Country stereotypes can be harmful, but other times they can be downright hilarious. No matter where you are from, you've probably had someone spout of some ridiculous stereotype about your city, country, or continent. But this list of memes proves there may be some truth to those funny stereotypes.

'Meanwhile, in X' is a viral country meme series based on the participial phrase 'Meanwhile in…,' "a literary device that allows an easy segue between two concurrent events in different places. Scroll down below to check out some of the most hilariously funny memes from places around the world (including your own). Don't forget to upvote your favs!

#1

Meanwhile In Australia

Meanwhile In Australia

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engineer_nope.avi
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1 year ago

Welp, guess which place is not on my bucket list.

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The first account of the "Meanwhile in" meme appeared sometime in February 2010. A flipped image of a Holden Commodore (a very common Australian-made sedan) with the caption "Meanwhile in Australia" appeared on 4chan via /b/ board. The image alluded to the age-old joke that everything in Australia is "upside-down" (due to its southern hemisphere location), and the new meme quickly went viral across imageboard sites, blog networks and aggregator services. Since then, multiple variations with other countries and their stereotypes have been posted.

#2

Meanwhile In Canada

Meanwhile In Canada

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Daria Z
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1 year ago

I've only once seen a man in a women's bathroom, and that man was peeking in my stall from above. Well, I wasn't inclined to be as understanding as this ad tells me to :/

Cassie
Community Member
1 year ago

This ad doesn't tell you to accept abusive action, it says to mind your own business when others are minding their own. Peeking at you in a bathroom stall is an abusive action.

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Saulo Frota
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1 year ago

Yeah, because no woman has ever been raped in a restroom. Just ignore him and everything will be fine.

Lazy Panda
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1 year ago

If a man wanted to rape someone that bad then he would go into a woman’s restroom regardless of whether or not there was a sign in front of it

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Ozacoter
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1 year ago

I love this! As a short haired woman I have been told sooo many times to get out of women bathrooms... As soon as you dont see somebody doing something creepy just mind your own business!

Sergio Bicerra Descalzi
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1 year ago

What's wrong with short haired ladies??? People are crazy...

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Aaron W
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1 year ago

They have been sharing restrooms for decades. If you weren't worried about it until some politician recently told you to worry, you've been manipulated.

Janine B.
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1 year ago (edited)

Folks, this is not about men in ladies bathrooms. It's about gender equality. So people who don't feel like they belong to the one sex or the other or who don't look rather male or female can use the bathroom as anyone else. Which means without being offended by "concerned" people or without people gaping at them. It's just about tolerance so calm down everyone.

Kaisu
Community Member
1 year ago

This is really great, I don't know why people are so pressed what bathroom others use, just let them pee and poo in peace

Esca Sav
Community Member
1 year ago

After reading the comments, I kind of realize there might be a slight issue in understanding all of this. Unisex bathrooms would be great for those who would want to use it, but I think it's the fear of getting rid of segregated bathrooms that's the issue. Personally I would prefer to use a women's only bathroom, but I don't care if someone else prefers to use the unisex bathrooms. It's a matter of choice that should be there for us to choose. There are both men and women who are uncomfortable to do their business side by side with the opposite sex due to a number of reasons. I think establishing unisex bathrooms, but also keeping our regular segregated ones would be the best solution for everyone. Let's take a man or a woman who have been sexually assaulted by the opposite sex. I don't think using a unisex bathroom, where a person is doing an intimate thing, is going to make them comfortable.

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ravina nimje
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1 year ago

Thats so sweet, trusting people.

Mindy Keys
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1 year ago

Meanwhile... in the US, we have a rabid, racist Orangutan on meth in the oval office. Please allow me to apologize to the world (though I did not vote for said orang-utan).

Mary Rose Kent
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1 year ago

This is my go-to emoji set for the orange monster (NOT orangutan, which are glorious creatures): 🍊🍄💩

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Mark Johanen
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1 year ago

Yes, I'm sure a woman who is concerned because some creepy guy is in the women's room gawking at her will have her problem totally solved if she just realizes that he is perfectly comfortable being there.

Ellie
Community Member
1 year ago

I honestly don't feel comfortable having men in my washroom. We all know there are peeping Toms. YORK university had a few and same goes with U of T.

Nia Loves Art
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1 year ago (edited)

Trans women aren’t men though. If a trans woman looks like “a man in a dress” it’s generally because they are just beginning their transition.

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Jaguarundi
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1 year ago

I have been mistaken for a man in a washroom before. It was wintertime in the Northeast US. I was lucky that I was identified as "human" under all of my gear.

WaitingtokissGregDavis
Community Member
1 year ago

Why do some people always equate 'trans' or 'non-binary' with 'pervert'?! Bloody idiots! No one said you have to tolerate unacceptable behaviour, just have some respect for people going about their everyday LEGAL business. No pun intended.

Daniel Lewis
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1 year ago

Definition of perversion: “an aberrant sexual practice or interest especially when habitual” Merriam-Webster Dictionary

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Esca Sav
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1 year ago

I'm sorry, but I can't make exceptions. We live in a world where people use this to their advantage. I wish people can mind their business, but there are idiots who will "stereo-typically" dress as a "woman" to enter a woman's only bathroom simply for their own sick pleasure. I want to be able to live in a world where one's "sex" does not matter (in certain cases), but this is not true in reality, and sadly we need to address it in a safer manner. The whole "mind your business" motto is still yet a dream because their are others who abuse it. "Don't worry about it. They know where they belong," is great, but without regulations there will be consequences. Until understanding between one another is universal, the type of mindset above is not going to work. It's why we have a government instead of an anarchy. Complete freedom may seem great, but in reality it can be a very thin line to absolute chaos. I hope we can get as close as possible to the above, but right now it's too lenient.

Esca Sav
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1 year ago

There's also something else I should add based on personal opinion. I don't mind if you guys downvote what I wrote above or what I am writing now, but I don't believe in the concept of gender. Period. I believe in a person's sex. Whether that person wants to wear dresses or grow their hair long, cut their hair short, have a "sex change," etc, is completely up to that human being alone. The concept of "gender" becoming non-existent would be the best thing (for me at least). For me it does not matter. I was born a woman, but what I do with that information is up to me and me alone. For me, it's a fact, but it means absolute sh*t. I'll dress how I want, I'll act how I want, but I damn well know what I need to know about my body health wise because of my sex. I know I'm attracted to the opposite sex, too. Not because of "gender stereotypes," but that's just because of how I am.

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Daniel Lewis
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1 year ago

This would be a good opportunity to make use of yoru self-defense martial arts training.

Moe Lewis
Community Member
11 months ago

Hey folks in the comments ranting about creepy men in the bathrooms - can y'all please stop the same old song and dance conflating us trans people who just want to piss in peace with actual rapists? Thanks.

Louise Gerathy
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1 year ago

Just another reason why I love canadisns

Niki Wright
Community Member
1 year ago

Remember if a kid crawls under ur stall kick them

Danimal
Community Member
1 year ago

do these bleeding hearts not get that most normal people dont care which bathroom a legit trans uses, but legislating it opens the door for abuses by pedo's and frauds. You cant prove someones state of mind or "identity", so the balding guy with a mullet in a ballerina tutu and jean shorts in the girls room w a camera phone is A ok

Kathy Laffoon
Community Member
1 year ago

Thank you thank you thank you!! My mind has been blown by how this communication is missed. I ran into a man in the ladies room, a long time ago. He was dressed like a woman and for a small fraction of a second my mind thought, "Hey, that's a dude." My next thought was, "Well, where the hell else is he going to go? He won't be comfortable in the other room." And I continued exiting the room and hoped I hadn't glanced at him too long and made him uncomfortable. Sensible people can recognize this. Legislation on this subject favors predators. And to those calling out the woman who saw a man in the restroom who was looking over the stall: Obviously it would be a problem if a female was doing this. The point isn't the gender of the person in that 1 instance but that 100% of the (obvious) men she encountered in the ladies' room were threatening. She didn't include the # of threatening women. I am guessing it lower than that. Btw, assault is illegal no matter what gender or restroom.

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Shireen
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1 year ago

They don't but ok...

KellyCluckson15
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10 months ago

What if a mother needs to bring her son in? HMMMMMM?

Donna Reynolds
Community Member
10 months ago

Canada is good.

Reynah Blair
Community Member
11 months ago

Canada. The peacemaker

Debbie
Community Member
1 year ago

yay!

Roberto Durante
Community Member
1 year ago

free way to the frustrated

Mark Kelly
Community Member
1 year ago

C'mon, it's a delusion.

Winter
Community Member
1 year ago

Canada is the best

ClearlyAverage
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1 year ago

I love how both comments for and comments against this sign are being downvoted to oblivion

Valerie Lessard
Community Member
1 year ago

that's mob mentality for you. Drown out and erase the dissenting opinion until everyone has the same one

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Rowlie
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1 year ago

I love it

Sarah Schmidt
Community Member
1 year ago

I love that! We need these everywhere

Wanda Queen
Community Member
1 year ago

Amen.

Chris Watson
Community Member
1 year ago

It's a joke in Canada. We have some monster suing women for refusing to wax his genitals. These women are not trained in testicles. Nor do they want 'men' for clients. He claims to identify as a woman. This entire nonsense is very sordid.

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1 year ago

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Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

F*ck that. There have been many instances where pervs have preyed on women in the bathroom under the guise of being trans. If I see a predator, I'm certainly not going to ignore it.

Nia Loves Art
Community Member
1 year ago

There have also been many cases of trans people being sexually assaulted. Why does their safety matter less than yours?

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Erica M
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1 year ago

Equity??

Andy Johnson
Community Member
1 year ago

so do criminals, murders, but have not heard/read of many checking them selves into prisons.

WaitingtokissGregDavis
Community Member
1 year ago

Joe Michaels you're a bit of a bellend aren't you? Bless.

Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
1 year ago

Did we bond in some YouTube comments about Greg Davies and Russell Howard doing some day drinking? I had a long set of posts with someone over our mutual attraction to and adoration of said hunk!

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Amberly Middlemiss
Community Member
1 year ago

if i walk into the womens public bathroom and i see someone who is obviously a male.. im walking out immediately. Sorry if that offends anyone

Nia Loves Art
Community Member
1 year ago

Doesn’t matter if you walk out. The issue is if you harass someone.

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Shull GaRett
Community Member
1 year ago

Suuuure.... so if there are supposedly 67 genders (or something like that) we need to add additional 65 toilets to all the facilities that have bathrooms? O_o

mithril
Community Member
1 year ago

This is getting out of hand.

Ashley Wright
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah, right. Until a man, posing as a woman, rapes a girl in the ladies room. Uh-huh.

Nia Loves Art
Community Member
1 year ago

You’d prefer a trans woman being raped after being forced to use the men’s room?

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Merilyn Horton
Community Member
1 year ago

I walked into the women’s toilet, to find a guy shooting up drugs!

Daniel Lewis
Community Member
1 year ago

Man accused of raping 4-year-old girl in McDonald’s bathroom https://www.cbs17.com/news/national-news/man-accused-of-raping-4-year-old-girl-in-mcdonalds-bathroom/

Hilliary Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

This story says nothing about the appearance of the man, if he looked trans or any variation thereof. And the mug shot looks like a normal schlubby guy. So our current mores and laws can deal with this just fine; there is no reason to drag it into a trans bathroom bill debate.

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Valerie Lessard
Community Member
1 year ago

Q - queer is blocked out by the nail, because it's all about the T now days.

Ed
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah they know what they are doing... Being creepers.

Judy Petraroi
Community Member
1 year ago

Men in dresses should never be allowed into female only spaces. Women are usually less physically capable of defending themselves from men.

Rebekah
Community Member
1 year ago

But what about men in skirts? Capri's? Or women not in dresses? Or perhaps Buff Women In Slacks?

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Arno Nüüm
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1 year ago

Then why bother having separate restrooms for men and women?

Kaisu
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1 year ago

I know? Why not have unisex bathroom with private stalls

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1 year ago

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I've only once seen a man in a women's bathroom, and that man was peeking in my stall from above. Well, I wasn't inclined to be as understanding as this ad tells me to :/

Nia Loves Art
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1 year ago

Probably because he was peeking, which isn’t allowed regardless of gender and has nothing to do with this.

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Wij
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1 year ago

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stupid shit, this.

Luther DeMontague
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1 year ago

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This does not represent the feelings of most of Canada. Most of us are horrified by this.

Luther DeMontague
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1 year ago

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This perversion does not represent a very large portion of Canada.

Jonathan Reiter
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1 year ago

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This. Canada is drowning face down in an ablution pit.

Efi Karafotia
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1 year ago

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As a woman i often chose the men's washroom. I am very embarrassed to say so, but they are usually cleaner...

Elicio Ember
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1 year ago

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Bored Moogle
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1 year ago

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Penises and vaginas need to be separated in public bathrooms. If you have a penis, no matter what gender you identify as, you are a threat to vagina owners. Even Liberals believe that if you have the equipment to commit violence then you WILL commit violence. Isn't that the logic they use for wanting to ban guns? That if you have a gun, you will use it for violence?

LaDonna Hulcy
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1 year ago

nope, you are wrong. if you identify as a woman and are dressed as a woman you should use the woman room.

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1 year ago

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so when a little girl is in the bathroom and an old man who just happens to ''identify''as female she should go on and not worry...even there already have been cases of so called trans ppl molesting children in said bathrooms....got it the left is basically now openly calling for normalizing pedofilia #jessicayaniv...a canadian biological male suing biological women cuz they refuse to wax hes balls he also organizes a party with 12 yr old girl and topless is allowe but no parents...this is canada2019

Shelby Jackson
Community Member
1 year ago

Hi. It's me commenting again. Wanted to add that before you go off and say "find it yourself" I did in fact try googling "transgender molesting restroom Canada" and the only articles that came up were restroom bills and snopes debunking a few supposed incidences.

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1 year ago

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the comments sections are about the only entertaining part of this website anymore.

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1 year ago

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Monika Soffronow
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1 year ago

Go hide somewhere, will you! Scammers are not welcome here.

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#3

Meanwhile In India

Meanwhile In India

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engineer_nope.avi
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1 year ago

This should be everywhere

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Before there was the internet and memes there were books. This meme originates from a much older expression "Meanwhile, back at the X," a plot transition technique that is as old as Homer. It rose to popularity in the nineteenth century, when most novels were serialized in popular magazines. 

#4

Meanwhile In London

Meanwhile In London

Hello_Wisconsin Report

sakora
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1 year ago

What is on level 6?

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#5

Meanwhile In Japan

Meanwhile In Japan

BuffyASummers0717 Report

Cassim Dawjee
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1 year ago

you mean there's another way?

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This literary strategy made its way to film and was used in silent movies when transitions were achieved through title cards interspersed between scenes. In the earliest days, studios didn’t make custom cards for each new movie, but instead used a set of stock cards: “One Year Later,” “Comes the Dawn,” and most famously “Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch” were the cards used when the action cutaway. 

#6

Meanwhile In Montreal

Meanwhile In Montreal

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Anna Wentz
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1 year ago

Ahhhhhh so cool

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#7

Meanwhile In Japan

Meanwhile In Japan

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Troux
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1 year ago

This is in Nara, Japan, where the deer are treated as fellow citizens.

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Radio programs took on the phrase as well for their popular Western programs - such as The Lone Ranger. "During the course of a battle between settlers and Indians or cowboys and outlaws, there would be a flashback to the ranch preceded by the caption (or radio message), “Meanwhile, back at the ranch.” The phrase became part of the common lexicon and was used in casual conversation. During Lyndon Johnson’s presidency (1963–69), according to William Safire, the phrase was used to refer to activities at the LBJ Ranch in Texas.

#8

Meanwhile In Singapore

Meanwhile In Singapore

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Lucida
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1 year ago (edited)

"This isn't Jersey Shore" haha

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#9

Meanwhile In The United Kingdom

Meanwhile In The United Kingdom

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engineer_nope.avi
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1 year ago

Brutal

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While not everyone knows the origin, this phrase has evolved to take on a meaning all its own. According to Robert Hendrickson, author of the "Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins" (Facts on Files, New York, 1997) says: "meanwhile, back at the ranch. An expression that originated as a movie caption in the silent film era at the beginning of the century, these words are used humorously today when someone wants to get back to a story after going off on a tangent."

#10

Meanwhile In Texas

Meanwhile In Texas

Just moved to Texas. Fitting in perfectly

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engineer_nope.avi
Community Member
1 year ago

*in David Attenborough's voice* Here, we are able to witness a wild Honda trying to blend in with his bigger cousins. It seems that he is doing quite well.

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#11

Meanwhile In Sweden

Meanwhile In Sweden

cyan1618 Report

Rowlie
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1 year ago

I assume the name was chosen by the public

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#12

Meanwhile In Japan

Meanwhile In Japan

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sakora
Community Member
1 year ago

Truth in face! ;)

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#13

Meanwhile In Iceland

Meanwhile In Iceland

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Elsker
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

makes me wonder what this place is, to be mistaken 4 a penis museum so often

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#14

Meanwhile In Japan

Meanwhile In Japan

arbili Report

sakora
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1 year ago (edited)

Super-Sayian-Gangham-Style-Yuppie-Salaryman

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#15

Meanwhile In Canada

Meanwhile In Canada

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Daniel Lewis
Community Member
1 year ago

This is the Canadian/USA border.

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#16

Meanwhile In Bosnia

Meanwhile In Bosnia

TomBradyGOAT Report

Jody Brown
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1 year ago

I'm being pignapped!

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#17

Meanwhile In Australia

Meanwhile In Australia

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BusLady
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1 year ago

Good reindeer are hard to find.

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#18

Meanwhile In Russia. Seems Legit

Meanwhile In Russia. Seems Legit

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Lil Bare
Community Member
1 year ago

Residents better be urinating with precision and elegance upon this very sign of glamour and capitalism

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#19

Meanwhile In Texas

Meanwhile In Texas

AlexDFN Report

Cassim Dawjee
Community Member
1 year ago

This is brilliant, super cool hard hat, I want one

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#20

Meanwhile In France

Meanwhile In France

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Rebekah Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

It's llamaggedon

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#21

Meanwhile In Canada

Meanwhile In Canada

ShittyHaircut Report

Ford Summit
Community Member
1 year ago

Thank you!

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#22

Meanwhile In Japan

Meanwhile In Japan

deadiphone Report

Cassim Dawjee
Community Member
1 year ago

that scared the crap out of me

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#23

Meanwhile In Alaska

Meanwhile In Alaska

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Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
1 year ago

Anyone here old enough to remember 'Northern Exposure'?

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#24

Meanwhile In Springfield, Ohio

Meanwhile In Springfield, Ohio

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sakora
Community Member
1 year ago

Clear message.

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#25

Meanwhile In Florida

Meanwhile In Florida

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Chyppa Homer
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1 year ago

Poor Pennywise...

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#26

Meanwhile In Canada

Meanwhile In Canada

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Lena Hudson
Community Member
1 year ago

Darn them to heck!

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#27

Meanwhile In Minnesota

Meanwhile In Minnesota

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Jody Brown
Community Member
1 year ago

This is Minnesota's official state Summer Sport.

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#28

Meanwhile In Texas

Meanwhile In Texas

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Amy Pattie
Community Member
1 year ago

So, apparently other people in the world find this strange?

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#29

Meanwhile In Finland, We Really Do Love Our Personal Space

Meanwhile In Finland, We Really Do Love Our Personal Space

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Maja Lykkegaard
Community Member
1 year ago

Isn't that universal? Definitely the same in Denmark.

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#30

Meanwhile In Korea

Meanwhile In Korea

alekmude Report

Nini Meow
Community Member
1 year ago

He is a Disney prince.. a bird on his hat and a bun ... Wow

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#31

Meanwhile In Canada

Meanwhile In Canada

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Koalamonster
Community Member
1 year ago

No it's not on THAT Street it's on THE OTHER Street. Just go down This Street and turn right on The Other Street and you can't miss it.

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#32

Meanwhile In USA, While Dogs Nationwide Are Hiding Under Beds

Meanwhile In USA, While Dogs Nationwide Are Hiding Under Beds

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Cat on a bike
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1 year ago

Obviously, cause you know, cats are not animals, they are aliens.👽

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#33

Meanwhile In China (50 Lane Highway Merges Into 4)

Meanwhile In China (50 Lane Highway Merges Into 4)

j4ckmull Report

Koalamonster
Community Member
1 year ago

Who thought this would go well?

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#34

Meanwhile In Japan

Meanwhile In Japan

aleenamaleena Report

engineer_nope.avi
Community Member
1 year ago

When you have to fight for honor at 6, but you have to attend bike gang at 5

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#35

Meanwhile Park Benches In Finland

Meanwhile Park Benches In Finland

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ravina nimje
Community Member
1 year ago

Personal space

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#36

Meanwhile In Florida

Meanwhile In Florida

DwightKSchnute Report

Wyndmere
Community Member
1 year ago

Did anyone read the sign below the sign?

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#37

Meanwhile Kearney, Nebraska

Meanwhile Kearney, Nebraska

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SacredPistachio
Community Member
1 year ago

Resourcefulness at its finest.

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#38

Meanwhile In Poland

Meanwhile In Poland