Hmmm. Hmmm? Hmmm! Allow us to introduce you to r/hmmm, a popular online community on Reddit that boasts over 1.8 million members, who call themselves internet aesthetes, and search the world wide web for artistic, meaningful, odd, and obscure photos. ‘Hmmm’ (technically written with a lowercase ‘h’) is the sound of deep thinking as you contemplate the weirdness of out-of-context internet pics. And we’ve collected some of the most bizarre ones to share with you, Pandas.

They’re stranger than strange, some to the point of hilarity, and they’ll likely make you go ‘hmmm’ as you look at them, trying to guess the story behind the elaborate images. It’s time to put your imaginations into overdrive, so get ready to have a good laugh and put your minds to use.

Bored Panda reached out to the team behind the r/hmmm subreddit. The head moderator, CosmicKeys, was happy to shed some light on the community and what it stands for. "The idea for /r/hmmm was to create a highly curated subreddit with a quality bar where all the pictures are interesting, meaningful, aesthetic, and shine a light on how random image culture on the internet had become its own genre of art. I think we are popular because we maintain this quality bar," they told me that high quality and a focus on aesthetics are both vital to the long-term success of the subreddit.

They also revealed the reason why each and every photo on the subreddit has the title 'hmmm.' "The titles are all 'hmmm' because it means you can experience the image without someone forcing their personal interpretation onto it in the form of a title. Whether it's funny or sad is up to you to determine. It is also about purity. In order for your post to go through, you need to submit to a rigid tradition. People willing to do that generally care enough to post excellent content."

Scroll down for our full interview with the head moderator, as well as with author and comedy expert Ariane Sherine, who gave her take on bizarre images that lack context.

As you scroll down, remember to upvote the pics that you liked the most. Got any wacky theories about what’s going on in each one? Share your thoughts about them in the comments. If you’re in the mood for some more photos that will raise the bar for what you find peculiar, then you’ll definitely want to check out Bored Panda’s previous articles about the r/hmmm community right over here and here.

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River Webb
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1 month ago

thats why he hasn't returned, he's been waiting for the cat to get off his lap

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The head moderator, CosmicKeys, revealed that even though the r/hmmm subreddit was technically created in 2008, we should consider its real founding date to be 2016. "/r/hmmm was founded in 2016 by users from snoonet irc. It was technically created in 2008, but had no activity up until that point, so 2016 is the real creation date," they told Bored Panda.

CosmicKeys said that they'd add new content to the subreddit every day. "I would post daily pictures while chat was going for people to laugh at oddities from different corners of the internet. That grew into a large collection, so /r/hmmm was born. The name comes from a thread that would appear occasionally on 4chan, and the content was inspired by a website called spaceghetto," they shared the inspiration for the subreddit as a whole.

According to the moderator, some images tend to be excluded if the idea behind them becomes far too popular. Face swaps are a good example of this. "The subreddit is about obscure and strange images, so over time as certain types of images have gone from obscure to popular we've made rules to exclude them," CosmicKeys shared.

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Sue Lynn Chan
Community Member
1 month ago

Don’t ya stand there. Bring the spaghetti

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Tobias Rieper
Community Member
1 month ago

Doctor Strange was here

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British comedy expert and comedy writer Ariane, from London, told Bored Panda that, generally speaking, the more bizarre something is, the more we’re likely to chuckle, giggle, and laugh about it.

“The weirder and more surprising the photo, the more likely it is to make us laugh,” she said that the weirdness catches us unaware and we instinctively end up laughing. 

“I tend to laugh the most at animals pulling human expressions while doing crazy things!” she opened up.

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River Webb
Community Member
1 month ago

they have evolved

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GenericPanda09
Community Member
1 month ago

Anyone else hearing the Mission Impossible music in their head whilst looking at this one?

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Hans
Community Member
1 month ago

"Challenge accepted"

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I spoke to Ariane about the role that context plays in comedy. In her opinion, humor is instantaneous. Context only becomes vital when there’s such a stunning lack of it that it starts to infringe on our ability to get the joke. If the audience doesn’t find the photo or situation relatable at all, they might end up asking for more information to get the joke. And that can harm the comedic effect.

“Context is important only if we’re unlikely to get a joke otherwise, as I think the sooner we get a joke, the funnier we find it,” Ariane told Bored Panda. “If it takes us a while then that initial shock and surprise is delayed and so we’re less likely to laugh and more likely to go ‘oh, I get it now!’”

In short, this means that even though the photos from r/hmmm quite obviously lack context, they also seem to have enough of it available to make us laugh. We can relate to the photos on some level. Well, at least to most of them.

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Daria Z
Community Member
1 month ago

Hmmm I wouldn't mind seeing this in person 😋

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Natalie Bohrteller
Community Member
1 month ago

I like that. We should have more accurate mannequins for women too ;)

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Colt Seavers
Community Member
1 month ago

that's a good boy!

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I was also curious about Ariane’s opinion on whether we’re born with comedic talent or if it’s a skill like any other. To be developed, nourished, and honed. In her view, it’s both.

“Some people are born with funny bones, but those who aren’t so lucky could watch a lot of great standup comedy and try to emulate the timing and pace,” Ariane suggested how we can develop our sense of humor and comedic timing. “There are also some excellent comedy courses available online.”

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Brunettechameleon
Community Member
1 month ago

The wicked witch of the west was there

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River Webb
Community Member
1 month ago

thats quite smart

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Caro Caro
Community Member
1 month ago

Aaaaaw, that little fluffycat's face.

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According to Urban Dictionary, ‘hmmm’ is the sound made by those who are “in the act of thinking.” However, fellow internet users, note the number of m’s there. There are, in fact, 3. ‘Hmmm,’ therefore, “represents more thinking than hmm, but significantly less cranial activity than hmmmm.”

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Stephanie Did It
Community Member
1 month ago

The transplant was a success

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eeeeeeeee
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1 month ago (edited)

"give us this day, our daily bone........and deliver us from hoovers"

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Hans
Community Member
1 month ago

Fair enough

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The subreddit, stresses the fact that all titles have to be ‘hmmm,’ all in lowercase. Yes, absolutely every post shared on the sub has the same title. It’s as bizarre a rule as many of the photos themselves. Do we love it? You betcha! This is the sort of quirky stuff that the internet was made for.

The moderators of r/hmmm also ask their members not to post any memes, mashups, or drawings. They might be funny and make us go r/hmmm, but the subreddit is for real-life situations only. Oh, and if you’ve got a gif instead of a photo to share, they’ve got their own separate subreddit for them called r/hmmmgifs right over here.

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Buren
Community Member
1 month ago

Hulk was here

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#17

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iffypedia
Community Member
1 month ago

nice

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JuJu
Community Member
1 month ago

Do you have a moment to talk about our Lord and Savior Cthulhu?

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Know Your Meme explains that the r/hmmm subreddit “remained relatively dormant” until mid-February of 2017. A photo of a man with a pack of Pitbulls wearing sunglasses went viral and put the entire community on the map. And no wonder, the photo really does make you go ‘hmmm,’ as you wonder what the ever-loving heck is going on there. Ever since then, r/hmmm has been a thriving community. And we hope that’ll continue. In a world where information is readily available at our fingertips, it’s a real luxury to look at a photo and stand, confused, wondering what exactly is happening.

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River Webb
Community Member
1 month ago

"she said WHAT now?!

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#20

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Donkey boi
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1 month ago

The summoning ritual was a clear success!

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iffypedia
Community Member
1 month ago

forbidden burrito

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#22

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Julia Atkinson
Community Member
1 month ago

"Honey, pass Daddy a beer"

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Johnny Pierce
Community Member
1 month ago

At least he's masked.

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A B C
Community Member
1 month ago

That's a cool costume.

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#25

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Chuckie
Community Member
1 month ago

Dude did you see that too?!

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Stephanie Did It
Community Member
1 month ago

Another challenge accepted

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 month ago

For the kind of drivers that also plow into snow figures and tidy lawns.

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Hans
Community Member
1 month ago

When elemantary schoolers realize just how embarassing you are...

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#29

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River Webb
Community Member
1 month ago

oh how the turns have tabled

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#30

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A B C
Community Member
1 month ago

Well made.

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#31

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Alvin Chip
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like he did enjoy

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#32

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Natalie Bohrteller
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't see anything wrong here. Just a teen (not) enjoying their birthday.

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Hans
Community Member
1 month ago

Frankly, the only reason of having these kind of hostesses is for people to check them out. (And this is probably not the place to discuss how ridiculously objectifying this is.) I cannot see why this should then be reserved for men. The soldier surely is enjoying it.

Johnny Pierce
Community Member
1 month ago

Actually it's a car show--I think--and the soldiers are models as well and are appreciating the have they don't have to wear such ridiculous outfits.

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ToGo
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm a straight female so maybe I'm completely off here but to me the army ladies are hotter. Just sayin'.

gbuffs
Community Member
1 month ago

Agreed. Definitely

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Jo Choto
Community Member
1 month ago

Women know the only thing the soldier is thinking is, "I'm so glad I don't have to wear those ridiculous shoes."

Community Member
1 month ago

Precisely!

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GenericPanda09
Community Member
1 month ago

tbh these kinda blatant tactics that stallholders at tradeshows, canvassers in the street, advertisers, chuggers, (charity muggers) etc. use just make me more likely to ignore whatever it is they're selling.

KC Lancaster
Community Member
1 month ago

AKA "Booth Babes". Not seeing any men in uniform at the booth, which would still attract many attending a car show, too.

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Donkey boi
Community Member
1 month ago

The soldiers are probably amused by the fact that neither of the other girls are wearing the right sized shoes.

Tonya Wallace
Community Member
1 month ago

I know. Homegirl on the left has some serious cliffhanger drama going on. 😂

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Caroline Driver
Community Member
1 month ago

Still more practical and modest that the Olympic Volley ball outfits

s. vitkovitsky
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes! Although they finally changed those.

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snipergun
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't mind ladies wearing any clothes from the pic, but these two in front look so uncomfortable in it (maybe just impression from picture in weird moment), it's so much nicer when woman feels comfortable and confident whatever she's wearing, that's where she can make potato bag look like cool new outfit. Same applies to men actually.

Sarah
Community Member
1 month ago

This picture needs more backstory. If the women chose to wear these outfits then that's their choice, it's only not okay when they were made to do so. Reminds me of when F1 got rid of their grid girls and some of the girls were not happy about it at all.

madbakes
Community Member
1 month ago

That's kind of the point of the thread... Photos needing context.

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Lee Butcher
Community Member
1 month ago

personally, the woman soldiers are more appealing to me

Mewton’s Third Paw
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1 month ago

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They’re not trying to appeal to you.

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Zena Marsh
Community Member
1 month ago

Models in the front, look very uncomfortable.

J. F.
Community Member
1 month ago

The back is more interesting anyways - the Fennek is just more interesting than a BMW motorbike

Tai Dallen
Community Member
1 month ago

I can't help but see that she's wearing shoes that are clearly too small for her.

MorgothBauglir
Community Member
1 month ago

I have no clue what at all is going on.

Eric Lafleur
Community Member
1 month ago

I find the two soldiers a lot more sexy than those two scarecrows.

Mermaid Elle-Jaye
Community Member
1 month ago

As a former promo girl and model - go girls <3 and they’ve probably been (all 4 girls) hanging out all day, talking between shifts and people anyways. I hate how people this kind of work is objectifying, they are very confident in their skin, in and out (meaning they don’t judge what other people are looking/doing) with who they are and they look great doing it in cute little heels.

Kar Red Roses
Community Member
1 month ago

and re: the damned shoes — if they’re supplied for the show you’re working sometimes you’re stuck with what you get and you have to make do. Better too small and feet go numb (take breaks) then too big and you risk falling out of them and spraining an ankle. Smile and have a great time! Isn’t this just the best? I have a wedgie! *smile*

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Anita Pickle
Community Member
1 month ago

My god her feet are busting out of those shoes! Poor girl. I wish the fashion industry would really think of the harm on the models, also feet look gross when squished in shoes that are too small. Feet look so much better in a good fitting pair of shoes.

Thomas Stead
Community Member
1 month ago

lol

Steph
Community Member
1 month ago

All models incl. the camouflage-girls at an automobile convention, probably Stuttgart, Germany.

Slinkman
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks more like judging

David
Community Member
1 month ago

Hot babes in the background!

HorseMuse
Community Member
1 month ago

See the shoes on the one on the left…fashion for a painful price!

13
Community Member
1 month ago

Ladies. Don't do the toe thing. Just get shoes that actually FIT. The toe thing is very tacky. Also could have sworn the two women in front were mannequins...

Vicky Zar
Community Member
1 month ago

This isn't anything but too small shoes. It's stupid. Not only high, but also too tight. Look at the fastening! It's digging in her flesh! That will definately leave marks.

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R Carson
Community Member
1 month ago

dueling camel toes

Kona Pake
Community Member
1 month ago

What’s she got in her hand… is she putting it in her mouth?

My O My
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

What are the two girls wearing? What. Is. That??? My guess: rubber glove

ZombieGirl
Community Member
1 month ago

To me, it kind of looks like the soldier is looking at something else nearby, and not at the ladies in heels

jammer
Community Member
1 month ago

Been to a Japanese tech expo. I must say I’d be more comfortable talking to the good and comfortable looking camo ladies that actually might have answers for me than the mannequins who are only hired because of how they look.

XSpooky_Mint
Community Member
1 month ago

And what's so strange about a woman checking out another woman?

Austin Bromenschenkel
Community Member
1 month ago

what is even happening here

Thay
Community Member
1 month ago

Those toes... Just dangling over the edge of the shoe... Like how??? 😂😂

Id row
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't understand what the issue is here. The only issue would be is if the US govt forced the female soldiers to dress like the two on the right.

Bina Cobbler
Community Member
1 month ago

Why would the US govt have any say in how two German soldiers dressed?

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advice5cents
Community Member
1 month ago

Can someone get that poor woman some shoes that fit?

Akalvin
Community Member
1 month ago

it took me a while to see the soldiers...

Douglas Turner
Community Member
1 month ago

Hmmmm, fancy motorcycle or armoured military vehicle... how to choose. If only there was someplace I could compare them side by side.

Ekaterina S
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like IAA, Frankfurt!

Vicky Zar
Community Member
1 month ago

If it is, then it is just normal German staring

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HF_Martini6
Community Member
1 month ago

as far as I remember that was at Tuning World Bodensee which is a car show in Germany (hence the KW onesies)

Diandra “Mss Didi” Blackthorn
Community Member
1 month ago

Women can be fabulous - whatever, however We do what We do.

backatya
Community Member
1 month ago

damn those onesies sure ride up her coochie

Bethany Lingle
Community Member
1 month ago

WLW represent !!!

Stella Southwick
Community Member
1 month ago

Adult women made their own choice, so they are not being objectified & the solider is laughing at them

Hotrobot
Community Member
1 month ago

Girl saaaaaaame!!!!!!

Brenda S
Community Member
1 month ago

Best statement “Parents, please raise your sons and daughters to be better, be deeper, and be more than a pretty face with little idea about WORLD NEWS.,

xolitaire
Community Member
1 month ago

Those shoes are way too small and look like they seriously hurt.

Laura
Community Member
1 month ago

As a military member who used to work at Hooters downtown Toronto, I can say I would be looking at those women and thinking "DAMN girl, first of all, thank you for your service, cause you deal with a lot more awful people than I do. Also, your shoes are too small. I'm looking at you, hostess on the left."

Riley Quinn
Community Member
1 month ago

Are these the new Space Force uniforms? Those heels will make space exploration kinda tricky.

Froggie
Community Member
1 month ago

Hahahaha

April Miller
Community Member
1 month ago

Maybe it was a set-up. Just maybe. The scantily-dressed “models” are paid to be there and may -or MAY NOT - have low self-esteem. The female soldiers (or other titles - sorry I don’t know) are strong women who are just as beautiful. If you don’t know them, don’t judge them.

ej wey
Community Member
1 month ago

The real creeper is the one acting like she's not checking them out.

Andraya Begley
Community Member
1 month ago

"Cameltoe". Looks uncomfortable.

Alexei Arntzen
Community Member
1 month ago

Every single woman in this picture is doing their job. There is no need to make judgement on anyone here. Sheesh.

Vicky Zar
Community Member
1 month ago

Blond soldier looks like she is smirking. Like... "oh my god those shoes look SO uncomfortable! Thank God I get to wear proper boots! Heaven knows standing 8 hours in those suckers will HURT majorly! Aaah... the perks of not needing to be sexy"

Deanna Brea
Community Member
1 month ago

E3 ?

Thomas Sweda
Community Member
1 month ago

What is that nice blond lady doing with her hand?

Cameron Mireille
Community Member
1 month ago

Ladies lovin' ladies

Marty BlackEagle-Carl
Community Member
1 month ago

Our soldiers deserve the viewing pleasure~!!

Amanda Hunter
Community Member
1 month ago

Opposite ends of the spectrum.

Joris Meijs
Community Member
1 month ago

Long tall Sally.

Fred L.
Community Member
1 month ago

Btw. that armored vehicle should be a Fennek.

MTEfres
Community Member
1 month ago

KM Suspension and German military are wearing tactical uniforms of their industry, all of them are lethal.

Bill Karp
Community Member
1 month ago

2 different servers?

シ *’-BLOODLUST-‘* シ
Community Member
1 month ago

Is that a f*****g tank

Paul Macdonell
Community Member
1 month ago

Okay, I am a neanderthal. I find them attractive and sexy.

Joy
Community Member
1 month ago

Part time job in night time

RCK
Community Member
1 month ago

Work is work.

Nazda Pokmov
Community Member
1 month ago

Are those painted on perhaps?

suzanne van Doorn
Community Member
1 month ago

Am I the only one immediately hearing the Oompa Loompa song in my head...?

Ray Carrillo
Community Member
1 month ago

shoe envy?

Sara Diogo
Community Member
1 month ago

why are the 2 girls yellow?

Grace Walsh
Community Member
1 month ago

They kinda look like those people from that meme where they’re yelling at a cat

Leo Domitrix
Community Member
1 month ago

USO fail?

kjorn
Community Member
1 month ago

honestly i prefer the womans in uniform behind

Paul Macdonell
Community Member
1 month ago

Okay.. I am a neanderthal. I find them sexy and attractive.

Lucas Schnock
Community Member
1 month ago

Mmmh! ^^

pigasus1
Community Member
1 month ago

What these ladies choose to do is NO ONE'S business but the girls that accepted the job. I feel jealousy coming from most remarks against them. If they didn't want to do it, they wouldn't!

Kelli Lindsay
Community Member
1 month ago

First draft of Trump designed Space Force uniforms

Dee Lee
Community Member
1 month ago

Sorry - it's degrading to all women, even if it benefits a few.

Lldhhdh Hdhdhfhfhhf
Community Member
1 month ago

Normal girls vs fake girls

TααP Me!! To F.C.K W!th Me
Community Member
1 month ago

I’m not like other girls, I’m in the army!

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Bill Boi
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1 month ago

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Lesbian

Hanako Chan
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1 month ago

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Bruh skimpy outfits they look thirsty for men Lol look at there eyes!

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GoodWolf
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1 month ago

Cabbage fairy!

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White Paper Tsuru
Community Member
1 month ago

Meanwhile in Northern Canada

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Vasha
Community Member
1 month ago

It's called clear lemon meringue pie, recipes online

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Buren
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1 month ago

The key to perfect disguise is hiding in a plain sight

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Roborowski
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1 month ago

Doctor Zaius, Honorius and some other orangutans commuting to work 🦧

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54 the Crusader
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1 month ago

thats pretty cool actually

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Hans
Community Member
1 month ago

It is photoshopped, but the Dutch still approve.

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GoodWolf
Community Member
1 month ago

RUN!!!!

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Rick
Community Member
1 month ago

I wish they would STOP using that sealed plastic crap. It’s bad for the environment and can cause deep cuts trying to open it

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Alvin Chip
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1 month ago

Well it is smiling though

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