Like them, love them, or hate them, in-laws are notorious for driving their relatives insane. Some even seem to make it their mission to consistently meddle in our marriages, offer fresh and uninvited perspectives, and never pass up an opportunity to remind us of just how wrong we are about basically anything in life. And often, these people will be in your life for a long time, whether you can stand the sight and sound of them or not.

Mothers-in-law particularly catch the heat (sometimes rightfully so!) from negative media tropes and cultural stereotypes about being judgy, overbearing, and quite frankly, horrible. However, the other part of the equation often gets overlooked. So how about we balance out the scales a bit?

Today, we're taking a deep dive into the world of fathers-in-law who left their relatives speechless by being their most infuriating, obnoxious, and annoying selves. We at Bored Panda compiled a list of times people called out their partner's dads for all the nonsensical things they've done, so pull your seat closer! Upvote the pics that angered you most, be sure to share your own unpleasant encounters below in the comments, and don’t miss the chat we had about in-law relationships with psychologist and relationship coach Dr. Wyatt Fisher.

#1

The State Of The World

The State Of The World

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#2

Father-In-Law Doing Something Disgusting

Father-In-Law Doing Something Disgusting

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Widdershins66
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5 days ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh s**t! This is bloody disgusting! WTF? This should be No. 1.

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My FIL (Who's Extremely Right) Strikes Again

My FIL (Who's Extremely Right) Strikes Again

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It’s hardly surprising that in-law relationships can be complicated (to say the least!), as these people are usually thrust into your life without much thought or agreement on how things should be handled.

Of course, in some rare instances, the trope of in-law conflict may seem to be blown out of proportion. But the stereotypically bad relationships with their partner’s family are very real issues for some. After all, being forced into new family dynamics often creates relationships that are tense at best and toxic at worst.

Navigating through the complex dynamics of the bond we have with our fathers-in-law is a tricky matter of business, as there’s no guidebook or manual to tell us how everything is supposed to go. Some people are lucky enough to call them "dad." Others, as the examples in this compiled homage to the most irritating FILs out there show, would rather fake an emergency than spend one second alone in a room with them.

#4

Just My Racist FIL Being My Racist FIL. The Person Arguing Is Me, His Half-Mexican Descent Daughter-In-Law

Just My Racist FIL Being My Racist FIL. The Person Arguing Is Me, His Half-Mexican Descent Daughter-In-Law

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#5

My Poor Father-In-Law Never Saw It Coming. Rest In Peace

My Poor Father-In-Law Never Saw It Coming. Rest In Peace

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#6

The Back Window Of My Father-In-Law's Van

The Back Window Of My Father-In-Law's Van

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Manomnomnom
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5 days ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That guy is definitely a major creep who I'm sure is hiding some sketchy stuff.

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To gain more insight on the topic from an expert, we reached out to Dr. Wyatt Fisher, a licensed psychologist specializing in couples counseling in Boulder, CO. As Dr. Fisher provides relationship coach training and shares illuminating insights on his Relationships & Marriage podcast, he was more than happy to share his thoughts on the matter.

Dr. Fisher told Bored Panda there are many common complaints with FILs that can put a strain on the relationship and, consequently, your well-being. "Problems with fathers-in-law can range from not receiving their approval if you're a male to feeling like they are sexually inappropriate if you're a female," the psychologist explained.

#7

My Sister's Father-In-Law, Who Is A Very Conservative Trump Supporter, Was Not Happy That She Bought Her Son A Baby Doll For Christmas

My Sister's Father-In-Law, Who Is A Very Conservative Trump Supporter, Was Not Happy That She Bought Her Son A Baby Doll For Christmas

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Katie Lutesinger
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5 days ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My nephew has several baby dolls, and it's insanely adorable watching how tenderly he takes care of them. In fact I'm told when he was given his first one at the age of about two he instantly rushed over and hugged it! One reason why I keep saying he'll make an awesome big brother one day. <3

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#8

Show Me A More Manly Thing Than My Father-In-Law Doing The Laundry. I'll Wait

Show Me A More Manly Thing Than My Father-In-Law Doing The Laundry. I'll Wait

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Sedona
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5 days ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If he rolled in a mud or something similar, this is great way to get rid of it.

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#9

Got A New Couch Delivered Today. Father-In-Law Decided To Test It Out

Got A New Couch Delivered Today. Father-In-Law Decided To Test It Out

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According to Fatherly’s 2016 survey, women are more likely (about 16% more than men) to feel a sense of dread when they have to hang out with their in-laws. Interestingly, when it comes to the disagreements people who are parents have with their partner’s family, only 38% admitted they don’t argue. The rest explained that the cause of disagreements is usually their parenting style (29%), politics (15%), money (14%), and career success (4%).

#10

How My In-Laws Park Everywhere They Go

How My In-Laws Park Everywhere They Go

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Anna-Maria Aulin
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5 days ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Perhaps give them a kids' coloring book for christmas so they can learn to stay within the lines?

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#11

These Things In My Father-In-Law's Car Are So He And His Partner Can Drive Without Seatbelts And The Car Won't Make The Alarm Sounds

These Things In My Father-In-Law's Car Are So He And His Partner Can Drive Without Seatbelts And The Car Won't Make The Alarm Sounds

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Ivana Bašić
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5 days ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Just make sure your kids are never in their car, good riddance

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#12

My Father-In-Law Responds To A Picture Of Our Trans Foster Daughter

My Father-In-Law Responds To A Picture Of Our Trans Foster Daughter

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Laura Ketteridge
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5 days ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't think this father-in-law understand the concept of 'grace'.

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When asked about the reasons we often find it hard to grasp the complexities of this relationship, Dr. Fisher explained we often see them as difficult and complicated because it’s not discussed as often. "Therefore, there aren't as many resources for support and tips."

"Also, many people have had turbulent relationships with their own fathers, so it can make it even tougher to build a connection with their father-in-law because there's no model for fatherly closeness to fall back on," Dr. Fisher added.

#13

When My FIL Last Visited, He Ended Up Shouting And Swearing At Me In Front Of My Toddler Because I Called Out His Homophobia And This Exchange Happened The Day After

When My FIL Last Visited, He Ended Up Shouting And Swearing At Me In Front Of My Toddler Because I Called Out His Homophobia And This Exchange Happened The Day After

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DEW
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5 days ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Great job!! Everybody should love who they want to love. I don't understand what anyone does in their lives is other people's business. I judge folks for who I see standing in front of me. I don't care who you are with, sleeping, living etc... Why do you care about other folks lives??

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#14

Twice A Year, My In-Laws Stay With Us For About A Week. Twice A Year, I Have To Replace All My Nonstick Cookware

Twice A Year, My In-Laws Stay With Us For About A Week. Twice A Year, I Have To Replace All My Nonstick Cookware

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Laura Ketteridge
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5 days ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Don't. Keep one of the ruined sets in a box under a bed, and bring it out when they arrive. Put it away when they leave.

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#15

How My In-Laws Eat Assorted Cheesecake

How My In-Laws Eat Assorted Cheesecake

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Donkey boi
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5 days ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

2 things! Firstly, there is not a jury in the world that would find you guilty if you did something about that. Secondly, how do I find somewhere that sells cheesecake like that? [edit: I live in the UK and have NEVER seen cheesecake sold like that!]

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If you’re like most people, you know what a struggle your own family can be. But you’ve been dealing with them your whole life, and you’re likely to share common interests and agree with (at least some of) their thoughts.

With your in-laws, it’s not always clear what you're allowed to say and how you're expected to behave. As there’s less of an overlap in common agreement with them, you may find yourself saying the wrong thing and sparking a conflict. The other choice is to stay silent and feel the resentment slowly growing inside. And, of course, vent your frustrations by complaining about them online.

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My Very Tech Challenged Father-In-Law Sent The Entire Family A Picture Of His Breakfast This Morning. That Photo Had A Watermark

My Very Tech Challenged Father-In-Law Sent The Entire Family A Picture Of His Breakfast This Morning. That Photo Had A Watermark

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#17

Ladies And Gentlemen, My Father-In-Law

Ladies And Gentlemen, My Father-In-Law

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Helena
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5 days ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The idiots who love these flags are all so freakin fragile. You just want to give them the safety scissors, the glitter, a padded room, and a glass of warm milk.

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#18

Made Quesadillas, Father-In-Law Walked Into Kitchen, Took A Big Bite Out Of One, Walked Into The Bathroom. Walked Out And Took A Big Bite Out Of A Different One

Made Quesadillas, Father-In-Law Walked Into Kitchen, Took A Big Bite Out Of One, Walked Into The Bathroom. Walked Out And Took A Big Bite Out Of A Different One

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As we enter the holiday season, a time dedicated to spending time with our loved ones and being thankful for being together, many of us inevitably arm ourselves with patience as in-laws are bound to drag us into their dramas. So how are we supposed to handle infuriating FILs when we’re thrown together for an extended period of time with nowhere to run?

Dr. Fisher advised that the best course of action is to have an honest conversation with your other half. "First, let your partner confront their difficult behaviors instead of you. Second, ask your partner how to respond to your father-in-law if they aren't around. Third, pick your battles."

"You're most likely not going to change your father-in-law so try your best to accept them as they are as long as they aren't mistreating you," the psychologist suggested.

#19

Once Again. Another Gem From My Father-In-Law. And He Even Got 3 Shares This Time

Once Again. Another Gem From My Father-In-Law. And He Even Got 3 Shares This Time

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xolitaire
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5 days ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The people crying about getting chipped by vaccine... happily carry around cell phones. Which can be tracked..

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#20

FIL Started A Tattoo On Me 4 Weeks Ago. He Sold His Equipment 2 Days Ago

FIL Started A Tattoo On Me 4 Weeks Ago. He Sold His Equipment 2 Days Ago

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#21

How My Father-In-Law Lets The Candles Burn

How My Father-In-Law Lets The Candles Burn

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DEW
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5 days ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That needs to STOP!!! Get him battery operated candles! I hope this isn't in your home

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But as many people know from practice, the turbulent bond you have with your FIL can drastically affect your relationship. Dr. Fisher agreed with this line of thinking and explained that things particularly tend to go sour when your spouse ignores or disagrees with your feelings.

"If you have a difficult relationship with your father-in-law and your partner doesn't have your back, it can quickly strain your relationship with your partner because you'll feel vulnerable and defenseless," he said.

#22

I Sent My Future Father-In-Law A Linking Puzzle For Christmas. He Just Sent My Fiance This Picture Showing How He Solved It

I Sent My Future Father-In-Law A Linking Puzzle For Christmas. He Just Sent My Fiance This Picture Showing How He Solved It

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DEW
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5 days ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If the goal is to separate them then mission done!! LOL!!

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#23

My Father-In-Law's Remote Is But A Small Glimpse Into How Infuriated I Become When I Visit My In-Laws' House. No Excuse Is Good Enough

My Father-In-Law's Remote Is But A Small Glimpse Into How Infuriated I Become When I Visit My In-Laws' House. No Excuse Is Good Enough

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#24

Told My Father-In-Law I Pulled A Muscle At The Gym, He Said A Little Of This Will Make Me Feel Better

Told My Father-In-Law I Pulled A Muscle At The Gym, He Said A Little Of This Will Make Me Feel Better

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If you find yourself struggling with similar situations, Dr. Fisher suggested that sometimes, you just have to draw the line. "You have to set hard boundaries with inappropriate or difficult in-laws."

"However, other times people tend to overreact to behaviors that really aren't that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things. Keep things in perspective and make sure your partner has your back and let them do the boundary setting, not you," Dr. Fisher concluded.

#25

This Is How My Father-In-Law Gets Butter For His Toast

This Is How My Father-In-Law Gets Butter For His Toast

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#26

My Father-In-Law Said There Is A Park On The Apartment Complex For The Kids To Play. This Is The Park

My Father-In-Law Said There Is A Park On The Apartment Complex For The Kids To Play. This Is The Park

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#27

Father-In-Law Drives Through Front Lawn To Avoid Backing Up

Father-In-Law Drives Through Front Lawn To Avoid Backing Up

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Helena
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5 days ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When learning a new skill would bruise your ego, might as well go with property destruction.

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I’m Totally Middle-Of-The-Road, Non-Political And He Thinks It Means I Voted For Trump. Anyways, Here Are My Texts After A Night He Was Drinking

I’m Totally Middle-Of-The-Road, Non-Political And He Thinks It Means I Voted For Trump. Anyways, Here Are My Texts After A Night He Was Drinking

My father-in-law is on the other side of the spectrum. 

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#29

From My Father-In-Law. I Don't Even Know What To Say About This One

From My Father-In-Law. I Don't Even Know What To Say About This One

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Ariom Dahl
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5 days ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hmm, I dunno. Some people who think like this would be okay with the idea if it were their favoured politician running a global government.

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#30

My Father-In-Law's Toothbrush. Those Brown Bits Are Some Kind Of Mouldy Cereal

My Father-In-Law's Toothbrush. Those Brown Bits Are Some Kind Of Mouldy Cereal

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Ellinor
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5 days ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I did NOT wanted to see that but thanks anyway...

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#31

Ladies And Gentlemen, My Father-In-Law

Ladies And Gentlemen, My Father-In-Law

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#32

Father-In-Law Text Me This While I Was Volunteering In Buffalo

Father-In-Law Text Me This While I Was Volunteering In Buffalo

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Phobrek Taz
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5 days ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

10/10 would definitely rather spend time w/BLM peeps

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#33

My Father-In-Law And The Remnants Of His Weekly Visit

My Father-In-Law And The Remnants Of His Weekly Visit

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R
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5 days ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Eeew pack it in a bag and give it to him to take home

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#34

My Father-In-Law Always Posts Things Like This, Christmas Is Going To Be So Fun

My Father-In-Law Always Posts Things Like This, Christmas Is Going To Be So Fun

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Ariom Dahl
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5 days ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The threat of global warming isn't funny, but the caption here IS. :)

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#35

My Cousin's Father-In-Law's Ladder Arrangements

My Cousin's Father-In-Law's Ladder Arrangements

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Balso Steele
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5 days ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've seen worse, by tradesmen scaffolders. As long as they're anchored & tied together properly (which they must be: look at the physics of the ladders. They HAVE to be tied to hold each other that way), there's nothing wrong besides no (visible) fall-protection harness & lanyard.

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#36

My Father-In-Law, Helping To Foster Productive Discourse

My Father-In-Law, Helping To Foster Productive Discourse

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#37

My Father-In-Law's Response To Me And My Pregnant Fiancée Decisions To Not See Them Due To Corona

My Father-In-Law's Response To Me And My Pregnant Fiancée Decisions To Not See Them Due To Corona

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Hotdogking
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5 days ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well he wasn’t wrong with the last statement, he just greatly understated its severity

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#38

How My Soon-To-Be Father-In-Law Opens The Milk Carton

How My Soon-To-Be Father-In-Law Opens The Milk Carton

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#39

My Father-In-Law Ladies And Gentlemen

My Father-In-Law Ladies And Gentlemen

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YourSecretSanta
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5 days ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Honestly, sounds like OP is gaining if he never has to interact with his FIL ever again

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#40

How My Father-In-Law Stores His Knives

How My Father-In-Law Stores His Knives

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Katie Lutesinger
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5 days ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Huh, I have that exact same bread knife. Which I keep stored in a knife block like a sensible person, thankyouverymuch!

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