“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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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.

Sue Hazlewood
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1 month ago

I don't think it would be working where ever this is either. He is still tipping the bag on the scales so I doubt much difference was made.

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Lucille McGillicuddy
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1 month ago (edited)

The reason for weight limits on luggage is because OSHA regulations state that a single person is not to lift more than 50 pounds, so baggage handlers don't break their backs lifting our luggage. You pay more for heavy bags because baggage handlers have to use the buddy system to lift them. It's not about how much weight goes on the plane, because then they would weigh every passenger too.

Nomadus Aureus
Community Member
1 month ago

Too many baggage is absolutely a thing. We had it happen when an excess of 500Kg was on our small aircraft and half the hold had to be emptied. Fuel usage will differ as well, obviously and they can't just top their tanks up either just because people can't grasp the concept of weight limit.

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Kathy Lord Tate
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1 month ago

I don't get how that would make a difference. You would just be moving the weight to the front of the bag so it would still weigh the same. Isn't the scale the whole pad?

Catlady6000
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1 month ago

All the weight would move to the front only if a fluid or balls or something equally mobile

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Bob Belcher
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1 month ago

That's a pretty dick move really. The weight limit is set by OSHA for safety reason, not by the airline.

Julie C Rose
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1 month ago

I learned to just fess up when I was in a tight spot with my luggage. A lot of check-in staff waived the excess baggage fee purely because I wasn’t being a Karen about it.

Stephen Lyford
Community Member
1 month ago

This is actually stupid and dangerous, putting the entire flight at risk. They weigh bags to know just how much weight is going onto the plane. If the plane is overloaded, guess what's going to happen when you try to take off?

Delgada
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

yes! this! there was a tragic accident where the whole crew and all passengers died because of that. and the pilot fought so hard not only to save them, and when she knew she couldn't - to try not to kill people on the ground as well...

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Jane
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1 month ago

Until you've worked lifting bags, you won't realize that everyone takes it to the absolute limit. You may carry and lift your one or two 50# bag, but as a airport worker they lift up to 100 bags a day, and if you're first class or status you get 70#. And those bags are at the limit as well. You have to lift it off the scale and onto the belt. Numerous shoulder, knee, back injuries some debilitating in the airline industry.

Jo Choto
Community Member
1 month ago

Very subtle.

Popcorn Colonel
Community Member
1 month ago

Been there done that.

XxInstantKarmaxX
Community Member
1 month ago

Bags are weighted for a reason if everybody cheated like this the plane would be overweight, putting everyone in danger !!!

Francis Campos
Community Member
1 month ago

Tilting the suitcase does not remove any weight, try it you'll see.

Jane W.
Community Member
1 month ago

Clever concept, but no cheating allowed.

Heather Althouse
Community Member
1 month ago

i must be missing something..what's happening ?

Lynn Dougherty Quin
Community Member
1 month ago

Took me a couple of minutes but the guy is using his foot to raise his bag off the weighing scale in hopes of not having to pay an excess weight fee at check-in.

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Scagsy
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1 month ago

Won't be laughing when the plane is too heavy to take off cos everybody's doing it.

Lucille McGillicuddy
Community Member
1 month ago

It's not about the plane being to heavy, it's about the baggage handlers breaking their backs.

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Austin Deppe
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6 days ago

I work for a major U.S. airline, and I actually had someone try that on me. I waived the overweight fee as a “one-time courtesy” because I was impressed.

Billy The Kid
Community Member
1 month ago

does this actually work? its not the case

backatya
Community Member
1 month ago

Stupid cheap bastard. If everyone started doing that the plane may go down. Weight is important. They actually weigh the plane to see if it can take off or stay in the air. Everything has limits.

Paizleypie
Community Member
1 month ago

. . . Plane crashes due to overload because EVERYONE did this very thing . . .

KCN
Community Member
1 month ago

I FINALLY figured out what this photo was showing.

Delgada
Community Member
1 month ago

Soooo..... the luggage weighting its not for your annoyance. It's because they need to know how much weight they pun on a plane, distribute it properly - so there is no problem and catastrophic failure (there was way to many tragedies due to improper weight calculations). Imagine if every one on your flight did this and your flight crew had no idea and didnt put in their lift off calculations....

okpkpkp
Community Member
1 month ago

Without the proper weight, the pilots won't know what the settings for the flaps and slats for takeoff are, and the airplane may crash.

Kel Zhang
Community Member
1 month ago

its unsafe - most flights have a weight limitation

Shelby McClain
Community Member
1 month ago

I was always under the impression that the weight regulations had to do with how much a plane can safely carry so that we don't go crashing to the ground...am I incorrect??

Delgada
Community Member
1 month ago

nope

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Debster
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1 month ago

The number would keep moving.

Ralph Spooner
Community Member
1 month ago

What that guy didn't understand is that his attempt to remove weight by lifting one end with his foot just shifted the center of gravity on the luggage. It did NOT remove any weight from the scale.

Roberto Durante
Community Member
1 month ago

LOL, don't think that it have any effect on the weight of his luggage

avery31415
Community Member
1 month ago

Who DOESN'T do this???

Jim Ellington
Community Member
1 month ago

Honest people?

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jamie1707
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1 month ago

it took me 5 minutes to figure out what was going on. duh

Shelp
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1 month ago

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That's a genius move. I have to try it!

Electric Ed
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1 month ago

Excellent idea. And if everyone did this, the plane might not be fueled up enough.

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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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