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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5 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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5 months ago

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

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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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5 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
5 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
5 months ago

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

JuJu
Community Member
5 months ago

You should consider visiting the WGT in Leipzig next year...fetish costumes are very common :)

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Tami Bridges
Community Member
5 months ago

This lady has been waiting soooooo long to wear this at the store, and not just the secret get-togethers

iblowsheep
Community Member
5 months ago

you sure that's a lady in there?

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
5 months ago

Let’s hope she doesn’t fart because that thing will balloon. 😆

2BX
Community Member
5 months ago

S/he has been dying to have a reason to wear that in public!

Chris DiFonso
Community Member
5 months ago

Why do I have the feeling that she already had this outfit?

Koalamonster
Community Member
5 months ago

Do you NOT have an outfit like this???

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Sarah Todd
Community Member
5 months ago

Lady Gaga is that you?

Felicia Dale
Community Member
5 months ago

Wow. Fabulous outfit! And perfect for the times. :)

Hans
Community Member
5 months ago

Finally socially accepted,

SykesDaMan
Community Member
5 months ago

"What Corona? That's how I dress on Wednesdays!"

Jim Ellington
Community Member
5 months ago

Oranges, Sriracha sauce, and latex sound like the ingredients for a hot, steamy night of social non-distancing.

Bill
Community Member
5 months ago

Something tells me this isn't her first time wearing this

Gina Amesbury
Community Member
5 months ago

HOW DO YOU GET THAT ON!?

Sarah Taylor
Community Member
5 months ago

Baby powder

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Ashley Nell
Community Member
5 months ago

That's just cool!!

Slune
Community Member
5 months ago

My guess, that wearing that turn on rubber onesie cost normally a nice amount per hour

elfin
Community Member
5 months ago

She looks deadlier than any measly virus. Hope it works for her.

Shelley DuVal
Community Member
5 months ago

Love this, and the plus side is no-one knows who she is!

Dutch VanZandt
Community Member
5 months ago

Well, it sure gives the other shoppers something to take their minds off the virus...

Alexandra Ghobrial
Community Member
5 months ago

Woman's expression on the right though.

Karol Bondon
Community Member
5 months ago

Looks to me like a new psychomantis level in mgs. So, Plug controller into Port 2 :D

Joshua Fraim
Community Member
5 months ago

Wasn’t there a female version in 4? You defeat her and the real mantis appears and messes with you some more

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Wottermehlon Doge
Community Member
5 months ago

ah black latex torture..fun fun

Tebangin Vince
Community Member
5 months ago

Whats her number

Veronica Vierling
Community Member
5 months ago

Well she has the body!

Peter Spencer
Community Member
5 months ago

Bondage Queens have to go shopping occasionally as well

SF Angel
Community Member
5 months ago

Awesome! The only time Latex suits are acceptable among the Vanillas

CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
5 months ago

Wearing gloves doesn't help. They may keep your hands "clean", but are even more effective at spreading the virus than your own clean hands. Gloves are for a one time use only. To be used effectively you must change gloves EVERY TIME you touch something! That's why medical professionals discard their gloves at the door of every patients room!

Gale Langseth Vester
Community Member
5 months ago

She did likely wash her ‘hands’ — that is to say, her gloved hands. These may have the benefit of not having the cracks or crevices as are in hands a la nature!

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Heather Menard
Community Member
5 months ago

that fetish gear came in handy

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
5 months ago

Kinky!! We know what she's into when not isolated... LOL!!!

Water Bottle
Community Member
5 months ago

Only in Canada

boredkoala
Community Member
5 months ago

Looking good!!!!

thomas schmalz
Community Member
5 months ago

Good Lord Noooo

David Secord
Community Member
5 months ago

Her name is Vicki Devika. You can see this video at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb6Nx1pZ4dF__HoU_vwBPVQ/featured

David Secord
Community Member
5 months ago

Her name is Vicki Devika. You can see the video at her site: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb6Nx1pZ4dF__HoU_vwBPVQ/featured

Lululoohoo
Community Member
5 months ago

she's got a banging bod!

Viv Hart
Community Member
5 months ago

Covid 19 at large!!!

Tim Ess
Community Member
5 months ago

WOW

Susann Campbell
Community Member
5 months ago

I want a body like that.

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
5 months ago

Damn - she's (I assume) rocking it!

Tiffany McBride
Community Member
5 months ago

How would you wash it? Just wipe her down with disinfectant wipes before taking it off?

iblowsheep
Community Member
5 months ago

attention seeking whacko right there

Wendy Yim
Community Member
5 months ago

ok that's done for attention, nothing else

Geoffrey Debiève
Community Member
5 months ago

When that COVID19 will be done for good... Will certainly visit Leipzig... (also fetish individual over here) Cheers from Belgium ;)

Geoffrey Debiève
Community Member
5 months ago

When all that COV14 will b done for good... Will head up to Leipzig and get ONE of those things (also a fetish individual over here). Cheers from Belgium peepz ;)

Warren Eakins
Community Member
5 months ago

Holy shit.

Cindi Dean Wafstet
Community Member
5 months ago

I think she got munches and munchies mixed up.

*MINTYMOONS*
Community Member
5 months ago

sexy like me

Granny
Community Member
5 months ago

Yet that long hair hanging collecting all the germs

Laurentiu
Community Member
5 months ago

Ooooo...it is possible ?

Trent Jones
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5 months ago

https://oiam2single.com

Kerry Ericksson
Community Member
5 months ago

Bondage Girl screams look at me I love the Attention and Drama

Joshua Fraim
Community Member
5 months ago

Looks like psycho mantis from the metal gear solid series

Jennifer Asetta
Community Member
5 months ago

Plot twist: this picture wasn’t taken during the Covid Pandemic

Mykel Gordon
Community Member
5 months ago

A little on the skinny side for my liking but I'm willing to have her teach me French!

Christopher Mayer
Community Member
5 months ago

Who or WHAT is that??? (Besides sexy, I mean)

Michael Dworkin-Robertson
Community Member
5 months ago

attack of the killer drag queen!

CV
Community Member
5 months ago

That's walking covid 20 🤕

Troy Currie
Community Member
5 months ago

When she is back home, she just replaces the gas mask...with a ball-gag mask.

Bobby Sammons
Community Member
5 months ago

And just when I thought I'd never go shopping again!

Scott Lloyd
Community Member
5 months ago

I see someone went out in their Sunday best.

Cat
Community Member
5 months ago

Latex washes easier and dries in no time. Excellent idea lol

Elizabeth Ferdinando
Community Member
5 months ago

quite like that outfit.....

Helga Maria Szameit
Community Member
5 months ago

Huuuuiiiiii!! great mask!

Icarus Pendragon
Community Member
5 months ago

Bendy And The Ink Machine: Corona Edition!

Keilyn Hiilei
Community Member
5 months ago

Covid Girl

ClaudiaDarla03
Community Member
5 months ago

QUEEN

S
Community Member
5 months ago

That's just Quebec? No different from before the Corona virus? 🤷🏻‍♂️

Kala Subramaniam
Community Member
5 months ago

oh this is some latex-alien level protection :P

Daniel Mason
Community Member
5 months ago

Covid 69

MidnightFury
Community Member
5 months ago

That hair though... XD

N’Baro Atksteel X377
Community Member
5 months ago

Is that latex?

N’Baro Atksteel X377
Community Member
5 months ago

She looks like a smooth, black version of mystique from x-men. With blonde hair and a gas mask.

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Animal lover❤
Community Member
5 months ago

Just taking precautions

Kjorn
Community Member
5 months ago

in my city!!!!!!… omg i'm so ashamed...

Spinaap
Community Member
5 months ago

no need, it's actualy cool and resourcefull ... in this context and only this one :-)

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Youdontneed2know
Community Member
5 months ago

This is... ummm... interesting...?

Laura Legan
Community Member
5 months ago

Thought it was me for a sec and forgot I did this or something.

Nikolas Alarcon
Community Member
5 months ago

LoveGame by Lady Gaga just had to play lhh smh

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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
5 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
5 months ago

Cone of shame!

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#8

Protected

Protected

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Anita Maes
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5 months ago

Fun intended!

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#9

Corona Protection

Corona Protection

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Rose the Cook
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5 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
5 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
5 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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Laura Gritsons
Community Member
5 months ago

i- yes.

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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
5 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
5 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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Laura Gritsons
Community Member
5 months ago

do you guys remember when baby yoda was the biggest thing in the news- wow. how times have changed in literally 2 weeks.

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#16

Mask Shortage Improvisation

Mask Shortage Improvisation

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rai mei
Community Member
5 months ago

nice badonkadonk 😉

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#17

Corona Virus Becomes Human

Corona Virus Becomes Human

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lailyfnoor
Community Member
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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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5 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
5 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
5 months ago

Bedazzled!

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#28

Mr. Ghost

Mr. Ghost

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Zelda Blue
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5 months ago

Luke, I am your father Hefty Vader.

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#29

Next

Next

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Bill
Community Member
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 months ago

Are you my mummy? (Dr Who)

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#34

Facemask

Facemask

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Flisey
Community Member
5 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
5 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
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5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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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