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.

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To Motivate

To Motivate

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Davor Jelacic
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1 month ago

Ok

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Spoiler

Spoiler

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Andrew Gibb
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1 month ago

The all look very white for this tale

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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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1 month ago

They are not supposed to stop cyclists, just slow them down.

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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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Davor Jelacic
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1 month ago

Has to be a troll...

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Honey, You Really Shouldn't Have

Honey, You Really Shouldn't Have

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Russell Ellwardt
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1 month ago

If the surprise includes a nice meal cooked by you, then why not? She might appreciate that even more than the roses. Filled bell peppers in fresh tomato sauce anyone?

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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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1 month 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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Davor Jelacic
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1 month ago

The girl on the right knows

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I Can't Even

I Can't Even

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1 month ago

I don’t get it..

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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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1 month ago

yes

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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).

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This School Mental Health Survey

This School Mental Health Survey

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Davor Jelacic
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1 month ago

Yep yep yep

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Because I Can See Through Stainless Steel

Because I Can See Through Stainless Steel

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Anne
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1 month ago

I.. the top looks rather.. condomy?

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Tell Your Wedding Guests To Die

Tell Your Wedding Guests To Die

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Princess Toadstool
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1 month ago

A wedding to die for

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Dial 999 For... Oh

Dial 999 For... Oh

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Stephanie Did It
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1 month ago

Dial 333-333-333?

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A Nail Or A Screw

A Nail Or A Screw

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J. F.
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1 month ago

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

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Sub-Par ATM Placement

Sub-Par ATM Placement

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Hans
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1 month ago

Looks comfy.

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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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Princess Toadstool
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1 month ago

Ouch.

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This Woman Turning Into Fish Roll

This Woman Turning Into Fish Roll

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Stephanie Did It
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1 month ago

Su-she-mi?

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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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1 month ago

Oh God

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Hammering His Own

Hammering His Own

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1 month 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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1 month ago (edited)

This is flaudulent!

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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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J. F.
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1 month ago

So dissapointing - there need to be at least one more for a working Newton Pendulum :/

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Good Job Using The Computer My Dude

Good Job Using The Computer My Dude

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Linus Nilsson
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1 month ago

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

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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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1 month 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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Hmmm

Hmmm

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Princess Toadstool
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1 month ago

Hats don’t work like that..

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#25

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

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

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chi-wei shen
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1 month ago

Don't **** your dog anywhere!

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#26

Everybody Loves Beach Basketball

Everybody Loves Beach Basketball

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1 month ago

Ball not bouncing here

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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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Princess Toadstool
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1 month ago

What’s wrong with his head...

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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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1 month ago

Scary

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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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1 month ago

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

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Not All Heroes Cover Their Noses

Not All Heroes Cover Their Noses

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1 month 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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Kesyra
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1 month ago

But did it alert you that there's a fire?

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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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1 month 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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Barbel
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1 month ago

This comment has been deleted.

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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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month ago

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This comment has been deleted.

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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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Mike Ieva
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1 month ago

Lenovo thinkpad

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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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Rissie
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1 month ago

A heater with a plastic casing is an interesting idea...

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#39

This Is Shampoo

This Is Shampoo

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Barbel
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1 month ago

Cheers!

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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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1 month 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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1 month ago

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

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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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1 month 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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1 month 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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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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1 month ago

The same in my room.

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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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chi-wei shen
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1 month ago

Alzheimer and cancer will come later in life, while weight loss, fertility and immunity (against what) seem to be immediate benefits.

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Found On Amazon

Found On Amazon

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It's an illusion.

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Give Thonks

Give Thonks

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1 month 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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1 month 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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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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1 month ago

Pluck it she said

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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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1 month ago

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

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