We all have that friend who pollutes our Facebook or Instagram feed. Now the actual toxic waste they spill might differ, but whether it's cringy boomer comics or their very, very amateur nature photos, even the most mundane posts can become poisonous in huge amounts.

I usually try to distance myself from these people without actually confronting them; I unfollow them. But Michael James Schneider, a writer and artist living in Portland, Oregon, has found a more creative way to deal with them.

When he got fed up with the ridiculous amounts of balloons popping up on his social media feeds, Michael decided to point out how ridiculous they can be by becoming part of the cult.

"I try to make commentary about, or poke fun at, social media. The balloons were a social media trope often used in bridal showers and gender reveals, so they were a natural progression of that idea. I love the contrast of profound, funny, or challenging quotes spelled in silly balloons. And since another common cliche is endless selfies, I tend to put myself in most of the photos. They often make people cringe, but the cringe is the point," Michael told Bored Panda.

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Scagsy
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2 months ago

Exactly

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The artist usually gets the phrases from the Internet. "I source them online, most of the quotes are curated from other, far wiser people, and me and my friend slash assistant, Andrew Jankowski, try to attribute them as accurately as possible." Michael is also asking people who repost his art to please do their best to credit the people who originally said these phrases too.

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Phunny Philosopher
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2 months ago

Thank you. I needed this today. I was just having this discussion with friends yesterday. I always see the good in people, and often that view hurts me deeply. What is wrong with me? It's like I can't learn.

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Words aside, another important part of each photo is its background. "One of my favorite things to do is spot a brightly colored wall when riding my bike in Portland, and make a mental note to visit it later," Michael explained his location scouting. "I choose colorful walls based on what direction they're facing (for lighting reasons), how public they are (so that I can set them up subtlety), and how textured the wall is (since very textured walls won't hold the type of tape I use)."

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Scagsy
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2 months ago

Absolutely bang on the money

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After the photoshoot is over, the balloons go back to Michael's basement, waiting to be used for the next shoot. The artist said these types of air-filled Mylar balloons aren't great for the environment, so he discourages people from buying them if their intention is to throw them away after use. "I reuse them from shoot to shoot and I have an alphabet in each color. I sometimes choose to use different colors if I’m out of a letter, rather than purchase more, and then I photoshop the colors to match afterwards."

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Kevin Donegan
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2 months ago

Both statements are true. The morbidly obese pathological lying vindictive narcissistic imbecile with the emotional maturity of a toddler (AKA tRump) is simply a horrible, horrible person.

Tabitha L
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2 months ago

Why do you need to fat shame? Is that necessary?

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Sue Prewitt
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2 months ago

how about we get back to the picture, and comment on that.

Melissa Oreskovic
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2 months ago

Racpist or Rapcist. I like the latter. Excellent image. Sticks in your mind. Loving these.

Bacony
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2 months ago

*cyst rapping*

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John-Paul Bitler
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2 months ago

Trump is sure as hell a racist. But rapist? The closest thing I've heard is him being a friend of Epstein. Can someone show me a link?

Roald Andresen
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2 months ago

... and a rantist ...

Lil Bare
Community Member
2 months ago

Perfect

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

"It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool, than to open it and remove all doubt." - Mark Twain (1835 - 1910) American writer. Guess who could learn from that good advice? .. ......... I fervently hope he will not.

Willow Anderson
Community Member
2 months ago

Alright everyone this is getting way too out of hand. I agree with this picture but that does not mean you all have to. I respect all of your opinions, even if I don’t agree with them, but that does not mean we should drag out our anger on to other people and blame bored panda for this sign. We did not come here to argue about politics.

Mimi M
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2 months ago

So is Bill Clinton. And Joe Biden.

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
2 months ago

Hey, nobody measures up to tRump, he's very stable genius, OK?

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miss miss
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2 months ago

You are an idiot

Tres D
Community Member
2 months ago

Lies!

Willow Anderson
Community Member
2 months ago

Kathy Flavin and Truth Monster, I respect your opinions but this statement is nothing but the truth. Sadly Donald Trump is able to pull a wall over many peoples eyes.

Raven
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3 weeks ago

why do ppl hate trump? Isn't he better than Hillary?

ZoeIsHahaha
Community Member
2 months ago

Pretty much

Bill Kratz
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2 months ago

Completely inappropriate for this site regardless of one's political beliefs.

Stefanie Guerra
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2 months ago

Nasty thing to slander someone like that. Do you know him personally?

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
2 months ago

It's like knowing him better than personally, his ego made it to happen.

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Debbie
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2 months ago

Oooohhh - tough decision!

Lisa Chambers
Community Member
2 months ago

Cute but kind of flops in the face of the good you tried to put out there with your other statements. Also fucking boring as fuck.

Willow Anderson
Community Member
2 months ago

Tabitha L, I just stated we are NOT judging him on his size, and you are correct I do not like him because of his statements or his actions. Therefor I’m not being ‘‘sizeist”.

Chris Watson
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2 months ago

I was interested in this series. Until you dragged in politics. So sad you have also been seduced by the latest "band wagon." I have no respect for you.

miss miss
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2 months ago

Bored panda is racist

Wouldn't You Like to Know
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2 months ago

...a great president.

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
2 months ago

...for those who are just like he.

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Emy Loves
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2 months ago

He may or may not have made these mistakes, as all humans make mistakes. But President Trump will transform America under God's law. Stop judging his character and perhaps take a mirror check on your own.

Thundercuss
Community Member
2 months ago

God's law?!? First of all we have freedom of religion and separation of church and state here in the U.S. No president has the right to impose religious laws or beliefs on Americans. Secondly there is no one set of laws known as "God's Law." There are a million different interpretations from an ancient book that people think they understand but don't. Lastly, if you think trump is a Christian the you DO NOT KNOW WHAT CHRISTIANITY IS. His actions and attitudes are the exact opposite of everything Jesus taught about how to treat each other and conduct ourselves.

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Tres D
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2 months ago

I find it interesting how liberals didn't care at all that Barack was OPENLY racist . He made plenty of real racist comments while he was president and wrote about his open racism in his two books before he was elected. Not to mention all of Bill Clinton's raping and being with teenage girls. Liberals are selectively outraged! #Hypocrisy

Thundercuss
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2 months ago

Tres D I don't know what bizarro dimension you're living in where Obama is a racist but I imagine it's the same one where he's a Muslim, wasn't born in the U.S., and wants to take away everybody's guns. None of these things are true, the vast majority of us know it, and you look like an idiot for parroting ridiculous lies.

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Grumble O'Pug
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2 months ago

Awesome

Isabella R.W.
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2 months ago

Put the C

Eric Pumfery
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2 months ago

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This should say Joe Biden

Pusfarm
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2 months ago

Sorry bud, there's a HUGE difference between Trump and Biden when it comes to being a ra_ist. Aside from the short list of Biden accusers, Trump has made it abundantly clear - publicly - that both terms apply to him, many times over!

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Ginger Shows
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2 months ago

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Biden's the racist. He didn't want his children going to school in a jungle! He fought to keep Clarence Thomas off the Supreme Court. Biden proposed the police officers bill of rights following the Rodney King riots.

K Witmer
Community Member
2 months ago

Joe Biden no doubt has made many mistakes and has been a total asshole 25 years ago but he has admitted to his wrong doings. Much more than trump has ever done if independents could win in this country im sure we'd vote for them. Biden is the lesser of two evils at this point and what a sad thing for the USA but trump has to go.

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Kathy Flavin
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2 months ago

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Nope!

M DR
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2 months ago

Yep!

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Truth Monster
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2 months ago

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I disagree with both, but this is at least clever. "Orange Man bad" gets old

M DR
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2 months ago

Your name is ”truth monster” and yet you disagree with facts? You are drowning in the kool-aid.

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Michael has been trying to make it as a creative ever since he put his 20-year experience in retail management on pause. He paints, directs, writes, is an amateur interior designer, and has done theatrical set and production design. "I don’t claim to have the answers for anyone, least of all myself, but I’m having fun on the journey. Or at least pretending to on social media."

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Stille20
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2 months ago

I had to learn this the hard way... twice. These relationships are hard to walk away from, but when you find someone who doesn't give you mixed signals, you suddenly realize how crazy you were to settle for anything less.

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Lil Bare
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2 months ago

The (male) ego often tries to protect itself and thus would rather leave the other feeling low and shitty instead of admit that it did sth wrong. May the ppl beware of how ridiculous the ego makes us

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Jace
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2 months ago

This is why we need to stop arguing with alt-right nutjobs on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, forums, etc...

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Scagsy
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2 months ago

I may have been outgrown :(

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Sergio Bicerra Descalzi
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2 months ago

omg, litterlly the first time I saw the top comment is with negative votes. Such a hard theme to make an opinion.

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Monika Soffronow
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2 months ago

The only one you can change is yourself - by making different choices and realizing that how we react to what life serves us is often not by choice but by lazy habit.

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Cori
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2 months ago

As a 36 year old college student, I can attest to this. Also, I love that table!

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Lil Bare
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2 months ago

This is needed SO badly omg

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Fact Perils
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2 months ago

And in that way you are still beating it

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Stille20
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2 months ago

Yea, it depends on the context. Expecting someone to accept you from your gambling addiction or negative attitude is different then accepting that you have a health issue or went through some trauma.

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Lil Bare
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2 months ago

Very true. In fact, relationships that result out of an extreme shared experience are said to be very fragile

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Phunny Philosopher
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2 months ago

Wonderfully put.

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Jace
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2 months ago

Aaaand cue all the ignorant, sexist, anti-abortion comments from the weird minority of right-wing people who create accounts on left-wing Bored Panda in some kind of misdirected effort at changing people’s minds with their abusive, judgmental, and ignorant comments...

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Hope Floats
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2 months ago

"Nobody can make you feel inferior, without your consent." A famous quote by Eleanor Roosevelt and one that is so true...

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Isabella R.W.
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2 months ago

Hahahaha

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Hope Floats
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2 months ago

I do this ALOT.. But maybe it's the mind's way of trying to deal with someone that still, many years on, makes you sad...

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Shauna
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2 months ago

Or don't settle for less because its easier.

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Hope Floats
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2 months ago

Unfortunately, you're always going to get people who care about themselves only. You can only change this about yourself.

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Jace
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2 months ago

All that matters is if it accomplishes something for you. For some people that’s a sense of accomplishment. For others, it’s earned income, attention & acknowledgement, better opportunities, etc.

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Fact Perils
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2 months ago

Haha

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Lea Springstead
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2 months ago

This saying would make a good tattoo.

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Meyer Weinstock
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2 months ago

*single sobs at prospect of dying alone*

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Lil Bare
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2 months ago

...and there s only one way to find out if its worth it

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Blue of the yams (They/He)
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2 months ago

Ah yes. I too enjoy staring lovingly at disembodied hearts. XD jk why is that there?

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Jon S.
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2 months ago

How?

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Kika González
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2 months ago

Keep your love until there is someone worthy of it

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Phunny Philosopher
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2 months ago

Sometimes you have to break in order to grow.

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Hans
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2 months ago

People need people.

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MomaBear
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2 months ago

Leonard Cohen

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Lil Bare
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2 months ago

Too true, too scary

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Tabitha L
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2 months ago (edited)

When I was in my 20s, I was so hungry for success that it made me angry when others succeeded. Once I got into my 30s, I felt that rage unclench. I can now be happy and enjoy everyone's success knowing that it doesn't limit my own.

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R L
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2 months ago

Love the lady in the pic :-)

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Scagsy
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2 months ago

And so might a big steaming pile of dog s**t. Be cautious people

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Titas Burinskas
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2 months ago

Yeah, it's just racism.

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Paige Jordan
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2 months ago

Indeed, "they" are people too. ❤

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Jace
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2 months ago

Repeat.

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Tabitha L
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2 months ago

While I am a fan of both, I think it is ok to just be a fan of Drag Race. It is a great show, and is many people's first exposure to this culture. Let's call it gateway drag. Could lead to habitual drag consumption.

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Mal
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2 months ago

This is a little all-or-nothing kind of statement, but I think here he is trying to say something about complacency. Do you stay silent when your partner makes comments or micro-aggressions that are homophobic? An ally ought to try to open a dialogue with their partner to find why they say things or the root of their misunderstanding, etc.

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