Life might be a mystery, but the universe still works in such a way that we can more or less imagine the consequences of our actions. However, we know from personal experience that the universe also has a weird sense of irony and likes to throw us curveballs once in a while.

To show you just how unpredictable things can be sometimes, we’ve collected some of the saddest examples of people getting the responses they were definitely not looking for from the Sad Cringe subreddit.

These responses might make you groan. They may make you cringe (and maybe even facepalm a bit). But most importantly, they’ll remind you that life isn’t all rainbows and sunshine. Remember to upvote the responses that left their mark on you and let us know in the comments if you’ve ever been in similar situations. And be sure to give the very popular r/sadcringe community a visit, too.

#1

When You Just Need Someone To Support You...

When You Just Need Someone To Support You...

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

Oops!

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#2

Life Stops Right At 35

Life Stops Right At 35

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Kirsten Kerkhof
Community Member
3 months ago

Ah, a 'nice guy'. Good come-back though.

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#3

Damn Feels Bad.

Damn Feels Bad.

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Jude Bennett
Community Member
3 months ago

Bazinga !!!!!

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Reddit user Niceboihappy, one of the moderators at r/sadcringe, told Bored Panda that the community has seen an increase in members since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. However, the mod also pointed out that the subreddit is always growing in size. And the more members there are, the stronger the community becomes.

Niceboihappy also shared some advice about what to do if you receive bad news or an unexpected response. "I would say be confident, but not too confident. And, especially, for an unexpected response it is probably best to just own it and make light of it."

The Sad Cringe subreddit is practically ancient. It was created back in 2013 and now boasts over 882k members (that’s way more than I could count to). So what does this community of nearly-a-million do, exactly? Well, it’s dedicated to collecting examples of the most embarrassing and awkward situations that also make you feel sad inside.

#4

Kinda Sad

Kinda Sad

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Scagsy
Community Member
3 months ago

Bad when you're getting trolled by your local PD about not having any mates

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#5

More Sad Than Cringe

More Sad Than Cringe

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Tai Dallen
Community Member
3 months ago

RIP his confidence...

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#6

Sad Cringe

Sad Cringe

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

I will assume that she is no longer your girlfriend.

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In other words, content that’s just cringeworthy isn’t worth a spot on r/sadcringe if it’s missing the ‘sad’ part. The community guidelines indicate that “pathetic loser sad” content doesn’t work and that the responses have to be “unhappy/depressing sad.”

“The content should make you go: ’oof, that hurts,’ not: ‘lol, what a moron,’” the moderators point out. They also stress that they’re not here to make fun of people. Which is why they ask everyone to avoid bullying and harassment. “Be nice,” they add.

There will always be times when we’re caught completely off-guard by bits of news or responses from people. However, there are ways to bounce back and make the best of a bad situation.

#7

Yikes

Yikes

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Steve Onyx
Community Member
3 months ago

Busted!

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#8

Please Excuse Me While I Search For A New Psychiatrist

Please Excuse Me While I Search For A New Psychiatrist

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Tovah Roche
Community Member
3 months ago

How long do you think the psychiatrist laughed before responding?

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#9

Ouch

Ouch

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Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
3 months ago

Holy crap...thats awful...

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LinkedIn Learning Instructor Tatiana Kolovou states that when we’re faced with bad news, we tend to react emotionally. So what you want to do is allow that initial emotional reaction to pass by giving yourself some time to process things.

“Calm yourself. Take a deep breath. Possibly look away momentarily to try and focus your thoughts. Exhale deeply. All these behaviors will help you bring your elevated heart rate down and physically center you,” Kolovou explains how to get yourself under control again. Keep that in mind the next time life throws a curveball at you and you might just hit a home run.

#10

That's Just Nasty

That's Just Nasty

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Danieletc
Community Member
3 months ago

Well played. Don't offer smarter people ultimatums.

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#11

Sad Cringe

Sad Cringe

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

That must have really hurt.

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#12

I Thought It Belonged Here

I Thought It Belonged Here

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DforDorothy
Community Member
3 months ago

People,get a life!

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#13

Ouch

Ouch

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Guinny
Community Member
3 months ago

ooooo thats gonna hurt

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#14

Savage

Savage

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Charlotte Anderson [STUDENT]
Community Member
3 months ago

I have no words..

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#15

Sheesh

Sheesh

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Johnny Rodriguez
Community Member
3 months ago

Happy Birthday Gary!

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#16

Oh

Oh

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh, no...I'm so sorry.

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#17

Thanks For Sorting By New

Thanks For Sorting By New

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Guinny
Community Member
3 months ago

aww

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#18

Ooooof

Ooooof

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Danieletc
Community Member
3 months ago

How many hours did it take, before the kid got it that it's about him? Hmmmm emoji here.

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#19

You Know It's Bad When...

You Know It's Bad When...

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Scagsy
Community Member
3 months ago

Pretty much no then

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#20

Poor Brandon

Poor Brandon

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Francis
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

why does this guy (or any guy which sends dickpics (without being asked))think it's okay to send a woman a dickpic, especially when he's not even brave enough to ask herself for her number? do you really think she's like "oh, he didn't ask me for my number but instead a friend but that's one good dick, i'm so in love right now!"?!? also why don't you believe the other person, when they say, they are not the person?! WHATS WRONG WITH THIS GUY?!? (sorry..)

Rissie
Community Member
3 months ago

Also, no one should ask for it and if asked still don't send them. Unless you've been married for a gazillion years and you don't care if someone sees your dick and it's your thing. People are vindictive an pictures find their way to places you don't want them.

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ChimeraBubbles
Community Member
3 months ago

I don't think this is Poor Brandon. He literally ignored the replies that would be the equivalent of "no" face-to-face in order to sexually harrass someone. It just happened to be a man this time. My hero in this is Shannon who was protecting his original target.

hobbitly
Community Member
3 months ago

Why is this called "Poor Brandon"? He is sending dick pics no one asked for.

Kady Maree Mcgrath
Community Member
3 months ago

Uhhhh...... Ummm.... ANOTHER TOPIC he is rocking that stache tho

AntiNutjob
Community Member
3 months ago

*hand itching to unzip pants* What a smooth operator 😜

Woets
Community Member
3 months ago

I hate that kind of typing. Call, Facetime or better yet: talk in person if you need this crap in your messages

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OCDRobot
Community Member
3 months ago

Glad Shannon had her friends back and didn't give that creep her real number.

Mary Popps
Community Member
3 months ago

You don't have the courage to ask for her number but you are able to send your ridiculous pickle ? Brandon is a disgusting pig and a coward, he doesn't deserve any woman.

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm imagening Brandon in real life walking around the schoolyard with his pants unzipped and his peanut having a bit of fresh air.

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
3 months ago

Haha that's what my kids call it too! Peanut!

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Krazy Kanuck
Community Member
3 months ago

WTF do some guys assume a woman is going to want to see his JUNK, in a text message.. DicPic-5f4...a1f86a.jpg DicPic-5f465b4a1f86a.jpg

Arctic Fox Lover
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh wow. Tat's one hot pic O-O xD

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giovanna
Community Member
3 months ago

These people should be reported.

Ms.GB
Community Member
3 months ago

I can see why Shannon gave him the wrong number...good looking out Shannon.

Biljana Malesevic
Community Member
3 months ago

Serves him well for sending unsolicited dick pics.

Death Metal Kitty
Community Member
3 months ago

another niceguy... I don't get what's with this habit of describing what you're doing, are they so disconnected from reality they they need a speech bubble to describe what they're doing?

Isabella Vega
Community Member
3 months ago

This guy is a literal creep

Analyn Lahr
Community Member
3 months ago

Why did he stutter in text?

Death Metal Kitty
Community Member
3 months ago

He's trying to elicit some sympathy in the hopes that his poor victim will feel sorry enough to go out with him. If that doesn't shout pathetic and manipulative, I don't know what does.

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BusLady
Community Member
3 months ago

I would have asked "Can I post this in the break room at work?"

ArhomR
Community Member
3 months ago

Not sorry- totally grossed by Brandon.

Arctic Fox Lover
Community Member
3 months ago

Brandon, honey, please do me a huge favor and treat women the way they should be treated, you lustful idiot. Thanks! 😊

Animal lover❤
Community Member
3 months ago

I live this one every time

Daria Z
Community Member
3 months ago

hahaha 😂

Jennifer Harris
Community Member
3 months ago

Well creepy kid. Now we know why Shannon gave you the wrong number. Facepalm

Pittsburgh rare
Community Member
3 months ago

YOU HAD IT COMING BRANDON

Michał Jastrzębski
Community Member
3 months ago

but at least the second picture was not of a yet bigger, thicker dick, lmao

Michał Jastrzębski
Community Member
3 months ago

lmao at the ending

Megzymonsta
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh no so many things wrong with this post. And several crimes committed by "poor Brandon" too. Why do guys think the inner monologue followed up by a pic of the genitals would work, no it just makes you seem self and desperate - text, ask the lady out and handle the whole thing with a bit of dignity. Much more impressive

Isabella R.W.
Community Member
3 months ago

technically sexual harassment through a text.

Cat
Community Member
3 months ago

Shannon made the right call by not giving Brandon her real number

b l a n c
Community Member
3 months ago

why would he talk about how nervous he is in roleplaying text and then send a dick pick

Cynthia Souza
Community Member
3 months ago

"Narrating" your thoughts/actions in your texts is another cringe worthy thing.

ChinaPandas122
Community Member
3 months ago

ewwwwwww rude brandon

Bama Belle
Community Member
3 months ago

My 89 year old grandmother, who passed away recently, nearly fell off her chair laughing when I told her about how my friend kept getting dick pics from men "who have NOTHING to be proud of". (My friend's words.)

SirPatTheCat
Community Member
3 months ago

EW thank god for shannon....

Scyth
Community Member
3 months ago

The guy with the moustache should say he is gay. That would piss the dick pic man off.

Thalia Grace
Community Member
1 month ago

Well he went from 0 to 100 real quick.

MintRose
Community Member
2 months ago

He gives me fedora boy vibes

PhantomBuni
Community Member
2 months ago

I know he’s being a total idiot, but when I saw the mustache guy I busted out laughing. That was freaking AWESOME.

Talia
Community Member
2 months ago

Not "poor Brandon", no. First he is creepy by asking someone else than the actual person for their number, then he's being cringe with the "*insert emotion*" and finally he completely ignores what is being said to him only to send a dick pick which literally NO woman on EARTH ever wants to see.

Isle_of_stressed_pilots
Community Member
2 months ago

Everytime a dude sends an unsolicited d pic, I always say "is it always that small and funny looking? You should get that checked out by a doctor..."

Pippa Runs
Community Member
2 months ago

I love his stache

D
Community Member
2 months ago

It should be fined or something, make it illegal. And after x fines to court with that dick. It reminds me of those flashers ( long coat, no clothes) and isn't that illegal? Talking about taking out your genitals to someone who is showing no interest (he was convinced it was her but waving him of) is absolutely creepy and very harassing. They force themselves on their victims. And the way he phrased it really disgusted me, people who talk that way should be already locked up as harassers. That's my angry view on those kind of creeps.

Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
3 months ago

Brandon is a DICK ... literally!

PhantomBuni
Community Member
3 months ago

Which means that idiot has to back up reaaaaaal quick. Also, that legend, you do literally have a mustache. You may look like a stereotypical villain, but you were freaking awesome

Vanta Black
Community Member
3 months ago

First of all, "Brandon" needs to learn to pay attention when another dude tells him he's also a dude. Second, "Brandon" needs to learn how to sext. Third, "Brandon" needs to stop with the dick pics. Finally, if the recipient had actually been Shannon, and for some bizarre reason she wanted the dick pic, "Brandon" should have realised that by sending his, he was putting a photo of a minor's junk on someone's phone. And I know, he's probably American, and state laws on age of consent probably differ, so he could be of age, but still at school, but he sexts like he's 13, so that's what I'm thinking he is.

Grace Smith
Community Member
3 months ago

BAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAAH

Celeste Grant
Community Member
3 months ago

Any guy who does the whole roleplay thing with someone he's never spoken to is sad and creepy. But what is more worrying is that when he's turned down he actually responds with sexual violence... "she" says she not interested and he responds by telling her he is taking his dick out and then shows her it... he does that in anger! I fear that he may well escalate this to sexual assault if he feels girls aren't responding to him the way he wants them to; he may just force himself on to someone.

Todorokie-dokie
Community Member
3 months ago

Who does that in texts? This isn’t an Animal Jam role play.

wyndmere
Community Member
3 months ago

Brandon behaved like an idiot jerk - must have some issues.

KT
Community Member
3 months ago

OMG lol

Jillian B.
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh gawd! I can't! Lmmfao!!

Richard Brown
Community Member
3 months ago

I send dick pics all the time. I get the best responses from the pictures of Dick Van Dyke

Zoe's Mom
Community Member
3 months ago

PEE PEE PIC! Ah hahahahahaha!

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#21

42 Dollars...

42 Dollars...

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Flare
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh no.

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#22

Ahh

Ahh

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Bella Langston
Community Member
3 months ago

What a little bitch

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#23

Smooth Operator

Smooth Operator

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Danieletc
Community Member
3 months ago

The cruelist cuttle of all.

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#24

The Truth Is Sad

The Truth Is Sad

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ML
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

That is just seeking attention. It usually have an opposite effect.

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#25

From R/Iamverysmart: Don't Tell Me I'm Wrong.

From R/Iamverysmart: Don't Tell Me I'm Wrong.

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

I read this exchange on another Bored Panda thread about not-so-bright people being corrected by experts. It still elicits a chuckle from me.

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#26

Sad Cringe

Sad Cringe

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

Ouch!

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#27

That's Gotta Hurt

That's Gotta Hurt

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Guinny
Community Member
3 months ago

oof

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#28

I Need A Lowkey Girl

I Need A Lowkey Girl

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DramaDoc
Community Member
3 months ago

Ew.

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#29

From Awkward To Sad Real Fast

From Awkward To Sad Real Fast

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Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh boy...

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#30

Sad Cringe

Sad Cringe

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Monday
Community Member
3 months ago

At least he was honest about it not going anywhere

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#31

Why Are People Doing These Kinds Of Things

Why Are People Doing These Kinds Of Things

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Scagsy
Community Member
3 months ago

You could always add "...does not exist" under it to keep it real

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#32

Yikes

Yikes

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Scagsy
Community Member
3 months ago

So sad

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#33

Yea Just Got Fired No Big Deal. Wanna Hangout Though

Yea Just Got Fired No Big Deal. Wanna Hangout Though

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Marlene James
Community Member
3 months ago

I think someone missed the point. The cashier took and used Rachel's # w/out permission. Rachel ratted cashier out and cashier got fired for invading her privacy.

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#34

Oops

Oops

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ML
Community Member
3 months ago

Can be just a good way to shut someone down fast.

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#35

Yikes

Yikes

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MAL_Winchester
Community Member
3 months ago

Ah yes. The typical "nice guy." No thanks.

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#36

Opposite-Responses-Sad-Cringe

Opposite-Responses-Sad-Cringe

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
3 months ago

Awwww

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#37

They've Been Dating About A Month And Are In Their 30s

They've Been Dating About A Month And Are In Their 30s

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Malakai
Community Member
3 months ago

RUN WHILE YOU CAN, DUDE

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#38

Ouch

Ouch

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DforDorothy
Community Member
3 months ago

Brutal burn! 🔥

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#39

Sad

Sad

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
3 months ago

Lol

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#40

Poor Guy

Poor Guy

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Danieletc
Community Member
3 months ago

The thing attached to penis with fingers and skull is whatta mostly wrong with said penis.

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#41

Self Awareness

Self Awareness

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sabocat
Community Member
3 months ago

Maybe it helps if you stop referring to women as 'females'...

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#42

Oof

Oof

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Troux
Community Member
3 months ago

Congrats, you're her new selfie stick.

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#43

Friend Zoned So Hard

Friend Zoned So Hard

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
3 months ago

Men really need to get over this idea of "friendzoning". Not every woman on this planet exists to go out with them and refuses to indulge their entitlement when they don't consider them more than friends. Interestingly enough you never see women complain that a man "friendzoned" them.

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#44

This One Stung A Little

This One Stung A Little

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Neal fy
Community Member
3 months ago

Love the picture

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#45

That Hurts

That Hurts

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
3 months ago

Burn!

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#46

My Boyfriend And I Are Going On Vacation Tomorrow And I Was Trying To Set The Mood

My Boyfriend And I Are Going On Vacation Tomorrow And I Was Trying To Set The Mood

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Scagsy
Community Member
3 months ago

Timing

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#47

This Ain't Normal

This Ain't Normal

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Flare
Community Member
3 months ago

I would do it.

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#48

This Stings

This Stings

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Arctic Fox Lover
Community Member
3 months ago

Be grateful. The woman sounds like she wasn't worth you if she divorced you because other guys were flirting with her. Especially over an online video game.

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#49

F

F

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Scagsy
Community Member
3 months ago

There's a special place in Hell for people who use the 'L' word without meaning it

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#50

Worst. Emoji Choice. Ever

Worst. Emoji Choice. Ever

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
3 months ago

So rude. You deserve someone nicer.

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