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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2 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
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2 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
2 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
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2 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
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2 months ago

Nice comeback.

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#6

Well Allocated Funds

Well Allocated Funds

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Rick
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2 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
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2 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
2 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
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2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
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2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 months ago

lol

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#20

Hmmmmmmm

Hmmmmmmm

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Eslamala
Community Member
2 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
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2 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
2 months ago

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

Shelp
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

No you don't. You write them in German. (/s)

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Evelína Zlá
Community Member
2 months ago

Wait... what? Also... did 879 people like this?

Suzy the observer
Community Member
2 months ago

I believe they upvoted the answer. I hope.

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Rez Fidel
Community Member
2 months ago

I really hope that first contact with Aliens does not happen in the US... i mean imagine blowing the chance for insterstellar friendship due to an american contact person throwing a tantrum because that Alien entity doesnt speak english (with an Alabama accent of course).

Jim Ellington
Community Member
2 months ago

Why doesn't everyone in every language just call the country Deutschland? Every nation's name should simply be what the official language calls it.

Jessica Bertram
Community Member
2 months ago

god DAMN how did she live to adulthood???

Eric Law
Community Member
2 months ago

Those damn Germans, they have a different word for everything!

Coffeecat
Community Member
2 months ago

This just gets worse and worse but I can't stop looking at this post. Something is really wrong with the U.S

Robert T
Community Member
2 months ago

I'm puzzled by this one. This is an lovely sarcastic answer to a naive question, but it is not unique to America. You can blame the lazy English for this, who anglecised all the names they couldn't be bothered to try to pronounce. I get it when a different alphabet is used (in Greece you get signs in both Greek and Latin alphabets), but changing the name of a place because you can't handle an accented letter... *hangs head in shame*

N G
Community Member
2 months ago

Fun fact: while the Polish airmen were helping us out during the Battle of Britain, they were given a map of England with our place names phonetically spelt in a way that made more sense to them, and that they could more easily read and pronounce. So, no, it's not a Lazy Brit thing.

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Jace
Community Member
2 months ago

I realized this was a normal function of language when I was in grade school. Was it an adult who asked this question?

Fives
Community Member
2 months ago

Deutschland is germany in german right?

Night Owl
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes and everything else inside the quotation marks is in German too

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am_c0m0
Community Member
2 months ago

It's actually Kanata, not Kanada. Iroquoian word for settlement or home.

Night Owl
Community Member
2 months ago

It's "Kanada" in German

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Jen Cook
Community Member
2 months ago

Names floated for Canada were Albertsland, Albionora, Borealia, Britannia, Cabotia, Colonia, Efisga, Hochelaga, Norland, Superior, Transatlantia, Tuponia, and Victorialand. I'm really glad the only thing we changed was the K to a C and went with the name two Aboriginal youths told French explorer Jacques Cartier about when he learned Kanata.

Call Me Mars
Community Member
2 months ago

Just like in Azerbaijan, they write it Az(upsidedown e)rbaycan and Baku (the capital) is Bakį

Mark Kelly
Community Member
2 months ago

Well, Canada is a for of Kanata meaning village in Iroquois

that rando_;)
Community Member
2 months ago

Where tf do our taxes really go

𝔹𝕖𝕝𝕝𝕒
Community Member
2 months ago

Why did so many people like that post??

Marek Yanchurak
Community Member
2 months ago

Because it's excellently snarky. I don't quite understand your question, to be honest.

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Ryan Deschanel
Community Member
2 months ago

Someone should tell the Pope he misspelled his papal name. "Francis" does not take an "iscus" at the end.

Christine Ladyman
Community Member
2 months ago

Love that reply,,!

Miguel Denyer
Community Member
2 months ago

"...How come Americans don't spell their country as 'Vereinigte Staaten' or the British spell their country as 'Vereinigtes Königreich'?..." ...because we won the Second World War... that's why 😆😆😆

Kelly Hartle
Community Member
2 months ago

Shall we tell her about Osterreich? (Sorry, I can’t make umlauts on my phone).

FloridaMan
Community Member
2 months ago

because canadians americans, and british speak english (except for canada they speak canadian french)

Suzanne Haigh
Community Member
2 months ago

Americans do not speak English, they speak American, I know because one told me. It is the English you copied off them by speaking American

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Iso
Community Member
2 months ago

... because it's a different language...?

Lu
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh dare they bring up Canada. Game on

QueerTheory
Community Member
2 months ago

Ufffff Amrika

CatWoman312
Community Member
2 months ago

Is it still pronounced the same as we say it in English, or is it said differently?

Stephanie Schuer
Community Member
2 months ago

It's pronounced very differently, and that goes for all our city names, that you pronounce in English. Even Berlin, which you at least write the same ;)

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Jessica Aubé
Community Member
2 months ago

I actually don’t get this .. do other countries have different names for countries ? I thought a country’s name was a country’s name .. like isn’t Canada pronounced Canada everywhere ?

Jennifer Hughes
Community Member
2 months ago

If only there were a way to look this up.

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Christopher Walkies
Community Member
2 months ago

The real question is why is the English for Munchen not Munken?

Lillukka79
Community Member
2 months ago

Because the ch isn't a hard k.

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Zoe Vokes
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2 months ago

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I think that’s easy to be ignorant about. If you at school get told “this place is called...” then you assume that it’s the name.

Makabert Abylons
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes you asume that if you cant think by yourself

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Nikki Owens
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2 months ago (edited)

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Kind of an unnecessarily snarky response. It seems like a genuine question. Educating someone who doesn't know something should be done with kindness. This answer didn't help the asker of the question at all.

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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
2 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
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2 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
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2 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
2 months ago

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

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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
2 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
2 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
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2 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
2 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
2 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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2 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
2 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
2 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
2 months ago

Wow, just wow.

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#36

Commie Divas

Commie Divas

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N G
Community Member
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
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2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 months ago

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

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