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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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

fngrtps Report

Daria Z
Community Member
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 :/

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#3

Meanwhile In India

Meanwhile In India

hooliganking Report

engineer_nope.avi
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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

DannyB1aze Report

Anna Wentz
Community Member
1 year ago

Ahhhhhh so cool

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#7

Meanwhile In Japan

Meanwhile In Japan

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Troux
Community Member
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

BalliBumbulius Report

Lucida
Community Member
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
Community Member
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

wrigleyirish Report

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

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Rowlie
Community Member
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

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sakora
Community Member
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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Paul K. Johnson
Community Member
1 year 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
1 year ago

I'm being pignapped!

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#17

Meanwhile In Australia

Meanwhile In Australia

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BusLady
Community Member
1 year 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
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
Community Member
1 year ago

Poor Pennywise...

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#26

Meanwhile In Canada

Meanwhile In Canada

TheLastShade Report

Lena Hudson
Community Member
1 year ago

Darn them to heck!

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#27

Meanwhile In Minnesota

Meanwhile In Minnesota

theHamburglersNugget Report

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

mattthebarbarian Report

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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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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#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

Zeref-117 Report

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

Big0Lkitties Report

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)

j4ckmull Report

Koalamonster
Community Member
1 year ago

Who thought this would go well?

Cassie
Community Member
1 year ago

This is actually a rare occurrence and is the result of a nationwide holiday coupled with some other factors. It doesn't happen all the time.

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Lilla Bence
Community Member
1 year ago

Who else counted if it's indeed 50 lanes?

spirit wolf
Community Member
1 year ago

I did!

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lenniee
Community Member
1 year ago

I feel stressed by just looking at this.

Ben Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

Also, this is a toll booth. It’s 4 lanes that merge into 50 toll lanes and then back into 4 lanes for travel.

Jessica A
Community Member
1 year ago

Still, this is so inefficient. *face palm*

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Sue Grigg
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh my god. I need blood pressure medication just looking at that.

Biljana Malesevic
Community Member
1 year ago

How to drive 5km for 3 hours.

Wyndmere
Community Member
1 year ago

That is only while they are moving.

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Cassim Dawjee
Community Member
1 year ago

looks like fun

Daria B
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like Micro Machines

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James Totally
Community Member
1 year ago

The wording is not true. this is a 4 lane highway opening up into 25 tollbooth lanes, then merging back into 4 lanes. See for yourself: https://www.google.com/maps/@39.5485894,116.0341314,714m/data=!3m1!1e3

Wyndmere
Community Member
1 year ago

Worst bottle neck ever.

Gary
Community Member
1 year ago

Quicker by bike?

tuzdayschild
Community Member
1 year ago

You get home from work just in time to go back.

BusLady
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah, good luck with that.

Rebekah Green
Community Member
1 year ago

Is this really true? And of so WHY

Ben Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

Toll booth

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Susan Schickman
Community Member
1 year ago

and I thought the Bay Bridge was bad

Chicago Kitty
Community Member
1 year ago

This is the stuff of nightmares-

sakora
Community Member
1 year ago

Such a beautiful catastrophe...

Best Finnish Potatoe
Community Member
1 year ago

Holy cow

Wyndmere
Community Member
1 year ago

Most vehicles are white, then black, with a few other colors thrown in.

Aimee Kelley
Community Member
4 months ago

Nightmares. Nightmares everywhere

JOYCE PALOS
Community Member
1 year ago

That's a lane to pay for Toll fee.

Cindy Snow
Community Member
1 year ago

Da fuq??

Kim Bush
Community Member
1 year ago

Another reason to not go to China

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

My idea of hell.

Fareha Asif
Community Member
1 year ago

Who else counted?

Jim Price
Community Member
1 year ago

This way, the government knows EXACTLY where everyone is at 5:30 PM.

Remliel
Community Member
1 year ago

Thought I was seeing San Ysidro border.

Jim Beam
Community Member
1 year ago

They should add atlest a 5th lane.

Aaron W
Community Member
1 year ago

Cars going the other way are laughing at them.

Isabella kratosisy
Community Member
1 year ago

Why would someone build this?

Ben Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

Toll booth

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Isabella Kelso
Community Member
1 year ago

Oof

Donna Mixon
Community Member
9 months ago

Reminds me of the Hurricane Rita evacuation. Took us over 24 hours to evacuate to a place 2-1/2 hours away...because people who didn’t need to evacuate (inland over 50 miles) decided they neede to get ahead of those of us directly in the storm’s path and under mandatory evacuation.

Donna Mixon
Community Member
9 months ago

Looks like I-45 from Galveston thru Houston. All. The. Time. Even during hurricane season.

Ninja Kitty
Community Member
1 year ago

0_0

Hannah Kelly
Community Member
1 year ago

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Sean Reynolds
Community Member
1 year ago

Ran out of funding

Fabian Meresse
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

It's 25 lanes to 10 and not such a mess in comparison to what I witnessed on the Italian roads .Stop tryin' create stories where's no story

Magpie
Community Member
1 year ago

The hilarious thing is the people trying to change lanes before the toll plaza. What difference could it possibly make??

Holli Burman
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh wow..

Dalton Andrade
Community Member
1 year ago

To whoever did this, you have an special place in hell. How is it supposed to work? It gives me cramps by just looking at this.

Vinniegret
Community Member
1 year ago

Oops. I thought that was the Mexican border.

Yves Moquin
Community Member
1 year ago

It's 4 lanes splitting into 50. It's in china, they drive backward. (Or is it on the left?) ;)

Kimberley Thom
Community Member
1 year ago

the math alone makes it sound like a disaster. Hope someone is on the hand for this road rage.

Susan Gardner
Community Member
1 year ago

Nooooooooo

Shuang
Community Member
1 year ago

good old china. Where logic was never really a native concept.

Dawn Soehren
Community Member
1 year ago

OMFG

NWB
Community Member
1 year ago

50 lanes is mental, and 100% you need to get into the one furtherest away!

Lululoohoo
Community Member
1 year ago

Fucking hell. no thank you.

David Patri
Community Member
1 year ago

That's the blueprint of how they build roads in BC

Sharon Madsen
Community Member
1 year ago

whoa

Ellen Lanser
Community Member
1 year ago

they used to do this on bikes ..

Eddie
Community Member
1 year ago

Who else besides me counted the number of lanes?

Jenny Bryl
Community Member
1 year ago

Holy crap that's a lot of cars.

Anja Schmidt
Community Member
1 year ago

how long is the average time from bottom to top of the Pic ???

Restless
Community Member
1 year ago

42 lanes I think...

Roberto Durante
Community Member
1 year ago

how to learn patience

Maripat Webber
Community Member
1 year ago

Insane. FIFTY lanes???!

Jo Ellen Washburn
Community Member
1 year ago

OMFG.

Mel Schmidt
Community Member
1 year ago

What?

Naomi Cline
Community Member
1 year ago

Who designed this shit?

Ashley Wright
Community Member
1 year ago

THAT(!) is in-sane.

Masaya Ichikawa
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow

Oscar Guerrero
Community Member
1 year ago

HOW

Farid Red
Community Member
1 year ago

talk about the needs of toilet urgently...

Luna Moonwatcher
Community Member
1 year ago

holy s*** but great ariel photo.

Alex K
Community Member
1 year ago

highway made in china

Billy Beecham
Community Member
1 year ago

That;s actually a drive thru liquor store in Texas

Mana Mana
Community Member
1 year ago

Ofc they are waiting patiently

Richard
Community Member
1 year ago

I'd kill myself.

Damien Dimitri
Community Member
1 year ago

50? I counted 25...

Some Dude
Community Member
1 year ago

Does this look like ants?

Linda Kirkland
Community Member
1 year ago

That's not China. That's Atlanta, where 400 South merges onto I-85.

B
Community Member
1 year ago

This is insane. Waaay too many people on my planet...

Silvia Moreno
Community Member
1 year ago

Trust me, I'm an engineer

Paweł Bożek
Community Member
1 year ago

highwway to hell

Bacony
Community Member
1 year ago

Hang on... 50 lanes?

Rose the Cook
Community Member
1 year ago

This is not a "50 lane highway" but rather a mass of people trying to exit some special event. Nowhere in China is there a highway that wide it would simply be impractical. I would like to hear the exact time and location from the person who submitted it.

Mavia Kainaat
Community Member
1 year ago

Result of over-population.

Sugar Latte
Community Member
1 year ago

Woah!!!!

spirit wolf
Community Member
1 year ago

@Randy Dhuyvetter yup! If not more.

Kate Swartz
Community Member
1 year ago

This seems highly inefficient and stresses me out

Beau Cooke
Community Member
1 year ago

Stop f ing

Valerie Lessard
Community Member
1 year ago

Anxiety increases merely looking at this. It increases further by thinking about it. Then sadness for the people actually living there to experience this

Mya Lugar
Community Member
1 year ago

Gods' pinball game.

elfin
Community Member
1 year ago

I wonder how many years some of those cars have been waiting.

SMarriott
Community Member
1 year ago

How many years does it take to get to the other side?

Vanessa
Community Member
1 year ago

this is hell for me

Freya the Wanderer
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like rush hour in Atlanta. :D

Analyn Lahr
Community Member
1 year ago

No way in hell would I ever drive on that.

Keisha Washington
Community Member
1 year ago

It doesn't 'merge' into 4 lanes it 'crashes' into 4 lanes

Ed Souza
Community Member
1 year ago

Is this hell?

Missy Barton
Community Member
1 year ago

This is the most horrifying thing I've ever seen

A E
Community Member
1 year ago

what the???????

Katreise Ruffin
Community Member
1 year ago

THEre is a engineer out there in charge of roads that is a COMPLETE A**hole!!

Kenny Kulbiski
Community Member
1 year ago

The person that designed this probably has the local Xanax franchise.

Natasha Forchione
Community Member
1 year ago

OMG! How long did it take to get out of there??? Years?

Rafael Castro
Community Member
1 year ago

Why I had to count them??

Lauren
Community Member
1 year ago

Did anyone just see this on #30?

Klaudiia Sherbatzky
Community Member
1 year ago

I thinks it´s not 50 . Its 42?

Erika Jones
Community Member
1 year ago

AAAAA! This makes me want to go find a nice empty field somewhere and just stay there.

Coco
Community Member
1 year ago

hell...

Sunzilla
Community Member
1 year ago

50 Lanes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????????????? 50??

misteriosa
Community Member
1 year ago

Holy...... O.O

jamie1707
Community Member
1 year ago

It makes me sick thinking about all the crap those cars are pumping into the environment.

Ivana
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh no

Kjorn
Community Member
1 year ago

when you have 16 hours to loses in your day

Zoe's Mom
Community Member
1 year ago

Not nearly as bad but the SF Bay Bridge counts down lanes as well once through the toll. Traffic however is just as bad.

Sasha Taylor
Community Member
1 year ago

Mmmm great design

Sadie Jayne
Community Member
1 year ago

I wonder what the murder vs. suicide rate is over there......

Plummy
Community Member
1 year ago

My worst nightmare. I sure hope the Chinese merge better than Americans. Bc Americans CANNOT for the life of them understand the concept of merging.

Luther DeMontague
Community Member
1 year ago

Jay-sauce H. Cristo

Travis Sichel
Community Member
1 year ago

What the rest of the world looks forward too. Car ownership seems unsustainable, or an uncontrolled population growth. We best we make a choice.

Gerard Collins
Community Member
1 year ago

How lame are the architects of such a dimwitted system? These are the same geniuses that built the world's most massive dam on an earthquake fault--Murphy's Law will get them--just a matter of time.It won't be catastrophic--more like apocalyptic. No accounting for human stupidity.

Ben Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

There is literally no connection between this toll booth and a dam built on a fault line. Also, please check your definition of apocalyptic....

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Vilkas
Community Member
1 year ago

The Chinese have no idea what birth control is. Please, keep having more kids - maybe China will sink into the ocean under the sheer weight.

María Hermida
Community Member
1 year ago

If there's one thing they know is what birth control is. There has been a very strict one-child policy for the last 30 or 40 years, I think, and the fines for having mire than one child are astronomical. They have stopped the population growth, but this policy has created other very serious social problems.

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Omar A
Community Member
1 year ago

Wasn't this like a two week traffic jam?

Ben Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

Thanks for the global warming china.

Joyous Cat Birb
Community Member
7 months ago

If you don't care about a comment one year later, don't downvote this and don't reply

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E FourOFour
Community Member
1 year ago

This is why Chinese people always seem pissed off

ning ding
Community Member
9 months ago

Excuse me???

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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

szyy Report

Wyndmere
Community Member
1 year 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