“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
5 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
5 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
5 months ago (edited)

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

Cathy Cee
Community Member
5 months ago

several arms, it seems....

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.gas.
Community Member
5 months ago

This one has to be a joke. Or his followers aren't very observant. Note the weird knee, as well.

Jon S.
Community Member
5 months ago

Yeah, I agree, there's no way this was intended as anything but a joke

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Francis
Community Member
5 months ago

so ripped he got a third hand :D

Linus Nilsson
Community Member
5 months ago

This does not belong here, it's obvious that he cut out the arm from a magazine and taped it to the mirror. Or, as one could claim, it's a joke

Elizabeth Schmidt
Community Member
5 months ago

Ehhh this one looks like it was intentionally done as sarcastic lol

Selena
Community Member
5 months ago

Nevermind his arm, wtf is wrong with his knee

Vivienne Packham-Wood
Community Member
5 months ago

Baggy pants syndrome. When you stretch the fabric over the knee, over time it stays stretched when you stand up and bulges out

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HempFairy
Community Member
5 months ago

This reminds me of when Quagmire discovered internet porn.

CatWoman312
Community Member
5 months ago

Wow and 3 hands

Michelle Line
Community Member
5 months ago

He has 3 hands!!!!

Nick P
Community Member
5 months ago

Whats with his left leg???...

Up All Night
Community Member
5 months ago

That's a right leg. And jeans physics happened.

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Hannah Marshall
Community Member
3 months ago

Lol, 2 left hands, a dodgy right knee. This guy needs to calm down

Dorothy Cloud
Community Member
5 months ago

My, didn't he notice 3 hands!

Regina Bragg
Community Member
5 months ago

Three hands?

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
5 months ago

Hahaha!!!! And an abnormality with 3 hands!!!

Sheila Lewis
Community Member
5 months ago

He's got 3 hands!

SF Angel
Community Member
5 months ago

He must get a lot of work done with that third hand of his

Marty Sunderland
Community Member
5 months ago

And 3 hands!

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
5 months ago

Three hands and a blown out knee.

Mark Serbian
Community Member
5 months ago

*serious* eye roll ...

Maurettis
Community Member
4 months ago

why??

Henry Cheves
Community Member
5 months ago

He's holding his own fist.

Lydia Reaves
Community Member
5 months ago

Sorry dude, you don't go from stringbean to Hulk by magic. No matter how many filters/party tricks you use.

PjandBolt
Community Member
5 months ago

Is nobody gonna say anything about his knee?

Mihiteruarewa Rangitaawa
Community Member
5 months ago

🤣🤣🤣

Lauren Niewold
Community Member
5 months ago

The arm is okay, but how do I get my knee to flex like that?

Tracy Wood
Community Member
5 months ago

Ahh,ha ha ha ha!

Geordie Insomniac
Community Member
5 months ago

He forgot to do his very skinny legs! 🤣🤣

Jason Doakes
Community Member
5 months ago

I think that's Bruce Lee's biceps and shoulder, well "dress for the job you want..."

Donald Holder
Community Member
5 months ago

WTH happened to his right knee?

Carmen Honacker
Community Member
5 months ago

Oh dear, how can he post this thinking no one will see? I mean, if you doctor your photo, at least do it in a way that isn't so bad and abvious

Angela Till
Community Member
5 months ago

😂😂😂😂

CapnJackSB
Community Member
5 months ago

And the knuckles drag on the floor.

Ingo Sauer
Community Member
5 months ago

Frankenstein Jr.

Fred Bigox
Community Member
5 months ago

Worst photoshop ever

Margareta Hagman
Community Member
5 months ago

and what is that that bump on his leg all about ??

Carole Hamilton
Community Member
5 months ago

lol

Peter Chee
Community Member
5 months ago

OH NO NONONONONO NAH NONONONNONONONO

Bethany Schaefer
Community Member
5 months ago

3 hands, huh? Whatever..........🙄

Aneese
Community Member
5 months ago

Never mind the arm, it’s the right leg that is giving me major creep-out!

Stan Chung
Community Member
5 months ago

this is actually funny

Diana Dodd
Community Member
5 months ago

Look like plastic ... he’s just kidding around 🙃

Barbara Stewart
Community Member
5 months ago

hahahaha

Patricia Yerian
Community Member
5 months ago

Only his R knee though.

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
5 months ago

It never ceases to amaze me that people can be so utterly stupid.

Veronica Vatter
Community Member
5 months ago

The legs too!!

Michele Clarke
Community Member
5 months ago

This is hilarious!!

HS10LEGEND
Community Member
5 months ago

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Naomi Cline
Community Member
5 months ago

And what the hell is going on with his right leg? Dude needs to get that checked out!

gracefullikeagazelle
Community Member
5 months ago

Poor. Little. Man.

Shirley Richard
Community Member
5 months ago

How many hands does he need?

Sharon Vaughn
Community Member
5 months ago

Two left hands.

Studio5301
Community Member
5 months ago

not only a bad edit on his left arm gut the right arm is skinny. Good find!

Rascal Photo
Community Member
5 months ago

Hey , there's a photoshop tool for that.

Faith Livengood
Community Member
5 months ago

Yeah right

Steven Meyer
Community Member
5 months ago

He has two left hands

Imari Genade
Community Member
5 months ago

We can like totally see that is fake🙄

Lilfish_74
Community Member
5 months ago

How many hands does he have?

Sophie Foster
Community Member
5 months ago

🤣🤣🤣🤣

Nadine Khazaka
Community Member
5 months ago

Three hands, that's evolutionary progress.

AlexG
Community Member
5 months ago

🤣😂😂

Vanta Black
Community Member
5 months ago

"Hey kid, that's really bad photoshopping." "It's not photoshopped!" "You can see the shirt sleeve under your arm!" "It's behind, not under!" "And your right arm doesn't even match!" "My left bulked up quicker!" "You've got three hands! And part of your 'arm' covers your phone!" "It's still not photoshopped!" "You need new glasses."

Reagan Besteman
Community Member
5 months ago

That photoshop though

Lemon Bailey
Community Member
5 months ago

Hahahaha OK Popeye next time try at least to match skin tones, remove the 3rd hand and keep the image from overlapping your phone.

Mainecoonsandhuskies
Community Member
5 months ago

He has two arms like what was he thinking

Linda HS
Community Member
5 months ago

This is bad, so bad I'm “lacrying”!,🤨

Sue Prewitt
Community Member
5 months ago

What happened to his knee :)

Viviette Moore
Community Member
5 months ago

YOU SEE LINES AROUND THE "Ripped"ARMS AND THE ARM IS ON THE PHONE!

Janet Chávez
Community Member
5 months ago

Woah he's so ripped he grew another hand!

That one rando
Community Member
5 months ago

Wouhf 🤣

Connie Martin
Community Member
5 months ago

So many hands...

Ripley
Community Member
5 months ago

YOU CAN STILL SEE HIS OTHER HAND!!!

Debster
Community Member
5 months ago

That's hilarious

Elizabeth Smith
Community Member
5 months ago

Wait - wtf?!

Shelby McClain
Community Member
5 months ago

Oh and ET phone home fingers

Shelby McClain
Community Member
5 months ago

Did he forget that the other arm was there or the hand lmao

Layla Corman
Community Member
5 months ago

The 3 different hands isn't unusual at all! 🤥🤥🤥

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
5 months ago

The hands are terrifying. His left hand must have finger transplants.

crysta burdick
Community Member
5 months ago

Take my strong hand !!!

Pam Olson
Community Member
5 months ago

My eyes! My eyes!

Kk C-Mcgee
Community Member
5 months ago

Haha this looks so bad!

M Dream
Community Member
5 months ago

maybe was for fun

Laana
Community Member
5 months ago

This gotta be a joke.

Malicity D'Obscuro
Community Member
5 months ago

This knob gave it all away, with his right knee, IMNSHO.

Bob Marino
Community Member
5 months ago

good grief

Kimberley Thomas
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

3 hands huh? That's natural. Knee that could pass for breasts.

Delgada
Community Member
5 months ago

That knee, though....

Owiella Freddie
Community Member
5 months ago

and three-fisted as well!

Itz Timmy
Community Member
5 months ago

Oh my good God 🤦‍♂️.

Leigh C.
Community Member
5 months ago

Dear Lord he's got 2 hands

Slune
Community Member
5 months ago

.......'and then the right kneecap slipped....

OCDRobot
Community Member
5 months ago

Why would someone even post this? lmao

deanna woods
Community Member
5 months ago

This is so obvious that it's funny.

Raine Soo
Community Member
5 months ago

Hilarious!

Weishaar Jamie
Community Member
5 months ago

WTF, seriously. These guys are sooo observant

Bill
Community Member
5 months ago

is he left handed. Hehe

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

I hope this was a joke. He also should get that knee looked at. JS.

Michelle C
Community Member
5 months ago

When your arm is so swole it made an extra fist

Tami Bridges
Community Member
5 months ago

Every woman wants a man with that 3rd hand...very important

Madison Lam
Community Member
5 months ago

Who does he think he's fooling?

Adam C
Community Member
5 months ago

haha two left claws

Dolevaal
Community Member
5 months ago

Looks like an Alien.

chard 56
Community Member
5 months ago

Wow he has evolved to have an extra hand within his hand

Marcellus the Third
Community Member
5 months ago

If you're anyway 'shopping, why not change the chicken-type knee?

Sabse
Community Member
5 months ago

I think he needs new glasses ...

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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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 months ago

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

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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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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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Jessica Cole
Community Member
5 months ago

I don't understand... Body dismorphia I suppose.

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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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 months ago

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

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