During the day NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California builds robots fit for space, but after hours they put their brainpower together for something a bit more rudimentary - pumpkin carving.

Yes, for the past seven years during the Halloween season these brainiacs have competed in an 'unofficial' jack-o-lantern carving contest, which NASA mechanical engineer Mike Meacham said gives them a chance to let out some creativity and bond. "I don't think, even at the time, they appreciated just how seriously our engineers were going to take it," he said about the first Halloween pumpkin contest - and the evidence is clear. From a guitar player to Charlie Brown on mars, these pumpkin ideas were out of this world.

The only limits were their imaginations, with three simple rules: no planning, carving or competing during work hours. "They do their funny pumpkin carvings in their own time," said Meacham, who's co-running the competition this year. "They go home, use their own resources, plan it out, and all we give them is a pumpkin."

While there is no prize (other than bragging rights) these competitors brought their carving game to another universe. To see these elaborate jack-o-lantern faces scroll down below! Official voting for the competition may be over, but you can still vote for your favorite pumpkin with us!

#1

Mike Wazowski

Mike Wazowski

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ZombieGirl5591
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2 years ago

OMG I love this so much

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#2

RIP

RIP

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QueenSKYEE
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2 years ago

Wow the movement is legit!!!

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#3

Martian Sample Return Mission

Martian Sample Return Mission

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ZombieGirl5591
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2 years ago

omg so awesome!

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#4

Flip Switch Lights On

Flip Switch Lights On

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Lyop
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2 years ago

What is that?

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#5

E.T.

E.T.

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HopieTha CultshitPrincess
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2 years ago

ET phone NASA

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#6

Nasa Pumpkin

Nasa Pumpkin

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Person2638
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2 years ago

*universal theme plays in background*

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#7

Nasa Pumpkin

Nasa Pumpkin

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Maybe a Kitsune
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2 years ago

Amazing!

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#8

Nasa Pumpkin

Nasa Pumpkin

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QueenSKYEE
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2 years ago

Pumpkin Pirate Ship.........On sail at a store near you!!

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#9

Nasa Pumpkin

Nasa Pumpkin

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Last Hurrah
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2 years ago

He's going to need a big pumpkin patch.

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#10

Coco - Día De Los Muertos Suite

Coco - Día De Los Muertos Suite

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athornedrose
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2 years ago

omg that's amazing

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#11

A Team

A Team

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K. LNU
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2 years ago

Anyone else hearing the theme song in their heads? lol

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#12

Nasa Pumpkin

Nasa Pumpkin

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QueenSKYEE
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2 years ago

Space Craft Landing..........

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#13

The Harvest

The Harvest

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QueenSKYEE
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2 years ago

Oh no!!

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#14

War Of The Worlds

War Of The Worlds

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Liz Karsa
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2 years ago

Oh I love this

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#15

PAC - MAN

PAC - MAN

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AmetRaven
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2 years ago

Ms. Pac-man

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#16

Baby Shark

Baby Shark

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C.Marrero
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2 years ago

Baby shark dododo!

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#17

Giant Meteor

Giant Meteor

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Jaguarundi
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2 years ago

if only...

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#18

Cookie Monster

Cookie Monster

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QueenSKYEE
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2 years ago

Me want cookies!!!!!! Yessss Bro!!

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#19

"Mars Samples Are Like A Box Of Chocolates. You Never Know What You're Gonna Get"

"Mars Samples Are Like A Box Of Chocolates. You Never Know What You're Gonna Get"

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QueenSKYEE
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2 years ago

............Run Forrest Run!!

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#20

InSight

InSight

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QueenSKYEE
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2 years ago

Ughh terrible plumbing!!

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#21

Nasa Pumpkin

Nasa Pumpkin

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SnowyLynx
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2 years ago

Science

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#22

Polishing The Cannonball

Polishing The Cannonball

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QueenSKYEE
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2 years ago

umm.....

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#23

Charlie Brown

Charlie Brown

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incoherent screaming
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2 years ago

Its the great pumpkin, charlie brown!

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#24

Look Inside

Look Inside

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QueenSKYEE
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2 years ago

That is Clawsome!!

#25

Duh... There Is Water On Mars!

Duh... There Is Water On Mars!

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Last Hurrah
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2 years ago

Of course! See #17 above.

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#26

Stranger Things

Stranger Things

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Pamela
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2 years ago

What am I looking at ?

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#27

Space Force

Space Force

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QueenSKYEE
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2 years ago

Hello i'm Captain D. Ead

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#28

JPL. Caltech EDU

JPL. Caltech EDU

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Jaguarundi
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2 years ago

We are very angry indeed!

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#29

Nasa Pumpkin

Nasa Pumpkin

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Carol Emory
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2 years ago

I like this one because of the clever use of the butternut squash!

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#30

Battle Pumpkins

Battle Pumpkins

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K. LNU
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2 years ago

Marvin Martian?

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#31

Signs Of Life

Signs Of Life

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Taryn Wallace
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2 years ago

I'm a little sad that there hasn't been a Death Star pumpkin

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#32

Day Of The Dead: Celebrating The Cassini Mission

Day Of The Dead: Celebrating The Cassini Mission

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QueenSKYEE
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2 years ago

what?

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#33

Nasa Pumpkin

Nasa Pumpkin

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Pandamand2
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2 years ago

Trump's economic boom?! The orange wave?

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#34

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday

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Pandamand2
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2 years ago

Looks like he went to Cal Arts and not MIT.

#35

Leonard

Leonard

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QueenSKYEE
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2 years ago

Leonard + o + DiCaprio = Titanic Actor

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#36

Nasa Pumpkin

Nasa Pumpkin

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incoherent screaming
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2 years ago

Love the zucchini

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#37

Nasa Pumpkin

Nasa Pumpkin

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QueenSKYEE
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2 years ago

AWESOME!!

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#38

Revenge Of The Pumpkins

Revenge Of The Pumpkins

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Hamlets twin
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2 years ago

a fun read | https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24924365-the-revenge-of-the-pumpkins

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#39

Nasa Pumpkin

Nasa Pumpkin

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QueenSKYEE
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2 years ago

Alien Search in Progress.........

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#40

Ghosts Of Pumpkins Past

Ghosts Of Pumpkins Past

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Jaguarundi
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2 years ago

This looks so Monty Python-esque. LOVE IT!

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#41

Pumpkin Estimate Generator Comparison

Pumpkin Estimate Generator Comparison

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Carol Emory
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2 years ago

Cute... Pumpkin Pi!

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#42

Nasa Pumpkin

Nasa Pumpkin

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Pandamand2
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2 years ago

This is the reason why, NASA and JPL are now outsourcing jobs to Space X, etc... (If someone can explain this - please do). I see Global Cooling coming?

#43

Meet The Spec

Meet The Spec

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Jaguarundi
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2 years ago

Only an engineer would understand this one, funny!

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#44

Jerry The Pumpkin

Jerry The Pumpkin

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Susann Campbell
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2 years ago

Which one is Earth?

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#45

Congratsligo

Congratsligo

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Peter Wood
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2 years ago

I hope it makes the "bewooop" noise.

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#46

Coco

Coco

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Lianna Valdez
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2 years ago

This one comes with food. I would pick any winner that had real food to eat.

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#47

War Of The Worlds

War Of The Worlds

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#48

Building Partnerships Piece By Piece

Building Partnerships Piece By Piece

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Lyone Fein
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2 years ago

, , , because NASA isn't getting funding anymore!

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#49

Banksy

Banksy

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Samantha Comerford
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2 years ago

Er ?

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#50

Ziggy Starshade

Ziggy Starshade

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#51

Siemens Nx Demo: Million Dollar Pumpkin

Siemens Nx Demo: Million Dollar Pumpkin

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#52

Mars Waste Management

Mars Waste Management

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2 years ago

Matt damon

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#53

Nasa Pumpkin

Nasa Pumpkin

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#54

Out Of Sight

Out Of Sight

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Susann Campbell
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2 years ago

From Squash world, we come in peace. Take us to the Great Pumpkin.

#55

Nasa Pumpkin

Nasa Pumpkin

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earringnut
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2 years ago

Europa!!!!

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#56

We Come In Proper Containment

We Come In Proper Containment

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Lyone Fein
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2 years ago

A lot of these folks are pretty funny!

#57

Starshade Pumpkin Launch Restraint And Unfurling System (Plus)

Starshade Pumpkin Launch Restraint And Unfurling System (Plus)

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#58

Class "H" Mission

Class "H" Mission

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#59

Guess The Mass

Guess The Mass

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Jaguarundi
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2 years ago

NO! NOT MATH!!!!

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#60

Black Hole

Black Hole

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Pandamand2
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2 years ago

Can I roll all the lame Pumpkin posts into this?

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#61

Operation Franko Drop

Operation Franko Drop

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#62

Nasa Halloween Pumpkin

Nasa Halloween Pumpkin

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#63

"Mars Samples Are Like A Box Of Chocolates. You Never Know What You're Gonna Get"

"Mars Samples Are Like A Box Of Chocolates. You Never Know What You're Gonna Get"

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Pandamand2
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2 years ago

So original and PC... How about Nasa predicting what they might find? Water and Life until recently? Oh that's new...

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#64

Winter Is Not Coming

Winter Is Not Coming

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Pandamand2
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2 years ago

Someone needs their meds...