“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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2 months ago

That's actually really smart

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Sarah Fox
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2 months ago (edited)

you go girl ;)

Jonata
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2 months ago

idiots who think women are less, and other idiots that defend it as "culture"

Ami Temi
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes, girl power! Can't wait for the regime to change, all the Iranians I know, never wanted it. They've completely had it with suffering for decades....

jiriw
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2 months ago

Agreed. but the Americans are also wanting a regime change in their own country ?

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George-Florin Constantin
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2 months ago

Now, isn't it a shame to cover up such an intelligent and beautiful person? There is a gorgeous face in front of that super-brain!

Aisha Boudy
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2 months ago

No it isn't a shame. Its ok if a girl wears a hijab, she's not harming anyone and it's her own choice. What is a shame is banning someone from playing in a team for wearing hijab.

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Anne
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2 months ago

Yes girl!!! Be free!

Mia
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2 months ago

Do what you believe in! good for you and good luck !!

Stannous Flouride
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2 months ago

When Germany expelled Jewish scientists Albert Einstein, Hans Bethe, John von Neumann, Leo Szilard, James Franck, Edward Teller, Rudolf Peierls, Klaus Fuchs, & Enrico Fermi ( he wasn't but his wife Laura was Jewish) they went to the UK and US and built the first atomic bombs.

boredpanDaman
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2 months ago

you make it sound as we should be happy for having atomic bombs

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Blue of the yams (They/He)
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2 months ago

As a trans muslim person, I can say there is nothing wring with wearing a hijab in and of itself. But no one should ever be forced to wear one. It is a choice to wear one or not.

Popcorn Colonel
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2 months ago

Woah!!! You go!!! :)

Dave Harris
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2 months ago

And she looks very beautiful and highly intelligent!! Their loss is America's gain!

AndyR
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2 months ago

We need more of this in the world.

Avery Day
Community Member
2 months ago

here in Europe some brainwashed people insist on their "right" to wear the hijab. they are always stunned when I said, "if hijab (head-covering) is such a good thing, why don't males wear them too?"

Dorothy Cloud
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2 months ago

Yea, for her.

Billy The Kid
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2 months ago

Banned by her own team? freedom to the people!

Merilyn Horton
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2 months ago

Their loss

Rose Brien Harrington
Community Member
2 months ago

Good on you girl

Rose Brien Harrington
Community Member
2 months ago

Good on you girl

Jaybird3939
Community Member
2 months ago

The US has many serious issues to resolve, but in some ways, we're still ahead of other countries.

AntiMatter
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2 months ago

Right back at ya, buckaroo!

BIG FOOT
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2 months ago

What is a hijab I don't get what this means sorry

Catlady6000
Community Member
2 months ago

Updated for asking reasonable question. As K.Kobayashi says, though, look it up

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Marc Lauzon
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2 months ago (edited)

It is weird how it is said, as if she's a freedom fighter. I mean if she was wearing a hijab in her daily life in Iran, wearing it in chess competition wouldn't be anything special. So I'm guessing then she doesn't live in Iran anymore (likely live in US) and wished to join Iran chess team, but they impose hijab, so she said fuck that. This is much less impressive. Unlike the North Korean math competition participant that used that opportunity to flee the country. I'm against country-imposed repressive dress code, but I don't give a shit if women want to wear muslimwear in countries that does not enforce it.

Jim Ellington
Community Member
2 months ago

Um, she ain't half bad-looking. Not that intelligence itself is not a beautiful trait, of course.

Roberto Durante
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2 months ago

go fo it, hijab is for slave

Blue of the yams (They/He)
Community Member
2 months ago

Not true. Hijab is fine as long as not forced.

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Leo H
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2 months ago

And yet that is the religion that supports womens rites

Azure Adams
Community Member
2 months ago

Thats why the US loves her and she loves the US and Iran sucks

Cat
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2 months ago

I'm showing this picture to whoever tries to convince me that "wearing hijab is a personal choice" lol

Dre Mosley
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2 months ago

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Good for her for standing up to that BS.

Iapetos
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2 months ago

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Yes! Awesome! She's a keeper!

K.Kobayashi
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2 months ago

Very unfortunate word choice there.

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Brendan
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2 months ago

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Look at her - she's stunning! Why would you want to cover her (or any woman) up? I don't care if it's part of a religion. It's supressive and sexist.

boredpanDaman
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2 months ago (edited)

maybe, because men like you stop looking at her like a sex object? funny, no one is commenting about her actual chess skills

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Chusni Chetanwa
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2 months ago

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feminism sucks girl power sucks. hijab is the best solution

Kady Maree Mcgrath
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2 months ago

Sexist much

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Maria
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2 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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2 months ago

I thought that's conceptual in most airports.

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#5

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Sarah Fox
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2 months ago (edited)

this is actually just sad not funny...

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Ms.M.
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2 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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2 months ago

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

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Izzy_
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2 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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2 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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2 months ago

this is adorable

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Daria Z
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2 months ago

So, how was his eLection?

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Sarah Fox
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2 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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2 months ago

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

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#14

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BroadwayBound
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2 months ago

Poor lion though :(

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Ms.M.
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2 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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2 months ago

Looks more like an ancient solution to me...

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Oathbraker
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2 months ago

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

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Sarah Fox
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2 months ago

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

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Shelp
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2 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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2 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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2 months ago

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

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