Life’s got more surprises waiting for you than you can shake a stick at. We’re talking about the pleasant kind, too, not just the ‘surprise, aliens are building monoliths on Earth and we’ll have a full-scale invasion in the last days of 2020’ kind.

The ‘Didn’t Know I Wanted That’ community on Reddit seems to absolutely adore surprises. That’s why the nearly 768k-strong subreddit is documenting all the cool, strange, and intriguing things that the world has to offer that will make you say, “I didn’t know I wanted that.”

Check out some of their best posts below and, as you’re scrolling down, give the pics you liked the most an upvote. Be sure to let us know which of these things you never knew you wanted and why! And read on for Bored Panda's interview with one of the moderators taking care of the subreddit.

#1

I Want And You Do Too

I Want And You Do Too

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Ceredwyn Ealanta
Community Member
10 months ago

Completely real. Produced by Desserto: "The result, Desserto, the Cactus Vegan-Leather, is partially biodegradable and has the technical specifications required by the fashion, leather goods, furniture and even automotive industries." https://desserto.com.mx/

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#2

These Lines Go Up The Wall So You Can Park Perfectly In-Between The Lines

These Lines Go Up The Wall So You Can Park Perfectly In-Between The Lines

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Hermione Granger
Community Member
10 months ago

That should be standard at every parking garage

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#3

Glowing Nightlight Lamp With Removable Glow Balls For Trips To The Bathroom

Glowing Nightlight Lamp With Removable Glow Balls For Trips To The Bathroom

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Brett
Community Member
10 months ago

Hmmm all I see is “add to cart”

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Moderator Stuffed02 from r/DidntKnowIWantedThat told Bored Panda all about how their community first got started on Reddit. "DidntKnowIWantedThat got started when someone made a post on a big subreddit and people started commenting quite literally our future name," they said.

They told us that their subreddit is very open, as long as people follow some basic rules. "We allow all kinds of unusual products that you only realize the need for once you see it. Our only main rule issue is people trying to advertise their products. My message for them is: don’t. We always catch it. Other than that, there aren’t any major rule paradigms we have to deal with."

Mod Stuffed02 also opened up about what the year's been like for the subreddit. Surprisingly, it hasn't been as bad as you might think. "2020 has actually been a fun year for a lot of us on our team. Having to spend more time online means we get to see more products and be more dedicated to our users."

Meanwhile, another moderator, Metastasis_d pitched in and told us that the subreddit was started by "a spammer who wanted to use the subreddit to advertise products," however, the community outlasted them.

#4

Soy Sauce Dishes That "Reveal" A Painting Once You Fill Them Up

Soy Sauce Dishes That "Reveal" A Painting Once You Fill Them Up

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Sara Rodrigues
Community Member
10 months ago

This would be pretty cool for a restaurant

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#5

This Remote Has A Headphone Plug In It To Listen To TV Quietly

This Remote Has A Headphone Plug In It To Listen To TV Quietly

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Brett
Community Member
10 months ago

This is the holy invention

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#6

This Skull Shaped Charcoal Takes BBQ To The Next Level

This Skull Shaped Charcoal Takes BBQ To The Next Level

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Raine Soo
Community Member
10 months ago

All I can think of is "Dante's Inferno".

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For the past year and a half, the r/DidntKnowIWantedThat subreddit has been a testament to out-of-the-box thinking and just how creative humankind can get when it really wants to. We’ve had our minds blown since the first time we visited the subreddit and we keep getting surprised each time.

The community is also very inspiring for anyone who needs new ideas for their projects or business ventures. There’s nothing like seeing something weird but wonderful to shake things up when you’re deep inside a creative hole and need a leg-up to climb out.

The subreddit also raises an interesting question: why do we want a particular product (and does it have to have a gimmick to make us want it)? According to the National Association of Sales Professionals, it’s all tied to our emotions.

#7

This TV Show Idea

This TV Show Idea

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heidi hunt
Community Member
10 months ago

I would watch this and it totally sounds like an MTV or vh1 show

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#8

Didn't Know I Wanted Squid Kite

Didn't Know I Wanted Squid Kite

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Brett
Community Member
10 months ago

This is not a want this is a need

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#9

A Maga Hat But With An Actual Statement

A Maga Hat But With An Actual Statement

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Black Karen
Community Member
10 months ago

Love this.

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The NASP explains that people buy products based on their emotional needs or wants, and then justify their purchase logically later on. In other words, we make our decisions based on how we feel and later sprinkle some logical reasoning on top to make it look rational.

So selling products becomes less about appealing to ‘perfect,’ rationally thinking, economic consumers and more about seeing what their hearts truly want. Which is far tougher and way easier to do all at once, ironically.

#10

Steamer Boat Lid

Steamer Boat Lid

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Raine Soo
Community Member
10 months ago (edited)

That's great. I'd buy it. I need to blow off some steam.

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#11

This Giant Family Tent Has Private Bedroom Compartments And A Full Living Area!

This Giant Family Tent Has Private Bedroom Compartments And A Full Living Area!

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Linda van der Pal
Community Member
10 months ago

Here in the Netherlands we have entire showrooms full of tents like this...

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#12

Need This Now

Need This Now

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James016
Community Member
10 months ago

This is perfect

Podunkus
Community Member
10 months ago

I can feel my own back pain melting away!

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Bisexual bean
Community Member
10 months ago

the bisexual chair

Lesbean Bookworm
Community Member
10 months ago

And the lesbian chair. I never sit normally

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howdylee
Community Member
10 months ago

and chiropractors everywhere are cringing!

Hayley Rodgers
Community Member
10 months ago

Let 'em cringe, I don't sit normally in a chair anyway so why not make it more comfortable for me

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Lucy Skinner
Community Member
10 months ago

“Hello LGBTQ community!”

Lululoohoo
Community Member
10 months ago

It's called the Soul Seat

Tomasz Smykowski
Community Member
10 months ago

https://www.dragonflychair.com/dragonflychair-charcoal

Osgood_7
Community Member
10 months ago

I tried one, it actually feels great for your back, but after a while your butt starts to get sore, like with a bike seat.

Tina Bannon
Community Member
10 months ago

closest I can find. kinda need 🙂 https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B08H5CYH3Z/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_fabc_SFX4FbFYCK4M0?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

RainbowDragon
Community Member
9 months ago

I never realised how much I needed this in my life...

Lexii M.
Community Member
10 months ago

This.. but with back support.

D. Pitbull
Community Member
10 months ago

I NEED THIS... For years DECADES... the way I have deemed whether an office chair is "Worthy" of getting... is "But can I sit cross legged in it?"

Beezel Palomar
Community Member
10 months ago

no back support. screw this.

Night Owl
Community Member
10 months ago

I need this

Logan Clermont
Community Member
10 months ago

wowowowowowowowowoowowowowowowoowowowowow

Biljana Malesevic
Community Member
10 months ago

YEs!

Aldhissla VargTimmen
Community Member
10 months ago

OMG I need this, why is it so expensive :'(

Luther von Wolfen
Community Member
10 months ago

I don't need this now.

backatya
Community Member
9 months ago

No you don't. Sit like a normal person with feet on the ground and not on the furniture

Leslie Burleson
Community Member
9 months ago

I'm short and my feet never touch the ground when I sit in a chair. It can be painful if I just let them dangle. Most of my life I've been sitting crisscross. I want this chair !

Amaranthim Talon
Community Member
10 months ago

I'd get this in a heart beat!

Party Poison
Community Member
10 months ago

and this one is The Bisexual, for the people who cant figure out how to sit in a chair

Patty Leaton
Community Member
10 months ago

not for fat people like me ha

CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
10 months ago

I NEED this!! I am always being fussed at for sitting on my foot/feet!

Ron Atola
Community Member
10 months ago

$1000? - pass

Nancy Lynch
Community Member
10 months ago

Yes!

Beth McFadden
Community Member
10 months ago

I MUST have this.

Faith Hurst
Community Member
10 months ago

My desk chair has a pullout foot rest and I use it just like picture 2.

Pavlina G
Community Member
10 months ago

Soooooooo expensive though...

panda_legerdemain
Community Member
10 months ago

My back feels so much better, just by looking at it

Marnie
Community Member
10 months ago

I want this, and I don't know how to search for this!

The one and only
Community Member
10 months ago

the gay chair

Bobert Robertson
Community Member
10 months ago

As someone with long legs and who isn't very flexible, I'd fall off the back sitting cross legged on that.

Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
10 months ago

It seems okay for a place to sit, but not as your main / work / desk chair.

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Community Member
10 months ago

something for all the soy men on this site and pajama boys

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On the one hand, getting to grips with emotional reasons for why people buy something is far more slippery and less concrete. On the other hand, we’re all people and we have full access to our own emotions and how we react to products.

As cheesy as it sounds, in order to sell your product, you first have to get to know yourself, the problems you need fixed, and how this relates to your inner emotional world. That’s how you create something that others didn’t know they wanted until they saw it and everything just clicked into place.

#13

Mr. Bean Cut Out

Mr. Bean Cut Out

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Hermione Granger
Community Member
10 months ago (edited)

I want this relationship when I’m old lol

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#14

This Window

This Window

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Ekate
Community Member
10 months ago

I feel old. All I can think about is how to clean in that corner.

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#15

A Self-Standing Over-Sink Dishes Rack

A Self-Standing Over-Sink Dishes Rack

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nanashi
Community Member
10 months ago

if you breathed in a little bit deeper than usual after seeing this and thinking "I need this", you might be over 30yo lol

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#16

People, This Is A Lamp!

People, This Is A Lamp!

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Rainbow Panda
Community Member
10 months ago

Mind blown. 🤯

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#17

This Fire Pit Though

This Fire Pit Though

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Aileen
Community Member
10 months ago

Epic!

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#18

A Rocking Chair For You And Your Kids

A Rocking Chair For You And Your Kids

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Raine Soo
Community Member
10 months ago

I can't sit in a rocking chair. I'm such a klutz. It's a good idea for those who can.

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#19

Bunk Bed With Stairs

Bunk Bed With Stairs

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Raine Soo
Community Member
10 months ago

Sweet. But, I can still see myself rolling down the stairs.

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#20

This Key

This Key

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Brett
Community Member
10 months ago

Gives +500 confidence for the start of your day knowing you are worthy

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#21

Giant Crocheted Snorlax

Giant Crocheted Snorlax

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Raine Soo
Community Member
10 months ago

The guy looks positively delighted it with it. I would be too.

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#22

Gift Card

Gift Card

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Lisa loves cats
Community Member
10 months ago

thats so cool! i love futurama

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#23

F**k Em Sand Castles, I Want To Make Sand Skeletons

F**k Em Sand Castles, I Want To Make Sand Skeletons

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Brett
Community Member
10 months ago (edited)

Sand castles are for wusses sand skeletons is where it’s at

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#24

A Built-In Watering Hole For Your Pets

A Built-In Watering Hole For Your Pets

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Anna
Community Member
10 months ago

Now that's some rich people sh*t.

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#25

An Atlas Of Every Color Imaginable

An Atlas Of Every Color Imaginable

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Brett
Community Member
10 months ago

My color blind friend trying to figure out why there are so many shades of grey

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#26

This Sub Was My First Thought When As I Saw This

This Sub Was My First Thought When As I Saw This

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Raine Soo
Community Member
10 months ago

Everyone needs an octopus chandelier, including myself.

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#27

Floor Lamp

Floor Lamp

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Raine Soo
Community Member
10 months ago

What lamp? ;)

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#28

These Knee Pads With Wheels

These Knee Pads With Wheels

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Brett
Community Member
10 months ago

I would just be rolling around saying “neeeooooomm I’m lightning McQueen!”

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#29

So Badly

So Badly

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J. F.
Community Member
10 months ago

♪ To be an Aperture science client would be like a dream...♫

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#30

Maybe A Friend Of Mine Need Them

Maybe A Friend Of Mine Need Them

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Vic
Community Member
10 months ago

We needed this for 2020 New Year party, but we didn't know then..

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#31

How To Keep All The Cookies To Yourself

How To Keep All The Cookies To Yourself

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Raine Soo
Community Member
10 months ago

Absolutley brilliant, even though it looks like a fat crescent moon cookie cutter.

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#32

Didn’t Know I Wanted That Stone!

Didn’t Know I Wanted That Stone!

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Molly Block
Community Member
10 months ago

That looks like one of our Florida sunsets.

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#33

Clothing Rack For All Your Clothing Needs

Clothing Rack For All Your Clothing Needs

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Alex Alessi
Community Member
10 months ago

I want it! Let me check the price... about 2000 euro... after all I don't need it...

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#34

Very Cool Design For Siblings Sharing A Room

Very Cool Design For Siblings Sharing A Room

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What's In Your Head?
Community Member
10 months ago

I'd really hate to face the door like that.

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#35

I Added A Cat Walk To My Living Room For My 3 Floofs

I Added A Cat Walk To My Living Room For My 3 Floofs

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Rainbow Panda
Community Member
10 months ago

Aww. 🐱

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#36

Hönk

Hönk

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Brett
Community Member
10 months ago

Ok cool but where can I get one because I need it

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#37

Shark Socks

Shark Socks

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Raine Soo
Community Member
10 months ago

This is adorable, and is it safe to go back into the water?

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#38

This Chair Desk Everything Thingy

This Chair Desk Everything Thingy

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Raine Soo
Community Member
10 months ago

I'd buy one. Who makes it?

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#39

Reusable Grocery List

Reusable Grocery List

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Natalia
Community Member
10 months ago

Cool!

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#40

Battle Slippers

Battle Slippers

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Rainbow Panda
Community Member
10 months ago

Tank you for sharing this. 😁

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#41

This 30” Wood-Burning Death Star Fire Pit

This 30” Wood-Burning Death Star Fire Pit

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Raine Soo
Community Member
10 months ago

I've always wanted a Death Star. This is perfect.

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#42

I Need This

I Need This

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Raine Soo
Community Member
10 months ago

This is the cutest mini piggy bank. I'd buy the whole set of them.

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#43

Not Just A Doormat I Want, A Doormat I Need

Not Just A Doormat I Want, A Doormat I Need

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Bri Nicole
Community Member
10 months ago

Don't forget your mask!

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#44

I Don't Even Like Nightlights, But I'd Love To Have This

I Don't Even Like Nightlights, But I'd Love To Have This

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Patti Brock
Community Member
10 months ago

this has been discontinued :(

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#45

Reflection Of The Dvd Case Is Part Of The Design. Damn

Reflection Of The Dvd Case Is Part Of The Design. Damn

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I'manoob!
Community Member
10 months ago

*gasp* surprised-...bb21ed.gif surprised-andy-5fe33abbb21ed.gif

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#46

Moss Garden Coffee Table

Moss Garden Coffee Table

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Hermione Granger
Community Member
10 months ago

I wonder if you could put isopods and millipedes to make one of those living enclosed ecosystems because if so that would be super awesome!

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#47

3-D Printed Faucet...

3-D Printed Faucet...

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Hermitbunny
Community Member
10 months ago

This reminds me of H.R. Giger art

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#48

Blob Seal Pillow

Blob Seal Pillow

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Brett
Community Member
10 months ago

Ultimate chonk

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#49

This Bear Glass

This Bear Glass

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Brett
Community Member
10 months ago

His cuteness is unBEARable

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#50

Does Anyone Know Where I Can Buy This?

Does Anyone Know Where I Can Buy This?

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Hermione Granger
Community Member
10 months ago

As a woman I would also like this soap. Can we stop pointlessly gendering random things like colors and soap already?

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