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
8 months ago

You betcha!

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#2

Jesus Scares

Jesus Scares

Comet_Dawn Report

Ekate
Community Member
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 months ago

Black bean smoothie sounds gross.

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#12

Aliectass

Aliectass

_awwsmm , DrJessicaLanger Report

Ekate
Community Member
8 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
8 months ago

They are coming for us

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#14

I Am Dond

I Am Dond

bestgrandson Report

Ekate
Community Member
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 months ago

FeeCO you, too

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#41

Spicey Vaccine

Spicey Vaccine

waink8 Report

Rose the Cook
Community Member
8 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
8 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
8 months ago

She is pregnat?

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#44

I Give Up

I Give Up

TheCunningLinguist89 Report

Amy Pattie
Community Member
8 months ago

That hurt

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#45

Call Me Don’t

Call Me Don’t

RoyLifestyle Report

Johnny Rodriguez
Community Member
8 months ago

Hi Don't, I'm Johnny..

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