If it was up to us, we’d only talk about our successes. After all, who likes telling the entire world how badly they failed?! But failure is inevitable, and if you never go wrong, you never learn. Or so they say…

So this time, we are diving deep into the world of cases where people who had only one, a single heckin’ job on their to-do list, managed to fail miserably. And thanks to the 508k followers-strong subreddit “One Job,” there’s a lot to uncover.

Think of changing light bulbs, putting masking tape on electrical plugs, serving donuts at Dunkin’ Donuts, or arranging a parking lot into spots—some of these jobs sound like no-brainers, others seem to require more effort. Blame it on weather, circumstances, luck turning its back, a black cat crossing your path, or whatever, but one thing is clear—the results were not worthy of promotion.

Scroll down to upvote your favorite “you had one job” examples and be sure to check out our previous posts with people failing at their duties here, here and here.

#1

You Morons...

You Morons...

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AquaFox Gaming
Community Member
2 months ago

I love how it still says the sincerely at the end.

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#2

To Add More Security

To Add More Security

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River Webb
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2 months ago

whats the password?... for research purpose of course

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While we laugh at these funny instances of poorly executed performance, whether it’s recklessly laid pavement or blurring the face of an offender only to leave his crystal-clear reflection in the window, the truth is nobody wants to talk about failure. Especially the mistakes we make at work, the ones that require us to step up, take accountability, and face consequences.

So in order to find out more about navigating the complex and often very difficult world of professional failures, we spoke with a renowned expert in the field, Hans Schumann, who is an executive career and life coach to London's Square Mile. Hans is also the author of the career coaching book "Falling in Love With Your Job – How to create more excitement and fulfillment in your career."

#3

Job To Censor This Guy's Face

Job To Censor This Guy's Face

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SentimentAndBadJokes
Community Member
2 months ago

This took me WAAYYYYY too long to understand

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#4

Anti Vaccine Protests, Today In Toronto. They Ain't Too Bright

Anti Vaccine Protests, Today In Toronto. They Ain't Too Bright

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River Webb
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

I doubt it, at least the 'scietists' know how to spell their occupation

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#5

I Wonder If They're Hiring...

I Wonder If They're Hiring...

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River Webb
Community Member
2 months ago

my kind of job

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Hans started by saying that he sees a lot of people who are obsessed with avoiding failure. “This can create a massive amount of stress and anxiety. My take on this is that failure at work, in business or in life generally is unavoidable. The sooner we let go of the insane expectation that it is possible to sail through life without any failure or rejections, the better for our emotional wellbeing,” he explained and added that “if we accept that failure is part of life, we can embrace it as a learning experience.”

#6

Ah !! The Starbucks Drive - Thru (9 3/4) For Hogwarts Students

Ah !! The Starbucks Drive - Thru (9 3/4) For Hogwarts Students

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AquaFox Gaming
Community Member
2 months ago

Daily Prophet: Platform 9 and 3/4 has been shut down due to muggle disturbance. New entryway in muggle café Starbucks.

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#7

Who Went Through With This?

Who Went Through With This?

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Shazz Winchester
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks like space for more plants, I don't know

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#8

"World's Most Helpful Error Message" (Captured From A Ltt Video)

"World's Most Helpful Error Message" (Captured From A Ltt Video)

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El muerto
Community Member
2 months ago

I have my reasons...primarily because I don't like you...

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Meanwhile, Hans argues that if someone has indeed so far been able to avoid failures at work, then he would question whether they have been playing life too safe. “For example, if you win each and every sales pitch, it may well be that your prices are too low. If you can do your job with your eyes closed, maybe it’s time for a new challenge? When we play truly bold in life, our path will be full of both failures and successes.”

If you do end up failing at whatever task you’re given, the key is to find a productive way to go about it. For Hans, it’s about applying curiosity to get the most out of the learning experience. “Don’t judge yourself for failing. Beating yourselves up does not serve any purpose. Quite to the contrary, it may affect your ability to turn the perceived failure into a positive outcome.”

#9

So Boss I Have Finished Labelling All Them Bottles

So Boss I Have Finished Labelling All Them Bottles

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Katie Lutesinger
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2 months ago

If your pee is orange you should probably get that checked out.

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#10

Gee Thanks Dude...

Gee Thanks Dude...

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AquaFox Gaming
Community Member
2 months ago

Its World Lower Your Self Esteem Day

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#11

You Just Had To Click The Folder!

You Just Had To Click The Folder!

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks pretty damn cool to me

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What’s more, when facing failure, it’s crucial to recognize the fact that you intended well and look at the situation from different perspectives. “It’s quite likely that you did what you thought was required at the time. If things do not play out well for you in the end, acknowledge your good intentions. Then look at the issue with the eyes of a curious engineer, without emotional attachment: What exactly in your approach did not work? Which parts could be improved, which other avenues tried? In each failure there is valuable information that can help us grow,” Hans explained.

According to Hans, failures are not only unavoidable, they are also essential for our personal and professional growth. “It is only through error and trial that we gather information and can learn,” he added.

#12

Money Wasted

Money Wasted

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Ali H M Salehuddin
Community Member
2 months ago

Printer: My purpose in life is to annoy you. Not to print anything.

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#13

Allergic To What Now?

Allergic To What Now?

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River Webb
Community Member
2 months ago

yes, my allergies are allergic to themselves

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#14

Hey Boss, I Placed The Photo Just Like You Said

Hey Boss, I Placed The Photo Just Like You Said

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AquaFox Gaming
Community Member
2 months ago

A bit of dark humour?

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Moreover, Hans reminds us that sometimes, the only way to find out whether something works is to try it out. “For example, you can only really establish whether you enjoy a particular career if you are in it. When you then find out that it’s not a good fit for you after all, you have two main options: Do you resign to a life in misery by staying in the job? Or do you cut your losses and change career? I would regard staying in the job as the real 'failure' and changing your career as mastering life challenges with resourcefulness,” the executive coach concluded.

#15

Can’t Beleave They’d Leaf It Like This

Can’t Beleave They’d Leaf It Like This

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River Webb
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2 months ago

its unbeleafable

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#16

Online Engineer

Online Engineer

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Ali H M Salehuddin
Community Member
2 months ago

Imagine, you standing right in front of the basin, and you turn on this faucet. The water goes straight to your crotch area. What an embarrassment! Worst if the water is hot!

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#17

Gary’s Hat

Gary’s Hat

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River Webb
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2 months ago

medium gary is best

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Bored Panda also spoke with Christine Mitterbauer, a licensed and ICF-approved coach and serial entrepreneur. She said that when you mess up at work, instead of feeling ashamed or silly, remind yourself that the fact that you failed means you tried something new.

“If you only every do the easy or expected thing, you’ll probably fail less, but you’ll also be seen as a mediocre employee and colleague, and will be less likely to stand out when it comes to promotions and salary increases,” she explained.

The way you go about approaching failure is key in making it productive. “Tell yourself that the failure happened because you pushed yourself, and it’s only by pushing yourself that you grow and stand out. Never pushing yourself means stagnating in your job and career, and would leave you bored, unfulfilled and ultimately unhappy,” she said.

#18

Turn Rliegfht

Turn Rliegfht

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River Webb
Community Member
2 months ago

liet?

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#19

Thanks For The Informative Picture

Thanks For The Informative Picture

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AquaFox Gaming
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks like this guy is in a rush

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#20

Another Case Of Failing The Only Job You Were Given

Another Case Of Failing The Only Job You Were Given

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AquaFox Gaming
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2 months ago

Classic mum...

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Christine shared that there are some useful activities you may want to practice. Like, journaling—by writing down your thoughts and reflections on good and bad experiences at work, they become less personal and you’re able to see them more objectively. Putting words on your feelings down on paper means they get out of your head, where they often have a tendency to go around in circles (overthinking and overanalyzing). An added benefit is that you can look back at your learnings and reflections and see how you grow over time.”

Another very beneficial activity is engaging in meditation and mindfulness exercises. “By learning how to see your thoughts for what they are (just thoughts, not ‘the truth’), you combat overthinking about your failures at work. Devoting 10-15 min of your time to meditation each day means you get better and better at moving on when you fail and hit obstacles, rather than dwelling and ruminating on them.”

#21

Its The Rock.. Right?

Its The Rock.. Right?

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El muerto
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2 months ago

so he has being given a fake name all this years? shame on you fresh prince

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#22

Why Did You Do This

Why Did You Do This

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Eirik Johnsbråten
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2 months ago

That's ok. Keanu Reeves should be in a world history textbook.

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#23

Clock In My Schools Band Practice Room

Clock In My Schools Band Practice Room

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Eirik Johnsbråten
Community Member
2 months ago

Haha, that's brilliant.

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Christine also said that you may want to discuss your failures with a friend or your partner. “Share your failures with people you trust, this gets them off your chest, and your can share experiences and hear other people’s views and advice on them.” She added that often, our fails are worst in our own eyes, and discussing them with others can bring a lighthearted touch to them and make them have less power over us.

Most importantly, Christine assured that absolutely, there’s good coming out of our fails. “If we never fail, it means we never grow and learn, and that’s a no go if you want to get ahead and be successful in your career,” she said and added that “many senior leaders encourage failing, as failing often means trying things that no one has ever done before; key in business nowadays.”

In fact, “people who have lived a full life and are close to death will also tell you the only things they regret are the things they DIDN’T do, not the things they did do,” Christine concluded.

#24

Meating Huh?

Meating Huh?

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Delta of the Sand/Rainwings
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2 months ago

Meating

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#25

Popemobile

Popemobile

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Delta of the Sand/Rainwings
Community Member
2 months ago

Popemobile 😂

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#26

The New Way To Sit In A Wheelchair

The New Way To Sit In A Wheelchair

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
2 months ago

Easy for rolling your decapitated head~

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#27

I Checked Everyone’s Temperature!

I Checked Everyone’s Temperature!

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Libstak
Community Member
2 months ago

So much for no touching. Let's just spread from forehead to hand and then next forehead shall we? That 'll stop covid in its tracks.

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#28

Is Anybody Familiar With This Particular Dog Breed?

Is Anybody Familiar With This Particular Dog Breed?

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River Webb
Community Member
2 months ago

my fav dog breed

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#29

Free Covid In Houston!

Free Covid In Houston!

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El muerto
Community Member
2 months ago

good, last one cost me a fortune

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#30

No, You Turn

No, You Turn

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River Webb
Community Member
2 months ago

no u

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#31

I Would Love To See This In My Kitchen!

I Would Love To See This In My Kitchen!

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Dorothy Parker
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2 months ago

Perhaps lower case letters would be better

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#32

Imagine Someone Watching This While Wearing The Same Vest

Imagine Someone Watching This While Wearing The Same Vest

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River Webb
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

its knife proof, not stab proof. Theres a difference

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#33

You Had One Jobs To Put A Masking Tape On The Electrical Plugs

You Had One Jobs To Put A Masking Tape On The Electrical Plugs

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Delta of the Sand/Rainwings
Community Member
2 months ago

There's still paint on the electrical outlet-

Ivo H
Community Member
2 months ago

One job messed up twice

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Fus
Community Member
2 months ago

That little screw there, when removed, would allow the plate to come off. Easily

Moneythink
Community Member
2 months ago

And then slap some tape over the outlets. Easy peasey, no finicky trim work to do.

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Gaby Almodovar
Community Member
2 months ago

That pink is already bad enough.

kathoco
Community Member
2 months ago

Just unscrew the plates and remove them to paint.... Why would you do it this way?

Tobin Kern
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2 months ago

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Thats what I was thinking. Anyone who tapes around it is as mentally capable as Biden.

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Tina B
Community Member
2 months ago

What asshole doesn't remove the plate to paint?

Victoria Kimball
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

This is truly hysterical. (What's happening with the baseboard too?)

Robert T
Community Member
2 months ago

The electrical sockets look as shocked about it as I am!

Vasana Phong
Community Member
2 months ago

Amateurs, or maybe it was bring your child to work day

boredpanDaman
Community Member
2 months ago

ah, this jobs....

Susan Trevaskis-Owen
Community Member
2 months ago

Who the heck leaves the outlet covers/switch plates on when painting a wall? It takes 30 seconds and a screwdriver to remove one, and then you don't have to worry at all about getting paint on them.

Artist FKA Ramsey
Community Member
2 months ago

Biggest problem was that color

M O'Connell
Community Member
2 months ago

Clearly someone needed more training than they received.

bryguy
Community Member
2 months ago

That wall looks like it's seen thousands of paint jobs in its life...

Amy Beckler
Community Member
2 months ago

Ummm...dumb?

MikeMaxis
Community Member
2 months ago

Any you still got paint on it. No hope for you as a painter.

Linda HS
Community Member
2 months ago

The plugs are surprised

Arlene Ripley
Community Member
2 months ago

So much easier to remove just one screw.

Mickie Shea
Community Member
2 months ago

You did say, "tape the plugs', didn't you.

Tracy
Community Member
2 months ago

Who chose this color? Pepto Dismal 😔

Carol Roeder
Community Member
2 months ago

Pure talent!

Ashley Wright
Community Member
2 months ago

Dumba**

JJM
Community Member
2 months ago

Aww! we weren't paying attention were we?

EJN
Community Member
2 months ago

Give him credit! He's got a good inch around that outlet that was successfully masked off!

Susie Swearingen-Kamachi
Community Member
2 months ago

I just take mine off.

Jacqui Dunn
Community Member
2 months ago

The plugs look really horrified!!

Lisa Tetlow
Community Member
2 months ago

OMGGGGG

Bill Karp
Community Member
2 months ago

should have just removed plate

Yort
Community Member
2 months ago

Should probably use painters tape, not masking tape.

Gordian
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Here we take off the plastic cover of the electric outlet before painting.

Laly Lynch
Community Member
2 months ago

You had one jobs.

XxInstantKarmaxX
Community Member
2 months ago

oh thats hurts

v
Community Member
2 months ago

You had one Job to create a correct heading for this post.

Panda-riffic
Community Member
2 months ago

Forget about the masking tape disaster, what about the paint color? :-{

BRIAN NITZ
Community Member
2 months ago

Yeah, but who actually decided to paint around it? Duh x 2

James Foote
Community Member
2 months ago

It would have been much easier to remove the cover plates!

GumShoe359
Community Member
2 months ago

The title bothers me more than the photo

German Gargicevich
Community Member
2 months ago

I scientifically concluded that house painters are the most likely to work stoned through personal observation and input from friends, relatives, and acquaintances.

D K
Community Member
2 months ago

Damn it, THAT’S NOT HOW TO DO IT!

Mary Haynes
Community Member
2 months ago

TAKE OFF THE COVER

Rench
Community Member
2 months ago

Horrible color....

Debbie Burns
Community Member
2 months ago

Job. You had one JOB. GOD I'm in a mood today

Chris Longski
Community Member
2 months ago

Takes less time to remove the switch cover...

Elsie
Community Member
2 months ago

When you paint the walls take these off the wall first. Put them back on once the paint is dried

SuperChicken
Community Member
2 months ago

A little spray of Krylon, and it's good to go.🤣

Nirmiti
Community Member
2 months ago

If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.

Andonis600
Community Member
2 months ago

Perfect tape placement.

boredpandaki
Community Member
2 months ago

He was told to put tape around the outlets. They didn't clarify inside them...

Cadence Wical
Community Member
2 months ago

this pains my soul.

Chriscella
Community Member
2 months ago

Gotta be someones first attempt at DIWhy, I've seen teenagers do similar things :D

buttonpusher
Community Member
2 months ago

Awful colour too.

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#34

This Parking Lot At My Grandparents House

This Parking Lot At My Grandparents House

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Maciej H.
Community Member
2 months ago

This actually looks quite reasonable. Maybe it 's not space-optimized, but parking should be much easier this way. At least it looks like that.

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#35

I’ve Always Wanted To Be Sand

I’ve Always Wanted To Be Sand

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Rissie
Community Member
2 months ago

Or the face coming out of the chest of an ominous looking kangaroo...

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#36

Problem Fixed

Problem Fixed

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ZuluIsraeliAmnesiac
Community Member
2 months ago

What's that? Dropped your key under the building? Let me get that for ya

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#37

The Bones Aren't Spread

The Bones Aren't Spread

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
2 months ago

Flabby fingers Incorporated!

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#38

They Do It Just To Be In This Subreddit

They Do It Just To Be In This Subreddit

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AquaFox Gaming
Community Member
2 months ago

Suicide? Or a prank? Imagine if its the sink drainer disguised as a powerpoint.

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#39

Son, You Were Adorpted

Son, You Were Adorpted

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mulk
Community Member
2 months ago

I love the fact that "DP" can save a life.... I'm out, mouahahahah

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#40

My Rare Found... I Think I Know Who Is Buying This

My Rare Found... I Think I Know Who Is Buying This

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River Webb
Community Member
2 months ago

home is where the homo is

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#41

This Electrical Outlet

This Electrical Outlet

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Orange is aging
Community Member
2 months ago

It’s drowning

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#42

This Is How It Came From The Factory

This Is How It Came From The Factory

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Stimpy
Community Member
2 months ago

You mean from the f**k-up-tory

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#43

Must Be Fun To Ride There.

Must Be Fun To Ride There.

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Deson
Community Member
2 months ago

Actually with a good bike this would be a blast!

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#44

Slide-1 Spine-0

Slide-1 Spine-0

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
2 months ago

For snakes only.

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#45

Sounds Like A Good Time To Me

Sounds Like A Good Time To Me

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Robert T
Community Member
2 months ago

Oerrrrr missus!

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#46

Which One Do I Choose...

Which One Do I Choose...

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Katie Lutesinger
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

I think the real question here is what use is half a nunchuck anyway??

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#47

I'll Stay Away From This Barber Shop, Thanks

I'll Stay Away From This Barber Shop, Thanks

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Brian Bennett
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2 months ago

It's name is the Executioners!

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#48

Ah Yes, My Favorite Snacks To Buy At The Gas Station.

Ah Yes, My Favorite Snacks To Buy At The Gas Station.

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Fabrice
Community Member
2 months ago

droids are welcome

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#49

I Cant Tell If Amazon Purposely Did It For The Package To Get Stolen. No Box. Didnt Even Hide It. What Do You Know. My Package Got Stolen

I Cant Tell If Amazon Purposely Did It For The Package To Get Stolen. No Box. Didnt Even Hide It. What Do You Know. My Package Got Stolen

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Kobus Loots
Community Member
2 months ago

In South Africa, they don't leave the package at your house they only deliver if you are there, if not then they come back later.

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#50

This Clock In My School's Gym

This Clock In My School's Gym

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Eric Law
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2 months ago

It looks like the clock fell off its mounting and is being held by the cover brackets.

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