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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 months ago

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

Dagnirath
Community Member
5 months ago

"Abandon all hope, ye who enter here." Abandon all appetite, Dad's trying to cook again.

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Purr·maid
Community Member
5 months ago

Wicked cool!

Elsker
Community Member
5 months ago

Halloween BBQ! <3

Deal _Anneal
Community Member
5 months ago

not something u want to show ur super strict religious parents

Ece Cenker
Community Member
5 months ago

I'm thinking skynet, mass grave, genocide...yikes!

pebs
Community Member
5 months ago

Yes, very far from a happy barbecue or cosy fireplace, I wouldn't never buy it.

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Mike Rodrick
Community Member
5 months ago

I bet it's expensive.

Karynne Williams
Community Member
5 months ago

Take. My. Money.

Carmen Elena
Community Member
5 months ago

I.NEED.THIS

Shirley Heyn
Community Member
3 months ago

Well, I'll be damned. . .!

Rylynn LaParr
Community Member
4 months ago

I love this lmao

Ben Hughes
Community Member
4 months ago

at 5 to 10 bux a pop, f**k that.

Ben Hughes
Community Member
4 months ago

yeah but their like 5 or 10 bux a piece, so forget it.

c Fuller
Community Member
5 months ago

AAHAAHAAA!! (Cackles evilly)

Aimee Kelley
Community Member
5 months ago

yeesh. that's intense

shado
Community Member
5 months ago

reminds me of the line: 'I don't have skeletons in my closet, thought I do have a box of tortured souls I keep in my sock drawer'

okpkpkp
Community Member
5 months ago

Fun Fact: Every gallon of gas a car burns is just like burning 5 pounds of charcoal. I quit driving 22 years ago so I could grill more. And I'd love these briquettes.

brukernavn340
Community Member
5 months ago

Reminds me of salty licorice

Scarpetta Selkirk
Community Member
5 months ago

Brilliant marketing: I'd buy a ton !

Patty Leaton
Community Member
5 months ago

awesome

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
Community Member
5 months ago

Very voodoo barbecue

Sharon Attwood
Community Member
5 months ago

Gruesome!

Barbar Stewart
Community Member
5 months ago

Where can I buy these, my son and daughter-inlaw would love these for camping.

Susan Mercurio
Community Member
5 months ago

This is totally cool

Marty BlackEagle-Carl
Community Member
5 months ago

shouldnt be on the market till all Holocaust survivors have passed.

Vicki Perizzolo
Community Member
5 months ago

I KNOW who needs that RIGHT NOW!

Lyone Fein
Community Member
5 months ago

I just want to take all kinds of photos of it

Reta Taylor
Community Member
5 months ago

Are they life size? That might scare the bejesus out of someone if they came across them in the fire pit afterwards.

Pamela Garver
Community Member
5 months ago

cool to add to a bonfire

Miss Kitty
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

This is very sick, my first thought was the concentration camps. Not a cool idea at all!

Luisa Vasconcelos
Community Member
5 months ago

So creapy. If I would go to a BBQ and saw this I would run so fast that I would stop only in Portugal in front of the ocean considering to swim and keep running.

Tami
Community Member
5 months ago

I was thinking "The Terminator".

Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
5 months ago

That’s neat

May Day
Community Member
5 months ago

LOL

Agnieszka Lipiak
Community Member
5 months ago

Forgotten about Holocaust and other war crimes?

Barbara Cochrane
Community Member
5 months ago

Can you say Holocaust? Sick, very sick.

giovanna
Community Member
5 months ago

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And then the police come, and you have to explain to them, and then they press charges for caused alarm...

M O'Connell
Community Member
5 months ago

You realize these are less than 2" across, right?

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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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 months ago

This is perfect

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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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 months ago

Mind blown. 🤯

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#17

This Fire Pit Though

This Fire Pit Though

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Aileen
Community Member
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 months ago

Aww. 🐱

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#36

Hönk

Hönk

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Brett
Community Member
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 months ago

Cool!

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#40

Battle Slippers

Battle Slippers

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Rainbow Panda
Community Member
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 months ago

Ultimate chonk

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#49

This Bear Glass

This Bear Glass

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Brett
Community Member
5 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
5 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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