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!

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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!?

manby Report

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

dontdeadopeninside Report

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

Reddituser4678213 Report

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

dontdeadopeninside Report

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

caiia_ Report

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

Maqwheel Report

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

maximum_chungus Report

Flowers
Community Member
6 months ago

Black bean smoothie sounds gross.

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#12

Aliectass

Aliectass

_awwsmm , DrJessicaLanger Report

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

long-time-lurker- Report

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

pedrojalapa Report

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

Mad_Mark90 Report

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?

MrGrampton Report

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

JonyIveAces Report

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

morecatslesspeople Report

Dr Nostromo
Community Member
6 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
6 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
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

KeLo2510 Report

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

rdeddit Report

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

cdsackett Report

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

BenTechLabs Report

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?

plsiwanttosleep , starrthepj Report

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

Farnhza Report

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

JGolden32 Report

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

reddit.com Report

Chancey
Community Member
6 months ago

Wait... what?

Lorelai Purvis
Community Member
6 months ago

have one share and then a bunch of hearts & nonsense

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James016
Community Member
6 months ago

I see words but I don’t understand them.

Daria B
Community Member
6 months ago

This is how I felt once when I was surprised by an unusually strong migraine.

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Anggi Santika
Community Member
6 months ago

He love her, she love him, we love us, Shiva (Hindu God for destruction) love you. Have one love share love?

Popcorn Colonel
Community Member
6 months ago

I'm not sure whether I an incompetent or not, but you thank explaining for. :)

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
6 months ago

Huh, what am I reading. I have tried a few times to comprehend what I see but I just can’t.

Mama Panda
Community Member
6 months ago

I still don't get it

Joseph Kuhlman
Community Member
6 months ago

Godzilla had a stroke reading this and f*****g died

Bender Bending Rodríguez
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

So that's how King Kong beat Godzilla. Thanks for the spoiler bud. NOT.

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Doggo Froggo
Community Member
6 months ago

This is literally making me grit my teeth and quietly scream

Claire
Community Member
6 months ago

He love her, she love him, have one share, we love us, Shiva love you. Is that right?

Anna Banana
Community Member
6 months ago

I mean it seems right, but what is it supposed to mean?

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Mike Wahousekey
Community Member
6 months ago

Godzilla tried reading this and f*****g died of a stroke.

CincyReds
Community Member
6 months ago

What the does this even mean?

~*Zodiac lover~*
Community Member
6 months ago

Is this homophobic?... or just me that sees that?...

~*Zodiac lover~*
Community Member
6 months ago

It looks wrong -_-

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Luna Lovegood!
Community Member
6 months ago

I think they mean " he, and she have we shiva. BUT they only have one. herhim then shared us with you because us is shiva, but they only had one, they shared anyway.

Amber Ice
Community Member
6 months ago

That totally makes sense. Thank you.

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Amelia
Community Member
6 months ago

I cant even figure out what this is supposed to say

Madison Feehan
Community Member
6 months ago

Nouns.

Jihan Kim
Community Member
6 months ago

spreading some love i see.... but shiva is a god of destruction

Luther von Wolfen
Community Member
6 months ago

*clapping slowly*

Boaz Krebs
Community Member
3 months ago

he she have we shiva one herhim share us you. AH YES OBVIOUSLY NOTHING WRONG HERE

l frank
Community Member
4 months ago

Anyone else have trouble comprehending this?

Yes, I’m a Bookworm (she/her)
Community Member
5 months ago

Wtf is this even meant to say, my brain I’d dying just looking at it

Ashley Wright
Community Member
6 months ago

It’s “he” and it’s “she.” That all, folks.

Kiwīī
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

Is it... He - Her, She - Him, Have One Share, We - Us, Shiva - You...?? I thought it would make sense if I wrote it out but n o.

MAKtheknife
Community Member
6 months ago

There must be a message there somewhere. Ya think?

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
6 months ago

No thank you.

Jessica LanSpe
Community Member
6 months ago

Are these people sitting "Shiva" for a Jewish deceased loved one?

Shelley DuVal
Community Member
6 months ago

none of that makes any sense at all.

Lucy Hill
Community Member
6 months ago

Shiva is a pronoun?

Lucy Hill
Community Member
6 months ago

Omg I thought this was an identity thing saying whatever pronouns you identify as, we all have hearts 🤣🤣🤣 it’s appaz about being Hindu

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Bettye McKee
Community Member
6 months ago

What?!?

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
Community Member
6 months ago

Should we start tracing arrows between words?

CARMEN FLORES
Community Member
6 months ago

He She Her Him cannot make up its mind.

Sam T Godfrey
Community Member
6 months ago

At least it's got rhythm... Wait, isn't this a dance craze from Indonesia?

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
6 months ago

WTF is that supposed to even MEAN?

Peter Kovak
Community Member
6 months ago

I understand that I have understood nothing!!!!!!!!...WTF??

Azziza
Community Member
6 months ago

He she have we Shiva <3 <3 one <3 <3 her him share us you

Sharon Vaughn
Community Member
6 months ago

A confused Hindu?

Michael Capriola Jr.
Community Member
6 months ago

"All your base are belong to us."

Adrienne Kushner
Community Member
6 months ago

It sounds like a computer program tried to translate something from another language.

Judy Windham Saunders
Community Member
6 months ago

that was some mighty fine weed, bud. . .

nala simba
Community Member
6 months ago

Just random words.

Linda Robinett
Community Member
6 months ago

I guess they are being gender fluid?

Mumof1
Community Member
6 months ago

What-how-who-why-where-when-what-ever

Bow, I’m a Slytherin
Community Member
6 months ago

Maybe it’s just me, and there’s probably some sort of backstory I don’t know, but this sounds mildly homophobic to me-

Fred Burrows
Community Member
6 months ago

Who ?

Jackie Wacky
Community Member
6 months ago

More dyslexia, but at least this one loves you.

Luuta
Community Member
6 months ago

Heshe, have we Shiva one her/him? Share us, you.

CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
6 months ago

????????

Barbar Stewart
Community Member
6 months ago

I`m so confused.

Philly Bob Squires
Community Member
6 months ago

HUH???

Kevin Perry
Community Member
6 months ago

Hurts my eyes.

23AClark
Community Member
6 months ago

What exactly does Shiva have to do with this? 😁😁😁

Eira
Community Member
6 months ago

I want to dead too

Vicky Z
Community Member
6 months ago

What language are you speaking?🤪🤪🤪

Max
Community Member
6 months ago

Ah, a display of pronouns.

Valdez Leo
Community Member
6 months ago

What?

McF(l)urry
Community Member
6 months ago

so what the frick is shiva

guy greej
Community Member
6 months ago

He loves Her, She loves him, Have one Share, We love Us, Shiva loves you

martin734
Community Member
6 months ago

In what order does any of that make sense?

Elizabeth Calvert
Community Member
6 months ago

Yes Shiva is a Hindu god. They are trying reference a myth that shirt version Shiva doesn't care if you LGBTQ shiva thinks your awesome for it! Look up overly sarcastic productions on youtube they did a whole vid on it

Dreamwolf
Community Member
6 months ago

Godzilla had a stroke trying to read this and f*cking died.

poisonous fart frog
Community Member
6 months ago

made me want to d e a d

Analyn Lahr
Community Member
6 months ago

What are they even trying to say? Isn't Shiva a Hindu deity?

Carole Deem
Community Member
6 months ago

Too much drugs and shrooms

Marco Conti
Community Member
6 months ago

I am sure it makes a lot of sense to whoever made it.

Legen ( wait for it ) dary
Community Member
6 months ago

I need a navigation system to read this.

Suzanne Clark
Community Member
6 months ago

That's a mess no matter how you read it.

Linda HS
Community Member
6 months ago

How to use as many pronouns as possible in an unreadable sentence (?)

Feisty cheeto
Community Member
6 months ago

He she have we shiva one her him share us you

Aria Singh
Community Member
6 months ago

sHiVa

AbbiTabbi
Community Member
6 months ago

I'm so confused. What is this? What does this say? Who is "Shiva?" SO MANY QUESTIONS!!!!!!!

The Dave
Community Member
6 months ago

Huh, what?

Joseph OReilly
Community Member
6 months ago

There'd be something of a pattern here if it didn't say Shiva in the corner

aurora Rodriguez
Community Member
6 months ago

he is speaking the language of gods

Nikki Sevven
Community Member
6 months ago

I think I just had a stroke.

Mimi M
Community Member
6 months ago

Suuure...

Laura Watts
Community Member
6 months ago

Where is shive Who is shiva What is shiva

the warner sister
Community Member
6 months ago

I've tried reading this a bunch of different ways, but I still can't figure out what it's supposed to say. SOMEBODY HELP ME!

Kinslee Hager
Community Member
6 months ago

This doesnt make sense. I cant read it

TurquoiseSmoke
Community Member
6 months ago

He she have we shiva ❤❤one❤❤ her him share us you

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
6 months ago

That is still gobbledegook to me lol.

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Mieke
Community Member
6 months ago

Huh????

Lena Hill
Community Member
6 months ago

I- I just- what? “Shiva”?

Vic
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

Quick! just add words and make the banner.. we'll add sense later..

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#32

Who Thought This Was Acceptable

Who Thought This Was Acceptable

JoeyJelly1 Report

Susan Green
Community Member
6 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
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?

porkstick Report

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?

Pyrox888 Report

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

colonelpanic762 Report

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

acookie2 Report

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

tanooki_hardaway Report

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

armchairnixon Report

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

Laveys_Fvcktoy Report

Ekate
Community Member
6 months ago

FeeCO you, too

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#41

Spicey Vaccine

Spicey Vaccine

waink8 Report

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

The--Sentinel Report

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

QuinnJet Report

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
6 months ago

She is pregnat?

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#44

I Give Up

I Give Up

TheCunningLinguist89 Report

Amy Pattie
Community Member
6 months ago

That hurt

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#45

Call Me Don’t

Call Me Don’t

RoyLifestyle Report

Johnny Rodriguez
Community Member
6 months ago

Hi Don't, I'm Johnny..

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