Kids aren't the smartest. Sure, one moment they might drop a philosophical and poetic line that seems to tap into some universal truth and make you wonder about it for the rest of the day, but the next they might be shoving a straw into an orange, trying to have some juice.

So let's take a minute and have a little innocent laugh at them, shall we? I mean, people who witnessed our, let's call them, less fortunate moments have certainly had so it's only fair we enjoy what the younger generation has to offer too, right? We earned it.

That's why we at Bored Panda put together a new list of pictures that capture children at times they seemed to have no idea how the world actually works. Continue scrolling to check out the images and fire up our earlier articles here and here to catch up on the series.

#1

Kids Will Be Kids

Kids Will Be Kids

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Andy Acceber
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6 months ago

Genius

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#2

How Do You Expect Kids To Live With Such Narrow Minded Parents?

How Do You Expect Kids To Live With Such Narrow Minded Parents?

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chi-wei shen
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6 months ago

Soup is not the best choice. How about marrying Pizza?

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How much you talk with your child can be really important to their development. In the mid-1990s, an interesting discovery was made about a stark difference in language achievement in children. Researchers Betty Hart and Todd Risley visited families from different socioeconomic groups, spending an hour each month recording them over more than two years.

Going through the data, they found that children from the poorest backgrounds heard one-third as many words per hour as those from higher-income backgrounds. Scaling up, the researchers proposed that by the time the children were four years old, there would be a 30-million word gap between children from poor backgrounds compared to those in wealthier, professional households.

#3

Dropping The Phone Will Hurt Grandma

Dropping The Phone Will Hurt Grandma

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Ria De Gooijer
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6 months ago

Sweet

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#4

Ahh Yes, That's Reasonable

Ahh Yes, That's Reasonable

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Andy Acceber
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6 months ago

Sounds like someone definitely needs naptime.

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#5

My Son Thought This Light Switch Would Control The Lights In The Store

My Son Thought This Light Switch Would Control The Lights In The Store

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Andy Acceber
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6 months ago

Okay, this is just adorable.

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As Melissa Hogenboom pointed out for the BBC, this study was far from ideal. It had a small sample size, and it's not entirely clear if the word gap is as large as the researchers first suggested.

Critics have since shown that low-income children hear many more words than Hart and Risley reported when factoring in language they overhear from conversations both inside and outside the home.

But responding to these critics, another group highlighted that "young children do not profit from overheard speech about topics of interest to adults."

#6

Never Give Up On Your Dreams

Never Give Up On Your Dreams

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Strawberry Pizza
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6 months ago

such neat handwriting for a first grader

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#7

Important Questions For The Doctor

Important Questions For The Doctor

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Zedrapazia
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6 months ago

I remember when I was a kid, the local mayor came to talk to us and answer some of our questions. My best friend decided to ask him how often he changes his underwear.

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#8

Just Lost My Foot After A Motorcycle Accident. This Is The Sticker My Son Chose To Decorate My Brace

Just Lost My Foot After A Motorcycle Accident. This Is The Sticker My Son Chose To Decorate My Brace

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River Webb
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6 months ago

daddy one leg

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However, if this word gap does exist, it is problematic because language is known to be one of the most important predictors of how well you are going to do later in life, from your earliest school years to university and so, might even be an indicator of the success of your future career.

Whether we're learning basic numeracy or articulating memories, we need language.

#9

He Refused To Let Me Help Him Order His Food Because He's A "Big Boy". Now He's Sitting Mad As Hell With His Egg On A Hot Dog Bun With Jalapeños And Black Olives

He Refused To Let Me Help Him Order His Food Because He's A "Big Boy". Now He's Sitting Mad As Hell With His Egg On A Hot Dog Bun With Jalapeños And Black Olives

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KatWoman
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6 months ago

Where on earth is this even an option??

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#10

That Went Downhill Fast

That Went Downhill Fast

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IsABELLA
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6 months ago

the last line. Is amazing.

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#11

We Found My Wife’s Phone In The Toilet Yesterday. We Weren’t Sure Which Of Our Three Kids Put It There Until My Wife Scrolled Through Her Pictures Today

We Found My Wife’s Phone In The Toilet Yesterday. We Weren’t Sure Which Of Our Three Kids Put It There Until My Wife Scrolled Through Her Pictures Today

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Lady Goldberry
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6 months ago

That kid has the eyes of a master criminal. 'You gonna use the 'no' word on me? Fine. I'm gonna sever your contact with the outside world...'

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Scientists are even able to show how the brain responds to early language exposure. One group, led by Rachel Romeo, a neuroscientist and speech language pathologist at Boston Children’s Hospital, showed that conversational interactions can have a visible benefit on brain development.

The team recorded conversations in families’ homes monitoring both the amount of language they were exposed to and the number of conversational turns and discovered that children who had more turn-taking conversations were better at language comprehension tasks.

#12

Well It Was Definitely One Of You

Well It Was Definitely One Of You

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I I
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6 months ago

jobby is Scottish for poop

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#13

Would Not Stop Crying Until She Got Her Own Cone Of Shame

Would Not Stop Crying Until She Got Her Own Cone Of Shame

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Catarina
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6 months ago

My 7yo usually walks my 5yo on the dogs leash around the house

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#14

My Niece Just Made Everyone Friends And Said "No Fighting". I Can't Stop Laughing

My Niece Just Made Everyone Friends And Said "No Fighting". I Can't Stop Laughing

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Jo Johannsen
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6 months ago

Someone should try this on Putin. And if that fails, concrete overcoat.

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#15

My Brother And I Met Our Favorite Super Hero (The Hulk) When We Were 4. We Were Frustrated Because Lou Ferrigno Wasn’t Green

My Brother And I Met Our Favorite Super Hero (The Hulk) When We Were 4. We Were Frustrated Because Lou Ferrigno Wasn’t Green

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Jo Johannsen
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6 months ago

He wasn't angry yet.

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Indeed, we have evidence that it is not passive hearing – or even the amount of words a child is exposed to – that matters most. Instead, it is the quality of the conversation that is important. The back and forth turn-taking nature that requires listening and responding.

It’s what Hirsh-Pasek and her long-time collaborator Roberta Golinkoff refer to as a “conversational duet”, as “you can’t sing it alone”. In fact, another study found that if a conversation is interrupted by a phone call, the child does not learn a newly presented word (they will learn it if the conversation is not interrupted).

#16

Oh My

Oh My

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Rez Fidel
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6 months ago

PENIS..BP..say it loud P.E.N.I.S...omfg

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#17

My 10-Year-Old Nephew Told His Mom He Doesn’t Know How His Phone Broke. He Just Woke Up And It Was Like That. A Few Days Later She Finds He Posted This On Youtube

My 10-Year-Old Nephew Told His Mom He Doesn’t Know How His Phone Broke. He Just Woke Up And It Was Like That. A Few Days Later She Finds He Posted This On Youtube

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River Webb
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6 months ago

not sure a ten year old should have a phone though

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#18

It Makes 1 Hour That They're Looking For Their Car Keys That Their Kid Buried Inside The Sand

It Makes 1 Hour That They're Looking For Their Car Keys That Their Kid Buried Inside The Sand

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Catarina
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6 months ago

They're gone....

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#19

Toddler Got Her Hands On Hair Removal Lotion Instead Of Her Dad’s Hair Gel

Toddler Got Her Hands On Hair Removal Lotion Instead Of Her Dad’s Hair Gel

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Little Wonder
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6 months ago

Pennywise, the Early Years.

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Even if Hart and Risley's study wasn’t perfect, the idea that a significant socioeconomic gap exists has been replicated by numerous studies.

In 2008, for instance, Meredith Rowe of Harvard University found that types of conversations do differ significantly between low- and high-income families – in part due to the differing levels of education reached by the parents in these groups.

#20

If You Look Closely, You Can See My Son Hiding From Me

If You Look Closely, You Can See My Son Hiding From Me

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River Webb
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6 months ago

wait where exactly is he? i cant see a thing

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#21

The Neighbourhood Kid Loves My Cat And Insists That My Cat Loves Her Back. This Picture Accurately Shows How Much Kitty Loves Her

The Neighbourhood Kid Loves My Cat And Insists That My Cat Loves Her Back. This Picture Accurately Shows How Much Kitty Loves Her

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Andy Acceber
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6 months ago

Claws are in. I think kitty is impressively tolerating.

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#22

"It Really Really Hurts"

"It Really Really Hurts"

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Kimi Tomminello
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6 months ago

😂

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#23

My Baby Is Trying To Escape The Car To Play With A Baby In Another Car

My Baby Is Trying To Escape The Car To Play With A Baby In Another Car

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Lady Goldberry
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6 months ago

Clearly it's cos he's a fun-guy

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Though a word gap can have lasting consequences, the good news is that all parents talk to their children at least sometimes. And if parents would focus more on the quality of interactions rather than quantity, then children could benefit.

The more social experiences they have, whether with their parents or with any other caregivers around them, the more they will learn.

#24

Crying Because She Found Out Her Mum’s Real Name

Crying Because She Found Out Her Mum’s Real Name

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Nadine Bamberger
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6 months ago

How dare you, next you're telling me you had a whole life before her!

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#25

I Just Have To Post This So I Will Always Have The Memory

I Just Have To Post This So I Will Always Have The Memory

Me to my class: "Okay boys and girls, hang up your snacks so we can go into art class!" I laughed so hard! I love kindergarten!

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yodaxgrogufan
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6 months ago

Haha

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#26

Time To Renew

Time To Renew

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Chinmayee Kalghatgi
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6 months ago

Die bp editor, die. It is die

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#27

Playing Hide And Seek With A Toddler Is Always A Thrill

Playing Hide And Seek With A Toddler Is Always A Thrill

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Summer Mason
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6 months ago

What toddler?

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While the stress of day-to-day life can leave less time for talk and play, with a few subtle tweaks in how we speak to children – and how we listen to them – we can literally grow their brains for the better.

#28

My Child Has Tons Of Toys And Is Playing With An Onion

My Child Has Tons Of Toys And Is Playing With An Onion

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Nannychachi
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6 months ago

I gave one of my granddaughters a real potato to play with as Mrs. Potatohead. She drew a face with a Sharpie and stuck old costume jewelry on it. Carried it around for days.

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#29

Just Found Her Chilling Here For Over An Hour

Just Found Her Chilling Here For Over An Hour

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Catarina
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6 months ago

My 4yo used to do this....maybe it's a thing

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#30

My Nephew Is Shooting For The Stars

My Nephew Is Shooting For The Stars

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kit cat chunky
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6 months ago

this kid is an adult and a child at the same time

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#31

"We'll Split The Loot 50/50"

"We'll Split The Loot 50/50"

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Legen ( wait for it ) dary
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6 months ago

Partners in crime.

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#32

No Stupid Questions. Just Stupid People

No Stupid Questions. Just Stupid People

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DUN DUN (she/her)
Community Member
6 months ago

I asked my mom why I wasn't invited to her wedding, that took place two years before I was born

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#33

My GF Works At A Daycare

My GF Works At A Daycare

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Catarina
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6 months ago

OMG i can't see my back either 😭

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#34

Gonna Save A Bunch Of Money On College

Gonna Save A Bunch Of Money On College

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Nadine Bamberger
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6 months ago

Well at least now you k ow he's capable of following instructions without asking, perfect for middle management lol.

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#35

A House Of God

A House Of God

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Piet Puk
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6 months ago

A church is no place for a kid.

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#36

My Little Sister vs. The Roomba

My Little Sister vs. The Roomba

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Little Wonder
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6 months ago

The girl in purple has perfected the "I'm so done" expression.

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#37

My Son Was 6 When He Was Helping Us Move. Each Year This Memory Pops Up And It’s A Family Favourite

My Son Was 6 When He Was Helping Us Move. Each Year This Memory Pops Up And It’s A Family Favourite

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Andy Acceber
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6 months ago

Containers! It took me a while to figure out what he meant.

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#38

Hide And Seek With My Niece

Hide And Seek With My Niece

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River Webb
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6 months ago

shes behind the wall right?

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#39

"Mommy, There's Green Goo Coming Out Of My Waffle!" -My 6-Year-Old Son

"Mommy, There's Green Goo Coming Out Of My Waffle!" -My 6-Year-Old Son

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River Webb
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6 months ago

the waffle sneezed in the oven

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#40

My Son Said He Was Hot And Wanted Ice Cream. This Is Not What I Expected

My Son Said He Was Hot And Wanted Ice Cream. This Is Not What I Expected

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Kristof De Smet
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6 months ago

Good thinking though

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#41

Imaginary Friends Vibes

Imaginary Friends Vibes

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oli
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6 months ago

Jacob his the one who only childs can see and live under parents beds

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#42

My 10-Year-Old Brother Is Stupid As Hell

My 10-Year-Old Brother Is Stupid As Hell

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River Webb
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6 months ago (edited)

hmm the hint is hard to figure out, anyone know what the password is?

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#43

Baby Geniuses 2: Electric Boogaloo

Baby Geniuses 2: Electric Boogaloo

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Catarina
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6 months ago

She Will Pull her hair too...

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#44

My 4-Year-Old Won't Stop Laughing About This Donut Smiley Face That's Wearing Sunglasses And Has Two Mouths

My 4-Year-Old Won't Stop Laughing About This Donut Smiley Face That's Wearing Sunglasses And Has Two Mouths

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Jessamyn Zolczynski
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6 months ago

Once you see it...

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#45

My Nephew Wanted A Portrait Of George Washington. Thank Goodness He Didn’t Want A Portrait Of Ben Franklin

My Nephew Wanted A Portrait Of George Washington. Thank Goodness He Didn’t Want A Portrait Of Ben Franklin

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6 months ago

This is actually cheaper than a real portrait of George Washington

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#46

She Dressed Herself. It's Definitely Backward

She Dressed Herself. It's Definitely Backward

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River Webb
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6 months ago

girl genius may not be as genius as she thought, still a fine effort though

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#47

I Guess I Don’t Have To Worry About College With This One

I Guess I Don’t Have To Worry About College With This One

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Henry Hagens
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6 months ago

If you are young enough not to get that concept, you should not always have a phone in your pocket

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#48

Me At 3 Years Old, Having A Meltdown, Because My Parents Sold Our Car, Little Blue

Me At 3 Years Old, Having A Meltdown, Because My Parents Sold Our Car, Little Blue

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Nadine Bamberger
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6 months ago (edited)

It was part of the family! Today you sell Little Blue, who says Little Taylor isn't next?

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#49

He Didn't Want His Shoes To Get Wet, So He Put Paper Bags On His Feet And Waded Into The Ocean

He Didn't Want His Shoes To Get Wet, So He Put Paper Bags On His Feet And Waded Into The Ocean

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DUN DUN (she/her)
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6 months ago

I am 20 and today I was this🤏🏻 much away from using hand-wash on tooth brush instead of toothpaste

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#50

At Age 8, I Achieved My Lifelong Dream Of Becoming A Piggy Bank. That's A €0.10 Coin On The Way Out

At Age 8, I Achieved My Lifelong Dream Of Becoming A Piggy Bank. That's A €0.10 Coin On The Way Out

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DUN DUN (she/her)
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6 months ago

This is funny as well as distressing both at the same time

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