Blunder years could be described as a period in someone's life when they thought they were different and edgy but in reality they were choosing terrible clothes and even worse haircuts.

There's even a subreddit dedicated to it, appropriately called Blunder Years: pictures from a regrettable past. It invites people who just found their old photos not to delete them but to make amends with their former self and upload it on the Internet. And many do. Here are some of the cringiest posts the online community has to offer.

When you're done scrolling through them, check out our earlier article about people posting their most embarrassing childhood photos.

#1

2008, Senior Friend Asked Me To Prom When I Was A Freshman. My Parents Didn't Want Me To Go But Also Didn't Want To Forbid Me, So They Didn't Give Me Money For A Dress Thinking That Would Stop Us. We Made Both Of Our Outfits Entirely Out Of Duct Tape For Like $30

2008, Senior Friend Asked Me To Prom When I Was A Freshman. My Parents Didn't Want Me To Go But Also Didn't Want To Forbid Me, So They Didn't Give Me Money For A Dress Thinking That Would Stop Us. We Made Both Of Our Outfits Entirely Out Of Duct Tape For Like $30

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Enuya
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow! You had better results with just duct tape than I'd ever have even with sewing machine

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You might think these people are crazy for posting such photos on the Internet. However, a certain amount of self-reflection can be healthy, helping a person to become their strongest self.

But only to a certain extent, of course. Amy Morin, the author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do, said dwelling on the past can easily distract someone from the present. "The truth is, you never know what life would have had in store for you if you'd made a different choice," she told Inc.

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It Was “Opposite Day” At School In 2005, Most People Wore Black And White Or Something.. I Decide To Dress As A Girl.. I Lived In A Small Town In Idaho. It Didn’t Go Over Well

It Was “Opposite Day” At School In 2005, Most People Wore Black And White Or Something.. I Decide To Dress As A Girl.. I Lived In A Small Town In Idaho. It Didn’t Go Over Well

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Depending on your circumstances, you may just need to give yourself permission to move forward, and then make a conscious effort to stop every time you beat your head over how lame you used to look in high-school.

"Refusing to dwell on the past isn't about ignoring the things that happened. Instead, it often means embracing and accepting your experiences so you can live in the present," Morin explained. "So recognize the emotional toll that dwelling on something is taking on you, and then give yourself permission to move forward."

#3

I Don't Know If I'm More Embarrassed By How Many Hours It Took Teen Me To Make This, Or That I Actually Tagged My Crush When I Posted It

I Don't Know If I'm More Embarrassed By How Many Hours It Took Teen Me To Make This, Or That I Actually Tagged My Crush When I Posted It

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#4

Got Dumped A Week Before Prom, But My Mom Insisted I Go Take The Pictures She Paid For, So I Made A Sock Puppet To Bring As My Date. I Regret Nothing

Got Dumped A Week Before Prom, But My Mom Insisted I Go Take The Pictures She Paid For, So I Made A Sock Puppet To Bring As My Date. I Regret Nothing

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#5

My Mom Dressed Me Like This So I Was Easy To Spot When She Picked Me Up...

My Mom Dressed Me Like This So I Was Easy To Spot When She Picked Me Up...

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#6

My Mom Told Me Not To Blink During My 2nd Grade Class Picture

My Mom Told Me Not To Blink During My 2nd Grade Class Picture

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#7

My Siblings And I Were Forced Into A ‘Pet Look Alike’ Competition. It Still Haunts Us

My Siblings And I Were Forced Into A ‘Pet Look Alike’ Competition. It Still Haunts Us

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#8

My Dad Always Thought This Haircut Looked Incredible On Me. My Mom Thought The Shirt Was Incredible. Looking Back At 2nd Grade Me Is Incredible. I'm A Female

My Dad Always Thought This Haircut Looked Incredible On Me. My Mom Thought The Shirt Was Incredible. Looking Back At 2nd Grade Me Is Incredible. I'm A Female

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#9

In Honor Of My Husband’s 37th Birthday, I Present To You His Senior Prom Photo From 2000

In Honor Of My Husband’s 37th Birthday, I Present To You His Senior Prom Photo From 2000

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#10

Tried To Smile, Channeled Jim Carrey Instead. Allllllllrighty Then

Tried To Smile, Channeled Jim Carrey Instead. Allllllllrighty Then

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#11

My Mother Said I Would Regret This Photo... No Regrets Mom! Circa 2002

My Mother Said I Would Regret This Photo... No Regrets Mom! Circa 2002

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chi-wei shen
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No reason for regrets, just a funny photo of a beautiful girl.

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#12

10m, And Looking Like A Middle Age Mom Who’s Deciding To Grace You With A Smile, While Still Judging You Just A Little

10m, And Looking Like A Middle Age Mom Who’s Deciding To Grace You With A Smile, While Still Judging You Just A Little

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Elizabeth Molloy
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Your favourite Primary School teacher, who's tough but fair.

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#13

‘How Did You Know I Was Gay?’ Said The Posing Seven Year Old Boy In Make Up, A Perm, And Black Sequinned Jellicle Cats Dance Costume

‘How Did You Know I Was Gay?’ Said The Posing Seven Year Old Boy In Make Up, A Perm, And Black Sequinned Jellicle Cats Dance Costume

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Scagsy
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Five hairdriers were killed during the making of this hair.

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#14

It’s Amazing What Growing A Beard, Growing Up, Changing Your Style And Leaving A Cult Can Do For You! (2011 vs. 2020)

It’s Amazing What Growing A Beard, Growing Up, Changing Your Style And Leaving A Cult Can Do For You! (2011 vs. 2020)

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Awia
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Good job on leaving a cult. Those are always toxic.

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#15

My Boyfriend's 10th Grade Picture Is Pure Rebellion. According To Him, His Mom Cried When She Received The Pictures Back

My Boyfriend's 10th Grade Picture Is Pure Rebellion. According To Him, His Mom Cried When She Received The Pictures Back

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Pseudo Puppy
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

ohhhhh the teenage passive-aggressive rebellion is strong in this one. I totally appreciate the thought process behind this. If I was his parent, I would've found this hilarious.

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#16

Had A "Photoshoot" With My Mom And Thought That Being "The Weird Kid" Made Me Cool And Mysterious

Had A "Photoshoot" With My Mom And Thought That Being "The Weird Kid" Made Me Cool And Mysterious

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Pseudo Puppy
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

that's one good lookin' guy.... (swap the leather coat for a plain black leather coat, & it'd be classic). Please tell me you took these to a legit modelling agency. Because jacket-choice aside, you could've got a contract.

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#17

Ten Years And One Transition Later: Some Things Never Change

Ten Years And One Transition Later: Some Things Never Change

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chi-wei shen
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2 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There is no reason to ditch Mario, no matter what's your age or gender.

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#18

My Family Looking Like An Ll Bean Catalog Submission, And Then There's 15 Year Old Me

My Family Looking Like An Ll Bean Catalog Submission, And Then There's 15 Year Old Me

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Andrew Gibb
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

like the spirit of a deceased ancestor turning up for the photo

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#19

Found My High School ID This Morning

Found My High School ID This Morning

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#20

My All-Time Favorite Picture Of My Husband. He Was 20 In This Picture. Posting With His Reluctant Permission

My All-Time Favorite Picture Of My Husband. He Was 20 In This Picture. Posting With His Reluctant Permission

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Kady Maree Mcgrath
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's like business at the front party at the back but in the picture it's party at the top business at the bottom

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#21

Husband? Dead. Emotion? Devastated. Insurance Money? Cashed. Eyebrows? Don’t Need Them

Husband? Dead. Emotion? Devastated. Insurance Money? Cashed. Eyebrows? Don’t Need Them

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Julie Lemaire
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

OMG you are Carmelita Spats from A Serie of Unfortunate Events !!

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#22

12 Years Ago. Teenage Pregnancy. Our First Family Photo

12 Years Ago. Teenage Pregnancy. Our First Family Photo

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#23

School Photo Looking Like 60-Year Old Librarian With My Cardigan, Turtleneck And Thick Glasses Date And Age Unknown

School Photo Looking Like 60-Year Old Librarian With My Cardigan, Turtleneck And Thick Glasses Date And Age Unknown

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#24

My Mother Found This Photo Of My Church Friend (Ryan Gosling) And I. We Had Some Awful 90s Hairs Cuts

My Mother Found This Photo Of My Church Friend (Ryan Gosling) And I. We Had Some Awful 90s Hairs Cuts

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#25

When I Was 14 I Was Dating A Girl From Another High School. I Decided To Surprise Her On Her Birthday By Dressing Up As A Clown And Busting Into Her Classroom Singing “Happy Birthday”. She Was Mortified! When The Dust Settled She Thankfully Realized The Thoughtfulness That Went Into The Gesture

When I Was 14 I Was Dating A Girl From Another High School. I Decided To Surprise Her On Her Birthday By Dressing Up As A Clown And Busting Into Her Classroom Singing “Happy Birthday”. She Was Mortified! When The Dust Settled She Thankfully Realized The Thoughtfulness That Went Into The Gesture

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#26

8th Grade Me Thought I Was The [Coolest], Went Like This To A Christian Concert Event

8th Grade Me Thought I Was The [Coolest], Went Like This To A Christian Concert Event

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Scagsy
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's the feather boa that really make it though

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#27

I Was That Girl

I Was That Girl

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Devon W
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would dye my hair like that now if I was brave enough

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#28

In High School I Went Through A Belt Phase. For Some Reason, I Thought The More Belts I Had On, The Cooler I Looked. I Later Discovered... That Was A Lie

In High School I Went Through A Belt Phase. For Some Reason, I Thought The More Belts I Had On, The Cooler I Looked. I Later Discovered... That Was A Lie

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Clavelle
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When you have that many awesome belts, how could you choose just one?

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#29

They Seem To Bring A Smile To Your Face. Hope This Makes Your Day A Little Better. I Present, Me As A Kid

They Seem To Bring A Smile To Your Face. Hope This Makes Your Day A Little Better. I Present, Me As A Kid

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#30

Me At 17(2010) Living It Up In Vegas

Me At 17(2010) Living It Up In Vegas

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Hans
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Reposting this image will not help you....

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#31

Me, On My 8th Birthday, Getting The DS I Raved About

Me, On My 8th Birthday, Getting The DS I Raved About

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#32

Growing Up In Detroit When Eminem Came Out Yeaaaaaah...

Growing Up In Detroit When Eminem Came Out Yeaaaaaah...

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Tee
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm Slim Shady, yes I'm the real Shady All you other Slim Shadys are just imitating So won't the real Slim Shady please stand up Please stand up, please stand up?

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#33

14 Year Old Me Photoshopping Out My Dad For Britney Spears. This Is Just So Toxic

14 Year Old Me Photoshopping Out My Dad For Britney Spears. This Is Just So Toxic

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Enuya
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Still better photoshop skills than one can see on some so-called 'influencers' profiles.

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#34

Me At Age 15, Channeling My Inner 30something Business Woman

Me At Age 15, Channeling My Inner 30something Business Woman

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JuJu
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Well Brenda, of course we can talk again about the second fireplace. I'm sure I have EXACTLY the house you are looking for. Just let me check my list..."

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#35

Dwight Schrute Glasses? Check. Braces? Check. Turtle And Cat As Only Friends? Check. Braided Rat Tail With Beads? Zoom In...

Dwight Schrute Glasses? Check. Braces? Check. Turtle And Cat As Only Friends? Check. Braided Rat Tail With Beads? Zoom In...

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Zophra
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ah, the cat looks like it's trying to escape from you...

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#36

As Most People Thought My Fiancé Last Photo Was Not A Blunder, I Present To You Her College Library Card - 2003

As Most People Thought My Fiancé Last Photo Was Not A Blunder, I Present To You Her College Library Card - 2003

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Daria Z
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's what I would have worn if I was braver back then :)

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#37

I Was In An Early 2000's Transitional Phase Between Awkward And Total Embarrassment

I Was In An Early 2000's Transitional Phase Between Awkward And Total Embarrassment

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#38

Well I'm 34 Now. Still Into Model Rockets Though

Well I'm 34 Now. Still Into Model Rockets Though

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Clavelle
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I very much appreciate this picture! I hope its framed and up on a wall somewhere!

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#39

I’m Glad My Looks Didn’t Peak At Age 13. (Not A Costume. God Help Me, I Really Dressed Like That)

I’m Glad My Looks Didn’t Peak At Age 13. (Not A Costume. God Help Me, I Really Dressed Like That)

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Enuya
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hey, half of the problem were glasses. I know from own experience how big difference flattened lenses and a well-chosen frame of glasses may do.

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#40

My Childhood Was Destined To Be A Rough One...

My Childhood Was Destined To Be A Rough One...

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#41

Hawaii Wasn’t Ready For My Ice Cold Sister And I In 2003

Hawaii Wasn’t Ready For My Ice Cold Sister And I In 2003

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#42

Freshman College, ‘94: Control Yourselves, Ladies

Freshman College, ‘94: Control Yourselves, Ladies

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Tovah Roche
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He looks like he's headed to Silicone Valley to start his own tech company.

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#43

Mom Found This Recently, Me At 18, My Reaction When She Showed Me Was "God Damn What Is That Creature"

Mom Found This Recently, Me At 18, My Reaction When She Showed Me Was "God Damn What Is That Creature"

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Toni
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

the "now" picture would be interesting..

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#44

2002, Age 14. I Have No Idea What I Was Rebelling Against But I Was Going At It Hard

2002, Age 14. I Have No Idea What I Was Rebelling Against But I Was Going At It Hard

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#45

My Outfit During A Snowfall In May 2004

My Outfit During A Snowfall In May 2004

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#46

My Junior Year Yearbook Picture

My Junior Year Yearbook Picture

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#47

Sophomore Year Of High School, I Would Show Up Like This And Hang Out Behind The Library With My Little Edgy Kids Group

Sophomore Year Of High School, I Would Show Up Like This And Hang Out Behind The Library With My Little Edgy Kids Group

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glowworm2
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Amazing! I'm surprised you were allowed to wear the "bloody" T-shirt to school though.

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#48

My Parents On Their Second Date!

My Parents On Their Second Date!

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#49

I Was A Cute Little Girl, Except For The Fact That I'm A Guy

I Was A Cute Little Girl, Except For The Fact That I'm A Guy

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Pseudo Puppy
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

ah, the cliche of gender-signalling identifiers. You were cute. end of story. :)

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#50

Every Time My Friend Moves, She Rediscovers This Gem From Middle School

Every Time My Friend Moves, She Rediscovers This Gem From Middle School

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