Messing up is a normal part of life. Whether it’s in our work environment or our relationships, every single one of us makes mistakes at some point. Living with our errors, however, can be difficult as even the most minor ones tend to damage our pride, cause embarrassment, and leave us with an overwhelming rush of panic. But if you think accidentally smashing a vase or spilling coffee all over your work is bad enough, today’s list may make you feel incredibly validated.

Let us introduce you to the 'That Looked Expensive' subreddit. This online community is dedicated to documenting mistakes, catastrophes, or disasters that are sometimes painful, sometimes hilarious, but definitely very, very costly. Think flooded bitcoin mining farms, historical paintings ruined by security guards, and many other things that break the bank.

Below, we wrapped up the newest batch of pictures from the group for you to enjoy. Buckle up and get ready to witness failures of such epic proportions that you may want to immediately cover your eyes! Keep reading to also find an in-depth interview with licensed psychotherapist Aliza Shapiro, LCSW. Then make sure to upvote your favorite entries as you go, and if you have any expensive blunder stories you want to share, let us know all about them in the comments.

Pssst! Be sure to check out our earlier pieces on this feature here: Part 1 and Part 2.

#1

Remember To Always Tip Your Server

Remember To Always Tip Your Server

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Hphizzle
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1 month ago

Upvote for the title.

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#2

If You're Going To F**k Up, Make Sure You F**k Up In Such A Way That It Leaves People Asking How You Did It

If You're Going To F**k Up, Make Sure You F**k Up In Such A Way That It Leaves People Asking How You Did It

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Nobody
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1 month ago

this is why you should get your car neutered

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#3

Yikes

Yikes

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Hawkmoon
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1 month ago

Maybe a divorce with separation of property.

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Every mistake is a lesson to be learned, isn’t it? No one is immune to the occasional slip-ups — they are a guarantee in life that cannot be avoided no matter how much we try. Life throws curveballs to give us valuable learning opportunities that may hit us hard at first, but allow us to improve and become more rounded human beings. So by now, we should know to accept our blunders for what they are and treat failure as a growing experience. But in reality, how many of us see our mistakes as such?

Well, it depends. We humans are a curious species that sometimes find it hard to let go of the fear and stress that comes from messing up. We stumble, fall, and manage to tangle ourselves in our failure, unable to get up, learn from it, and continue with our lives.

What matters more than any misstep or its magnitude, however, is our response afterward. To find out from an expert how to best handle these situations on an emotional level, we reached out to a licensed psychotherapist and founder of Therapy In The City, Aliza Shapiro, LCSW. She runs her own private practice where she provides evidence-based care for adults and adolescents and helps them overcome an array of mental health challenges, including depression, OCD, and anxiety.

#4

Pipes Burst Underneath Basketball Court

Pipes Burst Underneath Basketball Court

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Sandeeros
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1 month ago

That's just basketball for drunk people.

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#5

Lemme Teach This Kid How To Draw!!

Lemme Teach This Kid How To Draw!!

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Tempest
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1 month ago

Am I the only one who thinks it looks better with the eyes? 🤔

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#6

The Costa Concordia Disaster

The Costa Concordia Disaster

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Sandeeros
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1 month ago

I thought it happened in 2016 or something, but it actually happened in 2012. Time passes quickly...

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According to Shapiro, justification and self-deprecation are two of the most common ways we respond to mistakes. "It is hard, and often scary, to admit to our mistakes, and unconsciously, we will try to do anything to avoid doing just that," she told Bored Panda.

"For some, messing up in a high stakes scenario generates an enormous amount of cognitive dissonance, and instead of accepting the difficult reality that being imperfect is simply a part of life, we justify our actions instead," the psychotherapist added. "Others have an equal, but opposite, reaction to mistakes. If our self-esteem isn't intact, one error can quickly turn into a cascade of self-doubt, judgment, and deprecation. Again, instead of accepting that human beings are by definition imperfect, a single mistake can turn into a spiral of 'I'm not good enough.'

#7

Diamonds Are ... Not Forever

Diamonds Are ... Not Forever

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And i was like WTF!!
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1 month ago

Aahahahahaha, and i just finished the previous article here how he implanted it and was wondering... Why, just why would he do that

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#8

Absolutely Shattered

Absolutely Shattered

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DaveR38
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1 month ago

Thought that was water at first

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#9

When You Use The Wrong Cheat Code

When You Use The Wrong Cheat Code

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Jessica Julian
Community Member
1 month ago

So...did they just not notice it was missing off the trailer?

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Well, we're going to let you in on a little secret — nobody is flawless. Intuitively, we all know that perfectionism is an unrealistic trait that often blocks our road to success. Yet, whether it’s out of fear or to avoid encountering uncomfortable feelings, we still strive to be perfect and avoid making blunders at all costs.

#10

811 Call Before You Dig

811 Call Before You Dig

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Audrey Corrynne
Community Member
1 month ago

If that's Internet wires, so many gamers are gonna be pissed!

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#11

Grape Juice Overflowing. Looks Like A Volcano

Grape Juice Overflowing. Looks Like A Volcano

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Lia Salvatore
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1 month ago

The confused doggo is the best bit

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#12

Belgium (1990)

Belgium (1990)

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Alison Kennedy
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1 month ago

Time flies.

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But making mistakes can be beneficial, it all depends on the perspective. "Not only do mistakes lay the groundwork for some of the greatest lessons we learn in life, they are also a necessary part of any person, team, or company's growth," Shapiro explained.

"Facebook's corporate office famously bears signs that read 'Fail Harder,' embedding into the corporate culture that failure is not just OK, it is crucial. In our personal lives as well, when we look our mistakes in the eye, we also learn exactly where and how we need to grow."

#13

Scaffolding Smashes Into Elizabeth Towerjust Days After £80 Million Makeover Was Revealed

Scaffolding Smashes Into Elizabeth Towerjust Days After £80 Million Makeover Was Revealed

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Jessica Julian
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1 month ago

Somebody's fired.

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#14

How The Hell Does Something Like This Happen

How The Hell Does Something Like This Happen

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tom
Community Member
1 month ago

poor little fella just wants a belly rub

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#15

My Bad, Boss

My Bad, Boss

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Jessica Julian
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1 month ago

Looks like a State Farm commercial.

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But many of us often choose the path of avoidance, even if it can lead to even more suffering and inflict unnecessary stress on us and the people around us. That’s why apologizing, forgiving yourself, and seeing your mistake as an experience you can move forward from instead of constantly beating yourself up about it is a great confidence-building tactic. Plus, it can also make you more resilient to any future challenges.

#16

Delivery Robot Tries To Walk Across Undried Cement

Delivery Robot Tries To Walk Across Undried Cement

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Nobody
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1 month ago

wet concrete, self driving cars kryptonite

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#17

You Left Your Hazard Lights On!

You Left Your Hazard Lights On!

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Raven Sheridan
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1 month ago

"Hey! You can't park there!"

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#18

Wind Turbine Fell Over

Wind Turbine Fell Over

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Hphizzle
Community Member
1 month ago

I would think basic physics would call for a deeper base for something that tall and meant for heavy winds.

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Psychotherapist Shapiro agrees with this line of thinking. "Self-compassion is the single most powerful tool to combat self-judgment and blame, and also becomes the fuel for positive change as well," she told Bored Panda. "When we respond to ourselves in moments of setback with a mindful, compassionate understanding of how/why we made certain choices, we gain strength to move forward in healthier ways."

"In contrast, when we respond to ourselves with blame and judgment, we lose the strength and motivation necessary to resolve the mistakes that were made." Moreover, this can also put us in danger of repeating the same errors. Thinking "I’m worthless" and telling yourself that you are a failure won’t get you very far in fixing your error. However, it can have dire consequences and even lead to negative thought spirals when one harsh critique leads to another, with no end in sight.

#19

How Not To Handle A Multi-Million Dollar Satellite

How Not To Handle A Multi-Million Dollar Satellite

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Ellie McGrath
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1 month ago

Back to the drawing board boys

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#20

Flipped Tesla Carrier

Flipped Tesla Carrier

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Max M
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1 month ago

Pretty electric

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#21

There Was A Small Fire At My Apartment Building Last Night

There Was A Small Fire At My Apartment Building Last Night

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Amanda Rose
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1 month ago

Hello? Dante? We have your inferno. When can you come collect it?

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If you think your oversight feels like the end of the world is just around the corner, Shapiro was kind enough to share a few pieces of advice on how to become better at handling mistakes (especially when they’re painfully expensive). "Do not expend your energy on self-judgment, spend it instead on how you will rectify the mistake, and create systems that ensure it won't happen in the future," she suggested.

"Oftentimes, serious mistakes are building blocks for new and important structures, and when we use our energy to create something that will be more effective in the big picture, mistakes start to feel meaningful instead of painful," the psychotherapist concluded.

#22

Brazilian Ship In Ecuador

Brazilian Ship In Ecuador

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Jessica Julian
Community Member
1 month ago

That is a lot of rigging to get tangled.

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#23

Macau Grand Prix Crash

Macau Grand Prix Crash

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Nobody
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1 month ago

black friday drivers heading to target

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#24

The 2013 Saltsjöbaden (Sweden) Train Crash. A Cleaning Lady Accidentally Starts A Negligently Parked Train, It Eventually Derails And Crashes Into A House

The 2013 Saltsjöbaden (Sweden) Train Crash. A Cleaning Lady Accidentally Starts A Negligently Parked Train, It Eventually Derails And Crashes Into A House

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Alison Kennedy
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1 month ago

I hope no-one was hurt.

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#25

This Picture Of A Flooded Bitcoin Mining Farm

This Picture Of A Flooded Bitcoin Mining Farm

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Nobody
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1 month ago

this is why you never buy a secondhand GPU

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#26

That Looked Stupid

That Looked Stupid

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Frances M
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1 month ago

When they get the car and house in the divorce…

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#27

One Of The Reasons They Close The Ramp At An Airport During A Storm

One Of The Reasons They Close The Ramp At An Airport During A Storm

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Robert T
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1 month ago

We have roads that look like that!

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#28

F**k You Tesla

F**k You Tesla

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Loolie
Community Member
1 month ago

Tesla cool, Elon Musk not!

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#29

Today On “Air Crash Investigations”

Today On “Air Crash Investigations”

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Donnie Mc00
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1 month ago

Upvoted the title!

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#30

Mv Rena Aground Off The Coast Of Tauranga, New Zealand, October 2011

Mv Rena Aground Off The Coast Of Tauranga, New Zealand, October 2011

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Henry Shane
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1 month ago

little boat has balls, I would not be that close.

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#31

Snowbirds Are Back In Florida

Snowbirds Are Back In Florida

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Jessica Julian
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

I wish! It's only August.

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#32

B**ch, I Believe I Can Fly

B**ch, I Believe I Can Fly

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Alison Kennedy
Community Member
1 month ago

You're grounded!

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#33

«perfect Outside And Inside Wash» Middle Of Nowhere In Sweden

«perfect Outside And Inside Wash» Middle Of Nowhere In Sweden

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DaveR38
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1 month ago

Hope everyone got out OK

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#34

"Should I Move The Excavators Out Of The Pit Boss?" Boss:"Nah, They'll Be Fine" Pittsburgh Pa

"Should I Move The Excavators Out Of The Pit Boss?" Boss:"Nah, They'll Be Fine" Pittsburgh Pa

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Ronda News Channel
Community Member
1 month ago

Amphibious Excavator

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#35

Wind Was A Little High In Colorado

Wind Was A Little High In Colorado

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Fat Harry
Community Member
1 month ago

Well... if you're going to build houses out of paper...

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#36

Smaller Yacht Caught Fire Which Spread To The Larger Yacht In Shanghai Last Night

Smaller Yacht Caught Fire Which Spread To The Larger Yacht In Shanghai Last Night

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Lyone Fein
Community Member
1 month ago

Don't leave candles unattended!

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#37

While Reversing In A Canal Of Amsterdam, The Ship Struck Ground

While Reversing In A Canal Of Amsterdam, The Ship Struck Ground

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Audrey Corrynne
Community Member
1 month ago

No reverse camera?

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#38

Nice Weather

Nice Weather

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Alison Kennedy
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1 month ago

Those guys should buy lottery tickets.

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#39

That'll Buff Out

That'll Buff Out

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Ellie McGrath
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1 month ago

Tail strike

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#40

This Ferrari Enzo That Crashed This Morning While Making A Testdrive In Baarn, The Netherlands

This Ferrari Enzo That Crashed This Morning While Making A Testdrive In Baarn, The Netherlands

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Adam Chang
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1 month ago

you break it, you buy it

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#41

Looks Like He Thought It Was A Road, Or He Just Needed To Cool Off

Looks Like He Thought It Was A Road, Or He Just Needed To Cool Off

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Ellie McGrath
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1 month ago

Watched too much Ice Road Truckers

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#42

Altenburg (Germany) Before And After The Ongoing Severe Flooding Due To Excessive Rain (2021)

Altenburg (Germany) Before And After The Ongoing Severe Flooding Due To Excessive Rain (2021)

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Lori Jabi
Community Member
1 month ago

That's not an accident nor a fail. Many people died and lost their homes.

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#43

New Hyperloop Being Built In Novosibirsk, Russia

New Hyperloop Being Built In Novosibirsk, Russia

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General Anaesthesia
Community Member
1 month ago

That's at the very least four washing machines big. Why do they measure sinkholes with washing machines and not cars?

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#44

Had A Bad Storm Come Through Recently

Had A Bad Storm Come Through Recently

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Ty Stratton-Quirk
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1 month ago

Tree: "I heard thunder and got scared. Can I come inside?"

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#45

Highway 2 North Of Ponoka

Highway 2 North Of Ponoka

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M. William Bell
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1 month ago

Alberta, Canada.

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#46

I Alone At Forgot About This One!

I Alone At Forgot About This One!

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Mona
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1 month ago

Assuming the title was "I almost forgot about this one"

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#47

That's One Hot Ferrari

That's One Hot Ferrari

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Loolie
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1 month ago

Hot wheels!

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#48

Wonder If He’ll Have To Pay A Parking Ticket?

Wonder If He’ll Have To Pay A Parking Ticket?

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General Anaesthesia
Community Member
1 month ago

And mooring fees.

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#49

Insurance: "You Hit What!?"

Insurance: "You Hit What!?"

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Jessica Julian
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh my god...

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#50

That’s One Way To Load A Motorcycle Onto A Tow Truck

That’s One Way To Load A Motorcycle Onto A Tow Truck

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Elizabeth Molloy
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1 month ago

Aaaarghhhhh! No no nooooo!

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