“Modern problems require modern solutions.” Those are the words of American stand-up comedian Dave Chappelle. Though he said the phrase in a skit during an episode of Chappelle’s Show, jokingly advocating for the use of fake Canadian ID cards for free healthcare, people are using this format to post about real-life problems that need creative solutions. Some of these jokes are hilariously on-point while others tell us all about the sad state of society.

There are a lot of problems in the 21st century. From life on the streets being worse than life in prison to the invasion of privacy via facial recognition technology, and much, much more. Bored Panda has collected some of the saddest and funniest 'modern problem' posts that make you think, so scroll down, have a look, and let us know what modern problems you personally think are the biggest, dear Pandas. Remember to upvote the stories that left the biggest impact on you and read on for Bored Panda's interview with redditor Imthatguy25 who is very proud that they created the joke format in the first place.

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Celine Nguyen
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1 month ago

That's actually really smart

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Sarah Fox
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1 month ago (edited)

you go girl ;)

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Maria
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1 month ago

Did it work?

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Redditor Imthatguy25 told us all about what inspired them to create the 'modern problems' meme. "I've watched Chappelle's Show since I was a kid so the 'modern problems’ quote has always been something I'd regularly quote to myself or to some others. I basically treated it like it was a motto,” they said.

“But even then, I honestly didn't expect the format to pick up much traction. Until I saw a bunch of other redditors hit the homepage from using the format and making their own.”

Imthatguy25 has some ideas about why the ‘modern problems’ joke format gained so much popularity so quickly. “Other than the obvious ‘Dave Chappelle is a comedic genius and everything he says is meme gold,’ redditors can be pretty clever when they see a meme that they believe has potential,” they explained.

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No you didn't
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1 month ago

I thought that's conceptual in most airports.

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Modern Problems Take Modern Solutions.

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Sarah Fox
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1 month ago (edited)

this is actually just sad not funny...

Ami Temi
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1 month ago

Came here to say the same: the system's so messed up.

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Sathe Wesker
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1 month ago

Thats America for you. Glad I'm Canadian. Don't get me wrong, we have our own problems but I legit called an ambulance for our local homeless man (who I've known for years) very recently and he was properly taken care of. No charge.

Demongrrrrl
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1 month ago

In America, hospitals have to treat you if you are brought in an ambulance. So people without insurance call an EMS unit so they can get basic healthcare. Ambulances are expensive but EMS cannot NOT answer a call. This is one reason why healthcare.Ambulance costs are so high and the wait for an ambulance can take so long.

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Jo Choto
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1 month ago

That is the tragedy of the American un-healthcare system.

Tara Stevens
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1 month ago

Again, so so grateful for the NHS! I can't imagine going bankrupt and losing your home to pay medical bills! And to want to be imprisoned to receive healthcare is insane!

Sarah Blanche Brinsfield
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1 month ago

Tara Stevens, I have ppms but it's calm at the moment on Ocrevus and a bunch of other meds, including for pain. Funny how PT/OT has never been mentioned at appointments and is only a follow up after large Flares. I was in wheel chair 2x but am walking unassisted for now. Memory and word finding are huge issues but no one seems to care about those symptoms, either.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago

That is just fucked up. I remember hearing a story where a CEO stole millions of dollars through fraud and got a slap on the wrist, a homeless guy robbed a shop or bank for about $5 and is facing years in prison. Whether that is true or not I don’t know but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was true.

Vicky Zar
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1 month ago

Wouldn't be surprised as well. The amount of corruption in that country is unbelievable.

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Wendy
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1 month ago

I worked as a Correctional Nurse, and this sort of thing happens more than you can imagine, especially in the Winter :(

Sasha Kuleshov
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1 month ago

The US in a nutshell :/

Courtney Christelle
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1 month ago

How messed up is the system when you have to be a criminal to receive medical treatment?

ebony1k124 touch
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1 month ago

Desperate times call for desperate measures. It was twistedly smart in a way.

Nadine Khazaka
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1 month ago

In Florida the prison system is the biggest mental health care provider.

Pusfarm
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1 month ago

Why does that not surprise me. Because Florida.

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K.Kobayashi
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1 month ago

The key is to commit a federal crime, that way you end up in federal prison rather than state. I know someone who always says if he got a serious illness, he'd rob a post office.

TheCirquedumonde
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1 month ago

the current situation of the USA in a single post

Fi Brown
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1 month ago

Stories like this make me so grateful for healthcare free at the point of need.

Rissie
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1 month ago

Bonkers problems require bonkers solutions....

Steve Barnett
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1 month ago

I'm sure I read a similar thing to do with homeless people as well.

Roberto Durante
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1 month ago

when you are poor, you have to be creative

Allison B.
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1 month ago

My dad was born in the early 70s and at some point in his 30s, he had to rip out his own teeth due to excruciating pain, because of proper knowledge of care for teeth back in his time/family... and then shitty health care in america. Hes been at his job for 17 years and still doesn't get dental coverage to fix his mouth. Hes on a keto diet due to health issues (hes not over weight) and he sees the positive side to it. BASICALLY THIS ISNT SHOCKING BECAUSE AMERICA SUCKS.

Wade Evans
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1 month ago

So when are you moving to a paradise? And where is it?

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Popcorn Colonel
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1 month ago

Dang, that is depressing. My heart goes out to all people in that position.

CincyReds
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1 month ago

Damn, that is actually pretty sad

Leo H
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1 month ago

Ask any prisoner there is no real heath care given to the inmates

CrunChewy McSandybutt
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1 month ago

You don't receive much healthcare in prison.

Catlady6000
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1 month ago

Still better than none at all

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Karen Lee
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1 month ago

Quite some elderly women are doing similar acts for same purpose in japan too

Roald Andresen
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1 month ago

Do you have a source on that? Medical treatment in Japan is provided through universal health care. This system is available to all citizens, as well as non-Japanese citizens staying in Japan for more than a year

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Sarah Trachtenberg
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2 weeks ago

O Henry had a similar story.

Elisabeth Breckenridge
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4 weeks ago

American problems require American solutions, I guess.

Billy The Kid
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1 month ago

This sort of stuff happens all the time. Not only health care but all sorts of support apart from drug rehab because there is more chance getting drugs inside than out side

Merilyn Horton
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1 month ago

Good idea for old sick people too.

TrashPandaru
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1 month ago

That's fucking heartbreaking

Rose Brien Harrington
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1 month ago

This happens here all the time, homeless people committing minor crimes in November in the hopes of being in prison for Christmas. It's appalling.

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1 month ago

I feel bad ._.

starhunter64
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1 month ago

smart man, smarter than most poloticians, he deserves a job

Kathy L
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1 month ago

USA! USA!! /s

Kari Reyes
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1 month ago

That's the United States for ya 😠

Anthony Murphy
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1 month ago

It just shows the desperation some people have in this country because of our terrible healthcare system. Sadly, the people who argue we can't afford free healthcare don't seem to realize that even more of their tax dollars will be spent on the man while he's in prison.

⚞ Katniss Everdeen ⚟
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1 month ago

This shouldn't even be a thing?! Why is healthcare so inacessible??

backatya
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1 month ago

smart

joi
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1 month ago

bet that ended satisfactorily for him.

Anja Schmidt
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1 month ago

oh wow, I would be so scared to get in ill in the US - i feel you!

Patrick Shore
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1 month ago

shoulda shop lift $50

J Sizz
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1 month ago

Go to prison and get everything for free.

Marc Lauzon
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1 month ago

I'm curious if he actually did get health care considering this happened in US where both poor people and prisoners are considered trash, healthcare a luxury, and prisons are businesses.

Kathryn Huntington
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1 month ago

That is sad.

Alexandra Heinlein
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1 month ago

Look at that poor guys face. No pun intended.😟😔

Tyler Wentzel
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1 month ago

All that you want but can't afford on the outside is free in prison I guess.

Juan Hernandez
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1 month ago

sad

MCathenaE
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1 month ago

This is sad America.

BabyBooby
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1 month ago

Geee whiz ....he's gorgeous....he can live with me💕🤗🥰

Patrick O'Harris
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1 month ago

That is very sad but also very smart. If you have absolutely nothing, prison might be a better idea (depending on the country. I wouldnt want to be in an american prison tbh).

Michael Se
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1 month ago

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David Jeu
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1 month ago

No need to say country in this one

Woltax
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1 month ago

I‘m glad not to live in the US (Undeveloped States).

Captain Legible
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1 month ago

When I was a kid in a Scottish village, we had a "tramp" (as we then called them) who lived in the woods. Every winter when it got too cold for him he'd cone down to the village and break a window so he could spend the night in the village jail. (As for why a small village needed a jail... I don't know, it didn't seem odd then but it does now).

Bob Belcher
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1 month ago

This has happened many times.

ISAAC HARVEY
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1 month ago

If I were working in a bank and saw this happening, I would let him take some money. Humanity.

Monika Soffronow
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1 month ago

That is faulty logic. You would give him some money to gently massage your own ego, to convince yourself that you did something for him. You did not. Please, people, VOTE!

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Michelle Line
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1 month ago

First of all, you go to jail first. There's only maintenance for inmates - those who are currently on medications. But no general medical care. Eventually, he MAY go to prison, but I think this is unlikely if he has a clean background. For argument's sake, let's say he goes. It depends upon which prison he goes to - some provide extensive health care. Others, minimal by law. There are other ways to get health care.

BG
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1 month ago

A local man robbed a bank and waited for police because he couldn't stand living with his wife.

Andy Pants
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1 month ago

Didn't he get house arrest?

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I feel sorry for him BUT he choose to do a crime that involves innocent people! He has probably destroyed all their lives!

StealTheFruit
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1 month ago

He stole $1. That's it. All he wanted was to heal.

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This must be America.... A piece of shit country, always smelling other asses.

Jonata
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thats right, fuckem.

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Ms.M.
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1 month ago

One fun thing about 2020 is that April was 420 all month long ;-)

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“The meme alone was a pretty cut and dry, simple to understand. But like I've said, redditors have their own vernacular way with memes. I've seen this dude rage war with Instagram using my format and managed 100k upvotes out of it. I honestly owe it to Reddit and Instagram for making the meme so shareable,” the redditor shared.

According to Imthatguy25, they don’t have any problem with others using the ‘modern problems’ format for social or political commentary, however—they have to be funny.

“I'd at least like to see it with a bit of wit behind it,” they said. “Really, as long as it's funny I could stand behind it.”

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Vic
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1 month ago

This is an innovative solution.. must be applied to TP as well..

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Izzy_
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1 month ago

Hahaha I've actually had to do that. I was over 1lb on my checked luggage (yep, 1 measly pound) and I had no room in my carry-on. All I had was a small backpack. So I wore 5 shirts and two sweaters. Luckily I didn't look too puffed up haha Once I passed TSA, I asked for a shopping bag at a store and carried my clothes in there since I was allowed one more item as carry-on XD

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Ami Temi
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1 month ago

Sad, but you have to give it to him: that's pretty innovative.

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The ‘modern problems’ meme first popped up in December 2018. Redditor Imthatguy25 posted some dark humor and attached Chappelle’s photo with the catchphrase alongside it. The meme spread.

Since then, other people have been changing the purpose of the meme to suit their needs. While some are going for pure comedy, others are taking things a bit more seriously, using the format for social commentary and to show how dystopian some parts of our society have become.

In both cases, the meme tends to talk about current topics. So when it first showed up, you could see a lot of talks about Thanos, Fortnite, and Article 13. How things have changed since then!

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Grace Marsden
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1 month ago

this is adorable

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Daria Z
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1 month ago

So, how was his eLection?

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Sarah Fox
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1 month ago

awww, hope the go on a date

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You can watch the original ‘modern problems’ video clip starring Chappelle right here. The skit was shown in the first episode of the second season of Chappelle’s Show which first aired on January 21, 2004.

The critically acclaimed comedy TV series premiered on January 22, 2003, and ran for 28 episodes until July 23, 2006. Chappelle’s Show found success not just in the United States but elsewhere, too, including in Germany, Brazil, Canada, Australia, and the UK.

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Katinka Min
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1 month ago

Won't fly where I live. You have to move the whole thing onto it.

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BroadwayBound
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1 month ago

Poor lion though :(

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Ms.M.
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1 month ago

That's hardcore!

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According to the United Nations Foundation’s post in January, some of the main issues to look out for in 2020 included the acceleration of climate change, the continued presence of inequality and exclusion, as well as the humanitarian crises in Syria, Yemen, Venezuela, and elsewhere.

What we got this year was pretty much on-point with the UN’s prediction. The bushfires that ravaged Australia were linked to climate change. The Covid-19 pandemic and rising unemployment showed the stark differences between the haves and the have-nots. While the humanitarian problems abroad haven’t gone away. So, yes, modern problems do require modern solutions. Permanent ones—not just temporary band-aids.

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Saint Thomas
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1 month ago

Looks more like an ancient solution to me...

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Oathbraker
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1 month ago

Plot twist: It's Tom Cruise shooting the next Mission Impossible.

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Sarah Fox
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1 month ago

'pest control workers are using nuclear weapons to get rid of bugs'

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Shelp
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1 month ago

But that's a fellony. Plus, it does not only harm the teacher, but his whole family aswell.

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Daniel Lewis
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1 month ago

Why not just walk, drive, ride a horse, ride a motorcycle around it? The wall has gaps that are hundreds of miles wide.

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Ms.M.
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1 month ago

We can't all get handed jobs from our shite dads, you know...

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