When you live in a city, sometimes it's impossible to hide your ears from private conversations. A fittingly named Instagram account called Overheard New York joins Overheard L.A., documenting some of the funniest small talk examples to be said in the streets.

"It started out as an accident," the anonymous creator of the two accounts told VOGUE. He was sitting at Erewhon, a cult L.A. health market, when he couldn't avoid a "long and absurd conversation with loads of random funny questions between two girls" (it included vegan bistros, tanning, egg freezing, and pit bulls, all at the same time). After he posted the exchange on his personal Instagram page, it quickly became a hit among his contacts. Fast forward by a few similar posts and a screenwriter friend suggested he should create an individual account, dedicated to cataloging the eccentricities and stupid questions of L.A.'s population.

Eventually, the creator started taking conversation starter submissions via e-mail and direct messages. "We get about 100 submissions a day." After West Coast comedy account became viral, he started thinking about New York City. "I think people who follow the L.A. page see 10 percent of themselves, but it feels more like a fantasy land, whereas I think New York feels more real. I think it’s a little harsher; it has a little bit more of an attitude. I think you would read those posts and think they’re funny and relatable."

Scroll down to check out the funny questions and quotes, upvote your favorites and let us know if you think they represent the locals appropriately! And if you live in either of these cities, start conversations with care, because you might end up with this bunch!

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Kwaku
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3 years ago

hahahhahaaa this one got me!

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Neeraj Jha
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3 years ago

*awkward silence*

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Hans
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3 years ago

Those guys are the most dangerous, actually!

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MagicalUnicorn
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3 years ago

apply aloe on that burn, oh,wait.. too expensive

Neurotic_Octopus
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3 years ago

[Laughter devolves into sobbing]

Emma B
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3 years ago

Never get between a Canadian and their healthcare! We know not to mess with that which is most precious!

Michele MacDonald
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3 years ago

An American friend once commented to me that Canadian veterinary costs must be really exhorbinant. We then compared costs and found them to be fairly similar, but it’s just that Canadians seem to talk about it more. THEN I realized that we talk about vet bills because most people here have never seen a hospital bill. I am lucky to say, I’ve never seen one in my life.

Vicky Zar
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3 years ago

But it isn't exclusively Canadian.

Laury M.
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3 years ago

No one said it is.

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Sancha Fung
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3 years ago

This is completely true though!! American healthcare is expensive.

Kjorn
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3 years ago

canadian too... but we all covered by the country. we just didn't see the bill

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Szama Bensmail
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3 years ago

Is it true that in Canada one has to wait too long to get to see a specialist?

Dave Roger
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3 years ago

Not really, no. I mean there is a wait for some things. But someone with a serious condition will be taken care of. The idea that ANYONE would come to the US and pay our prices for treatments is nonsense.

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kathryn stretton
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3 years ago

UK same. Free 100% free. This government trying to take it away, but for now 100% free. Prescriptions, heavily monitored and you pay forthem but at a regular price. Same price, I think maybe 5 dollars?? (correct me, I live in turkey now, no NHS). UK Government wants to go the Trump way. We can be a bit ambivalent sometimes, then Tories (UK GOP) get cocky and riots and stuff and then we start all over . See Brexit. Read something today. The Billionaires tell the millionaires in the goverment that the rest of the population are greedy.

Benj
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3 years ago

HERE HERE!!

Jackie C.
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3 years ago

Just run cold water on that burn...you'll be alright.

Sykz
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3 years ago

So damn true!!

Phil Emore
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3 years ago

Waiting for healthcare, maybe.

Lorraine Arnott
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3 years ago

Love this one,so true......🇨🇦

Miguel Angel Irisson
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3 years ago

burn!

Carmen Elena
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3 years ago

Ouch.

Suzanne Haigh
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1 week ago

Not Exclusively Canadian though

Amanda Hunter
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3 years ago

I agree with that totally!

Ian Langille
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3 years ago

Something I take for granted living here.

Mar1a
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3 years ago

And I miss personal space

Mad Haberdasheress
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3 years ago

Aaannd rimshot! XD

Rebekah
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3 years ago

Amen

Holly Hobby
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3 years ago

hahahahahahahha!!!

Aud Wey
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3 years ago

Word!

Neeraj Jha
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3 years ago

That'd hurt

Marilyn Guinnane
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3 years ago

Oh yeah, socialized medicine is so great, it's why Canadians come to the States for surgery rather than wait six years to have it done in Canada. Uh-huh.

Chris Stea
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3 years ago

Newsflash! In parts of Ontario you cannot even get a family doctor.

A S Koziol
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3 years ago

But we do have healthcare for those who can't afford it-it's called MedicAid. If you aren't eligible, you can get your own health insurance. It does require some effort on your part, but you CAN have healthcare. I've managed it my whole adult life. And the most I've ever made in one year was LESS than $33K.

Kimberly Robinson
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3 years ago

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Hey, Canadians, you're free to go back home. There are flights leaving every day.

Juana
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3 years ago

Seriously! Nothing bothers me more than people who move to the US and then complain about the US and rave about their home country. Or try to remake it into their home country. Just go back!

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WHAT?! They come to America for care because the wait is TOO long! The people that have cancer HAVE to come here! They would be DEAD by the time they saw a doctor!

Dave Roger
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3 years ago

Melody, I know you're completely uninformed, but stop repeating lies. This is absolute bullshit. I lived in Canada. The healthcare is far better. I never had to wait for anything. No, nobody is coming to the US to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on cancer treatment when they can get it at home. PLEASE educate yourself for ONCE.

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Phil.
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3 years ago

I lost my faith in pigeons when I was three on the day a pigeon launched a missile attack on my ice cream right before a big lick.

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Sancha Fung
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3 years ago

Love this one! Next line: Oh, my plan failed.

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Neeraj Jha
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3 years ago

Pretty fair question.

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GlassOfWater
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3 years ago

If he survived, then that is certainly worth celebrating

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Neeraj Jha
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3 years ago

"Oh that. No idea."

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ukoms
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3 years ago

Meh... Not so drunk. On the other hand, if (s)he would by licence to WinRar...

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Perry Swift
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3 years ago

oh, if I ever go to NY again this is a no-brainer.

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Gayle Bynum Cardosa
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3 years ago

He's got a point

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Blue Cicada
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3 years ago

6'3" guy walks in to the aisle where I'm shopping, just as I finish using an extendable backscratcher to fish an item off the top shelf. He looks puzzled. I say, "Where were you two minutes ago?"

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Victor Calamity
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3 years ago

I've got news for you: if you're watching a couple break up, then you've got about a dozen cable channels

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Crazy Dog Lady
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3 years ago

Me too!

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Neeraj Jha
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3 years ago

I so need such naps.

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Hamdhaan Hassan
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3 years ago

people who listen to music without headphones should not be allowed to go out in public

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Kari Scholl
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3 years ago

Awwwhh mannnn I was hoping I was gonna hear about the brit

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Maike
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3 years ago

most of the time your the one to know it last...

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Perry Swift
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3 years ago

That's poetry right there!

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Cheezees
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3 years ago

Hell works fine.

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Hamdhaan Hassan
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3 years ago

maybe he was a fashion critic, those guys sometimes have the homeless look with all the crappy trends they try on

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Neeraj Jha
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3 years ago

So a street chicken.

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Emmer
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3 years ago

This is like every conversation in my highschool

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Stille20
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3 years ago

Clever but I fin people in New York don't have time for three sentences, hence the liberal use of the middle finger

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Csaba Hegedűs
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3 years ago

Consider me interested!

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Hamdhaan Hassan
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3 years ago

i guess you wouldn't be needing toilet papers for that

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Neeraj Jha
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3 years ago

That's a neat trick.

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Alusair Alustriel
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3 years ago

Honesty ftw :D

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Neeraj Jha
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3 years ago

Honest person.

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Nadine Ducca
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3 years ago

LOL! Totally something that would happen to my mom. Years ago, she was at a friend's house getting ready to go out somewhere and her friend was sitting on the couch. My mom went up to her and said "Come on! Get dressed! Put on some make up! Let's go!" and her friend said, "But I already got ready..."

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Neeraj Jha
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3 years ago

How high that guy was?

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Mikleo
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3 years ago

Escape rooms are actually pretty fun. Just do it with people you don't hate.

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Mikleo
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3 years ago

Home is where the wine is cheaper.

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caleb
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3 years ago

i feel like this one might not be true or the mom was joking

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Neeraj Jha
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3 years ago

Did they spell that wrong too?

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Tiny Dynamine
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3 years ago

What a good idea!

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Hamdhaan Hassan
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3 years ago

he can snapchat from Jail

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Kari Scholl
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3 years ago

If I were the person flicking the can I'd totally break into Hamilton

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Tiny Dynamine
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3 years ago

Come on, you shouldn't recycle condoms.

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Kjorn
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3 years ago

can't find another burn more savage than that

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Mikleo
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3 years ago

Aliens can find me by just knowing the planet, while pizza delivery doesn't even find me by knowing the address.

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Maike
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3 years ago

there literally is an app for this... sad but true

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Zenozenobee
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3 years ago

This a first time in my life that I regret not being stuck in a train...

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Jenn
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3 years ago

hahaha! must remember this one

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Mixedupste
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3 years ago

poor Dobby!

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Csaba Hegedűs
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3 years ago

Technically every land is an island.

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Neeraj Jha
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3 years ago

Ahh. This explains a lot of things.

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Kari Scholl
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3 years ago

Or hell, whatever you want to call it

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Kate
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3 years ago

This is my favorite one

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Bag Of Donuts
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3 years ago

God loves you

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Jenny Jozwiak
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3 years ago

Bogus Groups!

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Stille20
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3 years ago

She sounds like the sulky teenager in every 80s movie

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Tiny Dynamine
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3 years ago

Do you mean it gets better than that? ;)

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Cecily C
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3 years ago

One time I was the only person in line waiting at a register, and there was no one there to check me out yet. A woman walks in the store and goes "where would I find applesauce?" I replied with "I don't know." she looked at me pretty weird for a sec and then realized I didn't work there.

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Anne Glassman
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3 years ago

Ok but I've always thought it's ridiculous for people who don't serve (or aren't hunting at that moment) to wear camouflage.

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Wanda Queen
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3 years ago

New York CITY, please, there is an entire state where the rest of us actually don't think we're superior.

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Mikleo
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3 years ago

That would be really awkward at a family dinner...

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Ian Langille
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3 years ago

Can't blame the drugs. That's what weak people do. Some of us can drink and get high and realize that you still have to act your age.

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Wanda Queen
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3 years ago

Asshole

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