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

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Susan Green
Community Member
6 months ago

You betcha!

I'm lay sheep in China
Community Member
6 months ago

People who watched movie w/ subtitles

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Eduard Korhonen
Community Member
6 months ago

The confusion is literally the point of this one. It's supposed to be jumbled to get the message home.

Sophia Graubart
Community Member
6 months ago

Well yeah, but usn't it dangerous if people are trying to read the sign instead of looking at the road

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Dr Nostromo
Community Member
6 months ago

Now that one is intelligent. Nice job.

Raine Soo
Community Member
6 months ago

This sign is going to cause an accident for sure.

Something
Community Member
6 months ago

Only if it is actually on the road. It may not be.

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Ekate
Community Member
6 months ago

That's on purpose.

Deal _Anneal
Community Member
6 months ago

This post is not meant to be here! இ௰இ

El Dee
Community Member
6 months ago

Very clever, but also very stupid. Probably the most distracting road signage I've ever seen..

Terilee Bruyere
Community Member
6 months ago

You're also pretty likely to have an accident trying to read this sign.

Malek Basata
Community Member
6 months ago

concentrate on a road accident lol

Elaine Delvecchio
Community Member
6 months ago

I hope this sign isn't posted somewhere that a person who is driving can see it. It may cause an accident.

Graham Thordarson
Community Member
6 months ago

EXACTLY what I was thinking!

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ZACHARY HARROD
Community Member
6 months ago

This one is just high iq it proves that it is hard to look at two things at once

Johanna Mueller
Community Member
6 months ago

actually they thought this through really well

LeiLah
Community Member
6 months ago

Not clever if it's a road sign on side of highway!

*insert funny name*
Community Member
6 months ago

I think this might be intentional (I really hope so)

d bradley
Community Member
6 months ago

so, as you finish reading this sign you smash into the car in front of you!

Carrie Laughs
Community Member
6 months ago

It isn't a road sign.

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Olive Stirk
Community Member
6 months ago

yeah, your four times it's harder to more likely to have concentrate on a road accident two things when you're on at the same time a mobile phone. perfect sense.

IcyBoba
Community Member
4 months ago

You're four times its hard to more likely to have concentrate on a road accident two things when youre on at the same time a mobile phone. Yes, this makes perfect sense.

Zbenguet
Community Member
6 months ago

How many people got or almost got in an accident trying to read this sign? smh...

Donald Holder
Community Member
6 months ago

You're ten times more likely to have a car crash while trying to read this sign and calling your mom to help you figure it out.

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
6 months ago

Well put.

Chris Watson
Community Member
6 months ago

Not written by a mom

Kristin Malliet
Community Member
6 months ago

The intended audience would miss the sign.

Cheri Huber
Community Member
6 months ago

Brilliant!

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
Community Member
6 months ago

Very educational!

Flavia Slag
Community Member
6 months ago

Some woman ran a stop sign and T boned me a few days before Christmas because her phone texting was much more important then her stopping at a stop sign.

JD Lee
Community Member
6 months ago

Am I supposed to read that as I drive by?

Johnny Guido
Community Member
6 months ago

Veeeery clever!!

Sharon Vaughn
Community Member
6 months ago

So true.

Sam T Godfrey
Community Member
6 months ago

Yesssss!! I want to see those signs everywhere on every road in every state in the US. And real big, colorful, and blinky!!

Tara Trainor
Community Member
6 months ago

I think this is a good one!

Linda Smart
Community Member
6 months ago

It is clever!

Oleg Klochkoff
Community Member
6 months ago

Great!

Lindy Mac
Community Member
6 months ago

What is this sign doing in this thread? It's brilliant.

Stella Eunice Alcala
Community Member
6 months ago

... wha?

Barbar Stewart
Community Member
6 months ago

Very true.

elfin
Community Member
6 months ago

So they placed this distracting sign next to a road?

Elaine Delvecchio
Community Member
6 months ago

Where is this sign? I hope it's not at a location where a driver can see it because it can cause an accident!

Pam Rogers
Community Member
6 months ago

Proven by MANY accidents!!!

Constantine Nazárenko
Community Member
6 months ago

Got in accident while reading this sign...

Candy Chitty
Community Member
6 months ago

No such thing as a car "accident." The word implies blameless and there is ALWAYS someone to blame. Always.

Kevin Perry
Community Member
6 months ago

So no talking to drivers whilst driving then?

Joe Reaves
Community Member
6 months ago

I wonder how many road accidents are caused by trying to read that though!

Mariam Omar Mohamed Mahmoud Ahmed
Community Member
6 months ago

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Mariam Omar Mohamed Mahmoud Ahmed
Community Member
6 months ago

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Anthony Henry
Community Member
6 months ago

I read one after the other.

Ionut Tautan
Community Member
6 months ago

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Patricia Holt
Community Member
6 months ago

Well it certainly makes one look twice and sends the message home loud and clear if you survive.

BananaJo
Community Member
6 months ago

It's kinda clever tho

Downunderdude
Community Member
6 months ago

Not next to a road, I hope.

Jarno Flinkers
Community Member
6 months ago

I was so distracted, I walked right into that one.

Tracy Baparam
Community Member
6 months ago

Actually this one does a pretty good job of getting the message across.

Shalini Pabreja
Community Member
6 months ago

Actually someone did think this one through!

d bradley
Community Member
6 months ago

so they are concerned about safety and hope you'll read this sign and therefore get distracted and smash into the car in front of you

Galactik
Community Member
6 months ago

That's really well done

Kristie Yuill
Community Member
6 months ago

I believe they thought this one through just fine. It's meant to be confusing

KT
Community Member
6 months ago

more likely to get in an accident trying to understand that sign while driving lol

Computernaut
Community Member
6 months ago

"Godzilla had a stroke trying to read that and f**king died".

Maleficent
Community Member
6 months ago

this sounds like something Yoda would say

JORVI
Community Member
6 months ago

i would crash just looking at the sign

Remy
Community Member
6 months ago

But is it a road sign? People are going to try and figure it out while driving?

Eliška Hůlková
Community Member
6 months ago

I just hope it's not on the road.

Gillbella
Community Member
6 months ago

This one is designed to be hard to read

Crouching hippo hidden panda
Community Member
6 months ago

This doesn’t belong in this list. It actually demonstrates its point and I think is effective

Jonathan
Community Member
6 months ago

This one doesn't belong here- this isn't a fail it was part of UK safer driving campaign.

Leo Domitrix
Community Member
6 months ago

Well, NOW i crashed....

Requiem
Community Member
6 months ago

this one is like this on purpose, youll still have an accident reading it

Linda HS
Community Member
6 months ago

My head....

Kissarrah
Community Member
6 months ago

I wonder how many people crashed, trying to read this sign.

a very smol kitteh
Community Member
6 months ago

0oUCh that hurts my brain

error 404 name not found
Community Member
6 months ago

cool

Emi
Community Member
6 months ago

only downvoting because this doesn't really belong here

mph seti
Community Member
6 months ago

Distracted driving is as dangerous as drunk driving. Put the phones away, people.

Kissarrah
Community Member
6 months ago

I put my phone down to read this sign!

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Douglas Turner
Community Member
6 months ago

And five times more likely when a confusing sign appears at the side of the road...

Znaya
Community Member
6 months ago

Makes sense to me, focus, focus!

Paul Budhram
Community Member
6 months ago

This is wonderful

Luna Lovegood!
Community Member
6 months ago

oh, it is. no kiddin'

Shelli Aderman
Community Member
6 months ago

😳

S. Tor Storm
Community Member
6 months ago

Its good, just dont read it while driving

Piper McLean
Community Member
6 months ago

Same with when you pass a very confusing sign

Cip IESAN
Community Member
6 months ago

You're a billion time more likely to have a road accident while reading this...

jonnotheGOAT
Community Member
6 months ago

For those who cannot understand this here is the translation: You're four times It's hard to more likely to have concentrate on a road accident two things when you're on at the same time. a mobile phone.

Damon Tripodi
Community Member
6 months ago

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You're supposed to read this sign while trying to drive on your phone?

Eduard Korhonen
Community Member
6 months ago

No, because it's a magazine print ad

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#2

Jesus Scares

Jesus Scares

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Ekate
Community Member
6 months ago

Not just me, then?

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#3

Will There Be Blood Or Not!?

Will There Be Blood Or Not!?

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Dr Nostromo
Community Member
6 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

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Susan Green
Community Member
6 months ago

I feel sorry for those kids.

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#5

Choose Abortion Life Kills

Choose Abortion Life Kills

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Couldnt_Find_A_Good_Name
Community Member
6 months ago

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

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#6

5 Extremely Slow Children Playing

5 Extremely Slow Children Playing

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Chancey
Community Member
6 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

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Ekate
Community Member
6 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

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Susan Green
Community Member
6 months ago

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

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#9

Shosple Colupis

Shosple Colupis

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Raine Soo
Community Member
6 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

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Ekate
Community Member
6 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

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Flowers
Community Member
6 months ago

Black bean smoothie sounds gross.

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#12

Aliectass

Aliectass

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Ekate
Community Member
6 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

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Lena Hill
Community Member
6 months ago

They are coming for us

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#14

I Am Dond

I Am Dond

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Ekate
Community Member
6 months ago

Dond doesn't look too happy with his hoodie.

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#15

Stand Hong With Kong

Stand Hong With Kong

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Raine Soo
Community Member
6 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

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Ekate
Community Member
6 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?

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Ekate
Community Member
6 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

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Susan Green
Community Member
6 months ago

Cheese disease? Sounds scary.

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#19

The State Of Washi Wangton

The State Of Washi Wangton

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Dr Nostromo
Community Member
6 months ago

My home state. I was born in Satetel.

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#20

Dip Dip

Dip Dip

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
6 months ago

Dip Dip!

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#21

Stop Earth The Denying Is Dying!

Stop Earth The Denying Is Dying!

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Ekate
Community Member
6 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

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Raine Soo
Community Member
6 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

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Chancey
Community Member
6 months ago

Aren't the bees supposed to be outside?

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#24

Always Forgotten - Missed Never

Always Forgotten - Missed Never

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Ekate
Community Member
6 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

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Johnny Rodriguez
Community Member
6 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?

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Vic
Community Member
6 months ago

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

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#27

Truly Inspiring

Truly Inspiring

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Amy Pattie
Community Member
6 months ago

Gosh may brain just snapped

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#28

My Hometown Parade. Dear God

My Hometown Parade. Dear God

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Damon Tripodi
Community Member
6 months ago

And they're inconsistent too

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#29

Vote Dump Early Trump

Vote Dump Early Trump

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Ekate
Community Member
6 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

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Raine Soo
Community Member
6 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

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Chancey
Community Member
6 months ago

Wait... what?

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#32

Who Thought This Was Acceptable

Who Thought This Was Acceptable

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Susan Green
Community Member
6 months ago

Not me.

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#33

Enroll Your Russian Child Now

Enroll Your Russian Child Now

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Jihan Kim
Community Member
6 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?

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Ekate
Community Member
6 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?

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Caroline Nagel
Community Member
6 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

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Flowers
Community Member
6 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

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Amy Pattie
Community Member
6 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

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Raine Soo
Community Member
6 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

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Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
6 months ago

That sounds kind of threatening...

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#40

My Girlfriends Kitchen Tiles. Forffee Coyou

My Girlfriends Kitchen Tiles. Forffee Coyou

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Ekate
Community Member
6 months ago

FeeCO you, too

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#41

Spicey Vaccine

Spicey Vaccine

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Rose the Cook
Community Member
6 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

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Damon Tripodi
Community Member
6 months ago

What's wrong with people?

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#43

I’m Call Pregnant Me

I’m Call Pregnant Me

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
6 months ago

She is pregnat?

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#44

I Give Up

I Give Up

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Amy Pattie
Community Member
6 months ago

That hurt

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#45

Call Me Don’t

Call Me Don’t

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Johnny Rodriguez
Community Member
6 months ago

Hi Don't, I'm Johnny..

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