We all make fools out of ourselves every now and then. Nobody is safe from that unwelcome sense of anxiety once you realized the thing you just said makes zero sense. But things that leave your mouth, whether IRL or online, do stay there, oftentimes forever.

And there’s a whole corner of Reddit, r/S***AmericansSay, dedicated entirely to the mission of collecting the stupidest, funniest, and sometimes embarrassing cases of people being so convinced they know better when they couldn’t be further away from the truth.

So let’s ready ourselves for the ensued hilarity, ‘cause we are about to have a fair share of it, trust me.

#1

“I Get That Native Americans Are Upset, I Get It”

“I Get That Native Americans Are Upset, I Get It”

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Suzy the observer
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5 months ago

Great answer.

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#2

“Who Was The First Country On Planet Earth To Ban Slavery? That’s Right, America”

“Who Was The First Country On Planet Earth To Ban Slavery? That’s Right, America”

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Watching
Community Member
5 months ago

The few, the loud, the uneducated.

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There’s an abundance of scientific evidence that shows humans are poor judges of their own abilities, whether it’s their sense of humor or grammar. In fact, psychologists believe that we are more blind to our own failings than we realize. This idea comes from the 1999 study in which David Dunning and Justin Kruger from Cornell University, New York, tested if people who lack skills and abilities are also more likely to lack awareness of their lack of ability.

#3

You're On The Internet, Which Is American

You're On The Internet, Which Is American

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Sum Guy
Community Member
5 months ago

The internet has helped us see how much of a total s**t show the USA is... they can't hide behind the propaganda machine we call movies

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#4

America Is The Reason You Have Cars

America Is The Reason You Have Cars

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Star of the world
Community Member
5 months ago

oop-

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The results of the tests led the authors to the interpretation that accurately assessing one's skill level relies on some of the same core abilities as actually performing that skill. It led them to the conclusion that the least competent maybe suffering a double deficit.

#5

Should Ask Them If Jews Matter Too

Should Ask Them If Jews Matter Too

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Downunderdude
Community Member
5 months ago

Nice comeback.

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#6

Well Allocated Funds

Well Allocated Funds

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Rick
Community Member
5 months ago

That’s an official Twitter account? Good god.

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“Not only are they incompetent, but they lack the mental tools to judge their own incompetence,” Kruger and Dunning thought. During the course of four individual tests run on participants, the scientists discovered that “People who scored in the lowest percentiles on tests of grammar, humor, and logic also tended to dramatically overestimate how well they had performed (their actual test scores placed them in the 12th percentile, but they estimated that their performance placed them in the 62nd percentile).”

#7

Pridemonth

Pridemonth

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Cath Homer
Community Member
5 months ago

Homosexuality is illegal in Liberia. Maybe it was deliberate? *reaching*

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#8

'People Who Leave Their Phones Set To Military Time Are War Criminals'

'People Who Leave Their Phones Set To Military Time Are War Criminals'

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Rick
Community Member
5 months ago

I was older than I would EVER care to publicly admit when I learned that “military time” I often heard referred was not some secret, complicated way of working out the time you’re only privy to having served in the army but simply the reading of a 24 hour clock.

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Dunning shared his impressions in an article for Pacific Standard: "In many cases, incompetence does not leave people disoriented, perplexed, or cautious. Instead, the incompetent are often blessed with an inappropriate confidence, buoyed by something that feels to them like knowledge." The phenomenon is known as the Dunning-Kruger Effect and most of us have surely encountered numerous cases of it in real life.

#9

Go To Panama, This Is America

Go To Panama, This Is America

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Hans
Community Member
5 months ago

I would be tempted to argue that THIS is the virtual, borderless world....

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#10

How Do You Prevent People From Jumping Off Like Idiots?

How Do You Prevent People From Jumping Off Like Idiots?

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Star of the world
Community Member
5 months ago

W H A T

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#11

“More People Use Imperial Than Metric”

“More People Use Imperial Than Metric”

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troufaki13
Community Member
5 months ago

So many (american) bubbles need to be burst...

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#12

“He Is (Your President)”

“He Is (Your President)”

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Joanne O'Brien
Community Member
5 months ago

Uno reverse card!

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#13

People Engaging Me In German Because I Look German

People Engaging Me In German Because I Look German

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Marianne
Community Member
5 months ago

Hello Captain Obvious!

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#14

The Ambulance Is Not Your Taxi To The Hospital

The Ambulance Is Not Your Taxi To The Hospital

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Star of the world
Community Member
5 months ago

lmaoooo "sir"

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#15

Where Does It Say In The Constitution Or Any Of The Amendments That Eating Is A Human Right?

Where Does It Say In The Constitution Or Any Of The Amendments That Eating Is A Human Right?

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Star of the world
Community Member
5 months ago

w o w why am i not surprised

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#16

"More People Know About Our Smallest State Vermont Then The Amsterdam"

"More People Know About Our Smallest State Vermont Then The Amsterdam"

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Ryan Deschanel
Community Member
5 months ago

"SHUT UP ! DON'T PROVE ME WRONG YOU FILTHY INFERIOR FOREIGNER!!!!!"

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#17

“We Will Never Rewrite The Constitution”

“We Will Never Rewrite The Constitution”

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Gemma
Community Member
5 months ago

She seems to have forgotten the meaning of "amendment".

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#18

Your Haircuts Are Un-American

Your Haircuts Are Un-American

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Ryan Deschanel
Community Member
5 months ago

I do not get it. Is "un-american" a bad thing ?

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#19

Wishing "Evil" On A Country Is Pretty Mean

Wishing "Evil" On A Country Is Pretty Mean

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ITS ME AGAIN
Community Member
5 months ago

lol

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#20

Hmmmmmmm

Hmmmmmmm

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Eslamala
Community Member
5 months ago

Sure, just like "america" celebrates other countries' independence day 🙄

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#21

I Am Confused Is There A Rome In Italy?

I Am Confused Is There A Rome In Italy?

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housea
Community Member
5 months ago

Wait until they find out there’s a country called Georgia

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#22

Why Is Munich Spelled "München" On Signs In Germany?

Why Is Munich Spelled "München" On Signs In Germany?

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Marianne
Community Member
5 months ago

Munich citizen here. I can confirm that we do, in fact, write signs in our own language. We are crazy people!

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#23

“...your Hip Would Break Because Their Medical Staff Is Garage...”

“...your Hip Would Break Because Their Medical Staff Is Garage...”

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Luther von Wolfen
Community Member
5 months ago

I know people who have travelled to other countries to get medical/dental care because the air fair and other expenses plus cost of treatment were cheaper than in US. It is literally true.

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#24

Do You Guys Have Refrigerators?

Do You Guys Have Refrigerators?

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James016
Community Member
5 months ago

I keep mine on the roof as the air is slightly cooler up there

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#25

"Offended By Our Patriotism, Wattpad Girl?"

"Offended By Our Patriotism, Wattpad Girl?"

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Luther von Wolfen
Community Member
5 months ago

America! We get our embarrassment firsthand!

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#26

The Titanic Is Just A Movie, Right?

The Titanic Is Just A Movie, Right?

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Rick
Community Member
5 months ago

Canadians also think Star Wars was completely made up so I wouldn’t worry too much about what they think.

Steve
Community Member
5 months ago

Rick, your comment is so good, I'm never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down...

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Ryan Deschanel
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

Wait... So Abraham Lincoln was not really a vampire killer, and Marie-Antoinette did not wear sneakers ?

kjorn
Community Member
5 months ago

no... sneaker wasn't invented before 1803 by Wilbur and Orville Wright somewhere along The Colorado River in Costa Rica

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Indra Servo
Community Member
5 months ago

Remind me of my friend who wish that Chernobyl series had a sequel

FloC
Community Member
5 months ago

Fukushima ??

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k1ddkanuck
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

Canadian here: we also think people shouldn't pay for health care, that we can have millions of guns in the country but barely any shootings if we control them strictly, that things are better off measured the same way as 99% of the rest of the world, that forever wars are bad things, that apologizing doesn't show weakness, that it shouldn't take longer than 15 minutes to vote, that immigration is part of the bedrock of what makes our country great, that the KKK is a terrorist organization, that church and state should remain separate forever, that income tax is a good thing because it supports our infrastructure and social security net, that Celine Dion and Justin Bieber are terrible stains on the fabric of Canadian identity, that "disco fries" are a lame American knockoff of poutine, that bald eagles are some of the dumbest, awful sounding, most ill tempered birds on the planet, that insulin & the telephone are Canadian inventions, and that America is a f*cking joke. Fight me.

Parmeisan
Community Member
5 months ago

Sure, I'll fight you. We don't actually measure the same way as anybody else, we have taken metric and imperial to create a beast all its own: 0rm9dk0fyg951.jpg 0rm9dk0fyg951.jpg Other than that, you're good. :)

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that rando_;)
Community Member
5 months ago

Why does it seem like no one in America is educated?

⭐Bean (they/them)⭐
Community Member
5 months ago

"How dumb can you be" I think you have reached it, bud

Seabeast
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

So, all those graves in the Halifax cemetery are empty? Damn!

Suzanne Haigh
Community Member
5 months ago

No they are not, it has been full for over a century. Wait, you do mean the original Halifax in Yorkshire, England don't you?

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A
Community Member
5 months ago

Canadians believe whatever our moose overlords tell us to believe. It's out of our control. Eh.

Jazzy Mc. Jaz
Community Member
5 months ago

WOW!

Jelly the Bean
Community Member
5 months ago

"Be the first person to like this"

Cicimelia
Community Member
4 months ago

Did someone say poutine?

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
Community Member
5 months ago

And there're some guys worldwide that think that Moon landing was made up by Stanley Kubrik.

Kelly Hartle
Community Member
5 months ago

It’s embarrassing that so many people think this way here.

Geoff Rogers
Community Member
5 months ago

This person's carer should be vetting their outgoing messages more carefully.

Shinomi Chan
Community Member
5 months ago

.... Who's gonna tell them?

Vicky Z
Community Member
5 months ago

Well, Leonardo di caprio is still alive so he must be true 😅😅😅😅

Analyn Lahr
Community Member
5 months ago

Dear god...

Steve Haigh
Community Member
5 months ago

Well Entertainment Tonight certainly didn't realise the Titanic was a real ship https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IFdWBPRrxo

MAX THOMPSON
Community Member
5 months ago

How are they dumb lol

Gegy Penguin
Community Member
5 months ago

lol

𝔹𝕖𝕝𝕝𝕒
Community Member
5 months ago

Yeah, I also really hope this person is kidding.

staysdontstray
Community Member
5 months ago

I really hope they're kidding too but for some reason I doubt it...

𝕁𝕖𝕟𝕟𝕪𝔹𝕖𝕖
Community Member
5 months ago

GOD DANG IT!!! PEOPLE ARE SO STUPID!!!

Star of the world
Community Member
5 months ago

o_O

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#27

Can’t Compare Those Other Cities To The Us

Can’t Compare Those Other Cities To The Us

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Star of the world
Community Member
5 months ago

DID SHE SAY CITIES

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#28

“I Am In Rhode Island”. “Nice, Ever Been To The USA Before”?

“I Am In Rhode Island”. “Nice, Ever Been To The USA Before”?

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Star of the world
Community Member
5 months ago

actually i havent, whats it like? *obvious sarcasm*

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#29

Biden's America

Biden's America

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Rick
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

*Random person falls down in Greece* “Biden’s America”.

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#30

"At Least American Toilets Aren't Just Holes In The Ground"

"At Least American Toilets Aren't Just Holes In The Ground"

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Ryan Deschanel
Community Member
5 months ago

Doesn't Angel Merkel just pee in the Spree ? Doesn't the queen's butler empty her chamber pot in the Thames every morning ?

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#31

What Does He Care? He's Not A Us Citizen, He's Not Effected

What Does He Care? He's Not A Us Citizen, He's Not Effected

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

I didn’t realise that the US was global, oh wait, they do have the World Series which only the US plays in. so I guess it makes sense lol.

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#32

Would Love To See Some Of These Countries Try To F With Us

Would Love To See Some Of These Countries Try To F With Us

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Marky Mark
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5 months ago

Who hates Greenland? And why?

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#33

“The White House Is Bigger Than All The Countries You Named”

“The White House Is Bigger Than All The Countries You Named”

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Star of the world
Community Member
5 months ago

how stupid do you have to be to believe this?

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#34

"I'd Rather Receive False Information..."

"I'd Rather Receive False Information..."

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Luther von Wolfen
Community Member
5 months ago

My dad says stuff like this, but not as smartly.

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#35

Being Broke In American Is 100% On You

Being Broke In American Is 100% On You

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
5 months ago

Wow, just wow.

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#36

Commie Divas

Commie Divas

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N G
Community Member
5 months ago

Ugh, this doesn't belong here. "Soccer" is a British word. Yes, the Americans took it and ran with it (no pun intended), but it originated in Oxford in about 1890. Americans didn't invent it.

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#37

(Sad) Mistake A North Korean Flag For A Texan Flag

(Sad) Mistake A North Korean Flag For A Texan Flag

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Gemma
Community Member
5 months ago

Plot twist: they're holding a sign denouncing Kim Jong-un.

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#38

But We Can Pock Whatever Doctor Or Healthcare Insurer We Want! We Win

But We Can Pock Whatever Doctor Or Healthcare Insurer We Want! We Win

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Luther von Wolfen
Community Member
5 months ago

We can pick whatever doctor or hospital we want to be in debt to for the rest of our lives!

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#39

“They Started Faking An Accent”

“They Started Faking An Accent”

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troufaki13
Community Member
5 months ago

Some people believe that the Earth is 2000 years old. This one thinks it's 200 yo apparently

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#40

Why Do Brits Speak English, An American Language, Rather Than Speaking Some European Language?

Why Do Brits Speak English, An American Language, Rather Than Speaking Some European Language?

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Star of the world
Community Member
5 months ago

oml

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#41

"[...]although My Ancestry Dna Gives Me Zero Italian Dna On My Dad's Side, I'll Stick With Being 1/4 Italian!"

"[...]although My Ancestry Dna Gives Me Zero Italian Dna On My Dad's Side, I'll Stick With Being 1/4 Italian!"

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troufaki13
Community Member
5 months ago

Mom has some explaining to do O.O

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#42

"It's Amazing To See How Few Countries Know That "Soccer" Is The Correct Term"

"It's Amazing To See How Few Countries Know That "Soccer" Is The Correct Term"

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Star of the world
Community Member
5 months ago

ngl the russian one loooks like python

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#43

“We Savez Nations Not Destroy Them”

“We Savez Nations Not Destroy Them”

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troufaki13
Community Member
5 months ago

That's so sad, really...

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#44

Is Mediterranean A Slur To Italians?

Is Mediterranean A Slur To Italians?

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Rick
Community Member
5 months ago

I’m actually going to start using this! “Ugh, you’re *so* Mediterranean”.

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#45

Are We Acting Like That's Not Possible?

Are We Acting Like That's Not Possible?

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troufaki13
Community Member
5 months ago

New studies found that the Sun actually revolves around the US :/

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#46

"American Deaths Are Worth More"

"American Deaths Are Worth More"

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Sum Guy
Community Member
5 months ago

The longer I go through this page, the angrier I get

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#47

European Countries Don't Have Elections As They Are Too Poor To Pay For The Patent Rights

European Countries Don't Have Elections As They Are Too Poor To Pay For The Patent Rights

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troufaki13
Community Member
5 months ago

*laughs in Greek*

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#48

Wait Other Countries Didn't Have To Sing Their National Anthem Everyday At School For 12 Years???

Wait Other Countries Didn't Have To Sing Their National Anthem Everyday At School For 12 Years???

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troufaki13
Community Member
5 months ago

No but we said prayers :(

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#49

The Real Heros Are The Ones Who Served The Us Military

The Real Heros Are The Ones Who Served The Us Military

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Star of the world
Community Member
5 months ago

*sigh* i fear idiots have taken over

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#50

"Uniquely American"

"Uniquely American"

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troufaki13
Community Member
5 months ago

Ever heard of... the rest of the world??

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