In a perfect world, everyone is productive. Ticking every box on their to-do list, managing their time and concentrating on the task at hand. Sounds great, right?

But as we all know, that is rarely the case... And one of the main reasons why is our own laziness.

There's plenty of creative people who try to make life a bit easier. Bored Panda has compiled a list full of the most brilliant ways to work with as little effort as possible. From manipulating your cat into turning the light off to leaving the side table unassembled and using it as it is, we've got you covered.

Don't forget to check out Bored Panda's previous post where people took laziness to a whole new level!

#1

Chores

Chores

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River Webb
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6 months ago

nothing at all

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We often associate laziness with apathy, carelessness or lack of motivation. And while some people are more likely to look for the easiest option, performing tasks with as little effort as possible can have its benefits. These people are actually good at finding out the quickest way of doing something with little mental or physical activity.

One study published in the Journal of Health Psychology suggests that people who are more physically active have a lower need to engage in activities that require thinking. But this “difference was most pronounced during the 5-day work week and lessened during the weekend“, which means that an easy-going weekend will only benefit your brainpower. The researchers also found that those with high IQ go bored less easily. That's why they tend to be less active and spend more time thinking while the "non-thinkers“ preferred to engage in physical activities.

#2

How I Shut The Light Off When I'm Feeling Lazy

How I Shut The Light Off When I'm Feeling Lazy

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Eva the Egg
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6 months ago

DUDE HAHA THATS GENIUS

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Also, an easy mistake would be to confuse laziness with proper idleness – choosing to do nothing. As the famous quote by Oscar Wilde goes, “to do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual.” And it's true. Believe it or not, but being idle is actually good for you.

Chris Bailey, author of “Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction”, said that our attention is either focused (when we get our work done and have meaningful conversations) or unfocused which actually makes us more creative. “Think back to your last creative insight — chances are it didn’t happen when you were focusing on one thing. In fact, you probably weren’t focused on much at all,” Bailey said.

According to the author, an idle mind allows us to do three things: rest, plan our future and long-term goals, and think of the most insightful and unique ideas. So in other words, when we see a bunch of do-nothings just sitting around and idling, they might actually be using their energy to think and create.

#3

When You’re Too Lazy To Build A Snowman

When You’re Too Lazy To Build A Snowman

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Eva the Egg
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6 months ago

I like it!

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#4

Left My Christmas Lights Up. Laziness Paid Off For Once

Left My Christmas Lights Up. Laziness Paid Off For Once

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jk nbt
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6 months ago

pretty cool...

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Some even think that laziness is the key to success. Michael Lewis, bestselling author of “The Big Short,” said that it serves him as a filter. “Something has to be really good before I’ll decide to work on it,” he said. In other words, it helps you to avoid being busy just for the sake of... being busy and also prevents you from taking on opportunities that you do not care much for.

#5

The Student Chose A Character Who Speaks Only 3 Words And That Is His Name - I Am Groot

The Student Chose A Character Who Speaks Only 3 Words And That Is His Name - I Am Groot

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
6 months ago

This kid will go places

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#6

It Took Me A Minute To Comprehend That My 5-Year-Old Had Invented A New Hands-Free iPad Technology

It Took Me A Minute To Comprehend That My 5-Year-Old Had Invented A New Hands-Free iPad Technology

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Antonia
Community Member
6 months ago

clever kid

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However, if you're feeling lazy more often than not, it could mean that something else is going on. If you're having trouble getting things done, set unrealistic goals and feel exhausted, you might be experiencing a job burnout. Since it's sometimes presented in such a way that overlaps with the concept of do-nothingness, it's not that easy to spot.

#7

Ditto

Ditto

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Julia Atkinson
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6 months ago

I prefer the one on the left - I loathe overdone Christmas lights

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#8

My Dad's Christmas Tree

My Dad's Christmas Tree

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Loty
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6 months ago

This takes the cake.

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#9

We Don't Deserve Dogs

We Don't Deserve Dogs

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Sum Guy
Community Member
6 months ago

No one lives for free in this household

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Devon Price, a social psychologist and author of “Laziness Does Not Exist” speaks of the Laziness Lie, “a belief system that says hard work is morally superior to relaxation and that people who aren’t productive have less innate value than productive people“. In short, those who do more are worth more. Today, this kind of thinking can lead to physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion.

#10

I Got Inspired To Be Lazy And Not Put Up All My Christmas Lights

I Got Inspired To Be Lazy And Not Put Up All My Christmas Lights

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

I prefer this to actually putting up the lights like everyone else

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#11

I'm Really Lazy When It Comes To Putting On A Costume

I'm Really Lazy When It Comes To Putting On A Costume

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Penelope
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6 months ago

That’s a pretty good likeness.

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#12

Laziness: Dream Level

Laziness: Dream Level

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Kerry Bullen
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6 months ago

😂 😂 😂

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And let's not mistake indolence for procrastination. We often think it's a form of passivity when in fact, people and especially students might be facing barriers that are unknown to us. “If a person’s behavior doesn’t make sense to you, it is because you are missing a part of their context,“ Price explained. “People do not choose to fail or disappoint. No one wants to feel incapable, apathetic, or ineffective. If you look at a person’s action (or inaction) and see only laziness, you are missing key details. There is always an explanation,” the author said.

#13

9-Year-Old's Tablet Solution

9-Year-Old's Tablet Solution

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
6 months ago

A young intellect I see...

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#14

Lazy Bastard

Lazy Bastard

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Raven Sheridan
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6 months ago

Ralph caught a Vuber. (Vulture Uber.) 😉

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#15

It's My Dad's Birthday Today. I Was Too Lazy To Get Him A Proper Card

It's My Dad's Birthday Today. I Was Too Lazy To Get Him A Proper Card

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jolly roger
Community Member
6 months ago

Well that's also funny so you get an extra point!

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So it seems that being lazy is not always a bad thing. In fact, you should probably do it more often. If you use it the right way, it even makes you more productive and leaves more room for original thoughts and ideas. Although if you're doing nothing because you're overwhelmed, it might be good to take a step back and figure out the nature of your laziness. Then try to overcome it. Or don't. It's completely up to you.

#16

Lazy But Genius Parenting

Lazy But Genius Parenting

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Penelope
Community Member
6 months ago

A toddler and a box…it’s a match made in heaven. Throw in some markers and make the project self-contained: Genius!

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#17

Just Feeling A Little Lazy

Just Feeling A Little Lazy

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Sum Guy
Community Member
6 months ago

That's a pretty nice tip

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#18

I Hate Signing Yearbooks For Students, So I Had A Rubber Stamp Made

I Hate Signing Yearbooks For Students, So I Had A Rubber Stamp Made

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Eva the Egg
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6 months ago

thats actually pretty cool 😂😂😂

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#19

Laziness Meets Ingenuity, Me: "What's That Pipe On Your Railing?" Sister: "It's Our Soda Can Chute"

Laziness Meets Ingenuity, Me: "What's That Pipe On Your Railing?" Sister: "It's Our Soda Can Chute"

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the child
Community Member
6 months ago

your sister is the next einstein

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#20

Lazy Security Guard

Lazy Security Guard

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Vicky Z
Community Member
6 months ago

How many years is he sleeping? (If we assume it's him on the photo)

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#21

This Shortcut Symbolizes Human Laziness (Yes, I Use It)

This Shortcut Symbolizes Human Laziness (Yes, I Use It)

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Antonia
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

In The Netherlands we call this a elephantspath. In a newly made quater of Amsterdam they took foto's from the air to see how people would walk and laid the paths there.

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#22

I Trusted My Husband To Clean-Up From Christmas Last Year. This Is What I Discovered When I Went Down To Our Basement To Begin Decorating This Year. Life Hack Or Lazy?

I Trusted My Husband To Clean-Up From Christmas Last Year. This Is What I Discovered When I Went Down To Our Basement To Begin Decorating This Year. Life Hack Or Lazy?

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Ylva Edqvist
Community Member
6 months ago

Life hack! Awesome idea.

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#23

Be Lazy. Make A Garage For Your Heavy Small Appliances With Cheap Rolling Plant Stands

Be Lazy. Make A Garage For Your Heavy Small Appliances With Cheap Rolling Plant Stands

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LittleBrownWren
Community Member
6 months ago

Those appliances are definitely plotting something.

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#24

I Figured Out You Don’t Actually Have To Assemble These Things

I Figured Out You Don’t Actually Have To Assemble These Things

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
6 months ago

I mean... if it works it works!

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#25

Road Sign

Road Sign

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River Webb
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6 months ago

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#26

My Daughter Wanted A Fort. I Was Feeling Lazy

My Daughter Wanted A Fort. I Was Feeling Lazy

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jolly roger
Community Member
6 months ago

It's actually a good idea! Looks cozy.

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#27

My Lazy Little Brother Learning Writing English Letters

My Lazy Little Brother Learning Writing English Letters

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KJ
Community Member
6 months ago

Work smarter not harder.

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#28

Lazy Lawnmower

Lazy Lawnmower

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Chucky Cheezburger
Community Member
6 months ago

BRILLIANT!!!

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#29

My Coworker Has A Tendency To Spill His Cereal Walking Out Of The Kitchen In The Morning And Just Leave It There. I Made It Modern Art

My Coworker Has A Tendency To Spill His Cereal Walking Out Of The Kitchen In The Morning And Just Leave It There. I Made It Modern Art

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KJ
Community Member
6 months ago

Lazy git, who does he expect to clean it up after him?

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#30

Throwing Away Paint Roller Trays Is Just Wasteful, And Cleaning Them Is A Damn Mess. Here's Your Lazy, Smart Solution

Throwing Away Paint Roller Trays Is Just Wasteful, And Cleaning Them Is A Damn Mess. Here's Your Lazy, Smart Solution

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jk nbt
Community Member
6 months ago

nooo.... that is just too smart to be lazy

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#31

Someone At The City Hall Is Lazy

Someone At The City Hall Is Lazy

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River Webb
Community Member
6 months ago

the other other street

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#32

I Was Too Lazy To Keep Getting Up And Check My Pot If It Was Boiling, So I Just Skyped It

I Was Too Lazy To Keep Getting Up And Check My Pot If It Was Boiling, So I Just Skyped It

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River Webb
Community Member
6 months ago

"as per my last email, you need to start boiling quicker,"

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#33

Wanted To See How Some Rugs Would Look In Our Living Room But Too Lazy To Photoshop It

Wanted To See How Some Rugs Would Look In Our Living Room But Too Lazy To Photoshop It

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Ceredwyn Ealanta
Community Member
6 months ago

This is just sensible!

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#34

This Is How Lazy Our Facilities Guys Are

This Is How Lazy Our Facilities Guys Are

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Bill
Community Member
6 months ago

Its covering up a junction box and giant hole. I have encountered similar

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#35

We Use Only The Latest Hands Free Technology

We Use Only The Latest Hands Free Technology

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Vicky Z
Community Member
6 months ago

Me at 6 years old when my mum was giving me the phone to speak to relatives i barely knew

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#36

A Choice Was Made Today: A Lazy One

A Choice Was Made Today: A Lazy One

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pigasus1
Community Member
6 months ago

And a bad one, that canned garlic tastes like ass.

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#37

Tie A String To Your Garbage Cans So You Don't Have To Walk Downstairs

Tie A String To Your Garbage Cans So You Don't Have To Walk Downstairs

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Corinna S.
Community Member
6 months ago

As long as the wind is not too strong this is hilarious and genius!

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#38

I Was Too Lazy To Get The Wrapping Paper In My Car, So I Found Some Clothes I Didn't Wear Anymore. It Took More Work Than It Would've To Just Go To The Car

I Was Too Lazy To Get The Wrapping Paper In My Car, So I Found Some Clothes I Didn't Wear Anymore. It Took More Work Than It Would've To Just Go To The Car

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K. Lange
Community Member
6 months ago

but it looks really nice!

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#39

Seriously People, Are You Too Lazy To Walk 50 Feet To Return?

Seriously People, Are You Too Lazy To Walk 50 Feet To Return?

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
6 months ago

Ugh, i hate this. So inconsiderate

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#40

A New Level Of Lazy

A New Level Of Lazy

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Mommitude Attitude
Community Member
6 months ago

To me, this one makes me sad because I bet someone was replaced with this set up.

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#41

Lazy Birthday Cake

Lazy Birthday Cake

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River Webb
Community Member
6 months ago

better than anything anyone ever did for me

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#42

The Perfect Garden For People Too Lazy To Water Their Plants

The Perfect Garden For People Too Lazy To Water Their Plants

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Kimi Tomminello
Community Member
6 months ago

My indoor 2 person tub has been converted into an indoor pond with goldfish, sliders, guppies and turtles. Mold isn't an issue with proper circulation. I know a handful of people with goldfish tanks converted from clawfoot tubs. Very pretty zen garden!!

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#43

Lazy Clock Fix

Lazy Clock Fix

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the child
Community Member
6 months ago

ok but this one is actually lazy

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#44

I Was Lazy And Hadn't Washed The Dishes For A Few Days. Life, Uh, Found A Way

I Was Lazy And Hadn't Washed The Dishes For A Few Days. Life, Uh, Found A Way

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
6 months ago

A "few" days. Doesn't it usually take a bit longer for a plant to grow that size.

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#45

My Friend's Taken Lazy To A New Drunk Level

My Friend's Taken Lazy To A New Drunk Level

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
6 months ago

That guy there like 🤦‍♂️

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#46

There's Lazy And Then There's This Guy

There's Lazy And Then There's This Guy

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pigasus1
Community Member
6 months ago

Not lazy, smart. He can zoom in and see far better than standing and watching unaided.

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#47

My Friend Redefined Laziness. She Built A Floating Table Over Her Bed, So She Never Has To Stand Up Again

My Friend Redefined Laziness. She Built A Floating Table Over Her Bed, So She Never Has To Stand Up Again

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Raven Sheridan
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6 months ago

That laptop came in like a wrecking ballllll...

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#48

I Am A Lazy Man

I Am A Lazy Man

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Kaliesin
Community Member
6 months ago

I do this, saves room in the recycling bin

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#49

Swing String

Swing String

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pigasus1
Community Member
6 months ago

No child I've ever known would go for that. They want you right there, watching them intently.

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#50

This Genius Watching Taken Using A Clear Plastic Bag To Hold His Phone On A Plane

This Genius Watching Taken Using A Clear Plastic Bag To Hold His Phone On A Plane

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the child
Community Member
6 months ago

very smart but wouldn't your neck hurt?

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