sooo close... most likely pushed against the glass.

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#37

A Leaflet I Found In Work

A Leaflet I Found In Work

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Kisses4Katie
Community Member
3 months ago

Maybe her husband passed and left her a big life insurance.

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#38

Every Day I Am Thankful To Live In The Land Of The Because Of The Brave USA Free

Every Day I Am Thankful To Live In The Land Of The Because Of The Brave USA Free

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

This is making my head hurt.

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#39

Enjoy A Nice Massage In A Moving Car With Your Eyes Closed

Enjoy A Nice Massage In A Moving Car With Your Eyes Closed

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

I'll cause an accident, but that's okay. I'm all relaxed due to my massage.

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#40

You Had Me At Hell!

You Had Me At Hell!

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

Well, that's one place to meet people.

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#41

Went To The Park To Shoot Some Hoops Today...

Went To The Park To Shoot Some Hoops Today...

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UncleRussian
Community Member
3 months ago

And here we see the prime example of "this ain't my job"

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#42

A Solar-Powered Streetlight Under A Bridge In Hong Kong

A Solar-Powered Streetlight Under A Bridge In Hong Kong

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UncleRussian
Community Member
3 months ago

It'll get 5 seconds or solar light at dawn. Eventually it'll work

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#43

A Photo With Keanu Reeves

A Photo With Keanu Reeves

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Daria Z
Community Member
3 months ago

Because the picture obviously looks better with Keanu :)

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#44

This $4 Swan Pool Float From The Dollar Store

This $4 Swan Pool Float From The Dollar Store

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
3 months ago

It's looking sad.

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#45

I Thought She Peed Herself For A Sec

I Thought She Peed Herself For A Sec

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UncleRussian
Community Member
3 months ago

I am at least thankful they aren't ripped

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#46

You Thought Tide Pods Looked Like Candy.

You Thought Tide Pods Looked Like Candy.

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AnaV.
Community Member
3 months ago

Why??

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#47

The Braille On The "Alarm" And "Stop" Button On This Bus Are The Same

The Braille On The "Alarm" And "Stop" Button On This Bus Are The Same

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White Wolf
Community Member
3 months ago

In all fairness, doesn't really matter which one you push, the driver will stop.

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#48

This Unnecessarily Zig-Zag’d Sidewalk

This Unnecessarily Zig-Zag’d Sidewalk

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Olivier Caissy
Community Member
3 months ago

Drunk test is drunk.

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#49

Because Why Pave The Actual Pathway

Because Why Pave The Actual Pathway

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Scagsy
Community Member
3 months ago

Is that a stone d**k in the background? Town planners are on meth here.

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#50

This Ad Bomb That’s Guaranteed To Wake Up My Baby

This Ad Bomb That’s Guaranteed To Wake Up My Baby

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Joseph Karthic
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

just install "ublock origin" browser extension and almost all ads on the internet will be blocked including youtube...

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