“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...

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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...

Marc Lauzon
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1 month ago (edited)

Shouldn't we? I mean, it probably be a great help, like maybe make it a constitutional right? If an entry-level job available at dad or mom's job, their kid get priority to hiring. Then whatever happens only depends on the kid. If more than one applicant from different families, go through interview.

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Angela
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1 month ago

What? Get a job you say Vanky?? Wow, none of us would ever have thought of that!

Bruce Scheiman
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1 month ago

😂😂🤣🤣Right on!! Vanky?

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ebony1k124 touch
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1 month ago

Great advice from someone who has never had to work for ANYTHING.

C.S.
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1 month ago

Dumbest fucking family ever.

Boudica
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1 month ago

Mmm, perhaps not quite as dumb as the people who voted him in though!

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Ami Temi
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1 month ago

And now her dear old dad wants to postpone the election. Legally, they need to have a new president at the determined due date. And I thought this year could not get worse... Well, let's hope Karma exists and is coming for a reckoning.

Dilly Millandry
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1 month ago

Even if it exists that's not how it works - consequences are in the next life.

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 month ago

Don't want to be homeless? Buy a house. I see the daughter really is a child of her father, No DNA testing required. Even though the father would "gladly do her" as he said.

SaraFromHell
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1 month ago

Hes unreal. Totally unreal. My husband met my daughter at 6. I knew him for 3 years prior. Shes now 14. And beautiful..and my hubby is too. I have never ever seen anything but protective daddy. He prefers older woman cuz he can't see himself with "a child". Right!? That's a child to him! His flesh and blood and he looks at her like a piece of meat too. She is a meat head...but anywayz

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Shelp
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1 month ago

Ivanka has a really big mouth

Weishaar Jamie
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1 month ago

It's connected to her fathers ass

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shemeowsalot
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1 month ago

Is the beans company offering any?

mph seti
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1 month ago

"Why don't you all just ask daddy for a six figure+ desk job that requires no actual work?" -Ivanka Trump

Whawhawhatsis
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1 month ago

Doesn't she have one already? She certainly hangs around Daddy enough. She is as sociopathic as he is; not even a single molecule of empathy exists in any Trump body, except Mary Trump and her father who died already. (I might have, too, to escape that revolting crew.) Ivanka is Daddy's little feel-good girl; he feels her all over and that makes him feel good. Which he's been doing since she was about 10 years old. Look at the old pictures if you don't believe me. He's been at least groping her since she was barely pubescent. And he accuses Democrats of being pedophiles?

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MAL_Winchester
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1 month ago

Idiocy runs in the family.

mph seti
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1 month ago

Idiocy AND evil.

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Rissie
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1 month ago

Let them have cake!

Nevid
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1 month ago

A few months ago, Emmanuel Macron, the president of France was discussing with a young man who told him he could find a job in horticulture (for which he studied) despite being registered in the employment agency and sending his CV to everybody who could have a job for him including in public service. Macron answered something like "You can work in a café or an hotel. Just cross the street and you will find a job."

Catlady6000
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1 month ago

Is the cafe or hotel hiring, or have they cut back due to loss of business to Covid? Politicians are so out of touch

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago

Too bad that there aren’t enough jobs for everyone to work. In Australia (just before Covid-19) there was approx 500,000 unemployed people and only 200,000 jobs available. Now with Covid the unemployment rate is even higher and is just getting worse. So yeah telling someone to just get a job like it is easy is just ridiculous.

Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago

AlphaPuck Pretty much everywhere worldwide have the same issues with unemployment and lack of jobs, not just Australia. And superpower, pfft at least we aren’t crashing and burning like the US has been of late. US is the laughing stock of the world.

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Honey Bee
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1 month ago

You're blind? Just look harder!

Justin James
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1 month ago

Her privilege was so intense it was blinding

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Bob Belcher
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1 month ago

Reminds me of the huge push to end teen pregnancy by telling all teens to just not have sex. Yeah that worked out well.

tuzdayschild
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1 month ago

Living on the streets? Go home!

Chewie Baron
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1 month ago

Don't want to die of thirst? Drink W water.

Maria
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1 month ago

Some great advice there.

Electric Ed
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1 month ago

Has that same feeling as Marie Antoinette's advice "let them eat cake".

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Stannous Flouride
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1 month ago

She and her husband have both screwed up every job they were assigned to in the White House. I wish they had both found othe jobs back in 2016,

Hans
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1 month ago

Bright idea. Now go back to social economics for beginners class.

Red Hair Blue Soul
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1 month ago

Or get your Daddy to hire you! Worked for her...

Pam Olson
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1 month ago

She hasn’t been laid off before. Over the years, I have had hundreds of job interviews. I am currently working in the best job I have ever had but I thank God for that. There was no nepotism involved.

Bone Daddy
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1 month ago

Trust me when I say there was no God involved either.

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Lydia Interiano Dalton
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1 month ago

ah yes i see stupidity runs in the family. man barron's life was over as soon as he was born a trump.

Anna Cameron
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1 month ago

if you're homeless just buy a house! simple.

Michael Se
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1 month ago

Says woman who has never had to look for a job

Hugo Raible
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1 month ago

Just stop being poor.

Jerry Mathers
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1 month ago

She only telling you that because she's having a hard time finding help that is willing to die for $8/hr

Anton Kider
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1 month ago

Why didn't anyone ever think about that... ?

Billy The Kid
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1 month ago (edited)

when you buy a burger, then dance with it

Avery Jones
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1 month ago

I mean come on guys, it’s simple, if you’re sad, just be happy, tired? Just be awake, it’s not that hard. Seriously though, they need to be removed from the public eye forever

BusLady
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1 month ago

Just ask Daddy for a job.

Rose Brien Harrington
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1 month ago

Our government's answer to ill health when they destroyed our public health service? "Don't get sick".

Rustyn Birch
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1 month ago

So says the woman who has NEVER had to "look" for a job. Awful.

Riolu Claw
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1 month ago

well no shit sherlock

Donna L Cosimano
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1 month ago

Or Unemploy her Dad!

Ila in Maine
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1 month ago

Says the princess who has all her merchandise and her dad's re-election gear made in CHINA. If you don't believe me you can easily find that it is true on any news show, including PBS, NPR and other non profit shows. That's really creating jobs and putting America first!

backatya
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1 month ago

lol

*sigh*, The Yellow Teletubby
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1 month ago

You're sad? Just be happy!

Tim Dyson
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1 month ago

"I mean just look at me. When I wanted a job I just went out and started looking. And when I found daddy I asked 'Daddy, can I have a job?' See how easy is that!"

Tim Dyson
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1 month ago

"I mean look at me. When I wanted a job I went out and looked! And when I found daddy I said "Daddy, can I have a job?" See, how easy is that!"

Lou Lopez
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1 month ago

Job advice from someone born rich who's only ever played at having a job. Hilarious.

semelina pitrone
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1 month ago

wanna drown yourself withought a something keeping you under? just hold your breath! oh wait...

El Dee
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1 month ago

Let them eat cake..

Ramona Rhein
Community Member
1 month ago

Thanks, Lady.

Aimee Barrowclough
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1 month ago

Omigawd! Hello, Marie-Antoinette! I see your reincarnation has finally occurred. 8/

Aimee Barrowclough
Community Member
1 month ago

OMG! Hello, Marie-Antoinette! I see your reincarnation is complete!

Cindy Jarrett
Community Member
1 month ago

I could have done without her...let’s all create tump-free zones! Or no tumps for a month, his last month!

Anja Schmidt
Community Member
1 month ago

yeah. i mean. why invest in renewable energy and create thousands of new jobs, if you could rely on oil of saudi arabians, could ignore kyoto protocolls and could safe jobs of only 1000 mine workers ... XD

SaraFromHell
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1 month ago

Maybe she aughta too.

Ralph Spooner
Community Member
1 month ago

Maybe she needs to be the one to find a new job!!!!

Alexandra Elena
Community Member
1 month ago

Let them eat cake!

Maria Guajardo
Community Member
1 month ago

"Let them eat brioche"

StealTheFruit
Community Member
1 month ago

Broke a leg? Walk it off.

Chris DiFonso
Community Member
1 month ago

This from a woman who doesn't even know what a job is. Only her father, in effect her "sugar daddy," would give her a "job."

Alexandra Heinlein
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1 month ago

Wanna stay healthy? Just don't get sick.

CatWoman312
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1 month ago

Wow why didn’t I think of that?

ChaiDai
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1 month ago

We will happily say the same to you after the election.

Lisa Jameson
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1 month ago

Work or die? Work or die? Found this while looking for a job. 2020-08-01...e5559e.jpg 2020-08-01-10_17_52-Start-5f25a3fe5559e.jpg

The Hufflepuff Bookworm
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1 month ago

She looks like President Alma Coin from The Hunger Games

Aragorn II Elessar
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1 month ago

Hmm yes. The floor is made out of floor.

Lenka Smetanová
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1 month ago

let them eat cakes

Jonata
Community Member
1 month ago

fookin idiot

BG
Community Member
1 month ago

EAT CAKE!

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 month ago

Do you want to be rich, influential, and with a nose that is the exact same model as your stepmother's? It is so simple, just choose the right parents before you are born.

Heather Althouse
Community Member
1 month ago

well makes sense

Petra Christovová
Community Member
1 month ago

Very nice example of ripping something completely out of context, thanks. She actually did not say that, she did a campaign named "Find something new" for unemployed people. Regardless if the campaign is useful or not, this feels like classic lefties anti-Trump babbling and nitpicking.

Azure Adams
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1 month ago

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she's her daddy's whore

jiriw
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1 month ago

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Actually she is right.

Charlotte The Crazy cat lady
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good advice

Anise Kim
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Wow, so much hate.

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