While there are many reasons to keep your faith in humanity, there are some moments when we lose it completely. There are truly terrible people in the world who do God-awful things to others. Focusing just on them without seeing the kindness around us would be pessimistic, but it’s important to be aware of just how deep some people’s evil really goes. In short, being aware of the darker aspects of life gives us a more nuanced picture.

And there’s hardly a better place to see some things that might make your blood boil than the ‘Extremely Infuriating’ subreddit. It’s a 91.7k-member-strong online community that has been showing the internet the dark side of humanity all the way since 2012. Scroll down below for some of the worst things you’re likely to read all week. Let us know in the comments which of these things shocked you the most, Pandas. And if you’re up for it, tell us how you personally deal with negative news like this.

(Warning: this list really isn’t for you if you have high blood pressure and if you’d like to relax. For those that need some sunshine in your lives, we suggest you check out Bored Panda’s recent article about silly animals doing cute nonsense things right here.)

Bored Panda wanted to understand why we're so fascinated by some of the darker aspects of humanity and why being angry all the time might be bad for us, so we reached out to Suzanne Degges-White, a Licensed Counselor, Professor, and Chair at the Department of Counseling and Higher Education at Northern Illinois University.

“When it comes to hearing information about the darker aspects of humanity, our brains experience greater stimulation when we hear stories of depravity than of kindness. It also has a ‘feel-good aspect’ for some folks as it normalizes and minimizes their own dark aspects or negative traits,” the professor explained to Bored Panda why negative, dark, evil-related content might appeal to people.

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Disabled Senior Woman

Disabled Senior Woman

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Aran Lindvail
Community Member
6 months ago

It's not her landlord but the assisted living facility that wanted her gone. I mean, what is she supposed to do, sitting in a wheelchair and probably having no place to go? There's got to be rules in place for cases like that?

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According to Professor Degges-White from Northern Illinois University, information about the darker aspects of humanity allows the audience to create comparisons to their own behavior. As a result, we feel better about those traits that we might not like in ourselves.

“Whether it's greed, anger, promiscuity, and so on, when we hear just how bad someone else has been, it can make us feel better about our own tendencies towards the dark side traits. It also lets us imagine vicariously what it would be like to be ‘that bad.’”

She continued: “It's kind of like watching all the true crime shows—we enjoy being scared, we enjoy seeing into the minds of people doing things we never would, and it's exciting and novel to see just how far people can go in terms of their dark sides.”

#2

Beekeeper's Life Work Destroyed By Arsonists Who Trashed His Hives, Sheds And Greenhouse

Beekeeper's Life Work Destroyed By Arsonists Who Trashed His Hives, Sheds And Greenhouse

He spent 20 years creating a bee that was able to survive attacks from a killer mite.

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Hexenfox
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6 months ago

This is why I'm mostly a misanthrope. So sad.

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Blind Woman Told To Get Off Bus Because "Guide Dogs Can't Be Black"

Blind Woman Told To Get Off Bus Because "Guide Dogs Can't Be Black"

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Expector
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6 months ago

Dudeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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The professor warned us that living in constant anger (e.g. being angry at how unjust the world is all the time) can have very negative effects on our bodies.

“Constant anger can lead to metabolic diseases, cardiovascular problems, and digestive issues. For some people, health concerns are the reason that they may learn to let go of anger,” she said.

“While being angry can lead to social change and begin to topple barriers and other aspects of injustice, we also know that anger isn't going to be the best choice to build alliances or convince others of the need for change. Finding common ground is essential in making true, collaborative change. This requires us to let go of anger, whether that is finding a way to sublimate it or overcome it, or just put it aside for the time being,” the professor explained that anger, while useful, isn’t the answer to everything. It has a place and a time.

#4

I Really Hate Poachers

I Really Hate Poachers

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

People who do this suck.

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#5

Swan 'Dies From A Broken Heart' After Teenagers Destroy Nest And Eggs

Swan 'Dies From A Broken Heart' After Teenagers Destroy Nest And Eggs

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fu yu
Community Member
6 months ago

Thats f*****g heartbreaking

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#6

Pick Up Your Goddamn Trash

Pick Up Your Goddamn Trash

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Jennifer Foster
Community Member
6 months ago

Poor thing... :(

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Despite the fact that the r/extremelyinfuriating subreddit is all about sharing and commenting on infuriating content, the community isn’t about directing this anger against the perpetrators of terrible and heinous acts. It’s not about becoming a vigilante.

The moderators stress time and time again that the subreddit isn’t about starting witch hunts or wishing someone else harm. As such, you should avoid posting any identifying information that could lead to someone getting hurt. (Even if you might personally think that Karma might need a helping hand.)

“This subreddit is about things that are extremely infuriating. This often includes terrible people doing terrible things. But witch hunts and doxxing will not be tolerated, and anyone who provides or attempts to discover the identity (including, but not limited to, real name, Reddit username, Twitter handle, etc.) of anyone involved in a submission will be banned,” the mods of r/extremelyinfuriating explain.

#7

Kenya's Only Female White Giraffe And Her Calf Killed By Poachers

Kenya's Only Female White Giraffe And Her Calf Killed By Poachers

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Anyone-for-tea?
Community Member
6 months ago

Not breaking news, it’s heart-breaking news.

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#8

People Who Park In The Handicap Lines

People Who Park In The Handicap Lines

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Fat Harry
Community Member
6 months ago

It sure would be a shame if that wheelchair were to accidentally scrape against the side of that shiny black car.

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#9

Seaworld

Seaworld

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MaddaPanda
Community Member
6 months ago

Disgusting.

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The team behind the subreddit also points out that disagreements are fine, but hostility and insults are definitely not. It’s vital to stay civil even when talking about emotional topics. Taking part in polite discussion lies at the core of the online group, even if the subject matter is extremely infuriating to most people.

What’s more, the mods point out that it’s never okay to wish harm on someone. “You can express your frustration or dislike for someone without advocating for them to be physically harmed or murdered,” they write.

#10

Ugh

Ugh

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Anyone-for-tea?
Community Member
6 months ago

I’ve gamed since I was 13, didn’t affect my law degree! It was more the partying and lack of work that did.

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#11

If Only Fruits Came With A Natural Seal Or Covering

If Only Fruits Came With A Natural Seal Or Covering

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MaddaPanda
Community Member
6 months ago

And we wonder why the planet is dying.

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#12

Makes Sense Everyone Knows Kids Can Photosynthesize

Makes Sense Everyone Knows Kids Can Photosynthesize

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James016
Community Member
6 months ago

Wow!

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Something that can’t be denied is that many people have a strange fascination with the darker aspects of humanity. Bored Panda spoke to psychologist Lee Chambers about this in detail, with regards to the popularity of the true-crime genre, as well as why people enjoy viewing media that portrays violence and evil.

"When considering why the darker side of humanity and entertainment are so compelling, we have to first look at our evolutionary journey as human beings. For the majority of our existence, we were prey and always hyperaware of threats to our safety, which created a negativity bias that we are drawn towards," the psychologist began.

#13

Someone In My Hometown Plants Razors In Sausages Just To Be Cruel To The Local Dogs

Someone In My Hometown Plants Razors In Sausages Just To Be Cruel To The Local Dogs

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Sheila Stamey
Community Member
6 months ago

I would find out who this is. Shouldn't be too difficult. They're probably watching. This is definitely something they'd want to see happen. Un bastards!

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#14

Cancel Your F**king Appointments If You Don't Need Them! The NHS Is Already Crumbling!

Cancel Your F**king Appointments If You Don't Need Them! The NHS Is Already Crumbling!

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James016
Community Member
6 months ago

My GP surgery has this up on a notice board, sadly it is nigh on impossible to get an appointment most of the time

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#15

Plastic Is The New Paper!

Plastic Is The New Paper!

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kristina law
Community Member
6 months ago

How is this even legal!?

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"But in today's safe and often sanitized world, we are rarely threatened significantly, and the ability to explore evil, frightening and gruesome entertainment is one of the few ways we can visit this part of humanity while remaining safe and comfortable,” he told us.

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First Day Of Lockdown Restrictions Eased

First Day Of Lockdown Restrictions Eased

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Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
6 months ago

What's terrible is the fact that not only one person have done this

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#17

Who Broke Quarantine To Steal A Bike

Who Broke Quarantine To Steal A Bike

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
6 months ago

Sadly, they probably are.

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#18

My Mom's Boyfriend Threw Away My 9 Year Old Collection Of LEGO Just Because I Hadn't Played With It In A While. There Are Sets From The 1990s In There And Also Sets In The Harry Potter Series

My Mom's Boyfriend Threw Away My 9 Year Old Collection Of LEGO Just Because I Hadn't Played With It In A While. There Are Sets From The 1990s In There And Also Sets In The Harry Potter Series

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MaddaPanda
Community Member
6 months ago

He should end up in the bin himself.

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“There is a level of novelty to it, it removes boredom quickly, and it helps us to discover our emotional limits while understanding the minds of those who go beyond social norms and potentially gaining knowledge of how we might avoid being victims ourselves. They also offer closure, with many stories ending with the mystery being solved, and the criminal being brought to a level of justice," Lee said.

#19

Parent Deletes Their Child's Steam Account (Maybe The New Most Hated Person)

Parent Deletes Their Child's Steam Account (Maybe The New Most Hated Person)

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fu yu
Community Member
6 months ago

Think before you act scenario

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#20

This Is Unreal

This Is Unreal

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Chich
Community Member
6 months ago

A restaurant for pretentious twats owned by a pretentious twat. At $16/hr I would hope that some 'secret ingedients' are added.

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#21

Kid Destroys $15,000 LEGO Sculpture An Hour After New Exhibit Opens

Kid Destroys $15,000 LEGO Sculpture An Hour After New Exhibit Opens

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
6 months ago

The parents of that kid should be made to take a parenting class.

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As strange and uncomfortable as it sounds, seeing evil things done by and to people who are not us while we’re safe at home in front of the screen has a certain “comforting element” to it.

"It can take us on an emotional rollercoaster, have us trying to solve the puzzle and test our fear in a controlled way. The permission to explore evil is powerful, as we so rarely get the chance elsewhere, and in itself, it is healthy and normal in moderation," he said, stressing that moderation is the key. Consuming too much negativity and violence in the media can affect us in ways that we don’t want.

#22

A Drunk Driver Drove Into My Parents Home. Truck Landed On My Brothers Bed While He Was Sleeping

A Drunk Driver Drove Into My Parents Home. Truck Landed On My Brothers Bed While He Was Sleeping

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mulk
Community Member
6 months ago

OP: "Brother was banged up but hes alive, and well."

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#23

The Beach Near My House After The Tourist Left

The Beach Near My House After The Tourist Left

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Caroline Sinclair
Community Member
6 months ago

People like this don't deserve access to beaches.

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#24

App Doesn’t Let You Tip What You Want

App Doesn’t Let You Tip What You Want

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Amy Pattie
Community Member
6 months ago

NO. THAT IS NOT OK. THEY DESERVE ALL THE TIPS.

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"The challenge we face is the fact that consuming too much of this can desensitize us, and cause us to become less empathetic to the suffering of others, more fearful of our own environment, and potentially be more likely to use aggression ourselves. It can also cause us to be triggered by our own previous adverse experiences, make it harder to manage our own emotional balance, and increase our stress levels, so moderating our consumption is something we should have front of mind, even when we get embroiled in the latest series that is pulling us in."

According to the psychologist, consuming media like television shows can be a way to relax, explore ourselves in new contexts, and to start conversations with our social circles. However, we have to seriously dial back on this type of entertainment when we see it impacting our life.

#25

This Is Not The Way To Do It Y’all

This Is Not The Way To Do It Y’all

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
6 months ago

Causing more harm than good. If the owners can’t fix it themselves they’ll need to call someone out, that’s another vehicle on the road. If the tire is damaged that’s another tire on the trash heap and another one manufactured to replace it. Then of course you have all the man hours wasted. People are idiots, they don’t think.

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#26

I Feel The Pain Coming Through The Screen

I Feel The Pain Coming Through The Screen

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Sheila Stamey
Community Member
6 months ago

Unfortunately I know. You slide the glass to the edge of the table,over a bowl or something to catch that much water, retrieve the bills, clean the table. Dry the bills thoroughly at home. Next table. Had it happen. Not even original. This was twenty years ago. Shoot...I even had one guy pit the remaining scramble eggs in the water. No biggie. You see it , you remember them.

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#27

Somebody Put Chewing Gum In The USB-Outlets On The Bus

Somebody Put Chewing Gum In The USB-Outlets On The Bus

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

Gross. People like that are why we can’t have nice things. They’re probably also the type of people who complain about lack of charging ports on public transport.

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“As soon as it starts to invade your sleep, impact what you eat, and how much you move your body, it starts subtracting from the fundamentals that keep us in an optimal place as human beings," he said that we should check in with ourselves to see if we’re not spending far too much time in front of a screen.

"A lack of sleep compounds in a variety of negative ways, and we are well aware of the challenges we face as a society around eating and movement. We also need to consider the mental and psychological benefits of watching some TV and taking ownership; being in control of what you watch is a great place to be, so ensure you are the master of the TV and don't let the TV become the master of you," he said.

#28

Was This Necessary?

Was This Necessary?

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Robert T
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

Nope, but it is easy to teach them a lesson if you park one car in front and one behind. ;-)

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#29

I Let My Sister Borrow My Laptop Last Night, Woke Up To This

I Let My Sister Borrow My Laptop Last Night, Woke Up To This

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Maximiliano De Borba
Community Member
6 months ago

My GF have a notebook and keep asking to use mine, bc she said is faster, obviously I never let her use, am I wrong?

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#30

Thank Mailman, Who Said Reading Is Essential??

Thank Mailman, Who Said Reading Is Essential??

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Von Klaus
Community Member
6 months ago

"Do not bend? Just crease, crumple, cram!" -- Newman

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"If you notice yourself starting to delay your sleep, take shortcuts socializing, eating, or keeping fit to keep your TV company, or feel like it's in control of you, it's time to take a step back and build a routine that you can control while still enjoying your favorite shows in moderation. It can even be a lot of fun to take it more slowly and build up excitement and anticipation for the next episode!"

#31

This Pressure Washing Job

This Pressure Washing Job

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BlackestDawn
Community Member
6 months ago

Used the wrong nozzle, should've used a flat wide one.

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#32

The “Window Seat” I Paid Extra To Book Ahead Of Time On My 13 Hour Flight

The “Window Seat” I Paid Extra To Book Ahead Of Time On My 13 Hour Flight

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Expector
Community Member
6 months ago

Nice window

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#33

What My Cousin Did To My Newton's Cradle

What My Cousin Did To My Newton's Cradle

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Tilfeldig Forbipasserende
Community Member
6 months ago

Newton's Crap?

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#34

Really?

Really?

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Rez Fidel
Community Member
6 months ago

Yeah… and Ferrero is one of the biggest palmoil manufacturers and they are ok with child labor on the turkish hazelnut fields… boycot!

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#35

A Road Was Built To Go Through These Castle Ruins (Kajaani, Finland)

A Road Was Built To Go Through These Castle Ruins (Kajaani, Finland)

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Frances M
Community Member
6 months ago

Looks like they carefully built over it on a raised level so not to disturb the ruins.

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#36

This Is Infuriating

This Is Infuriating

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Caroline Sinclair
Community Member
6 months ago

This appears to be totally untrue: Manufacturing company Intersurgical says it had no intention of making a threat. Managing director Charles Bellm issued a statement: "Just to confirm that recent reports from Italy are totally incorrect, we were contacted at the end of last week for manufacturing details of a valve accessory but could not supply these due to medical manufacturing regulations, we have categorically not threatened to sue anyone involved. The valve is an accessory supplied as part of a CPAP Hood system which alone costs a few euros. Our Italian company has been doing their utmost to supply the hospitals at this time and have been supplying these free of charge in many cases to use with the CPAP Hoods. It is very disappointing that in the current climate this incorrect information is circulating, our focus as a company is to be able to supply the hospitals that require these and many other vital products and we are making every effort to ensure we can do so.

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#37

My School Disabled Offline Editing And I Can't Do My Work

My School Disabled Offline Editing And I Can't Do My Work

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
6 months ago

A true tragedy.

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#38

How The Hell Does This Count As A Lunch?

How The Hell Does This Count As A Lunch?

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mulk
Community Member
6 months ago

Perhaps some of them have vegetables inside... like Chicken nuggets and fallafel

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#39

Why Even Get My Missing Assignments Done If The Best I Can Get Is 22%

Why Even Get My Missing Assignments Done If The Best I Can Get Is 22%

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Monday
Community Member
6 months ago

Many schools have this policy. Late = 0. It was how my uni handled it to, either you handed it in before the deadline or you got 0. Exceptions were made if there was a death in the family or your laptop exploded but rules are rules.

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#40

The Way My Sister Eats Pizza

The Way My Sister Eats Pizza

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La Kalypso
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6 months ago

Is that the state of Texas I see? You know, upside down? *squints*

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