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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ravina nimje
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1 year ago

Thats so sweet, trusting people.

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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

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sakora
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1 year ago

What is on level 6?

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#5

Meanwhile In Japan

Meanwhile In Japan

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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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Giraffes Inc.
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1 year ago

I love this one!

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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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Cat on a bike
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1 year ago

This is me right now after 1 week of holiday 🤣

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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
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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.

MAN
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1 year ago

BEST COMMENT YET!

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Ivana
Community Member
1 year ago

I don't understand why Americans drive such huge cars. I live in America, I lived on a farm, the farm truck is for hauling things when needed then you have you small car for everything else because huge trucks cost a ton of money in gas and they suck to drive around town in. Unless you have live stock then I don't understand why you would ever want one of these money pits.

Lillian Sommers
Community Member
1 year ago

I live in Houston and the one type of truck driver that truly infuriates me are those who shell out 6 figures for a top of the line pickup, only to use it as a status symbol and literally Never. Haul. Anything. They don't want to "scratch the bed" and are by far the biggest a-holes on a road.

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BusLady
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1 year ago

Don't you know? Everything is bigger in Texas. At least you won't spend a week's salary to fill your gas tank.

Wyndmere
Community Member
1 year ago

Why I can never find my car in the parking lot at the mall.

Judith Pittman
Community Member
1 year ago

Texan here. When I first saw this picture couldn't figure out what was "funny" about it!! My mind is so used to seeing huge vehicles LOL.

Arno Nüüm
Community Member
1 year ago

Hey, look! Someone who likes to spend their money on fun things instead of gas and insurance!

Charlotte Ayers
Community Member
1 year ago

Even the parking spaces are extra wide in Texas.

Bob Beltcher
Community Member
1 year ago

I live in Houston, this picture is 100% accurate.

Wyndmere
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Car to truck and SUV, “You make me feel short. — How is the weather up there?”

Full Name
Community Member
1 year ago

Also Alberta, Canada. Hillbilly motherships abound.

Anne
Community Member
1 year ago

Also in Texas: during heavy rain, the big trucks drive on the right side of the road, clearing off the water and making space on the left side for tiny cars (the left side usually is higher, so less water on it). I love Texas :)

Full Name
Community Member
1 year ago

Judging by the photos, ya'll have serious parking skills. Parking an F350 super duty dually dead straight is not simple.

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Randomcthulu
Community Member
1 year ago

In West Texas we have tons of oilfield trucks and I hate dodging them in my Fiat

Sill Marien
Community Member
1 year ago

The concept of small town-car is creeping in, slowly...

Valerie Lessard
Community Member
1 year ago

fuck the environment right?

Thomas Ewing
Community Member
1 year ago

"It's not a car, but a four-wheel motorcycle!"

Wyndmere
Community Member
1 year ago

Your truck could eat that car for lunch.

Mimi
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm reading a lot about money / gas prices here. Ummm... what about nature?

borklaser
Community Member
1 year ago

We have a prius, just drove from ft worth to san Antonio and back on $20 of gas and all 5 of my family members fit relatively well.

Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
1 year ago

What’s gas (regular) going for in the San Antonio area? In Mendocino County in California, the lowest I’ve seen recently is $3.75/gallon.

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Damian Logan
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1 year ago

This is a meme not a place to complain how terrible these people are I swear stop being so toxic peole

Ava Ford
Community Member
1 year ago

They are trying to compensate for something else trust me I'm texan

c Fuller
Community Member
1 year ago

I drive one, and don't have to compensate for anything! Ever been to Gruene? Yeah, I'm the one who saved it, not the drug dealer taking all the credit. I drive one cause I tow an Rv and a huge work trailer. Need the extra rubber on the road to steer safely when the floods and big winds happen, and to haul them both. I also drive a Honda sedan and a ½ ton Chevrolet

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Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

And the state with the biggest over compensation issues goes to...

Shannon Richards
Community Member
1 year ago

Moved to Texas about 2 years ago and I have a Honda Civic! Texans also like big SUVs or crossovers. Yes, the parking spots are wider here - like they used to be everywhere else in the U.S. There's a lot of land here, so Texans can spread out.

Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
1 year ago

Just because you can doesn’t mean you should. More pavement just makes the whole world hotter.

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
1 year ago

Good grief, what are people driving these killing machines for! The gas they guzzle must be insane.

Krystine Patterson
Community Member
1 year ago

They're actually squirrel squishin' deer smackin' drivin' machines. They're also twelve yards long, two lanes wide, sixty five tons of American pride.

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Katreise Ruffin
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1 year ago

hahahahahah!!! @engineer_nope.avi LMAO!!!!

Carol Emory
Community Member
1 year ago

Not just Texas..here in North Carolina too.

Jason Hammond
Community Member
5 months ago

It's notable that the penis size of the small Honda is in much greater in proportion to it's prehistoric cousins.

KellyCluckson15
Community Member
1 year ago

Geez! Why are the cars so gosh dang big?

Donna Reynolds
Community Member
1 year ago

I feel so puny.

Susan L. Miller
Community Member
1 year ago

Y'all, this is mah spare car!

Ayasophya Alturas
Community Member
1 year ago

me next to my friends like....

Kristin Malliet
Community Member
1 year ago

Literally every parking lot.

NWB
Community Member
1 year ago

least your gas will cost less and get you further!

Ruth Beaty
Community Member
1 year ago

Hey, at least everybody parked politely in their own spaces!

Irene Walton
Community Member
1 year ago

I just moved to a small town from a major city . (Vancouver Canada) trucks trucks eveywhere

Suz-Anne SEUSS
Community Member
1 year ago

My small town in SW Georgia, everyone has a huge truck...except me

Angela Hudson
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

love this, I drive a little Chevy S-10 pick-up, often park between full size pick-ups! in Texas!

Roberto Durante
Community Member
1 year ago

so cute little one

Jaguarundi
Community Member
1 year ago

My rental car and I at DFW airport "arrivals" gate. I never saw my fellow motorists faces, just the tires on the trucks.

multimochilas
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.

Dian Parama Kosala
Community Member
1 year ago

Spy!

Ashley Say Whaat?!?
Community Member
1 year ago

I use to think that was just a fun little saying Texas had, "everything is bigger in Texas", that is until I actually went there the first time. I visited several high schools and such. I was surprised to find that everything really is bigger in Texas! It's true! (The highschools I visited looked like freaking malls!)

c Fuller
Community Member
1 year ago

My high school not only turned out the highest number of National Merit Scholar finalists every year and ranked no less than 5th in the Nation Academically, my senior class had over 3,000 in it. Largest ever graduated on America! Bellaire Proud!

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Krystine Patterson
Community Member
1 year ago

Look Canyonero's, they do exist.

Fixin'Ta
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

If you're in Austin this is about right -- the land of the Priuses, Teslas, and Ford F350s.

Mark Kelly
Community Member
1 year ago

Good thing it has wide parking spaces.

Neon_Sketch_Art
Community Member
1 year ago

Welcome to the Great Yee-Haw State, dude.

Russian Otaku
Community Member
1 year ago

Ahh yes the small penis land. Worse yet when you get onto a military base and think you accidentally have found yourself in a truck and mustang dealership

Minnie-me
Community Member
1 year ago

So a lot of tiny dicks in Texas?

c Fuller
Community Member
1 year ago

Being the sexist you are, you wouldn't understand, but that's ok Minnie-me, Stay in Massachusetts or wherever in tiny brain land you are! We don't need you here!

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HOUSE
Community Member
1 year ago

Americans need big cars cause they so fat

Mindy Keys
Community Member
1 year ago

damn yankee

KMB
Community Member
1 year ago

Ivana, because we like big trucks and Nobody Messes with Texans and what we want!

Coco
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1 year ago

Big trucks to hide small penises?

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#11

Meanwhile In Sweden

Meanwhile In Sweden

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Maja Lykkegaard
Community Member
1 year ago

Just fantastic

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#12

Meanwhile In Japan

Meanwhile In Japan

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Cassim Dawjee
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

thats so hurtful, they should learn to be nice like Canadians

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#13

Meanwhile In Iceland

Meanwhile In Iceland

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engineer_nope.avi
Community Member
1 year ago

This is funny

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#14

Meanwhile In Japan

Meanwhile In Japan

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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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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
1 year ago

The sunny side of life!

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#16

Meanwhile In Bosnia

Meanwhile In Bosnia

TomBradyGOAT Report

SacredPistachio
Community Member
1 year ago

Spot the issue.

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#17

Meanwhile In Australia

Meanwhile In Australia

clitmitten Report

Magic567
Community Member
1 year ago

at first, I didn't see Santa and i was like um ok...

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#18

Meanwhile In Russia. Seems Legit

Meanwhile In Russia. Seems Legit

Shoooric Report

engineer_nope.avi
Community Member
1 year ago

Rullywood. :)))

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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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Joeshar
Community Member
1 year ago

France or Peru?

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#21

Meanwhile In Canada

Meanwhile In Canada

ShittyHaircut Report

sakora
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm sorry...

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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

mntoak Report

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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ravina nimje
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1 year ago

Poor guy, hope he got rescued

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#26

Meanwhile In Canada

Meanwhile In Canada

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Lena Hudson
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1 year ago

Darn them to heck!

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#27

Meanwhile In Minnesota

Meanwhile In Minnesota

theHamburglersNugget Report

Giraffes Inc.
Community Member
1 year ago

This is accurate.

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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 Korea

Meanwhile In Korea

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Hans
Community Member
1 year ago

I identify with the face of the man on the right side.

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#30

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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#31

Meanwhile In Canada

Meanwhile In Canada

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engineer_nope.avi
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1 year ago

What about "those street"?

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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
Community Member
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)

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Cassim Dawjee
Community Member
1 year ago

looks like fun

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#34

Meanwhile In Japan

Meanwhile In Japan

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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

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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

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Giraffes Inc.
Community Member
1 year ago

Perfect!

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#39

Meanwhile In Sweden

Meanwhile In Sweden

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Zoe Drake
Community Member
1 year ago

That looks cool!

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#40

Meanwhile In Australia, High Is The Second Lowest Fire Danger Rating

Meanwhile In Australia, High Is The Second Lowest Fire Danger Rating

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Zoe Drake
Community Member
1 year ago

Thats bad

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