There are some phrases that just don’t make sense. They get printed on shirts, billboards, and street signs, and if you encounter one, you’ll know it. Looking thrice and turning your head upside down won’t help. Asking for a friend’s help in deciphering the message won’t do much either.

You may call these phrases cursed and you wouldn’t be wrong. But there is an online group that’s not only entirely dedicated to these nonsensical phrases, but has also defined them as a phenomenon worthy of our attention on its own. Powered by 603k members, the Don't Dead Open Inside subreddit is a place for “signs and media that read as nonsense if read normally: from left to right.”

It may sound tricky, but bear with me. Below are some of the funniest signs that require 0% common sense and to throw everything you know about sentence structure out the window. Who knew that there could be so much sense in such nonsense?!

#1

This Is Actually Pretty Clever

This Is Actually Pretty Clever

Praninggerzi Report

Susan Green
Community Member
3 months ago

You betcha!

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#2

Jesus Scares

Jesus Scares

Comet_Dawn Report

Ekate
Community Member
3 months ago

Not just me, then?

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#3

Will There Be Blood Or Not!?

Will There Be Blood Or Not!?

manby Report

Dr Nostromo
Community Member
3 months ago

Well, make up your mind.

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Just like most things on the internet, the subreddit Don't Dead Open Inside wasn’t created out of nowhere. The trope first came to internet users' attention when its name was used in a promotional poster for the TV series The Walking Dead. To this day, the Don't Dead Open Inside poster, revealed on July 2nd, 2010, stands as one of the most recognized examples of the trope in popular culture that caused the cult following on Reddit.

According to Know Your Meme, the infamous poster featured a photograph of a double door with the words "Don't Open" written on the left side and "Dead Inside" written on the right, which should be interpreted "Don't open, dead inside" if read in the correct order. The whole fun of the trope is revealed when the reader reads the phrase line by line instead, which sounds like "Don't dead open inside."

#4

Well That Seems Unfair

Well That Seems Unfair

Greasfire11 Report

Susan Green
Community Member
3 months ago

I feel sorry for those kids.

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#5

Choose Abortion Life Kills

Choose Abortion Life Kills

StrongbowPowers Report

Couldnt_Find_A_Good_Name
Community Member
3 months ago

Well if you think about it.... Life does kill at some point....(/s)

Colin Allcars
Community Member
3 months ago

Guys! Scientists have found Oxygen to be toxic! Anyone who breathes it will die in about 80 years!

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Lena Hill
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

I mean they’re not wrong

Jessica Shookhoff
Community Member
3 months ago

Also, there's something about that bleak background that really speaks to me... it's almost artistic...

blugeagua
Community Member
3 months ago

Here's an idea! Mind your own damn business if it's not your body.

yourdailydoseofcrazy
Community Member
3 months ago

YES

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Cip IESAN
Community Member
3 months ago

In fact, life is the first cause of death...

Paradox Skye
Community Member
3 months ago

How to Trigger Both Pro-Life and Pro-Choice at the same time! xD, Mission Accomplished.

Luna Lovegood!
Community Member
3 months ago

Well, yeah. Human lives kill so many other animals very single day. It's sad.

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Thanks for your comment, Luna. What's saddest is that humans do NOT need to kill any sentient being in order to live, and by that they would preserve their health and the health of our planet. The win - win - win situation; when can we claim that?

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Erik Ivan
Community Member
3 months ago

Well, the death rate of living humans is 100%.

Guido Pisano
Community Member
3 months ago

Well life is primary cause of death...

MoonWitch
Community Member
3 months ago

Abortion is awesome <3

Shmoopaloop
Community Member
2 months ago

It sometimes is needed but it isn't awesome, ending an unborn child's life before they can live it is something serious. I'm sorry but abortion is not an easy topic for me. It's hard to think about without feeling bad. sry for the depressing comment.

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UncleRussian
Community Member
3 months ago

Everyone who drank water died. WAKE UP AMERICA!

Something
Community Member
3 months ago

This is not true. Everyone who died drank water, and everyone who drank water is either dead or expected to die. But there are people who drank water and are currently alive.

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El Dee
Community Member
3 months ago

Life is a slower death..

Matheus Oliveira
Community Member
3 months ago

Cause everybody huuurts... sometimes.

Yort
Community Member
3 months ago

What really kills is child homelessness and starvation!

CowboyHank
Community Member
3 months ago

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Great point. So let's suck their brains out before they even have a chance.

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Dash Blue
Community Member
3 months ago

Life can kill ya.

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
2 months ago

"People" like Electric Uncle TRASH are killing our planet and causing immense suffering and agonizing deaths of innocent, sentient beings. Also they are causing human health and opioid crises. P.S.: Why all those down-votes of Mewton's Third Paw's comment???? People here care about animals just not about all animals.

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Elle Malkamäki
Community Member
3 months ago

Accurate

Steve in Denver
Community Member
2 months ago

Anti-abortionists are not renowned for intellect.

cursed--alien
Community Member
3 months ago

I mean, life does kill. I didn't ask to be born

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
2 months ago

If I had a chance I would have chosen not to be born.

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Thumbs Down
Community Member
2 months ago

Look at THAT !! They've only (if accidentally) made the Best Pro-Choice Argument EVER !!

Max
Community Member
3 months ago

I didn't ask to be born and I'm not inflicting it on anyone else.

Les Izmore
Community Member
3 months ago

Life is the leading cause of death

Its Ritsby
Community Member
3 months ago

Abortion kills? Uh yeah i sure hope it does

Lilac Beauty
Community Member
3 months ago

Honestly true

Lianna Valdez
Community Member
3 months ago

Sounds about right.

Mike Loux
Community Member
3 months ago

LIfe...nobody gets out alive.

whodunnitfan2013
Community Member
3 months ago

This about sums up the pro-forced-reproduction movement.

Gillbella
Community Member
3 months ago

Life causes 100% death rate

Valley Girl
Community Member
3 months ago

Church!

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
2 months ago

Why does church prohibit a contraception?

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Leo Domitrix
Community Member
3 months ago

Life: No One Gets Out Alive. (my gramps)

that rando_;)
Community Member
3 months ago

Mood.

Efi Karafotia
Community Member
3 months ago

Sign with double meaning

l frank
Community Member
1 month ago

Uhh.. I'll just grab my coffee and go, thanks for the warning 🤣🤣

Malek Basata
Community Member
2 months ago

i mean how would you die if u didn't live 🤷🏻‍♂️

Dark Pearl
Community Member
2 months ago

Life is just abortion with extra steps

Kiss Army
Community Member
2 months ago

I think I have actually driven by this sign...

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
2 months ago

Cold hard facts no matter how you read it.

Edda Michelsen
Community Member
2 months ago

Good one

Sam T Godfrey
Community Member
2 months ago

Let me guess... This is from Wheel of Fortune?

Vicki Perizzolo
Community Member
2 months ago

sure does

Linda Robinett
Community Member
2 months ago

That is awful There is no way I would read that as the person intended.

Stella Eunice Alcala
Community Member
2 months ago

lol

Demongrrrrl
Community Member
3 months ago

Life is a sexually transmitted disease that is always fatal.

Anthony Nizza
Community Member
3 months ago

I agree with it.

Logically Reasonable
Community Member
3 months ago

You live..........then you die.

Jeff Diamond
Community Member
3 months ago

The most common cause of death is being alive.

Loraine MacGinness
Community Member
3 months ago

Seems to be different, if traveling north or south ?

Gandalf the Pink
Community Member
3 months ago

The best kind of propaganda is the one which supports both sides of an argument

BananaJo
Community Member
3 months ago

I mean we die eventually so partially he's wright

LeighAnne Brown-Pedersen
Community Member
3 months ago

Ok, Thanos

Jonttu86
Community Member
3 months ago

Who was this smart?

Rowanmun
Community Member
3 months ago

It's true, no one gets out alive in the end

Linda HS
Community Member
3 months ago

Very real!! Good poster(?)🤣

Sum Guy
Community Member
3 months ago

technically true

Cactuar Jon
Community Member
3 months ago

can't argue with that

Cip IESAN
Community Member
3 months ago

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JESSE REED
Community Member
3 months ago

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No lie was told

DogMom
Community Member
3 months ago

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Hell yeah it does

Bill
Community Member
3 months ago

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Susan Green
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

Woah now Bill, this was supposed to be funny, like all of the other signs on here.I don’t believe it was intended to start a moral or political debate. Nothing good can come from that.

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GoodCatto
Community Member
3 months ago

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Translation: choose life, abortion kills!

birdie asf
Community Member
3 months ago

omg really

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bon bon (still purple boi)
Community Member
3 months ago

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it says "choose life" "abortion kills"

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#6

5 Extremely Slow Children Playing

5 Extremely Slow Children Playing

dontdeadopeninside Report

Chancey
Community Member
3 months ago

Commas save lives.

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Knowing the speed things surf around social media, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a couple of users on Twitter shared their reactions to the unusual poster on social media. In the following years, “the memes based on the joke were made, with Know Your Meme user irish_swede archiving one such example on March 12, 2013,” reported Know Your Meme.

On May 17th, 2014, the subreddit r/dontdeadopeninside was created, where the community collected cases of the trope found in popular culture, design, advertising, etc. Today, it’s home to 603k members that follow a strict set of rules for submissions.

#7

Doesn’t Sound Like Fun

Doesn’t Sound Like Fun

Reddituser4678213 Report

Ekate
Community Member
3 months ago

Exactly how I feel about watching most sports

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#8

Don’t Save A Life Be Afraid To Give Blood

Don’t Save A Life Be Afraid To Give Blood

dontdeadopeninside Report

Susan Green
Community Member
3 months ago

Whew! I was afraid they were going ask me to give blood.

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#9

Shosple Colupis

Shosple Colupis

caiia_ Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

Why do people do this?

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The first and most important rule is that all posts have to comply to DDOI format. “Signs must be read correctly top to bottom, and incorrectly left to right, like any text, usually. Though it does not matter how easily you can read them, it is highly encouraged to only post images with little separation or spacing between the columns of words.”

The community doesn’t allow both reposts and memes, and encourages users to “put the 'correctly read' way in the title, like 'DONT DEAD OPEN INSIDE.'”

#10

Guaranteed Reduced Quality

Guaranteed Reduced Quality

Maqwheel Report

Ekate
Community Member
3 months ago

That's accurate. How many carcinogens are in that stuff?

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#11

7 Surprising Black Ways To Use Beans

7 Surprising Black Ways To Use Beans

maximum_chungus Report

Flowers
Community Member
3 months ago

Black bean smoothie sounds gross.

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#12

Aliectass

Aliectass

_awwsmm , DrJessicaLanger Report

Ekate
Community Member
3 months ago

Just keep the "ASS ASS IN" over the sofa, chuck the rest?

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#13

Stolen From My Friends Snap Story

Stolen From My Friends Snap Story

long-time-lurker- Report

Lena Hill
Community Member
3 months ago

They are coming for us

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#14

I Am Dond

I Am Dond

bestgrandson Report

Ekate
Community Member
3 months ago

Dond doesn't look too happy with his hoodie.

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#15

Stand Hong With Kong

Stand Hong With Kong

pedrojalapa Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

Stand with Hong Kong. I'm not sure why it wasn't written this way.

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#16

Well If You Insist

Well If You Insist

Mad_Mark90 Report

Ekate
Community Member
3 months ago

Keep your shirt on and chow down

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#17

If You Were In A Car, Would You Know What Accident To Do?

If You Were In A Car, Would You Know What Accident To Do?

MrGrampton Report

Ekate
Community Member
3 months ago

I usually go with spilling hot coffee on myself when the lid's not on properly.

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#18

Spread Cream Not Cheese Disease

Spread Cream Not Cheese Disease

JonyIveAces Report

Susan Green
Community Member
3 months ago

Cheese disease? Sounds scary.

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#19

The State Of Washi Wangton

The State Of Washi Wangton

morecatslesspeople Report

Dr Nostromo
Community Member
3 months ago

My home state. I was born in Satetel.

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#20

Dip Dip

Dip Dip

JimMorrisonsPetFrog Report

Eva the Egg
Community Member
3 months ago

Dip Dip!

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#21

Stop Earth The Denying Is Dying!

Stop Earth The Denying Is Dying!

SoddingOpossum Report

Ekate
Community Member
3 months ago

I'd to get off if we're stopping

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#22

Don't Go Kill Vegan

Don't Go Kill Vegan

KeLo2510 Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

Is this meant to be advice?

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#23

Saw This At Work Today And Immediately Thought Of This Sub

Saw This At Work Today And Immediately Thought Of This Sub

rdeddit Report

Chancey
Community Member
3 months ago

Aren't the bees supposed to be outside?

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#24

Always Forgotten - Missed Never

Always Forgotten - Missed Never

cdsackett Report

Ekate
Community Member
3 months ago

Have a feeling Ray Ray was a bit of an a**e

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#25

Drug Is The Free Key

Drug Is The Free Key

BenTechLabs Report

Johnny Rodriguez
Community Member
3 months ago

I've got the key, I've got the secret..

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#26

Was There Even An Intended Order To Begin With?

Was There Even An Intended Order To Begin With?

plsiwanttosleep , starrthepj Report

Vic
Community Member
3 months ago

Good for Laser.. smoking is a bad habit..

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#27

Truly Inspiring

Truly Inspiring

littlefisch2020 Report

Amy Pattie
Community Member
3 months ago

Gosh may brain just snapped

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#28

My Hometown Parade. Dear God

My Hometown Parade. Dear God

Farnhza Report

Damon Tripodi
Community Member
3 months ago

And they're inconsistent too

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#29

Vote Dump Early Trump

Vote Dump Early Trump

JGolden32 Report

Ekate
Community Member
3 months ago

Someone's announcing their toilet routine.

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#30

Friend Of A Friend Got A New Tattoo

Friend Of A Friend Got A New Tattoo

drewwhis Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

This sounds like something Yoda would say.

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#31

This Is A F**king Massacre. Thing Made Me Want To Dead

This Is A F**king Massacre. Thing Made Me Want To Dead

reddit.com Report

Chancey
Community Member
3 months ago

Wait... what?

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#32

Who Thought This Was Acceptable

Who Thought This Was Acceptable

JoeyJelly1 Report

Susan Green
Community Member
3 months ago

Not me.

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#33

Enroll Your Russian Child Now

Enroll Your Russian Child Now

Sheeple_26 Report

Jihan Kim
Community Member
3 months ago

this ain't so bad

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#34

Jesus Are Is Coming You Back Ready?

Jesus Are Is Coming You Back Ready?

porkstick Report

Ekate
Community Member
3 months ago

Guns or pizza?

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#35

You Think Some Tattooist Hate Their Own Work?

You Think Some Tattooist Hate Their Own Work?

Pyrox888 Report

Caroline Nagel
Community Member
3 months ago

'If U stay, stay fever'?

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#36

This Giant Poster In My University Dorm

This Giant Poster In My University Dorm

colonelpanic762 Report

Flowers
Community Member
3 months ago

Probably would've been easier to read upside down.

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#37

Drugs May Kill You, But Never Your They’ll Hurt Feelings

Drugs May Kill You, But Never Your They’ll Hurt Feelings

acookie2 Report

Amy Pattie
Community Member
3 months ago

Clearly drugs will kill your sentences and hurt your grammar

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#38

Teachers Who Love Teach Children Teaching To Love Learning

Teachers Who Love Teach Children Teaching To Love Learning

tanooki_hardaway Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning.

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#39

Hear That Noise? We Are Growing. We Can Fix It Again. Apply Inside

Hear That Noise? We Are Growing. We Can Fix It Again. Apply Inside

armchairnixon Report

Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
3 months ago

That sounds kind of threatening...

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#40

My Girlfriends Kitchen Tiles. Forffee Coyou

My Girlfriends Kitchen Tiles. Forffee Coyou

Laveys_Fvcktoy Report

Ekate
Community Member
3 months ago

FeeCO you, too

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#41

Spicey Vaccine

Spicey Vaccine

waink8 Report

Rose the Cook
Community Member
3 months ago

Beware of the Pumpkin Flu.

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#42

This Was In My It Class Today

This Was In My It Class Today

The--Sentinel Report

Damon Tripodi
Community Member
3 months ago

What's wrong with people?

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#43

I’m Call Pregnant Me

I’m Call Pregnant Me

QuinnJet Report

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
3 months ago

She is pregnat?

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#44

I Give Up

I Give Up

TheCunningLinguist89 Report

Amy Pattie
Community Member
3 months ago

That hurt

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#45

Call Me Don’t

Call Me Don’t

RoyLifestyle Report

Johnny Rodriguez
Community Member
3 months ago

Hi Don't, I'm Johnny..

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