“All that is gold does not glitter,”—J.R.R.Tolkien wrote in The Lord of the Rings. The opposite is also true: not everything that shines is gold. And it’s something that we should keep in mind in our modern world which is dominated by the internet and social media.

We’re constantly bombarded by seemingly ‘perfect’ photos of people on Instagram but a lot of the images are heavily photoshopped. The Instagram Reality subreddit is dedicated to collecting the most retouched IG photos and we’ve collected some of the freshest examples of what not to do to your pics. Scroll down, upvote your faves, and read on for our earlier in-depth interviews with the subreddit’s moderators.

When you’re done looking through this list and if you want to see more examples of mindblowing Instagram photoshops, check out Bored Panda's previous articles about the Instagram Reality subreddit right here, here, and here.

#1

I'm So Glad This Greek TV Host Has Her Own Personal Cloud That Follows Her Everywhere She Goes

I'm So Glad This Greek TV Host Has Her Own Personal Cloud That Follows Her Everywhere She Goes

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A M
Community Member
3 months ago

Friend of mine is a photographer, she takes photos of normal pretty skies with normal pretty clouds all the time. Then she can swop the sky when they have to shoot summer theme outdoor shooting in not so summery settings. Clear sky with some white clouds instead of grey ones changes the whole spirit of the images. Could be that a Greek TV host has guidelines that her photos needs to be themed to look like a perfect summer day we foreigner imagine Greek to be.

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#2

Maybe Just One More Filter...

Maybe Just One More Filter...

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Ruby McPherosn
Community Member
3 months ago

OH DEAR GOD

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#3

Damn He's Ripped

Damn He's Ripped

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RaroaRaroa
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

Ripped all right. Ripped his arm straight out of a magazine page.

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The Instagram Reality moderators previously told Bored Panda that the coronavirus quarantine had slightly increased the subreddit’s membership but the amount of edited and photoshopped photos that people upload hasn’t decreased much during the pandemic.

The mods told Bored Panda that what people want to see are natural photos of influencers and celebrities, not done up and “edited to hell” images. “The influencer is going to realize that, I’m sure," the mods said about how they expected popular IG users to react to being stuck at home during the lockdowns which are now being eased or ended all over the world.

#4

I Don't Even Know

I Don't Even Know

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
3 months ago

That's creepy

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#5

Half Person Half Cartoon?!

Half Person Half Cartoon?!

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Biljana Malesevic
Community Member
3 months ago

They didn't even try.

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#6

Found One In The Wild. I Bet She’s Never Late With Those Legs

Found One In The Wild. I Bet She’s Never Late With Those Legs

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SweetCee
Community Member
3 months ago

Does she have to sit in the backseat to drive you think?

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According to the Instagram Reality team, “insecurity, envy, and money” are the forces driving some people to photoshop their pictures so heavily before uploading them on social media. That and wanting to avoid embarrassment because of real or imagined imperfections.

What can start out as a few simple edits or adding some minor filters can eventually lead to major photoshopping. And that creates a huge difference between how the person looks in real life and how they present themselves online.

To be fair, most of us try to show the best sides of ourselves to people. But there’s a rather obvious line between that and turning yourself into a completely different individual online.

#7

The Baddest Indeed

The Baddest Indeed

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
3 months ago

Quick, call the emergency doctors!

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#8

Such A Pretty Sunset :)

Such A Pretty Sunset :)

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Tabitha L
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

The sunset doesn't go behind trees. Everyone knows that.

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#9

This Is... A Lot To Take In

This Is... A Lot To Take In

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EA
Community Member
3 months ago

Omg. His hip has a boner. That’s a photoshop first

Tabitha L
Community Member
3 months ago

Looks like both his hips have boners. The caption on this is perfect....a lot to take in.

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DforDorothy
Community Member
3 months ago

Ariel and the sidek(d)ick.

CodingGirl04
Community Member
3 months ago

And that muscle...

Slune
Community Member
3 months ago

...guessing with this sidedick this could be the balls

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Venic
Community Member
3 months ago

Holy crow, look at the size of that edema in his left arm. Get that poor guy to a hospital before it explodes!

Leo Domitrix
Community Member
3 months ago

Thank God this wasn't around in the 1980s. Mys sis and I had enough body image issues as it was....

Charlotte
Community Member
3 months ago

Isn't this Caylus/Infinite? I'm so confused

Doggo Georgia
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

Yes! I was just about to post a comment asking why it looks like Caylus! I wonder if it's him?

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Nathan Jones
Community Member
3 months ago

Awkward boners are the worst.

Anthony Boner
Community Member
3 months ago

Leave me out of this! 😁

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Willow Anderson
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

So many things are wrong with this picture, first of all no one ever had waist like that secondly that man’s arm is messed up.

GFSTaylor
Community Member
3 months ago

Now this is just one of the funniest things I've seen in a while. That bicep ! His hips !

J-Yogi-Temp-Mom
Community Member
3 months ago

OOHHH MYYYYY there is so much wrong here. She appears to be a cute young lady, It's sad she feels this is beauty.

Stille20
Community Member
3 months ago

LOL!! So bad! why would you even post that!? Maybe it was a joke

Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
3 months ago

Haha! First time using the warp tool!

Downunderdude
Community Member
3 months ago

Is that a colostomy bag in your pants or are you just glad to see me?

Harley Hans Hoglin
Community Member
3 months ago

That's funny and gross all at the same time

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Kanga9ine
Community Member
3 months ago

Looks like corn just started popping under his skin. Look at the muscle. Close enough. I'm not sure what's going on in his pants. "Catch and Release" is my approach. But i wouldn't release whatever is caught in there.

A. Michael Uhlmann
Community Member
3 months ago

While the waists (especially hers) look like they are photoshopped, there is an explainer for the two "boners" on both hips. Look closely (I know I dread it too), but look how the whole swimsuit is "blown up." This could be due to air still be in the swimsuit. Air is lighter and tries to stay above the water, therefore the "bloating." If you look at the edge of the picture you see a big bubble.

Raeka Agostini-Quest
Community Member
3 months ago

This is a YouTuber lol

That one rando
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh my gosh that's some of the YouTubers I like to watch! She hates the way her body looks and constantly wants to change it this is probably why it ended up here

FÛŁŁ_ÊFFÊČT
Community Member
3 months ago

Not infinite lists!!

Joachim West
Community Member
3 months ago

That’s the YouTuber Infinite and his girlfriend

Doggo Georgia
Community Member
3 months ago

He needs to break up with her if she's doing that to him in her Instagram photos

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Sasha Haley
Community Member
3 months ago

U realize that someone took a photo of them and edited it? This is a youtuber and his GF. If he had posted this he would be getting a whole lot of hate LOL

GamerX
Community Member
3 months ago

It’s magnetic...

Carmen Honacker
Community Member
3 months ago

I can't even... This is hilarious. He has hip boner AND bicep boner! Just wow!

Angela Till
Community Member
3 months ago

😂😂😂😂

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
3 months ago

Hahaha!!!!

Peter Chee
Community Member
3 months ago

Um... sir? Do you need a toilet?

Bethany Schaefer
Community Member
3 months ago

That doesn’t make sense......

Thalia Lovering
Community Member
3 months ago

Is this your limb or are you happy to see her.

Malicity D'Obscuro
Community Member
3 months ago

I am ancient, and have lived a seriously depraved and kinky life. I have officially been Trumped.

Sarah Moorse
Community Member
3 months ago

His arm as well! 😧

Bart Moore
Community Member
3 months ago

Banana in each pocket?

Hugh Walter
Community Member
2 months ago

Is that a pistol in his pocket or is he just pleased to have lost both legs at the hip!

Suzanne Dunne
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh good lord!

Monday Fuss
Community Member
2 months ago

fbggggggggggggggggkhj.ziiiiiiigjofSILYDgvbhs,g..................plz no

NomNomaSourus
Community Member
3 months ago

She is skinny af. Cant even figure out where to start with him...

The Boss Killer
Community Member
3 months ago

Bruh, that is Tal from reaction time, and that photoshop is hilarious!

Lauren Elise
Community Member
3 months ago

Bro it's Caylus and Kiera! Kiera does edit her photos if you scroll through her Instagram. Their videos are pretty funny tho

Kim St
Community Member
3 months ago

don't touch me with that thing

okpkpkp
Community Member
3 months ago

are those air bubbles in his trunks or is he happy to be so strong?

Debbie Pugsley
Community Member
3 months ago

I guess she didn't care what HE ended up looking like.

Cathy Cee
Community Member
3 months ago

You have to wonder why her body shows in the clear water, but his does not. And what's up with his weird left bicep?

Geordie Insomniac
Community Member
3 months ago

Roflmfao

Janaya Williams
Community Member
3 months ago

If you guys actually knew the story behind the image you would realize that the photo was a joke.

Nereida Guszkowski
Community Member
3 months ago

🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

Donald Holder
Community Member
3 months ago

Is that a hip bone, or are you just glad to see me?

Jo B. Ventura Gurule
Community Member
3 months ago

Arm weird too!

CapnJackSB
Community Member
3 months ago

Deformities, or abnormalities ?

Martti Laurson
Community Member
3 months ago

is this Timberlake's old photo?

Nevi Løvfelt
Community Member
3 months ago

Is that a boil?

Garth Robinson
Community Member
3 months ago

Not surprised she looks worried, that knobs gotta be the size of a 100watt light bulb !

Marilyn Holt
Community Member
3 months ago

ANd that arm looks painful.

SF Angel
Community Member
3 months ago

There are no words

Sandra Warren
Community Member
3 months ago

He better get that arm looked at!

Diana Dodd
Community Member
3 months ago

Actually ... pretty funny 😄

J
Community Member
3 months ago

His double hip boner is going to engulf her! Run young lady, run!

Deb Oswald
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm literally sitting here with my mouth open over this one.... that the hell

Wolfblood Fanatic
Community Member
3 months ago

Caylus. Keira. Please tell me you did not edit this yourself!

Matthew Collinson
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes, Keira did edit it her self. And yes, it was a joke. She said so in her most recent video "FUNNIEST PHOTOSHOP TROLLS!" that was uploaded yesterday

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Cindy Jarrett
Community Member
3 months ago

Floating pants only. Calm down! 🤪

Imperfekt
Community Member
3 months ago

Needs to have a doctor take a look at that dislocated bicep not to mention the discombobulated boners.

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
3 months ago

He goes right & left & no where he is supposed to. And his arm muscle slid down to his elbow.

Jenifer Halpern
Community Member
3 months ago

Hahahaha! Both of them do! And that arm! And I can go on and on! How bazzare!

Sharon Vaughn
Community Member
3 months ago

Ugh.

Linda Brown
Community Member
3 months ago

On both hips, and his arm is crazy

William Mahoney
Community Member
3 months ago

Both do 😂😂

Sophie Foster
Community Member
3 months ago

Eew

Leo Fragoso
Community Member
3 months ago

Is that photoshop or are your bone hips happy to see me?

Vanta Black
Community Member
3 months ago

Child-bearing hips.

ispeak catanese
Community Member
3 months ago

That's some bicep muscle. W. O. W.

Daniel Mason
Community Member
3 months ago

It is a lot to take in, but they clearly can't take in a lot

Nymphadora Tonks
Community Member
3 months ago

1: His muscles in his arm are photoshopped 2: WHAT IS WRONG WITH HIS HIP 3: they both were photoshopped to look skinnier even though they didn’t need it 4: what is wrong with her bodily proportions?

Chris Watson
Community Member
3 months ago

Please don't breed.

Pam Olson
Community Member
3 months ago

Why on earth did they post this? Half of her waist is inside his arm!

Matthew Collinson
Community Member
3 months ago

She did it, as a joke: https://youtu.be/uus1u4keAOA?t=282

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pebs
Community Member
3 months ago

And his arm....

Fred Bigox
Community Member
3 months ago

Such a vain couple, certainly made (up) for each other lol

Jo Choto
Community Member
3 months ago

Am I the only one that thinks he had a boner on each side???

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#10

I Have No Idea What This Is...

I Have No Idea What This Is...

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DforDorothy
Community Member
3 months ago

Reminds me of some kind of bug.

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#11

Where's The Nose?

Where's The Nose?

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Ruby McPherosn
Community Member
3 months ago

Hey look, it's Voldemo- oh shit, forgot about the taboo

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#12

Well That's Something New

Well That's Something New

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Lynn Donovan
Community Member
3 months ago

I used to admire this lifestyle. Beauty gurus in their big mansions, youtubers turned millionaires, "influencers" with their pretty hair and make-up always on point. And then I realized how tiresome their lives were. All the fakeness of it. I don't want to live a life where it takes me 20mn to post a photo so people I don't know and I don't care about click a button that magically makes me "worthy". The lack of self-esteem, the level of body dismorphia they suffer, the sadness they must feel every morning looking in the mirror and failing to see the true beauty in themselves. I'll pass, thanks. I left this world of consumerism and found myself a new dream: owning a piece of land to grow my own vegetable garden. It was truly a breath of fresh air.

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#13

She Looks Better Without It Though....

She Looks Better Without It Though....

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
3 months ago

Even the billboard....

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#14

The Face Of A Ps3 Character

The Face Of A Ps3 Character

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
3 months ago

Not even the cat escaped the photoshopping!

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#15

The Queen Of Makeup

The Queen Of Makeup

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varwenea
Community Member
3 months ago

Much cuter in reality

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#16

Turns Out Those Organs Did Exist After All

Turns Out Those Organs Did Exist After All

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0foxgiven
Community Member
3 months ago

how to be beautiful {according to the internet} step one: remove all internal organs step two: get plastic surgery till you look like a barbie doll step three: realize that you are beautiful the way you are without anything added {I added this step in}

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#17

Something Out Of An Indie Horror Game

Something Out Of An Indie Horror Game

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Tomasz Jackowski
Community Member
3 months ago

Slenderwoman

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#18

She Could've Just Said The Truth..

She Could've Just Said The Truth..

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hispanic! at the disco
Community Member
3 months ago

What a pointless lie

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#19

Post vs. Profile Picture.

Post vs. Profile Picture.

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RaroaRaroa
Community Member
3 months ago

She looks so much better in reality. Do some people go for the extra large, square forehead look?

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#20

Linkedin Now Too

Linkedin Now Too

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Lucas
Community Member
3 months ago

Clearly from another planet.

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#21

This Fake Influencer Likes To Pretend She’s Rich, Constantly Posting Pictures Like That With Captions Like „short Trip To Clear My Mind“.

This Fake Influencer Likes To Pretend She’s Rich, Constantly Posting Pictures Like That With Captions Like „short Trip To Clear My Mind“.

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DforDorothy
Community Member
3 months ago

Yeah, she's trippin for sure! 😏

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#22

This Girl Has A Disney-Themed Account, For Her ‘Travels’... Most Of The Pics Are Like This

This Girl Has A Disney-Themed Account, For Her ‘Travels’... Most Of The Pics Are Like This

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RaroaRaroa
Community Member
3 months ago

No shadow.

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#23

A$$ So Phat Even The Car Had To Make Space

A$$ So Phat Even The Car Had To Make Space

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Francis
Community Member
3 months ago

they put the airbags in the wrong place :D

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#24

Why Do Women Want To Look Like This??

Why Do Women Want To Look Like This??

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Lucas
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh my effing hell... Why?!!

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#25

Who Needs Organs Anyway?

Who Needs Organs Anyway?

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Tracey Hirt
Community Member
3 months ago

Why do people do this? Do they think anyone finds a 12-inch waist attractive?

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#26

I Think We've All Wondered What She Really Looks Like

I Think We've All Wondered What She Really Looks Like

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
3 months ago

I have always wondered (I saw this person on another panda thread) she actually has really nice real life proportions it must be so hard for people with body dysmorphia and or low self esteem (I mean my self esteem isn't great as I'm a heavily scarred from various surgeries etc and im not exactly fit, but i can own it)

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#27

Profile Pic On Twitter vs. Still From Interview

Profile Pic On Twitter vs. Still From Interview

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Francis
Community Member
3 months ago

nice chin hiding technique :D

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#28

This "Makeup Artist" Advertising Her Work...

This "Makeup Artist" Advertising Her Work...

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Tabitha L
Community Member
3 months ago

Yep. Just make up.

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#29

Such A Beautiful Home

Such A Beautiful Home

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Rae Black
Community Member
3 months ago

She looks like a stalker hovering outside someone's house.

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#30

This Can't Be Just "Angles"

This Can't Be Just "Angles"

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EA
Community Member
3 months ago

Her eyes are at different levels! What on earth happened to the original photo

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#31

Literally A Different Person Every Single Photo

Literally A Different Person Every Single Photo

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EA
Community Member
3 months ago

She’s paid all that money on plastic surgery, completely altering her body. And still not happy, otherwise why would you photoshop every picture to oblivion

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#32

Armpit? I Don’t Know Her

Armpit? I Don’t Know Her

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Gilda
Community Member
3 months ago

I didn't know my armpits were a source of shame now they are coming for earlobes next

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#33

I’m Sorry But His Edited Nose On The Left Literally Looks Like It’s Going To Collapse

I’m Sorry But His Edited Nose On The Left Literally Looks Like It’s Going To Collapse

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DforDorothy
Community Member
3 months ago

Sipping the invisible straw.

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#34

I Posted The Left One Yesterday And People Were Not Believing That The Hair Don’t Belongs To Her

I Posted The Left One Yesterday And People Were Not Believing That The Hair Don’t Belongs To Her

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.gas.
Community Member
3 months ago

I were not believing that Bored Panda don't thinks grammar check is important.

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