Ugly. Lame. Disastrous. This list of descriptions for epic design fails might not be exhaustive, but it’s enough to get you up to speed with the thought bubbles you can expect to pop into your mind as you’re scrolling through the images in this post, brought to you by us from this online group that's dedicated to bad design. Good taste might seem like it’s common sense, but we’ve got all the proof in the world that this isn’t the case. Unfortunately, what looks awful to you and us and obviously doesn’t function well isn’t always apparent to the designers behind the disasters.

Remember, upvoting a photo here means that you love how fantastically horrid it looks. Be sure to let us know which of the worst design mistakes caught your eye the most, dear Pandas. In need of more proof that your own sense of taste is actually really, amazingly good? You’re in luck. You can find our other posts about truly awful design decisions right here, here, as well as here. Got any photos of bad designs around your house? Drop us a pic in the comment section.

Bored Panda spoke about the principles of good design, the line between quality and bad design, as well as human beings' intuition to automatically feel what's designed well with Tim Antoniuk, an Associate Professor of Design Studies at the University of Alberta.

#1

To Motivate

To Motivate

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Diddlybop
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5 months ago

What do you mean I am already doing that

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Spoiler

Spoiler

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Julia Atkinson
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5 months ago

I hate it when they give away the ending

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These Barriers Designed To Prevent Cyclists From Passing Through

These Barriers Designed To Prevent Cyclists From Passing Through

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chi-wei shen
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5 months ago

Life finds a way.

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We’ve spoken about Dieter Rams’ 10 principles for good design before. And even though we wholeheartedly agree with them and believe they’re timeless, some of them could be adapted to better reflect how much the world has changed over the last few decades. In short, there are some new nuances that designers should take into account.

According to Antoniuk from the University of Alberta, Rams "does a great job" determining what makes design great. However, this doesn't mean that Rams was able to foresee exactly how the world would change.

"That said, given the speed of change that we encounter today in our lives in the digital environment that we live in, I believe that some great design is not necessarily timeless. One example is seen in Interface Design, Ux Design, and in-service design. As new layers get added into our lives, things naturally have an evolutionary cycle. This is different from furniture which naturally can be more ubiquitous and designed to fit the human body. There is a great deal of fuzziness in this discussion but I do believe that the essence of this idea is true," the Associate Professor explained.

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'Daisy's' Might Want To Reconsider That Layout

'Daisy's' Might Want To Reconsider That Layout

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Foxxy (The Original)
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5 months ago (edited)

Oooh, I need a new ass. I am pretty artsy fartsy and love a bit of diy. Address please.

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Honey, You Really Shouldn't Have

Honey, You Really Shouldn't Have

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Hooked
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5 months ago

Excuse me but...$ 3,99 for a bell pepper ?????? What do they grow them on ? Mulched dollar bills ?

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He Was Fined For Speeding, When The Car Was On A Tow Truck

He Was Fined For Speeding, When The Car Was On A Tow Truck

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Hans
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5 months ago

The interesting questions is: did he have to pay?

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In Antoniuk's opinion, there is such a thing as good and bad product, furniture, and interior design. But degrees of preference create a gray area where a clear line between quality and a lack thereof should exist. "The gray area comes in when people start to talk about taste and about degrees of aesthetic. I may love the design of Bauhaus furniture, for example, while somebody may feel that it is too cold and void of personality. Not unlike great art, I believe that much of what came from this era is ‘great design,’ in part because it represents an era and a philosophy. When we start to mix in discussions of taste and preference, that is where the gray areas of good and bad design get blurred."

Antoniuk also believes that people can intuitively "feel" and sense good design. "Quite often, this relates to ergonomics and the usability or functionality of the products and services and systems. Having said that, I think far too many people expect poor design that doesn’t really work well," he told Bored Panda.

What's more, he believes that good and bad design are skills that can be learned, especially when we start diving deep into the realm of aesthetics. "For me, great design is what Dieter [Rams] talks about—it is also intuitive, it is deeply sympathetic and empathetic to the user at all levels, and at some level, it is emotional. It is a catalyst for giving us feelings."

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What Not To Name Your Animal Charity In Bury, UK

What Not To Name Your Animal Charity In Bury, UK

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Linus Nilsson
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5 months ago

They are all looking down at their last grave.

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#8

I Can't Even

I Can't Even

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boredpanDaman
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5 months ago

maybe hes trying to catch a tiny bug from the paper

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#9

My Son Just Asked Me Why This Lady Is Reading Poop Magazine. I'm So Proud

My Son Just Asked Me Why This Lady Is Reading Poop Magazine. I'm So Proud

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Hans
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5 months ago

It is written poop measure by content quality...

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Suzanne Labarre of Co.Design has a similar take in that she also believes that Rams’ principles could be updated. While Labarre has the IT and tech industry in mind, the principles for good design are pretty much universal, no matter if you’re designing an app, setting up a building’s interior, or creating a brand new product.

In Labarre’s opinion, good design has to be transparent, easy to understand, and done in a way that empowers its users, instead of overwhelming them. Furthermore, Labarre puts a lot of emphasis on each designer’s responsibility for what they create: they have to be aware of the possible consequences their creations might have, both on the consumers and on society.

For Labarre, design is inherently political. Product design (whether physical or digital) has the ability to change how power is distributed in society. This feeds back into the point about how we should all be aware of how our designs can change the world. Naturally, this extends far beyond just chuckling at epic design fails—but even that’s great to wind down after a long day at work! Or… at your work desk (don’t worry, we won’t judge).

#10

This School Mental Health Survey

This School Mental Health Survey

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Rissie
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5 months ago

They know.

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#11

Because I Can See Through Stainless Steel

Because I Can See Through Stainless Steel

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Anne
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5 months ago

I.. the top looks rather.. condomy?

zims
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5 months ago

That's a plastic cap to cover the nipple when not in use. And yeah it does bear a resemblance.

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Zenozenobee
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5 months ago

Guess the microwave is not an option to warm up the milk...

Korey
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5 months ago

Actually...the microwave is never an option. I mean...unless you want fried baby esophagus.

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F. H.
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5 months ago

I have a pot like this. There you can at least kind of make an estimate by looking at the inside and the outside. But here you're out of luck.

Claire Armstrong
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5 months ago

Lol, I sincerely hope that this isn't a baby bottle 😬

Steve Cruz
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5 months ago

I can't imagine a baby wanting to hold a metal bottle.

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
5 months ago

..just tap ..tap..tap.. as you fill until it does not sound hollow anymore?

BuRny BuRn
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5 months ago

Yeah please stick the metal baby bottle in the microwave to heat up...LOL

James T
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5 months ago

Wait, you don't have x-ray vision??

Bacony Cakes
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5 months ago

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No. Only Radio Vision. Gakona in Alaska is beautiful when you can actually see what's in front of you. Most of the time the view looks like BWOOOOOOOOOOOO BWAAAAAAAAAAA BWEEEEEEEEEEEE BWIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII ᴮᵂᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵ BWEBWEBWEBWE BWOOOOOOOOOOOO BWEBWEBWEBWE BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAA BWEBWEBWEBWE BWEEEEEEEEEEEEEE BWEBWEBWEBWE BWIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII BWEBWEBWEBWE ᴮᵂᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵ BWOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAEEEEEEEIIIIIIIIIIᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵ. Very annoying.

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Amelia
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5 months ago

What, you mean you don't have X-ray vision?

Jackson Floof
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2 months ago

MaYbE yOu HaVe To PeEl ThE sTeEl.

Miggie
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3 months ago

wtf-

The Super Bumblebee
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4 months ago

er.. yes it does anne...

mande.be
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5 months ago (edited)

THIS IS NOT A BABY-BOTTLE! IT IS A COCKTAIL SHAKER! IT IS USED FOR VERY, VERY COLD COCKTAILS THAT ARE MENT TO BE IN A FREEZER, BUT ALCOCHOL WILL NOT FREEZE TO -18.C or CLOSE TO ZERO.F !! You put those liqueurs in a freezer (glass will shatter at 0.F = -18.c when you pull it out quickly, also) and almost freeze them. Then WHEN YOU TAKE IT OUT FROM A FREEZE, THAT SECOND THE HOTTER AIR AROUND IT WILL FROST EXACTLY ON THE LINE AND SHOW YOU HOW MUCH THERE IS INSIDE..... OR IT IS JUST A POSH BABY-BOTTLE FOR BABY ESCIMOS?? OR IT IS FOR BARTENDERS, BUT MEASUREMENTS ARE NOT NEEDED

Cindy Johnston
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4 months ago

Why are you shouting?

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Mihiteruarewa Rangitaawa
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5 months ago

🤣🤣🤣🤣

Bettye McKee
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5 months ago

That is absolutely a bad design. Whose idea was it, anyway?

StrawberryParfait
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5 months ago

Or, you could use a glass measuring cup to measure out the amount you want to give, then pour that into the bottle. Is this really an issue?

Tyna Harrison
Community Member
5 months ago

Hahaha....

Harris Fadhilah
Community Member
5 months ago

Xray vision we needed right now people

Nicky Melville
Community Member
5 months ago

This is not only for a person with X ray eyes to check the level of liquids, but it also doubles up as a measuring chart for them to check if their budgie has grown.

James F. Wilson Jr.
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5 months ago

Superman's baby bottle.

tolga imamoğlu
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5 months ago

Iron Man’s condom, I’ve seen it before

Max PePel
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5 months ago

There's a see-through thin line on the left next to the numbers

Sasha Kuleshov
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5 months ago

How did this passed the design phase? :O

David Retsler
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5 months ago

Looks like the part of Iron Man you wouldn't see in the movie.

Colin Mochrie At Its Finest
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5 months ago

I can see through it, what's all of your problems?

Hi Buddy
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5 months ago

🤦‍♀️

John L
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5 months ago

Brit mentality. Note the "inches" and "Ml" together. Crazy Euros would be going......., well, crazy. LOL!!

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Tell Your Wedding Guests To Die

Tell Your Wedding Guests To Die

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AJ
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5 months ago

Mid-pandemic, too. Classy.

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#13

Dial 999 For... Oh

Dial 999 For... Oh

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Stephanie Did It
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5 months ago

Dial 333-333-333?

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#14

A Nail Or A Screw

A Nail Or A Screw

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J. F.
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5 months ago

I couldn't help but read the purple text in the most sarcastic tone I can imagine

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#15

Sub-Par ATM Placement

Sub-Par ATM Placement

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Hans
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5 months ago

Looks comfy.

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#16

I’m Pretty Sure That’s Not How You’re Supposed To Hold A Scythe

I’m Pretty Sure That’s Not How You’re Supposed To Hold A Scythe

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Stephanie Did It
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5 months ago

He won't be holding it that way for very long.

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#17

This Woman Turning Into Fish Roll

This Woman Turning Into Fish Roll

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farbenzirkel
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5 months ago

Poor Arielle...

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#18

This Kid Friendly Hand Sanitizer Package. Looks Like One Of Those Apple Sauce Things

This Kid Friendly Hand Sanitizer Package. Looks Like One Of Those Apple Sauce Things

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Davor Jelacic
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5 months ago

Oh God

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Hammering His Own

Hammering His Own

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Barbel
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5 months ago

Ouch!

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#20

What Gave It Away?

What Gave It Away?

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Stephanie Did It
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5 months ago (edited)

This is flaudulent!

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#21

If You've Ever Thought Kids Getting Hurt One At A Time Isn't Efficient Enough, Here's An Idea

If You've Ever Thought Kids Getting Hurt One At A Time Isn't Efficient Enough, Here's An Idea

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Stimpy
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5 months ago

All disputes are settled in the duelling slings

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#22

Good Job Using The Computer My Dude

Good Job Using The Computer My Dude

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Linus Nilsson
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5 months ago

My wife can also type without looking at the screen. Drives me mad

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#23

You Either Wet Your Shoes Or Do Some Exercise To Cross This Bridge

You Either Wet Your Shoes Or Do Some Exercise To Cross This Bridge

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Nadine
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5 months ago

This reminds me of a bridge with a glass deck in Bilbao, Basque Country (northern Spain)... It rains a lot in Bilbao... So the bridge was very pretty, yes, but also extremely slippery and dangerous! It's called Zubizuri Bridge. The city ended up covering the glass with non-slip material. https://www.barcelo.com/guia-turismo/en/bilbao/things-to-do/zubizuri/

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#24

Hmmm

Hmmm

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Davor Jelacic
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5 months ago

Id make a blonde joke, but instead I will wait for a poor bastard that does it for me and join in on the mass public condemnation of his lack of PC awareness

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Don't **** Your Dog In This Park

Don't **** Your Dog In This Park

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Mojones
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5 months ago

Anyway, he gets the bone.

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#26

Everybody Loves Beach Basketball

Everybody Loves Beach Basketball

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Stimpy
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5 months ago

Obviously, you are supposed to bounce the ball off each others faces, duh

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#27

A White Background Does Not Really Fit With This

A White Background Does Not Really Fit With This

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chi-wei shen
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5 months ago

When I tilt my screen I can see the white shoulders.

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#28

My Son Is Too Terrified To Learn Anything From These Speech Therapy Worksheets, And Frankly I Don't Blame Him

My Son Is Too Terrified To Learn Anything From These Speech Therapy Worksheets, And Frankly I Don't Blame Him

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Hermione
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5 months ago

The message is; when you speak your jaw will clench shut and your eyes will pop out of your head.

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#29

Who Thought It Would Be A Good Idea To Replace The O In Dumbo With A Heart?

Who Thought It Would Be A Good Idea To Replace The O In Dumbo With A Heart?

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Hermien Greeff
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5 months ago

I saw little baby hats where they replaced the O of hello with a heart. Just as bad.

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#30

Not All Heroes Cover Their Noses

Not All Heroes Cover Their Noses

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Saoznei
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5 months ago

images-600...f21216.jpg images-6000265f21216.jpg

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#31

So The Fire Alarm Caught On Fire Earlier

So The Fire Alarm Caught On Fire Earlier

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Ty Stratton-Quirk
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5 months ago

And there was loud beeping coming from the stovetop, the oven, the toaster, the microwave, and the fireplace!

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#32

So My Sister Had A Clemson Mask Made For Her

So My Sister Had A Clemson Mask Made For Her

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Stephanie Did It
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5 months ago

That is unfortunate!

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#33

The Paper In This Sliced Cheese Makes It Look Like It Has Mold Spots

The Paper In This Sliced Cheese Makes It Look Like It Has Mold Spots

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Rissie
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5 months ago

The amount of plastic is the real fail here.

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#34

What Can Go Wrong If We Put The Power Button Next To The Most Used Key

What Can Go Wrong If We Put The Power Button Next To The Most Used Key

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Hans
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5 months ago

Looks like a on-off-relationship to your computer.

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#35

Homogeneity Sucks

Homogeneity Sucks

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Rissie
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5 months ago

Yes, please Google, don't. Everything is everything now.

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#36

Behold, The Sensory Overload Car

Behold, The Sensory Overload Car

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Stephanie Did It
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5 months ago

Bonus strobe headlights for seizure awareness!

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#37

Every Time I Get Used To One, I Screw Up The Other

Every Time I Get Used To One, I Screw Up The Other

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Andrew Belyea
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5 months ago

That is out of Fn Ctrl

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#38

This Electric Heater Can Melt It's Plastic Casing When At Full Power

This Electric Heater Can Melt It's Plastic Casing When At Full Power

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Ellaphant
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5 months ago

That's a whole lot of toothbrushes

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#39

This Is Shampoo

This Is Shampoo

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Steve Barnett
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5 months ago

Might as well put a 'Swallow whole' on Tide Pods whilst you're at it.

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#40

Anyone Got A Grey Hi Vis I Can Borrow

Anyone Got A Grey Hi Vis I Can Borrow

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Johnny Rodriguez
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5 months ago

Fifty shades of gray..

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#41

Yes, But Actually No

Yes, But Actually No

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Steve Barnett
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5 months ago

'Do you understand how Venn diagrams work?' Yes 0% No 100%.

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#42

These Snow Boots That Have Bottoms That Don't Release Snow. They Turn Into Ice High Heels After 2 Steps

These Snow Boots That Have Bottoms That Don't Release Snow. They Turn Into Ice High Heels After 2 Steps

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Stephanie Did It
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5 months ago

Spray 'em with WD40.

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#43

Google Says The New Icon Is A Wallet. How Is This Supposed To Be A Wallet

Google Says The New Icon Is A Wallet. How Is This Supposed To Be A Wallet

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Davor Jelacic
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5 months ago

Its clearly two homosexual taco shells hugging each other. PC Company statement policy: The author has no ill will against anyones sexual preferance, identification or transformation. And will not say no to good tacos

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#44

I Spent 15 Minutes Looking For A Plug In My Hotel Room... The Only One Is Behind The Radiator

I Spent 15 Minutes Looking For A Plug In My Hotel Room... The Only One Is Behind The Radiator

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Stephanie Did It
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5 months ago

So the cord gets nicely melted where it hangs down on the metal, brilliant.

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#45

The Health Benefits Of Ginger Tea Include Cancer, Alzheimer's Disease And More

The Health Benefits Of Ginger Tea Include Cancer, Alzheimer's Disease And More

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Sheep
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5 months ago

Lets put that back on the shelf...

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#46

Found On Amazon

Found On Amazon

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Sarcastic Panda
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5 months ago

looks like someone trying to scam you out of a cable

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#47

Give Thonks

Give Thonks

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Can't_think_of_a_good_name
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5 months ago

Thonks for posting this.

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#48

Nothing Says Privacy Like Saloon Style Doors

Nothing Says Privacy Like Saloon Style Doors

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Rissie
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5 months ago

Yeah, like that is anything different from the huge gaps in toilet stalls all around the USA. The actual problem is that it's probably impossible to manoever a wheel chair in their while being able to close the doors behind you. You either open both doors before you enter, which is hard or you just accept that the gaps are really not very different from having no door at all.

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#49

The Mom On The Right Looks Like She Got The Baby's Head But Not The Baby

The Mom On The Right Looks Like She Got The Baby's Head But Not The Baby

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Hans
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5 months ago

The man and the woman don't car, the person in the wheelchair stares but does not help, the mother angrily stares at him for looking, while the baby is dropped without its head. Just a normal day in the city.

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#50

This Poster At My School

This Poster At My School

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Julia Atkinson
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5 months ago

This is what happens when Scotty messes up the transporter co-ordinates

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