Kids' playgrounds are supposed to be a hub for a child's imagination, so the designs must yield to creativity. While Danish brands such as LEGO and MONSTRUM are superstars with innovative playset creations, some jungle gym designers just seem to miss the mark.

Below is a compilation of playground design fails that are far from friendly. Who knew that once wholesome characters like Frosty, the Snowman or Spiderman could become so inappropriate with just a few bad design placements. Yes, some of these backyard playgrounds are so disturbing you will wonder how the designer or parents missed it. Scroll down below to see photos of hilariously shady playground equipment that are definitely not age-appropriate, but are sure to give you a good laugh. Don't forget to upvote your favs!

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Laugh Fan
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2 years ago

Flipping hell... no-one in their right mind, surely?

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#2

All Aboard Thomas The Existential Angst Engine

All Aboard Thomas The Existential Angst Engine

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Kaisu Rei
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2 years ago (edited)

He's just going through some stuff, okay?

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Really? For Kids To Play?

Really? For Kids To Play?

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Антон Христов
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2 years ago

Depends how you look at it. It can be quite useful for explaining how did they came to existence.. OR NOT.

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#4

Uhhh... You Alright There, Pikachu?

Uhhh... You Alright There, Pikachu?

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Kaisu Rei
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2 years ago

There is no excuse for this, who thought it was a good idea???

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#5

Just A Regular Russian Playground, Nothing To See Here

Just A Regular Russian Playground, Nothing To See Here

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Laugh Fan
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2 years ago

Did someone wake up with the head next to them on a pillow Mafia-style?

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My Friend Is In South Korea And She Saw This In A Playground

My Friend Is In South Korea And She Saw This In A Playground

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Kaisu Rei
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2 years ago

Excuse me but what's going on here??

Donna Cheung
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2 years ago

Human centipede

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Vlad Horobet
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2 years ago

In Romania we have this game called "thick milk" . The kids sit like this, head under the bottom of the next kid while firmly grasping his legs. Then someone yells "thick milk" and jumps on their backs, as close as the standing kid as possible. Then another kid does the same and another and another until a big pile forms and the "human centipede" fails and all kids fall. It's a fun game, like leaping frog, but with waaay more friends.

Master Markus
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2 years ago

I'm very uncomfortable with the name.

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Carlos
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2 years ago

It is a game. We also have it in Mexico, we call it "The grounded donkey". Here is a clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNCeVKOx7_Y

Beeps
Community Member
2 years ago

Thanks for the explanation, Carlos, but my goodness, that game looks savage! My back and neck hurt just from watching your clip.

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birdhouse
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2 years ago

Seriously, what is with the last kid's butt? Is that a poo that is turtling?

CristianT
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2 years ago

It's actualy a popular game in eastern Europe. When I was a kid I used to play it often.

minerva15
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2 years ago

Can you explain the game to us? A lot of us a very confused.

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Aaron Kara
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2 years ago

The worst part is, that's the most innocent it can look, add children to this in any way and it looks worse

Natters
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2 years ago

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Dude, those are statues of children.

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Tankut Dogrul
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2 years ago

this is a common game in most parts of the world..

Liz C. Silva
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2 years ago

This is a common game in South Korea. The losing team assume this position. The winning team jumps and sits at the backs of the losing team. The catch here is if the losing team can hold unto the weight of the winning team.

Jill
Community Member
2 years ago

It’s not at a playground but in front of a National outdoor museum in Seoul, South Korea! I saw it on my trip there and was like WTF. It’s not like it’s even hidden off to the side. You can see it from the road and pass it to get into one of the side gates to visit one of the palaces.

Joeshar
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2 years ago (edited)

This a game in which 2 teams compete. Team 1 bends down and Team 2 jumps onto them. Team 1 should be strong enough not to fall down until the last member of Team 2 jumps. All Team 2 members should keep their balance, noone is allowed to fall down too. So it's a game of strength and balance. Very entertaining and a little bit harsh. Never seen a girl playing this game. (a common game in Turkey) Link if you want to check it out: https://youtu.be/7S7t7yRicDA

Vincent Maniace
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2 years ago

In NYC, it's called Johnny Ride the Pony, except that's not where you put your head.

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Jody Gilbertson
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2 years ago

We call it “buck buck” or “ Johnny on a pony”. What you see is team #one, and team #two does the running and jumping on top. If team one crumbles, team two wins that round. If a team two person falls off, team one wins the round. Then they switch and do it again.

Jennifer Clark
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2 years ago

Some people call it Buck Buck. A guy from Turkey I knew called it Long donkey.

Kesyra
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2 years ago

I have questions.

Enuya
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2 years ago

Uhm... what is this even SUPPOSED to be?

Mia J
Community Member
2 years ago

The first time I saw this game played was on the Korean variety show X-man. Yep, nothing like seeing Kpop stars running and leaping on each other’s backs like a horse. I miss that show!

Daniel Erickson
Community Member
2 years ago

It is called buck buck. The kids lined up and bent over are the 'horse.' A second team of kids jumps on the horse. See how many you can hold before the horse collapses.

Daniel Erickson
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2 years ago

Bill Cosby had a stand up comedy bit that explained buck buck. https://youtu.be/PFyR0SsHHqA

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Frozengeckolover
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2 years ago

That last kid, sporting the plumbers butt. The whole setup is disturbing, but the asscrack puts it over the top.

Miana Heang
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2 years ago

plug and play irl

Michelle Line
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2 years ago

W.... T.....F.....!!!!!!!??????

claudia kiss
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2 years ago

I may need medical attention because my jaw hit the floor so hard may be dislocated.

Chico Martins
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2 years ago

Human centipede with a happy end?

Daria B
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2 years ago

Where in S. Korea? I wanna visit! ♥

Eva van Loon
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2 years ago

Incredible! Now I'm going to wonder if this image is in my Korean students' heads!

karinagoldfish
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2 years ago

oh god the last kid's face

TomiSmith
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2 years ago

Looks sick to me.

Lisa Chambers
Community Member
2 years ago

I think I would have to hit this with my car. No. Just no.

Maureen Peters
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2 years ago

Gangnam Style?

Kent Stannard
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2 years ago

The way the last one on the line is positioned is just a no

Faith Nicole
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2 years ago

Why... just why

Tara Trainor
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2 years ago

WTH?????

Michelle Dodson
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2 years ago

That is so wrong on SO many levels!

Diane Phillips-Herman
Community Member
2 years ago

We called this "Johnny ride the pony" but there was no kid as a cushion against a pole.

bossbob64
Community Member
2 years ago

I have a couple of Korea friends. They simply laughed and said, "you wouldn't understand."

Mindy Keys
Community Member
2 years ago

ummmmm.... How did this pass the design phase to get to 'production'? Bless.

Jan Quin
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2 years ago

O m g

Suzanne Dunne
Community Member
2 years ago

very dodgy

S.
Community Member
2 years ago

Is this that butt slapping line thing from Spongebob? Or the . . . human centipede?

Nini Meow
Community Member
2 years ago

I even find the game ridiculous.

Stefano Aprea
Community Member
2 years ago

You can find my explanation in another comment here. The game "looks" like ridicolous but, 45 years ago, was very funny and dangerous too. In souther Italy this game "The St.George" probably got its origin since ancient roman times..

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Kyan
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3 weeks ago

why do they have their heads up eachothers butts and thn is ding dong oooooooouuuuuuccchh

Joshua Jenkins
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1 year ago

human centipede

Erica D B
Community Member
2 years ago

What kind of play equipment is this supposed to be anyway? At least the other ones you can guess what they're for but this one? I have no clue whatsoever.

Elizabeth Butler
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2 years ago

can't believe this is real!!!!1

sharron lynn parsons
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2 years ago

Disgusting !!!

Cynthia Cavalli
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2 years ago

apparently there's a game called "Johnny on a pony" (also Buck-Buck) - look it up - it looks something like this. not sure why the last guy's pants are down though.

Emilia Graf
Community Member
2 years ago

As many people said, it's a game that kids and not only kids play, I saw people playing that when I regularly watched S. Korean TV ^^

Marti Mefford
Community Member
2 years ago

what the what?!?

Jani Jani
Community Member
2 years ago

in Croatia where I'm from we called it rotten horse.. a quite physical game

Jani Jani
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2 years ago

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Deborah Brudnak
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2 years ago

wtf?

Joyce Berman
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2 years ago

Yeow!

Άρης Παπαδόπουλος
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2 years ago

Long Donkey https://greecebyagreek.com/2015/11/16/long-donkey/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkIHBg3K55g https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycb6_Orm6lk

Sue Clasen
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2 years ago

?

Brownie wolf
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2 years ago

no comment

Anna Gísladóttir
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh gee

Madonna Rose
Community Member
2 years ago

Unbelievable...sick just plain sick

arthur lindsay coker
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2 years ago

OMG

Colette Chicoine
Community Member
2 years ago

so wrong.

Kelly Grace
Community Member
2 years ago

What the hell?

Gracie Mae
Community Member
2 years ago

ok, wtf?! makes me wonder if it's related somehow to the game i heard about over there where they take their thumb & jam it up a friend's butthole...(and i read about that on BP, too)

Lillian Allen
Community Member
2 years ago

NANI

Aperture Laboratories
Community Member
2 years ago

All aboard the ligma train

Dîlan Güven
Community Member
2 years ago

We have this play in Turkey. İts name is 'uzun eşek' so 'long donkey' :)

Jodi Ellis
Community Member
2 years ago

What in the heck!

Freya the Wanderer
Community Member
2 years ago

If you've ever read Sam Levenson's "Everything but Money" - a book I highly recommend - this will remind you of "Johnny on a Pony."

Polen Bahçivan
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2 years ago

Go to #37. I explained it in the comments.

Zoe Taylor
Community Member
2 years ago

Human centipede! ((Cringe))

cher rye
Community Member
2 years ago

lol!

Sel Bonda
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

Playful reminder of North Korean punishment. Standup against dictator. Get your member bitten off and passed on down the line. No chance of Reconstruction! Beware!

Kuman
Community Member
2 years ago

ohh ive been to this spot before!

Ina O
Community Member
2 years ago

It's just the popular game in South Korea among teenagers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwweTqWhc_M

Hodor! Hodor?
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2 years ago

The human centipede

Yassin Haussler
Community Member
2 years ago

The guy at the end looks like he's enjoying it a lot xD

Karen Dyer
Community Member
2 years ago

oh my

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

human cenitplease god no.

FatBaby
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2 years ago

The kids that go there are thinking that it's all fun and games and the parents are the ones thinking "Who tf thought it was a good idea to put a human centipede in the playground"

Carmen Elena
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2 years ago

The human centipede... RUN!!!

athornedrose
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2 years ago

wth?

Dian Parama Kosala
Community Member
2 years ago

Kids centipede..

Carlos
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2 years ago

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Rhon
Community Member
2 years ago

Nonononono!

Mark Kelly
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

I can't even begin to know what they were thinking when this was built.

Jen Cox
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2 years ago

What the heck?? 😂😂

Vincent Maniace
Community Member
2 years ago

It's suppose to be Johnny Ride the Pony, except that's not where you put your head when playing.

Kim Veltkamp
Community Member
2 years ago

Reminds me of the movie Human Centipide

Swetha Umashankar
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2 years ago

This is just NCT in their natural habitat.(not kidding they actually posted a pic like this)

S Bagci
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2 years ago

What the ...................

RockyDude47
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2 years ago

I.... have no words for this.

Kenny Kulbiski
Community Member
2 years ago

I don't think even the Kama Sutra has this one.

Analyn Lahr
Community Member
2 years ago

Um...what is that, a playground for pedophiles? Someone needs to rethink that design.

Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

Management training in practice.

Laugh Fan
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm extremely glad that this was never in my management training!!

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Ouch

Ouch

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2 years ago (edited)

Child: WEEEEEEEEE Child: WEEEEEEEEE Child: WEEEEEEEEE Child: *roblox death sound*

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#8

But Why

But Why

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Paan Sy
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2 years ago

hahahaha at least it is colorful

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#9

Never Split Your Legs When You Slide Down

Never Split Your Legs When You Slide Down

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minerva15
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2 years ago

Looks like a bunch of bananas!

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#10

This Mickey Mouse At A Local Play Park

This Mickey Mouse At A Local Play Park

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Aaron Kara
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2 years ago

please...kill me

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Not Exactly The Right Place For A Playground

Not Exactly The Right Place For A Playground

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Just another user...
Community Member
2 years ago

i can see myself slipping. slipping when it’s dry. slipping when I’m walking slowly. this is my problem ;-;

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#12

Spiderman Bounce House

Spiderman Bounce House

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Aaron Kara
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2 years ago

The pump that inflates the castle probably needs to be inserted into the anus... because, spiderman

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#13

Well That's A Penis...

Well That's A Penis...

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PandaJon
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2 years ago

The Luigi "Penis Pie" Special

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#14

If You’re A 10 Foot Child And Want To Learn Braille Do I Have The Playground For You!

If You’re A 10 Foot Child And Want To Learn Braille Do I Have The Playground For You!

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seauf
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2 years ago

I feel short

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#15

This Awful Slide Placement

This Awful Slide Placement

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Just another user...
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2 years ago

c’mon man... we’re trying to ~not~ drive the elephants to extinction...

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#16

This Terrifying Playground For Children

This Terrifying Playground For Children

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Aaron Kara
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2 years ago

Kill it with fire

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#17

So I Took My Son To A Playground In Poland...

So I Took My Son To A Playground In Poland...

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Daria Z
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2 years ago

Now THAT's what usually springs to mind when I hear "spotted dick pudding"

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#18

Come And Play, Children

Come And Play, Children

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2 years ago

Child: *copies Pirate role model* Parental figure: where the hell did I go wrong?

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#19

This Spiderman Children's Ride Has A Visible Panty Line

This Spiderman Children's Ride Has A Visible Panty Line

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Stimpy
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2 years ago

Well, I guess they just used a basemodel for a superman-type hero (knickers-on-the-outside-style) and repainted it as spiderman...

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Morg And Lisu

Morg And Lisu

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Enuya
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2 years ago

These are post-apocalyptic Simpsons. I mean, after they turned into zombie.

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#21

Make Fun Safe

Make Fun Safe

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Aahzmandus Pervect
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2 years ago

Help us make fun safe by eliminating the fun!

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#22

Spotted At A Local Park On The Play Structure. Teaching Kids About The Planets... That Revolve Around The Earth...?

Spotted At A Local Park On The Play Structure. Teaching Kids About The Planets... That Revolve Around The Earth...?

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ViolinLover
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2 years ago

And the sun does not exist...?

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#23

This Useless Playground Tic-Tac-Toe Board

This Useless Playground Tic-Tac-Toe Board

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Just another user...
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2 years ago

OOH! FIRST TO TWO WINS! I WILL CHALLENGE ANYONE TO THIS— anyone under 5

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#24

Guess Donald Duck Really Likes Kids

Guess Donald Duck Really Likes Kids

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Laugh Fan
Community Member
2 years ago

You'd think designers would know by now that certain animals, cartoon characters and people do NOT make good playground rides/games/toys. Maybe it would be best to just put good quality equipment in a playground and give up on this kind of thing.

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#25

This Monstrosity

This Monstrosity

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steve
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2 years ago

why are there so many plagyground things like these...

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#26

Uhh... Spongebob?

Uhh... Spongebob?

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S.
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2 years ago

He's ... He's staring right into my soul ...

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#27

At The Playground

At The Playground

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Laugh Fan
Community Member
2 years ago

Designed by someone dyslexic? It's the kind of thing my husband would do with the form of dyslexia he has.

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This Playground Of A Private Kindergarten In Omsk, Russia

This Playground Of A Private Kindergarten In Omsk, Russia

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Major Houlihan Bear
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2 years ago

You always get in. Out is another question :)

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#29

Kids Playground In Ukraine

Kids Playground In Ukraine

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Potterhead Unicorn
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2 years ago

That's actually pretty damn cool.

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#30

I'm Just Gonna Leave This Here

I'm Just Gonna Leave This Here

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Enuya
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2 years ago

Winnie the Pooh after years of honey and hard drugs abuse.

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