The template of the meme consists of two WikiHow stock images: one with someone looking at a bottle of pills with a label that says "Hard to Swallow Pills" and another with the pills already in the person's hand, ready to be ingested.

People download it, slap a text of what they think is a universal truth on the second picture, and upload it back on the Internet, waiting for upvotes. And we often have to give it to them. Quite a few of these memes capture some universal law, most of which we know but don't want to accept. Like, "some of your problems are your own fault, and won't get better until you actively do something about it" or "you can't make someone love you."

Bored Panda has compiled some of the most popular Hard to Swallow Pills, so continue scrolling, check out the memes, and upvote your favorites.

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Jo Cooper
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1 month ago

One of my favourite quotes; going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to the garage makes you a car.

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Clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst Mary Lamia, Ph.D., thinks that the notion that one is “in denial” seems to have taken on a life of its own as an agent of many ills and as a catchphrase for people who dismiss the implications of their behavior.

"Although denial is considered to be a defense often used by people with addictive tendencies, its attributions reach beyond those struggling with substances," Lamia pointed out. "Denial is also attributed to people who do not want to acknowledge that bad stuff is occurring in their lives, such as those who are attempting to cope with a tumultuous relationship, a life-threatening illness, obesity, a loss, or anything else that one may attempt to disavow."

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago

I definitely agree with this. Come on all the downvotes.

ƒιѕн
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm from the US, and I agree with you. I see so many younger people that have been in the military thinking they are better than everyone, talking s**t, being rude. I saw two of them at a carnival once both shooting at the same target so they won the toys and the smaller kids couldn't win. After watching them a few times I finally called them out on it and they got kicked out of the game.

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Felicia Murphy
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1 month ago

As a veteran I agree. I served with some amazing people that I will always be there for, and some full-blown ass hats that should never procreate.

TheCatasaurusMeowMom
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1 month ago

Same

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Russian Otaku
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1 month ago

Military and I've seen it firsthand. Most stupid as f**k notion is when people considered me better or more trustworthy for being a veteran instead of other factors

sabocat
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1 month ago

Same goes for the police...

Isabella R.W.
Community Member
1 month ago

If there are 500 bad cops and 1300 good cops, but the 1300 good cops don't turn in the 500 bad cops then there are 1800 bad cops.

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Stille20
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1 month ago

True, but serving often messes people up and we need to acknowledge this and care for those who serve.

NopeNahNoOkIGuess
Community Member
1 month ago

I'd love to see some real stats on that. The vast majority of people who serve, don't see combat. Not sure why they'd be "messed up" from their service.

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N G
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1 month ago

I agree with this although going through the military training can turn a bad egg into a good one.

Daniel R.
Community Member
1 month ago

Finally ! !!! Goodness, joining the military or church or any holier than thou organization doesn't automatically make you a great person or a hero - those traits still have to be earned. And you CAN be a hero and a great person WITHOUT ever joining said services.

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 month ago

True , the non vet and the vet and nurses, doctors, mamas , Daddys, Fire fighters Many heros that don't have a title or uniform are heros in every day life, SOME are wicked evil no matter their choices in life, but don't discredit the good with the bad.

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Lianna Valdez
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1 month ago

I have known military personnel personally that did nothing due to there job. This was years ago before 9/11. And still expect the praise and glory on Veterans Day and everyday of the year and look down on people who are not military or law enforcement. That sense of entitlement is sickening.

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 month ago

That type of person is like that in every situation , always first to take credit and last to serve.

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Terd Fergison
Community Member
1 month ago

The military-industrial complex is the most immoral thing on the planet. People need food, not bombs. How much funding is taken away from helping people, and goes towards killing and maiming people? The military is extremely bad for the environment. I'm so glad this is at the top of the post.

ZombieGirl
Community Member
1 month ago

lol I got permanently banned from Next Door because I was defending a woman from a racist "veteran" who was not shy about pulling the "veteran card" as a defense. The racist old dude had nothing happen to him. All I said was "I don't give a s**t" when he said he fought in a war, like that was supposed to make his comments to the woman ok

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 month ago

Disgusting people come in all uniforms, colors, denomination, and sex. Thank you for standing up for her. My husband is a vet and has rescued many women in distress, yes even got the lady to the hospital in time for the birth in the worst bizzard in our history!( She never knew when he was in the service he got two bronze stars and acomadation medal and purple heart, still does not know, never will but she thinks he's a hero for geting her and the baby there on time.

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Monika Soffronow
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1 month ago

The near obligatory "Thank you for your service" and "Thank you for defending the homeland" said to every military personnel in the US is being kept in everybody's mind by the military-industrial complex. Shareholders and owners there are the ones who are gaining from sending others to make war (and bring destruction) to foreign countries. In 2019, United States military expenditure amounted to 3.4 percent of US gross domestic product (GDP) or $716 billion. "The proposed budget for 2020 totals $718 billion, the largest annual amount requested over the five-year period." We need to care about our one and only planet!

Alexei Arntzen
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't say thank you for your service. It's a weird thing to say. Do any vets even appreciate hearing this?

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Debster
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1 month ago

I'm a vet and i agree.

Leslie Burleson
Community Member
1 month ago

Lifelong military dependent here , this is sadly true. Military is the same as everywhere/everyone else. There are bad apples everywhere .

Jace
Community Member
1 month ago

And it has become a festering mess because leadership refuses to remove said bad apples from the barrel, and that has caused entire barrels to develop ROT.

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Josh Tall
Community Member
1 month ago

As a Navy Veteran, this is completely true! There are asshats, everywhere!

Saico Hipe
Community Member
1 month ago

Similarly, I don't think people are automatically bad for being in the military, despite the fact that the military-industrial complex is inherently evil.

Peter Bear
Community Member
1 month ago

Completely true. While I respect anyone who chooses to serve, people can and do make that choice for many reasons. Some of which are downright evil, like the desire to kill people. Other people in the military are no different than any other desk job; essential, yes, but heroes? No. You become a hero through your actions, not through your job title.

Leo Domitrix
Community Member
1 month ago

My family takes this view: "You are in the military! Great! I was, too. Now I am a CIVILIAN. Not a veteran. A CIVILIAN." .... And here come the downvotes....

deanna woods
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Why would someone downvote you for seeing yourself as a civilian and not a veteran?

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Tiny Dynamine
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1 month ago

YES! I've said this all along! Glad to see it at the top. :)

Diane Patrick
Community Member
1 month ago

Well said!

Mark Kelly
Community Member
1 month ago

True, it can apply to almost any occupation.

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 month ago

TRUE. The reason vets appreciate the discounts is because people finally quit openly hating them for having served.

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Kim
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1 month ago

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Charles Long
Community Member
1 month ago

The uniform does not make you a hero and hopefully you won't have to do what it takes to be one. Thank God most of us will never have to.

Jace
Community Member
1 month ago

"God" has been more often used to excuse and start wars than avoid them.

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Stephen Lyford
Community Member
1 month ago

THIS 1000% PERCENT. Some of the worst people I've ever communicated with are veterans or active duty.

Cynthia Sawczyn
Community Member
1 month ago

And you’re not a hero because you play football and take a knee at the National anthem either.

Catherine Todd
Community Member
1 month ago

Don't I know! Whole faimily of "Military Christians!"

Jocelyn Malone
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm a veteran, and couldn't agree more. When it comes down to it, most of our choices are selfish. I joined the military to fight for my country...blah...blah...blah. Yeah, I did, but when I broke it down further it was because I wanted to feel useful. I'm skeptical of anyone who says they joined for truly altruistic reasons.

Martha Meyer
Community Member
1 month ago

This is news only to Americans.

Marge Flanders
Community Member
1 month ago

Please explain how my husband, who I am now caring for, who is disabled as a result of his military service, is not a hero

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 month ago

He is a hero, he traded everything you two could have now to serve his country. It's been a life time of service long after he came home. You are a hero in your own right for standing by him.

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M Dream
Community Member
1 month ago

hollywood has been strengthening this idea

Matthew Daniel
Community Member
1 month ago

As a UK veteran I totally agree. The military takes all sorts of people and some are just not good people and very few of us are heroes. The truth about the US is it's not patriotism, it's nationalism. Being a nationalist excluding the facts is a big mistake. I love the UK but I am under no illusions that we are better than other countries. Our government is as corrupt as most others and our systems are flawed as all others. I love my country but it has faults. I am proud to have served but we are mere mortals and are certainly not heroes unless you fit very certain circumstances.

Terd Fergison
Community Member
1 month ago

The military-industrial complex is the most immoral thing in the world. People need food, not bombs. A breathtaking amount of money is going towards killing, maiming, and crippling people instead of schools, food, or helping the less fortunate. This is pure evil. The military industrial complex is the worst thing in the world for the environment. A staggering amount of rape, sexual assault, and cover-up happens in the USA military and I'm sure in many other militaries as well.

Malakai
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh my gods, this. I live in a military town (surrounded by three bases), and the military here are the most SPOILED, ENTITLED, ARROGANT pieces of white trash. They bring such shame and disgrace to real veterans and people over all.

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 month ago

Sounds like they are not old school.

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NWB
Community Member
1 month ago

Agree.....

Guido Diegoli
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1 month ago

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Brandy Grote
Community Member
1 month ago

Yup. When people say "tHanK YoU fOr yOuR SerViCe", all I can answer is "my honor", because that's all that's left to me after I served.

Jace
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm sorry for your service.

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WhatEvenIsLife
Community Member
20 hours ago

Grew up in a military family, married into the military, and agree 100000% with this.

Lisa Chambers
Community Member
3 weeks ago

lol I have arrested quite a few criminals in the military. I am also in the military, so that is how that works.

Nia
Community Member
3 weeks ago

The idea of military heroes is almost purely marketing. Unfortunately these days it’s considered normal and correct to call so many people heroes. Just for doing their job. SMDH.

Teresa Taylor
Community Member
4 weeks ago

I agree with this statement. There are two things that really nauseate me: when people talk about being a "Christian" (like that's supposed to make them special) or when they talk about their (or their spouse's) military service, as if we're all supposed to fall to their feet and worship them. Most people that I've come across professing their "Christian values" have been less than Christ-like. The people I've come in contact with that talk about their military service act as though they've done ME a special favor. Sorry, not sorry. My father was career military. My uncle served in the military, too. They didn't run around with "kiss me I'm retired military" buttons and bumper stickers. They chose to go in the Navy. No one forced them and they didn't expect or want anything except what was due: a paycheck.

Hannah M
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Especially since a lot of people just join to have their tuition paid

Elizabeth Gardner
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Some of the most brutal husbands have been in the military and I should know one in the Navy and one in the army.

Christine Temple
Community Member
4 weeks ago

According to some, you are suckers and losers.

Santino Marazzo
Community Member
1 month ago

For some yes. For others not true.

Zelda Jones
Community Member
1 month ago

All the scammers out there trying to catfish women by pretending to be soldiers, must think that all women are dumb. As soon as I get a friend request from someone pretending to be a soldier, I delete them straight away. My facebook profile even says that I have no money and that I hate soldiers.

Nicole Cabrera
Community Member
1 month ago

Say it to my face. Say it to the parents of the dead brother and sisters I've buried. Only someone who has never served or was rejected would Sh on those that do.

Be Ha
Community Member
1 month ago

Mostly they are dumb losers and nazis in my country

Andy Johnson
Community Member
1 month ago

FAKE NEWS?? Does going into the military make you a bad person?

Terd Fergison
Community Member
1 month ago

I would argue yes, going into the USA military. The military-industrial complex is the most immoral thing in the world. People need food, not bombs. A breathtaking amount of money is going towards killing, maiming, and crippling people instead of schools, food, or helping the less fortunate. This is pure evil. The military industrial complex is the worst thing in the world for the environment. A staggering amount of rape, sexual assault, and cover-up happens in the USA military and I'm sure in many other militaries as well. If you choose to enter and support this, then you are complicit in evil.

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Sue Hazlewood
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1 month ago

On the other hand, neither are you a sucker or loser

Dana Dara
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1 month ago

Memes should at least have proper grammar

Patricia Coyle
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1 month ago

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Maybe people just believe in giving the benefit of the doubt to people who serve our country....

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Sure, we can deny a fact, deny responsibility, deny the impact of our actions, or even deny what is really going on by hiding from our feelings. But according to Lamia, when we use denial to defend ourselves or cope with what we feel, we contradict the reality of a situation or attempt to adjust to a circumstance by neglecting its impact. However, the extent of someone’s denial may not really be the issue at hand.

"What’s important is not that people recognize their denial, but that they are able to accept what they are feeling that leads to the denial in the first place," Lamia explained. "If someone excessively and habitually uses alcohol to medicate their anxiety, for example, we might emphasize their attempts to dismiss the harm that their use of alcohol will cause, rather than focus on the emotions they feel that motivate their denial. If that person stops drinking, one would hope the emotions that were formerly hidden by denial, which often have to do with shame, would be exposed and accepted by the individual."

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postboredom
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1 month ago

Poor people have to work even harder than others, just to get a daily meal and shelter

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We not only use denial to hide from any negative emotion, including shame, fear, guilt, or distress but to mute positive emotions as well. "Sometimes feeling positively may be just as threatening as negative feelings. We may want to deny the reality of our emotions, because accepting a reality that is uncomfortable, painful, or incongruous to what we expect means we must also alter our perception of ourselves. Thus, if you are in denial, perhaps you are simply trying to ignore the truth about what you actually feel, rather than about what you are doing or thinking."

But if you want to move forward, you have to swallow the truth.

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Fernleaf6505
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1 month ago

YES IT IS

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postboredom
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1 month ago

This applies to both guys and gals. Nobody is as kind as they think themselves are.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago

Wish my Mother in law understood this.

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Daria B
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1 month ago (edited)

It's even harder to swallow the problems that are NOT your own fault, but it's UP TO YOU to clean someone else's poop to save your ass.

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ChimeraBubbles
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1 month ago

I like this one. Re-evaluate your worldview every so often, visit other places, talk to people from other communities, read books, and so on. It's character building too.

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H Edwards
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1 month ago

This year has illustrated that quite clearly

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Monday
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1 month ago

I'm all for praying for those in need if that's what you believe in, but send a donation with that prayer.

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Fish Boden
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1 month ago

Sunken cost fallacy. It can be so hard to let some things go...

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Daria B
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1 month ago

True. And the nearer the end, the more I think of it. Viruses don't plan according to human made calendars. This could go on and on. And even after it's gone, the damage repair will still take a while.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago

This one should not even have to be a thing, but sadly it is.

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ChimeraBubbles
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1 month ago

I felt this one.

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postboredom
Community Member
1 month ago

This is the one thing every teenager (including me) has to understand. Not everyone has to like you, nor do they have to hate you. We just gotta let it be.

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postboredom
Community Member
1 month ago

This is true, no matter how "woke" people say they are

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H Edwards
Community Member
1 month ago

Smoking is a good example. Children of smokers are much more likely to take it up themselves.

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postboredom
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1 month ago

This is the hardest pill to swallow

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Ray Martin
Community Member
1 month ago

Possibly so, but believing that the Earth is flat, or that vaccinations don't work does make you stupid and deserving of ridicule.

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postboredom
Community Member
1 month ago

Everyone in BP should see this

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

The three big things needed in a relationship are trust, compromise and respect. Of course there are more like having each others back, liking the other person etc. Relationships are hard work, you need to make the effort to help it grow.

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Woets
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1 month ago

It is the first step though

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

That pill was pretty easy to swallow, I barely felt it.

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Hope Floats
Community Member
1 month ago

A lesson many will never learn...

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Daria B
Community Member
1 month ago

This one is not hard to swallow. It's a relief instead.

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Josh Tall
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1 month ago

Social Media FTW!

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Ray Martin
Community Member
1 month ago

It's also really hard to get rid of the mange, once you have it.

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noobmaster68
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1 month ago

I get this

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IlovemydogShilo
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1 month ago

Tell me about it. I still feel the pain 6 years on.

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Daria Z
Community Member
1 month ago

A hospital in my city has recently received a complaint from the family of a man saved from covid complications. Apparently, they didn't like that the doctor who saved him had tattoos and a nose ring. Isn't it bizarre?

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