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

Shady_Slim Report

engineer_nope.avi
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2 years 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

fngrtps Report

Daria Z
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2 years 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 :/

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#3

Meanwhile In India

Meanwhile In India

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engineer_nope.avi
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2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years ago

Ahhhhhh so cool

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#7

Meanwhile In Japan

Meanwhile In Japan

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Troux
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2 years 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

BalliBumbulius Report

Lucida
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2 years 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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2 years ago

Brutal

A B C
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2 years ago

Honest.

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Anon Yymi
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2 years ago

That's not the hazardous waste bin!

Nebo
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2 years ago

I live in Seattle, and I'm proud to say, I've seen that a few times here too.

Mary Rose Kent
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2 years ago

Now I feel inspired to make this happen in my town, although my gag reflex may make it impossible.

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danielw
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2 years ago

alright, I love the Trump-hate-Comedy the brits have. I still want to borrow the balloon and float it in DC. maybe accidentally float it in view of the white house.

The Frog
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2 years ago

We can arrange this..

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Paul K. Johnson
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2 years ago

Dog poo is too good for him.

Vivien Tarkirk-Smith
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2 years ago

They hate him even more in Scotland.

Peter Bear
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2 years ago

Would be more appropriate if the bin were on fire

Patricia Favreau
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2 years ago

Perfect

A E
Community Member
2 years ago

omg.. the right place..

Fran Townsend
Community Member
2 years ago

Now they have BORIS to sneer at

Rachel Cann
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2 years ago

We didn't actually vote for him, it was other MPs

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Katnip WickerBasket
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2 years ago

Not like we have much room to talk anymore...

Edward Rutherford
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2 years ago

Interesting since they elected a Clone.. Prime Minister..

Mindy Keys
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2 years ago

YES!!!!

Adam LV
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2 years ago

Meanwhile in the United Kingdon

KT Trondsen
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2 years ago

haha perfect :D

randy m
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2 years ago

yup that's where it belongs!

TheAnimeGirl
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2 years ago

Well...he's on the other side of the wall haha

mEr
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2 years ago

Can you change it to "Meanwhile in Scotland," cos Scotland country, United Kingdom Titanic

Melanin Mo
Community Member
2 years ago

looks about right

BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

He's afraid to come out. He might get mobbed.

Joel Sax
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2 years ago

Shouldn't that be Boris Johnson?

Tilted Rodent
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2 years ago

Alright, you’ve convinced me. I’m moving.

Maria Rohlen
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2 years ago

So true!

Sugar Latte
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2 years ago

Lollll 😂😂😂

Laurie Goff
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2 years ago

Love

Mya Lugar
Community Member
2 years ago

Jeeze,,SOMEBODYs pissed!

Hunter Bradley
Community Member
1 year ago

SHOTS FIRED

Sharon Ingram
Community Member
2 years ago

We quit caring what Brits think in 1776.

Sgraham
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2 years ago

He is so misunderstood. Give him a chance to finish the job for Russia.😽

Lucy Lou
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2 years ago

OMG! I love it!

Cristina Sacchi
Community Member
2 years ago

Awesome!

Anja Schmidt
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2 years ago

art should encourage to do good things ...

Roberto Durante
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2 years ago

who say that English have not humour, saw it in Germany too!!

Imperfekt
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2 years ago

Oh hell yes!

jenjie.newt
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2 years ago

Oscar, you're looking so orange

Analyn Lahr
Community Member
2 years ago

Accurate.

Stephanie Gwynne Green
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2 years ago

I'm sorry but Glasgow is a part of Scotland, not England lol XD

This Lil Raccoon
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2 years ago

Scotland is a part of the UK

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axolotl
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4 months ago

this is why i'm a UK person

Jessica Langmeyer Specht
Community Member
1 year ago

Omg

Heather Pye
Community Member
1 year ago

😆😆😆

Jackie Horowitz
Community Member
1 year ago

Now that’s terrible!

Sherry Gauspohl
Community Member
1 year ago

This is our commander and Chief. It’s highly disrespectful. I’m shocked you all would be so rude and act like this is okay.

Becky Christensen
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1 year ago

Perfect!

that one sushi
Community Member
2 years ago

but true

Hannah Kelly
Community Member
2 years ago

Get wrecked

KellyCluckson15
Community Member
2 years ago

Rude! Well, I am not so cray-cray about Mr. Bors Johnson!

Amy Doug
Community Member
2 years ago

That's ok. Brits will always hate Americans for kicking their asses out of the USA. MURICA!!! #MAGA

Maria Rohlen
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm loving it!

Susan L. Miller
Community Member
2 years ago

So appropriate!

Kimberley Thom
Community Member
2 years ago

love it, yes

Marianne Nielsen
Community Member
2 years ago

😂

Ayasophya Alturas
Community Member
2 years ago

I COMPLETLEY AGREE

Dawn Soehren
Community Member
2 years ago

ROFLMAO

Inga von Boehm-Bezing
Community Member
2 years ago

got to love this one!

HyprionRus
Community Member
2 years ago

ridiculous act. Like little kids.

Leisa Farrow
Community Member
2 years ago

Love Love Love this! hahahahaha

Alexander Brior
Community Member
2 years ago

First the Trump baby balloon, now this... god I love the UK

Ingela Axelsson
Community Member
2 years ago

He looks Good in that litterbox💕🐈

Debbie
Community Member
2 years ago

location location location

David Muench
Community Member
2 years ago

*Slow 80's clap*

Jolanta Hadzic
Community Member
2 years ago

thats SCOTLAND.and my city!

Jessica Cifelli
Community Member
2 years ago

Sadly, Appropriate

Ed Gomaz
Community Member
2 years ago

Seems like you are insulting litter and dog waste By comparing them to this guy.

Slune
Community Member
2 years ago

Exchange it now with Boris

Jaguarundi
Community Member
2 years ago

So? Which is it?

Billy Beecham
Community Member
2 years ago

accurate!

Id row
Community Member
2 years ago

That would certainly make me want to throw shit at orange sociopath.

Mary Rose Kent
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2 years ago

🍊🍄💩

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Karen Buchanan
Community Member
1 year ago

No matter your like or dislike of any President this is wrong

Ed
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow so many butthurt libtards. Four more years are coming snowflakes! Get your crying pillows ready.

Ashley Wright
Community Member
2 years ago

Assuming the other trash can on the next block has Boris Johnson peeking out. And the block beyond that is Sadiq Kahn. Then Theresa May. And finally, Meghan Markle.

Mary O'Brien
Community Member
2 years ago

Disgusting. Suck it UK, and you are welcome for the US saving your asses in WWII.

Bacony
Community Member
2 years ago

What one is he?

Ursula Walker
Community Member
2 years ago

Awesome.

Luther DeMontague
Community Member
2 years ago

But if somebody put a face of Obama there, that would be "racist", wouldn't it?

Monika Soffronow
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2 years ago

Have you ever compared his popularity with that of Trumps?

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Adi Fuchs
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2 years ago

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Condescending and in very bad form. Not witty, not edgy, not sly and dry. Just rude. LARP Che Guevaras...

Ed
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2 years ago

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But he was only looking for Hillary...

imright
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2 years ago

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If they put Obama in there would that be considered racist?

Gerard Collins
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2 years ago

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Exactly where Obama should be,although up against a wall with a cigarette and a blindfold would be far better.

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Miklós Nagy
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2 years ago

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It's always fun to see how brexitia makes fun of the USA.

Miklós Nagy
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2 years ago

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Well, it doesn't matter how many downvotes you give me, you still have face with yourselves in the mirror.

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Wyndmere
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2 years ago

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Since when has international rudeness become so acceptable?

CP
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2 years ago

I know Trump is a paragon of politeness and civility. I just can't believe other countries that he has insulted, err I mean complimented treat him this way. I mean are you serious Wyndmere? Or just that thick?

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2 years ago

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And now we know why the London is burning up with heat wave! They are stupid and deserve it!

Rosanna Jackson
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2 years ago

What a sensitive little troll you are

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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

wrigleyirish Report

engineer_nope.avi
Community Member
2 years 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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2 years ago

I assume the name was chosen by the public

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#12

Meanwhile In Japan

Meanwhile In Japan

chitaroni Report

sakora
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2 years ago

Truth in face! ;)

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#13

Meanwhile In Iceland

Meanwhile In Iceland

burningmidnight Report

Elsker
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2 years 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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2 years ago (edited)

Super-Sayian-Gangham-Style-Yuppie-Salaryman

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#15

Meanwhile In Canada

Meanwhile In Canada

Hell_hath_no Report

Paul K. Johnson
Community Member
2 years ago

Reminds me of Florida. You're sitting at a traffic light dry as a bone with the sun beating down on you and right across the intersection the cars have their wipers on high as buckets of rain is unleashed on them.

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#16

Meanwhile In Bosnia

Meanwhile In Bosnia

TomBradyGOAT Report

Jody Brown
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm being pignapped!

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#17

Meanwhile In Australia

Meanwhile In Australia

clitmitten Report

BusLady
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2 years ago

Good reindeer are hard to find.

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#18

Meanwhile In Russia. Seems Legit

Meanwhile In Russia. Seems Legit

Shoooric Report

Lil Bare
Community Member
2 years 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
2 years ago

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

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#20

Meanwhile In France

Meanwhile In France

SmileyFace-_- Report

Rebekah Smith
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2 years ago

It's llamaggedon

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#21

Meanwhile In Canada

Meanwhile In Canada

ShittyHaircut Report

Ford Summit
Community Member
2 years ago

Thank you!

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#22

Meanwhile In Japan

Meanwhile In Japan

deadiphone Report

Cassim Dawjee
Community Member
2 years 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
2 years ago

Anyone here old enough to remember 'Northern Exposure'?

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#24

Meanwhile In Springfield, Ohio

Meanwhile In Springfield, Ohio

spunknugget Report

sakora
Community Member
2 years ago

Clear message.

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#25

Meanwhile In Florida

Meanwhile In Florida

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Chyppa Homer
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2 years ago

Poor Pennywise...

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#26

Meanwhile In Canada

Meanwhile In Canada

TheLastShade Report

Lena Hudson
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2 years ago

Darn them to heck!

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#27

Meanwhile In Minnesota

Meanwhile In Minnesota

theHamburglersNugget Report

Jody Brown
Community Member
2 years ago

This is Minnesota's official state Summer Sport.

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#28

Meanwhile In Texas

Meanwhile In Texas

mattthebarbarian Report

Amy Pattie
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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#29

Meanwhile In Korea

Meanwhile In Korea

alekmude Report

Nini Meow
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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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

Famsys Report

Maja Lykkegaard
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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#31

Meanwhile In Canada

Meanwhile In Canada

Zeref-117 Report

Koalamonster
Community Member
2 years 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

Big0Lkitties Report

Cat on a bike
Community Member
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years ago

Personal space

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#36

Meanwhile In Florida

Meanwhile In Florida

DwightKSchnute Report

Wyndmere
Community Member
2 years ago

Did anyone read the sign below the sign?

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#37

Meanwhile Kearney, Nebraska

Meanwhile Kearney, Nebraska

pluggemr Report

SacredPistachio
Community Member
2 years ago

Resourcefulness at its finest.

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#38

Meanwhile In Poland

Meanwhile In Poland

szyy Report

Wyndmere
Community Member
2 years ago

Sisters from the Angels of Mercy Convent requested a car with wings. They got one.

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#39

Meanwhile In Sweden

Meanwhile In Sweden

IHaeTypos Report

Zoe Drake
Community Member
2 years 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

Brinq Report

Ceredwyn Ealanta
Community Member
2 years ago

For those who are curious about the last one, Catastrophic has this definition: "For your survival, leaving early is the only option. Leave bush fire prone areas the night before." That is, basically, the fire fighters know they cannot control or affect a fire which starts in these conditions. NOTHING they can do will stop it, and if you are still at home, you are risking their lives by being there.

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