As we’re well into the crisis now, health experts are warning us to protect ourselves at all costs. But some people have taken the warning a little too literally. It turns out, there’s virtually nothing some of us wouldn’t do (or wear) in order to keep the virus at bay. As a result, DIY-at-home protective gear has now been spotted all around the aisle runways.

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the coronapocalyptic look, which is both a fashion statement and a major faux pas. But the people sporting it couldn’t care less. Kitchen sponges, diving masks, and full-length tarpaulin suits—you name it, they wear it. Seemingly immune to strange looks, these shoppers are better safe than sorry. Except the safe part of the statement remains open to question.

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A Stranger Took A Picture Of Me Wearing The Proper PPE For A Trip To Walmart For Just The Essentials

A Stranger Took A Picture Of Me Wearing The Proper PPE For A Trip To Walmart For Just The Essentials

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MagicalUnicorn
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9 months ago

seems you already have case of corona

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#2

Remember, It Has To Be With Wings

Remember, It Has To Be With Wings

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Colin L
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9 months ago

You win the internet today sir... I'm without words.

Hans
Community Member
9 months ago

And he is protected against nose bleeding!

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AzKhaleesi
Community Member
9 months ago

and if you put ketchup on it, people will definitely social distance lol

Clavelle
Community Member
9 months ago

I love a man who has no shame slapping a feminine hygiene product on his kisser.🤣

Shelly Bowles
Community Member
9 months ago

Can he even breathe? Those are backed with plastic last I checked...

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
9 months ago

I mean why not? This is genius.

no one cares about you
Community Member
9 months ago

Best mask! Period!

glowworm2
Community Member
9 months ago

Most kids think they're "doctor masks" anyway. No one ever said they couldn't be.

Panda Kicki
Community Member
9 months ago

Sadly this is used right now in Swedish healthcare. When pp2 amd ordinary mask ran out staff makes masks from male santitary pads... https://www.expressen.se/nyheter/inkontinensskydd-anvands-som-mask-inte-optimalt/

I Just Changed My Name
Community Member
9 months ago

Female sanitary pads, right? Not male ones???

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María Hermida
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9 months ago

Those things have a plastic lining. How does he manage to breathe?

Marleen De jong
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9 months ago

I am wondering... how much pain he must go through to remove it!

M Adams
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9 months ago

How can he breathe?

L Jennings
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9 months ago

How can you brain? It's a breathable material?

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Miriam Brose
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9 months ago

How could you breathe with that?

Tami Bridges
Community Member
9 months ago

Tiny baby Jesus, someone's Papa is wearing a maxi pad lol

MagicalUnicorn
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9 months ago

best to put inside mask, it catches everything and keeps it dry

David Muench
Community Member
9 months ago

MacGyver would be proud.

Quant
Community Member
9 months ago

Actually it is a valid protection against the airborne aerosol form. Might look stupid, but he has a better chance of surviving this thing than the people without it.

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
9 months ago

How is this possible to breathe through??

L Jennings
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9 months ago

It's a breathable material?

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JLaw
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9 months ago

That is genius!!

Felicia Dale
Community Member
9 months ago

Very clever.

Carol Taylor
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9 months ago

NOT..!!

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Ben Garfath
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9 months ago

Pfft! They go on your _elbows_!

Kathi Keegan Chang
Community Member
9 months ago

A sanitary "napkin?" for his face??!! LOLOL IMPROVISE!!!!

Lisa Ross
Community Member
9 months ago

In desperate times...

IZama
Community Member
9 months ago

Well you know he ain't scared. . .

Rcatheron
Community Member
9 months ago

Hey, whatever works, right?

Susan Riley
Community Member
9 months ago

Newborn-sized diapers are just the right size -- and they smell really good!

Daniel Mason
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9 months ago

Handy if he has a nosebleed to

Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
9 months ago

uh...whoa

Claire Armstrong
Community Member
9 months ago

Lol and I've been scrabbling around in the spare room trying to find something I could adapt into a mask for my partners hospital appt on Saturday (he has a rare bone marrow cancer and has a port in, he needs to have the port cleaned and get his bloods done every 4 weeks)! I don't think he'd be too happy at this suggestion pml

Josephine Maes
Community Member
9 months ago

Here is a link for a diy one. I am not sure how effective it is though. http://blog.japanesecreations.com/no-sew-face-mask-with-handkerchief-and-hair-tie

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Katinka Min
Community Member
9 months ago

Well, this is better than lots of the other improvised stuff.

Maper Sam
Community Member
9 months ago

oh lord...

Tom Osborne
Community Member
9 months ago

A veteran or spent time in the hoosegow.

European other
Community Member
9 months ago

Just, like you need to be told what that is used for normally !!!

Kate S
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9 months ago

That's just it. There is no normal anymore

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Brenda
Community Member
9 months ago

.....how?

RollDdice
Community Member
9 months ago

He's just padding his chances.

Lululoohoo
Community Member
9 months ago

hell, it works...

Rikke Hackner
Community Member
9 months ago

hmmm, I'd do it but I don't think my kids would let me out the house. I did try making a mask out of a breast pad.

Tiffany McBride
Community Member
9 months ago

Sir I can tell you from experience, those do not supply enough breathability.

Breana Baines
Community Member
9 months ago

WTF

Judy Hofer
Community Member
9 months ago

not a bad idea? and disposable.

Wendy Yim
Community Member
9 months ago

you can't breathe through that

Neil Cook Snr
Community Member
9 months ago

Handy for a nose bleed

Victoria Valenzuela
Community Member
9 months ago

Oh my, imprecise at all cost!

Vicki Hood
Community Member
9 months ago

Whatever blows your skirt up.

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
9 months ago

But you can only go out once a month!

Marsha Traub
Community Member
9 months ago

The best!!!

Michael Dworkin-Robertson
Community Member
9 months ago

Ahhahhahahahahaaaa....

Shelby McClain
Community Member
9 months ago

Hahahahaha omg

Barbara Vandewalle
Community Member
9 months ago

ROTFLMAO what ever works LLLLLLLOL

Lorraine Dinjian
Community Member
9 months ago

Richard said never

Lorraine Sandoval
Community Member
9 months ago

ROFLMAO

Lorraine Sandoval
Community Member
9 months ago

ROTFLMAO

Helga Maria Szameit
Community Member
9 months ago

:) :)

Lee Densmore
Community Member
9 months ago

Properly sealed.

malak hattum
Community Member
9 months ago

that is gross, inappropriate and wrong

L Jennings
Community Member
9 months ago

You're an idiot. It's just a pad. Get a life.

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Jim Kang
Community Member
9 months ago

I know it was probably taken from the package clean and unused, but it still makes me cringe a little.

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
7 months ago

Ingenious.

Aurora Graham-Hayes
Community Member
7 months ago

omg lol

Dianna Oxborrow
Community Member
8 months ago

Alternative option

Sandra West
Community Member
9 months ago

I wonder if his wife noticed she's shy a pad?

Jackie Taylor
Community Member
9 months ago

he took wings too literally

Jackie Taylor
Community Member
9 months ago

lol

Magpie
Community Member
9 months ago

At least you would not get sore ears from the bands on the proper masks.

Chantale Hétu
Community Member
9 months ago

OMG !! Pour menstruations ou fuites urinaires ? Bin quoi ?! Je veux acheter le bon produit tsé !

Zhang Jin
Community Member
9 months ago

Compared with what I experienced before, this is nothing!

Angela McFarland
Community Member
9 months ago

LOL Love the idea!

Alicia Scott
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9 months ago

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Dutch VanZandt
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9 months ago

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Shame lessens with age it seems...

Kjorn
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9 months ago

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i hope it's not a used one

aussie snowdropper
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9 months ago

hey i just said the same thing

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why do i have a feeling it has been used already !!!!

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#3

Quarantine Fun With Mom! Only Masks Available On-Line

Quarantine Fun With Mom! Only Masks Available On-Line

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Adam C
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9 months ago

Granny is awesome!

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As bizarre as some of the DIY protection examples may look, the idea itself is not completely irrational. We now know that the world is running out of face masks for the front-line medical workers. And that’s why experts advise against buying them.

The surgeon general Jerome M. Adams has tweeted: “seriously people—stop buying face masks!” Jerome claims that they’re ineffective in preventing the general public from catching the virus. His point is still a subject of debate and experts tend to have opposing views. One is clear—when leaving the medical-grade masks to professionals only, we are no longer contributing to the shortage of supplies.

#4

When My Daughter Has No Face Mask To Go Outside But Says "Don't Worry Dad, I Got This!"

When My Daughter Has No Face Mask To Go Outside But Says "Don't Worry Dad, I Got This!"

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rai mei
Community Member
9 months ago

really like the dog's expression! can be an actor :)

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#5

As Seen In A Supermarket In Quebec

As Seen In A Supermarket In Quebec

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Colin L
Community Member
9 months ago

I may end up with a Covid-19 kink if I'm not careful.

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#6

This Guy Didn't Have A Mask, So He Came To The Orthopedist As A Polar Bear

This Guy Didn't Have A Mask, So He Came To The Orthopedist As A Polar Bear

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teeshy hedding
Community Member
9 months ago

the worlds gone mad, lol

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In an interview with Bored Panda, Anna Davies, who’s a research microbiologist at the University of Cambridge, explained that without testing, it’s impossible to say which DIY protection works and which doesn’t. “Without it, we just don’t know.”

However, some home-made protection may be better than others. For example, Anna is worried about a plastic bag because of the risk of suffocation. But the snorkel mask is not such a bad idea after all. “I can imagine a snorkel mask providing good barrier protection, but it can’t be very comfortable.”

#7

Now I Can't Touch My Face

Now I Can't Touch My Face

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Colin L
Community Member
9 months ago

Cone of shame!

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#8

Protected

Protected

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Colin L
Community Member
9 months ago

Enough, dad.

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#9

Corona Protection

Corona Protection

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Rose the Cook
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9 months ago

Surely this is the wittiest.

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Anna told us that it’s possible to make a mask at home but it wouldn’t be as good as a commercial one. But wearing a mask only isn’t enough to protect yourself. “It certainly wouldn’t be a replacement to social distancing/isolation and hand hygiene.”

The debate over whether protective masks do help to protect wearers from the virus is still on. According to Davies, “Used properly, it may help to lower overall risk of transmission,” but she adds that “there’s very little evidence for that.” Masks are most appropriate for individuals who are symptomatic. “It may lower (but not remove) the risk of transmission."

#10

Covid Drip

Covid Drip

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
9 months ago (edited)

Low level chemical warfare. Anyway, I've read that some patients lost their ability to smell. If you can hear the fart but not smell it, you should get tested.

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#11

You Always Gotta Be Careful When Going To Supermarkets, Especially With COVID-19 Right Now

You Always Gotta Be Careful When Going To Supermarkets, Especially With COVID-19 Right Now

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
9 months ago

This might not protect them from the Coronavirus, but they are well equipped to fight for toilet paper.

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#12

Plague Doctor With Garlic Is Here

Plague Doctor With Garlic Is Here

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Chyppa Homer
Community Member
9 months ago

"Let's see now... was it Virus or Vampire ? Better be safe than sorry" "And yes, it also protects my virginity !"

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But in times of crisis, it’s better to be safe than sorry. For those of us who couldn’t get their hands on protective masks, the internet has a solution—make your own. Of course, they’re not even close to being as effective as surgical masks, this study run on an influenza pandemic showed.

The New York Times has made a step by step guide to sewing a face mask from common household materials. All you need is a needle, scissors, 100% cotton fabric, and 4 strips of the same fabric (or shoelaces). But remember that wearing it correctly is as important as the mask itself. Make sure that air can’t get through the sides. Don’t forget to remove it after it gets moist and clean it (if it’s reusable) or discard it safely.

#13

When You Care About Your Health But Also Don’t Care About Your Health

When You Care About Your Health But Also Don’t Care About Your Health

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athornedrose
Community Member
9 months ago

dude, you could catch your mask on fire!

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#14

How To Date On Quarantine

How To Date On Quarantine

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lailyfnoor
Community Member
9 months ago

Poor IQ - it took me a while qustioning what's uraqt. Then I realized it means you are a cutie

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#15

Who Needs Face Masks, Or Hand Sanitizer When You Can Have Beskar Armour To Protect Against Corona?

Who Needs Face Masks, Or Hand Sanitizer When You Can Have Beskar Armour To Protect Against Corona?

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ThatGuv
Community Member
9 months ago

This Is The Way!!!

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#16

Mask Shortage Improvisation

Mask Shortage Improvisation

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rai mei
Community Member
9 months ago

nice badonkadonk 😉

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#17

Corona Virus Becomes Human

Corona Virus Becomes Human

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lailyfnoor
Community Member
9 months ago

Fool proofing our social distance

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#18

How To Protect Your Car From The Coronavirus

How To Protect Your Car From The Coronavirus

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Adam C
Community Member
9 months ago

Overheated engine after 10 minutes.

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#19

Shopping For The Plague

Shopping For The Plague

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Draco Malfoy
Community Member
9 months ago

But at least they're stylish

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#20

Not Getting The Coronavirus. Spotted In The Atlanta Airport

Not Getting The Coronavirus. Spotted In The Atlanta Airport

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🐼NaeNae🐼
Community Member
9 months ago

Ofcouse, to match with the all plastic gear, HIGH HEELS!

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#21

This Woman Who Came Into Our Restaurant Said This Is The Only Protective Mask She Could Find

This Woman Who Came Into Our Restaurant Said This Is The Only Protective Mask She Could Find

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Colin L
Community Member
9 months ago

Those masks have terrible vision... so.... bitches be trippin. (I'll go away now)

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#22

No Masks, No Problem

No Masks, No Problem

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Susan
Community Member
9 months ago

Ok, it's hard to cheer me up right now, but you made me laugh.

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#23

Coronavirus Protection?

Coronavirus Protection?

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Nidia Garcia
Community Member
9 months ago

Stylin 👀👀🍞

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#24

This Is Going Way Too Far

This Is Going Way Too Far

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Dee Hunter
Community Member
9 months ago

Did anyone tell them dogs can't contract it?

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#25

Meanwhile In Georgia

Meanwhile In Georgia

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N G
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9 months ago

Is he a Lego man?

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#26

I Understand The Fear Of Coronavirus, But What Is That?

I Understand The Fear Of Coronavirus, But What Is That?

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Colin L
Community Member
9 months ago

Homemade body condoms, when there just isn't enough protection in the world!

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#27

Gotta Stay Stylish

Gotta Stay Stylish

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varwenea
Community Member
9 months ago

Bedazzled!

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#28

Mr. Ghost

Mr. Ghost

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Zelda Blue
Community Member
9 months ago

Luke, I am your father Hefty Vader.

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#29

Next

Next

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Bill
Community Member
9 months ago

If anyone wants to get into bank robbery now is the time

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#30

Protection In Russia

Protection In Russia

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Draco Malfoy
Community Member
9 months ago (edited)

The top looks like his nose.

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#31

Italians Dealing With Lack Of Face Masks

Italians Dealing With Lack Of Face Masks

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Dynein
Community Member
9 months ago

I like the little bit of cloth placed over the end of the snorkel.

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#32

Improvise, Adapt And Overcome

Improvise, Adapt And Overcome

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Bill
Community Member
9 months ago

That has a quarter of the membrane of an OEM airfilter

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#33

Who Had The Good Idea To Pull Out The Soviet Asbestos Masks?

Who Had The Good Idea To Pull Out The Soviet Asbestos Masks?

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Ryyde Cade
Community Member
9 months ago

Are you my mummy? (Dr Who)

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#34

Facemask

Facemask

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Flisey
Community Member
9 months ago

Face mask because don't want to get sick, no helmet riding scooter because don't care about brain damage (maybe that second part is too late...)

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#35

With No Face Masks On The Shelves, The Mighty Emperor Provides During These Troubling Times. In Perth, Western Australia

With No Face Masks On The Shelves, The Mighty Emperor Provides During These Troubling Times. In Perth, Western Australia

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Ali H M Salehuddin
Community Member
9 months ago

This is okay! I would wear one.

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#36

When Modern Problems Require Modern Solutions

When Modern Problems Require Modern Solutions

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TheExtremeSmell
Community Member
9 months ago

Check out those jugs!

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#37

How They Quarantine In Breaux Bridge, LA

How They Quarantine In Breaux Bridge, LA

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BOU
Community Member
9 months ago

Striving for the Darwin Award

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#38

Not The Safety We Needed, But The Safety We Deserve

Not The Safety We Needed, But The Safety We Deserve

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
9 months ago

Only helpful with wings.

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#39

What Is Going On Here?

What Is Going On Here?

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Nidia Garcia
Community Member
9 months ago

Reminds me of an alien but with a low budget

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#40

Man's 'Genius' Way Of Protecting Himself During Coronavirus Pandemic

Man's 'Genius' Way Of Protecting Himself During Coronavirus Pandemic

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Draco Malfoy
Community Member
9 months ago

Your total comes to $28.99. Hold on, um, it's in here somewhere, I swear it was right there a minute ago!

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