“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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4 months ago

That's actually really smart

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Sarah Fox
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4 months ago (edited)

you go girl ;)

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Maria
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4 months 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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4 months 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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4 months ago (edited)

this is actually just sad not funny...

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Ms.M.
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4 months 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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4 months ago

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

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Izzy_
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4 months 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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4 months 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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4 months ago

this is adorable

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Daria Z
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4 months ago

So, how was his eLection?

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Sarah Fox
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4 months 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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4 months 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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4 months ago

Poor lion though :(

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Ms.M.
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4 months 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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4 months ago

Looks more like an ancient solution to me...

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Oathbraker
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4 months ago

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

SykesDaMan
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4 months ago

Or a sequel to "Vanilla Sky"? This could apply to both! :)

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Electric Ed
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4 months ago

Doesn't really sound like a modern solution. Corona-mask + sunglasses is the way to go these days.

Tired-Panda
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3 months ago

Don't forget the baseball cap. I was wearing all three the other day and seriously looked like I was going to rob a bank!

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thepinkrobot
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4 months ago

We should all wear white men masks. Maybe we'd be treated equally.

Foxxy (The Original)
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4 months ago

I actually find that pretty creepy.

Kady Maree Mcgrath
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4 months ago

Same

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Molly Block
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4 months ago

This won't work to unlock your iphone though, right? LOL

MantisKeeper
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3 months ago

unless you key your iphone to recognize the mask

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Shelli Aderman
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4 months ago

Creepy!

b l a n c
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4 months ago

that's terrifying

Curry on...
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4 months ago

Some criminals have worn masks depicting a different race when committing crimes.

ArhomR
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3 months ago

Bastards and cowards

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Ms.M.
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4 months ago

Hannibal Lecter? ew, sorry

Tamas Kerekes
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4 months ago

And they will hit him because He dosen't wear mask...

Doggo Georgia
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4 months ago

Lol

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Jim Ellington
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4 months ago

That face is the stuff of nightmares.

Andrew Gibb
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4 months ago

Just like Fake Billy in Young Offenders Screen-Sho...05-png.jpg Screen-Shot-2018-06-08-at-152332-5f23f35a85805-png.jpg

Hans
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4 months ago

The future...probably combined with fake iris contact lenses.

fuggnuggins
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4 months ago

Only have to alter the T-zone to confuse most facial recognition.

Daria B
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4 months ago

Lupin III approves ♡

Roberto Durante
Community Member
4 months ago

great tip

Anton Kider
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3 months ago

It rather looks like a face transplant instead...

Billy The Kid
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3 months ago

I lent a friend 10,000 to get a face lift once, now i cant recognize him to get my money back!

Billy The Kid
Community Member
3 months ago

i like it! i have so many women out there chasing me for child maintenance

Mark Kelly
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3 months ago

Just make sure you keep changing it because if the system doesn't recognize it the cops might try and arrest that person.

TrashPandaru
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3 months ago

Looks like David Gray

Popcorn Colonel
Community Member
3 months ago

That looks messed up, like if you didn't know that was a mask. The eyes... Shudder.

Kathy Brown
Community Member
3 months ago

They can scan the eyes though. Cause your face can change.

semelina pitrone
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4 months ago

this is kinda terrifying. like, if you passed this guy on the street you wouln't even know who he was. i guess i wouldn't know anyways though, so...

Suzi Gauthier
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4 months ago

Just add filters & it can double as coronavirus mask!

Dolevaal
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4 months ago

These eyes are giving me the creeps.

Soren Noire
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4 months ago

omg its jason bourne

PanditoBandito
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4 months ago

Wonder what horrible things this guy has done to make him resort to this. Wait, maybe I don't really want to know....

Heather Althouse
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4 months ago

Creeepy

Marilyn Slater
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4 months ago

Obvious criminal intent!

Kady Maree Mcgrath
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4 months ago

Same

Juan Hernandez
Community Member
4 months ago

looks kind of creepy

Eagle Girl
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4 months ago

Exactly why..? or has the case not gone to trial yet

Nora Beckett
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4 months ago

No thank you, Brahms.

giraffescupcakesandlove
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4 months ago

I don't like it...

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Sarah Fox
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4 months ago

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

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Shelp
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4 months 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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4 months 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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4 months ago

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

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