The trope “Don’t Dead Open Inside” came to the internet’s spotlight more than ten years ago when it was first used in a promo poster for The Walking Dead. The line, which initially made zero sense to anyone reading it line by line, perfectly captured ensued hilarity. It stirred a whole trend of memes featuring posters, boards and signs that played on the brink of making sense (if read counterintuitively) and making no sense (if read intuitively).

There’s a whole Reddit community dedicated to such oddly amusing linguistic mishaps known as r/deadopeninside. So get ready to roll your eyes, turn your head, read it twice and thrice, calling a friend and looking for answers on Google, because we have selected some of the most head-spinning examples below.

And if there’s anything we're gonna learn from this post, it's how not to overcomplicate your message. At any cost. Psst! Our previous post with hard-to-read signs can be found right here.

#1

Cloudy Meat With A Chance Of Balls

Cloudy Meat With A Chance Of Balls

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Rob
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2 months ago

I love it when you talk dirty to me...

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#2

Craftcock Beertails

Craftcock Beertails

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James016
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2 months ago

I prefer the cockcraft tailsbeer

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#3

Always Forgotten. Remembered Never

Always Forgotten. Remembered Never

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James016
Community Member
2 months ago

We can hope.

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Although signs and posters collected in this list follow the internet’s trend of obsessing over the “Don’t Dead Open Inside” trope, in reality, such designs speak little to people and fail to deliver their message. By not communicating their message clearly, brands, products and companies are losing their potential clients. So in order to see what an expert had to say on such hard-to-read designs, Bored Panda reached out to Portugal-based graphic designer Laura Vanagaite, who specializes in branding and illustration design.

Laura said that when it comes to advertising, whatever format it may be, it has to be clear to the potential client. “It needs to be catchy, which means the brand needs to introduce their product and actually make the person get interested in it. So normally designers can play with font sizes, but still keep it simple and readable.”

#4

Please Do Not Take It Home. Leave Litter Here

Please Do Not Take It Home. Leave Litter Here

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Dr Nostromo
Community Member
2 months ago

Not a problem *drops can*

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#5

They Must Have Added The Arrows After Realizing How Steamy It Was Originally

They Must Have Added The Arrows After Realizing How Steamy It Was Originally

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Pau Tea
Community Member
2 months ago

Don't dead open inside?

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#6

Took A Wee While To Design This Masterpiece

Took A Wee While To Design This Masterpiece

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River Webb
Community Member
2 months ago

my head hurts

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The graphic designer explained that sometimes a style that is too modern can be understood wrongly and the whole project will lose its value. “Type of font, letter size, spacing between the letters and positioning the text” all play a crucial role in a good sign design.

Moreover, “colors play a huge part as well. Red, as we know, catches our attention immediately but yellow, green, or black and white combinations are equally eye-catching.” Whatever the design, it’s crucial “to keep it simple but sophisticated since balance is the key,” Laura explained.

#7

You Don't Matter. Worry

You Don't Matter. Worry

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Roger Haywood
Community Member
2 months ago

I know, and I'm ok with that.

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#8

So I Fart Old Dust

So I Fart Old Dust

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LuckyL
Community Member
2 months ago

I started with soold... And then I remembered that it's spelled with one o and went on to find the real meaning

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#9

They Are, In Fact, A Particular Sub-Species Of Rock

They Are, In Fact, A Particular Sub-Species Of Rock

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Roger Haywood
Community Member
2 months ago

Submerged danger, rocks!

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When it comes to readability, Laura said that making sure it works and conveys the intended message has to be done prior to handing the sign to the production. “The designer is the one that handles the project but if there is a chance, always represents the rest of the team. It can be tricky when different opinions come, but try to ask if it is easy to understand. Teamwork is a very important thing.”

If you’re working on a project alone, Laura suggests “printing the work on an A3 paper (I know, it is not the same size) so you can get a good look at the text and determine if it’s readable, also if the colors are well-combined.” But tight deadlines, client’s requests, and too many opinions put huge pressure on graphic designers and in these cases it’s best to “take a 5-minute break and then return to the project and see if it still looks good,” concluded Laura.

#10

Who Else Is Donating To End Children?

Who Else Is Donating To End Children?

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Vorknkx
Community Member
2 months ago

Just use condoms, geez!

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#11

Free Artificial Colours, From Flavours & Preservatives

Free Artificial Colours, From Flavours & Preservatives

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Dr Nostromo
Community Member
2 months ago

I always knew it!

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#12

Trust Onoe

Trust Onoe

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes, I trust Onoe too

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#13

Don't Forget High School Buy A Yearbook

Don't Forget High School Buy A Yearbook

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Dr Nostromo
Community Member
2 months ago

Don't buy a yearbook. Forget high school. That's exactly what I did.

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#14

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ

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BlueReaper
Community Member
2 months ago

It took me awhile to decode its meaning.

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#15

*inhales* Everything Everything Everything Everything Everything Everything Everything

*inhales* Everything Everything Everything Everything Everything Everything Everything

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Ritchat
Community Member
2 months ago

Who else just read this like Violent Pornography from System of a down?

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#16

Honk If You My Is Think Truck

Honk If You My Is Think Truck

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N G
Community Member
2 months ago

It's incomplete enough to not make sense even if the word spacing was correct. Oh, no, wait. The word Sexy is just visible. Truck driver couldn't even commit to that

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#17

Loho Veme

Loho Veme

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wow that's fantastic
Community Member
2 months ago

the number of ways i can read this hurts my f*****g brain.

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#18

Smash Immigrants Welcome Racism

Smash Immigrants Welcome Racism

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ChinmayGhule
Community Member
2 months ago

Who designs stuff like these?

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#19

The Nofarts Joker

The Nofarts Joker

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JiminKimLip7
Community Member
2 months ago

No farts?! 😂😂😂

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#20

This Is This Is Meme

This Is This Is Meme

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Emma Byrne
Community Member
2 months ago

Well, it is now...

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#21

The Way I Let My Boyfriend Know His Dinner Is Ready For Him In The Microwave When He Gets Home From Work

The Way I Let My Boyfriend Know His Dinner Is Ready For Him In The Microwave When He Gets Home From Work

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Evil Swan
Community Member
2 months ago

Nice reference to Walking Dead

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#22

My Local Takeaway Is An Eye Test

My Local Takeaway Is An Eye Test

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Neil Bidle
Community Member
2 months ago

Makes sense when you consider they read / write vertically

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#23

I Live In Tootrno

I Live In Tootrno

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Vic
Community Member
2 months ago

That's a big "Toot"

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#24

Does This Belong Here? Took Me Multiple Tries To Figure This Out

Does This Belong Here? Took Me Multiple Tries To Figure This Out

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Aroace tiger (any pronouns)
Community Member
2 months ago

?

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#25

My Wife Said, “People Will Get It.”

My Wife Said, “People Will Get It.”

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Emma Byrne
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh let us adore him come? Err, no thanks.

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#26

No No Gain Pain

No No Gain Pain

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Mazer
Community Member
2 months ago

I absolutely hate this saying no matter how poorly it’s written

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#27

Super Meat Market Market

Super Meat Market Market

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Roger Haywood
Community Member
2 months ago

Super meat is better than regular meat.

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#28

I Would Like A Free Donation. Also, Here's My Lemonade...

I Would Like A Free Donation. Also, Here's My Lemonade...

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Evelína Zlá
Community Member
2 months ago

Come ooon... it´s a kid and he gives lemonade for free. Not nice to make fun of him.

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#29

Dsgein

Dsgein

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SentimentAndBadJokes
Community Member
2 months ago

I think that they may need some dsgein classes...

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#30

What Do?

What Do?

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Dr Nostromo
Community Member
2 months ago

I'd start by fixing this sign.

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#31

Hearing Aids?

Hearing Aids?

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Emma Byrne
Community Member
2 months ago

$895.00 and up for AIDs AIDs AIDs... What a bargain!

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#32

I Thought This Might Belong Here

I Thought This Might Belong Here

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Soulstice
Community Member
2 months ago

Why math symbols for shape??

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#33

Hoffman Estates, Il. I Can’t Even Figure Out What It’s Supposed To Say

Hoffman Estates, Il. I Can’t Even Figure Out What It’s Supposed To Say

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Roger Haywood
Community Member
2 months ago

Religion is confusing.

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#34

This Sign At My International School

This Sign At My International School

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V33333P
Community Member
2 months ago

Hopefully from another school where they're taught better

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#35

In My School Dining Hall

In My School Dining Hall

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SentimentAndBadJokes
Community Member
2 months ago

What can we say? Food waste really is a love-hate relationship!

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#36

Wash Your Brush Hands Your Teeth

Wash Your Brush Hands Your Teeth

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A B C
Community Member
2 months ago

I mean, you *should* wash your brush, that ain't wrong.

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#37

Real Trucks Not Carry Loads, Handbags

Real Trucks Not Carry Loads, Handbags

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Eirik Johnsbråten
Community Member
2 months ago

Even when you read it right it's stupid.

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#38

Did Hurt My Your Back Knife?

Did Hurt My Your Back Knife?

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Radek Suski
Community Member
2 months ago

This is disturbing on many levels

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#39

Say 5g No To Vaccines

Say 5g No To Vaccines

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grotesqueer
Community Member
2 months ago

Knowing foilhats, I'm not sure if that's even a mistake.

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#40

Who's The Goat??!

Who's The Goat??!

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E Menendez
Community Member
2 months ago

Post the Malone goat!

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