Just for a moment, try imagining a world where insults don’t exist, where everyone tells the truth, and nobody swears. Ever. Sounds pretty boring, doesn’t it? Nobody’s excusing being nasty to other people, but insults tell us a lot about our background, our culture, as well as our outlook on life. It’s just part of being a human being like poetry, music, and art. What’s more, insults, when done right, are the perfect way to show how witty and creative we can be.

The ‘Rare Insults’ subreddit is a place on the internet where people share the best, the brightest, and the most Shakespearian insults they’ve come across. They’ll take your breath away. They’ll make you laugh. These creative insults will make you want to use your imagination the next time somebody wrongs you.

We’ve collected some of the best of the community’s thought-provoking and hilarious insults, so let us know which ones were your personal favorites and why. And don’t forget to upvote the best insults or the ones that you would love to use in real life. Bored Panda also talked to one of the moderators of the ‘Rare Insults’ subreddit about how the community first formed, as well as the place these savage insults and swearing have in our lives, so scroll down for the full interview.

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Tee
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9 months ago

I agree.

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Unicornstar
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9 months ago

My uncle told me he was in a Walmart when he saw a dark skinned lady talking on her phone in a different language. Some idiot said to her We are in America if you want to speak Spanish go to Spain. To which she replied I am speaking one America's native languages. I am Navaho if you want to speak English go to England.

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The ‘Rare Insults’ community on Reddit has grown enormous. Created in November 2017, it now boasts more than 1 million members. The subreddit has two aims: to collect good insults, as well as to help others “spice up” their vocabulary.

Blank-Cheque, one of the ‘Rare Insults’ moderators, explained to Bored Panda how the subreddit came into existence: “The community was originally founded by Gorangeninja two years ago, after he saw someone suggest it be made on another subreddit. The subreddit only grew to a few thousand users in the span of about 8 months. Our current top mod, Remydesp, was an active user in the subreddit in its first few months, and a lack of moderation plagued the subreddit, so he reached out to the mods offering to help out in the task of moderation.”

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Foxxy
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9 months ago (edited)

Hahaha, metric all the way. Makes so much more sense than the imperial bull shit.

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Foxxy
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9 months ago

I like JulieG, she speaks the truth.

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“Over the course of the next year, Gorangeninja stepped down as top mod, and Remydesp and our former owner Tycoinator added many other mods to help out. The biggest challenge in getting a large following was maintaining the quality of the content on the subreddit. In the next 3 months, the subreddit grew almost 200k users, and the influx of new users brought along a lot of low quality posts. The support from the amazing moderation team has allowed the subreddit to thrive and still maintain the original quality. After Pewdiepie made a video on our subreddit, we grew almost 25k users in one day. If the subreddit did not have such hardworking and committed moderators, we would not have seen the success we have today,” Blank-Cheque said.

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Elina Kuusisto
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9 months ago

Golden

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European other
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9 months ago

Kinda mean but funny

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According to the mod, there is a perfectly simple reason why most of us curse and swear. “The question seems more complex than it is; it requires no philosophy of any sort to answer, only science. Cursing has been observed by scientists to alleviate pain, and insult-like gestures have been observed by researchers even in chimpanzees.”

“Professor Frans de Waal said that angry chimpanzees "will grunt or spit or make an abrupt, upsweeping gesture that, if a human were to do it, you'd recognize it as aggressive" in order to avoid conflict, rather than to escalate it. He continues that a "chimpanzee who is really gearing up for a fight doesn't waste time with gestures, but just goes ahead and attacks." [Insults] are a part of life, and a world without them would be extremely different to ours to a degree which cannot be simply explained.”

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Foxxy
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9 months ago (edited)

I don’t doubt it. I have come across more smaller dogs that are vicious compared to big dogs.

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Tee
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9 months ago

Sounds like me when walking into work

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When asked what their personal favorite rare insult posted on the subreddit is, Blank-Cheque said that it’s difficult to choose. “Honestly, we see such a volume of rare insults every day that it's so hard to pick a favorite. There are just so many great ones to choose from that I would never stop listing them. This subreddit has such creative posts, it's really a joy to mod it. As for whether we use any in public: no, no we don't. Hurling insults at people is generally considered rude and we try to avoid being rude.”

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Olga Posedaru
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9 months ago

Ahahah this is a great way to look at all bigotry problems. Just let the mushroom live in peace :))

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European other
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9 months ago

Well if you ask online there's not much point in hiding them.

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All the countries of the world have a rich history of insults. Have you ever been called a ‘velnio išpera?’ Or a ‘varlės kinka?’ Lithuanian insults sound better than poetry and almost like compliments. A bit like swearing in French or wiping your bottom with silk, some would argue.

Meanwhile, a good many insults have fallen out of use in the English language. Insults like ninnyhammer (a fool), mumpsimus (a stubborn person who insists on making an error in spite of being shown that it is wrong), milksop (a pampered boy or man), cockalorum (a boastful, strutting, and self-important person), and lickspittle (a suck-up).

What do you say about bringing some of these insults back? The next time your colleague is sucking up to your boss, why not call him a lickspittle? And if you’ve shown your friend they’re wrong about something, but they insist on doing it nonetheless, call them a mumpsimus. Obviously, when somebody cuts in front of you on the highway, shake your fist, stick your head out of the window, and yell: “Sod off, you ninnyhammer!” But remember, insulting someone for fun is never the way to go, so stay classy.

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Lenka Smetanová
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9 months ago

that's the hit

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Carlota Ocón
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9 months ago

Omg I absolutely thought the one on the right was the wax figure until I read the comments hahaha

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Olga Posedaru
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9 months ago

Apply LOTS of water to burnt area.

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European other
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9 months ago

The fact that he says Ma'am lol

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Tee
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9 months ago

Move over Karen its Debra's turn😂😂😂

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Ani Archeron
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9 months ago

Coat - Scooby. Turtleneck - Velma. Green thing (?) - Shaggy. Blue shirt - Fred. I guess that leaves Pink Trousers - Daphne?

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Linda
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9 months ago

OMG he really does

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Olga Posedaru
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9 months ago

With a humor like that, you're sure to get a girl soon :)

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IAin'tWoke
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9 months ago

😂

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mcsa student
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9 months ago

Parts of that bacon look like his white ass

AlphaPuck
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9 months ago

Do you mean hot and sizzly? I bet your ass looks like the eggs that go with this dish... lumpy and a little yellow.

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Sean Harrison
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9 months ago

I love how people like that have no understanding of the prohibition against pork, but they think posting things like that is an insult.

glowworm2
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9 months ago

I'm Jewish, and if something like that was sent to me, I'd just laugh hysterically.

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Blue Cicada
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9 months ago

When my Christian cousin says he has wrapped extra bacon around my steak, I thank him and tell him that I have made a large donation to the local Muslim community in his name. I have also told racist neighbors that every time they say something anti Semitic or anti Islamic, I will make a $5 donation to the ADL or CAIR in their name. I reminded them of the running total of my donations. It cost me about $110, but they finally shut up.

Blue Cicada
Community Member
9 months ago

I'm just joking with my cousin. I wasn't joking with my neighbor. It was money well spent.

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Living_Shadow
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9 months ago (edited)

It's really sad that on a post such as this, the comments section goes more silent. People on posts about other issues will be really vocal but when it comes to muslims a lot less speak out. I don't know what to say that hasn't already been said. So I'll repeat the basics. Not all muslims are bad people. Comprehend it and understand that a lot of injustice is happening to them, more than you'll ever know about unless you really do research because no one talks about it.

Ann McKenzie
Community Member
9 months ago

I honestly think people just are not sure what to say anymore. It's all too sensitive to joke about. Muslim's are no doubt like all groups of people, some bad and most good. But you can't make any jokes without someone taking offence. So people don't say anything.

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Bengü Taşkesen
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9 months ago

It's not like garlic to vampires, seeing bacon doesn't insult Muslims (though I personally did feel repulsed by the fatty look of the ones in this picture, never liked fatty meat).

Karen Klinck
Community Member
7 months ago

You really don't want to know what's in most of it, either. (Notice nobody ever touts organic bacon...)

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Bonifasiana Kosong
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9 months ago

Fine. Downvote me all you want, but as a non-muslim living in country with a lot of muslims, I will tell you that this isn't funny or true. Btw I live in Indonesia feels free to google it. There is a lot hatred and prejudice from the so called 'religion of peace' people here toward others non-M people. A Buddhist got jailed because she say the speaker sound from the mosque is loud which is true, try living here you will hear a loud sound daily more than once a day and yet a Church ringing a bell is apparently offense. I mean even Arab Saudi didn't use speaker for their daily pray yet we do here in Indonesia. And the best part? After she go to jail Vihara got attacked and burned and yet you didn't see any minority here ever attacking mosque ever even after all the humiliation we get years after years. And there is also a Church bombing here and I can tell those M people are so proud of it. They even post on social media praising the bomber saying they will go to heaven and even post

Bonifasiana Kosong
Community Member
9 months ago

a video of the victim while laughing. Laughing. Also there is a huge demo on Christian governor because he apparently quoting a piece of the M people beloved holy book and not using the word 'and' so he ended up offending a lot of 'so called peaceful religion of peace follower' and he ended up in jail. Basically it is a power play from so called M people 'only M people can rule over M people, others are a trash'. Oh and let's talk about halal food. Only M people can cook for M people. I saw it on my own eyes this M people being racist toward this vegan diner, he just straight up saying 'are you M?' because yeah, even if the food is literally vegetarian food if the one who cook it isn't M people it's unclean. Oh and about unclean, M people also hate dog, google 'Indonesian muslim burn dog alive' if you don't believe me. Also, since it's December, there is always a tradition from M people to got to mall or wherever to make sure no one is wearing Santa hat because that is offending.

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Tina Hugh
Community Member
9 months ago

Uh. Extremists of both religions get pretty damned triggered and sometimes they kill. I wish there were one religion that only had sane followers, but there isn’t one

Arran Walker
Community Member
9 months ago

Religion and sanity? Good luck.

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Lu
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9 months ago

Unbothered? This OP can never set foot in any sandy area of the world.

Layla Corman
Community Member
9 months ago (edited)

Looks like George has on a Trump hat. Clearly he's one of those people who think they can be vile, hateful, ignorant and a bully and the president will rush to thier aid. Pathetic.

Susan Gardner
Community Member
9 months ago

Mmmmm bacon

Lotus Queen
Community Member
9 months ago

Am I the only one who noticed that the George guys profile pic looks like Jason Statham?

Jack Lambrecht
Community Member
9 months ago

It IS Jason Statham. George McIntyre is using the picture to cover his ugly face because it caused blindness

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Steve Barker
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9 months ago

Mmmmm..............bacon.

Sill Marien
Community Member
9 months ago

I just don't get it. What cup?

Alexis DeBruyn
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9 months ago

Starbucks, generally

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Max The Enchanter
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5 months ago

This site is so fuckin sensitive lol

KT Pinto
Community Member
7 months ago

If a meme/tweet bothers you that much, you may want to reconsider your life...

Karen Klinck
Community Member
9 months ago

I cringed at the photo. Good for Jumah!

ZoeIsHahaha
Community Member
9 months ago

I don't understand this... A cup? That says "Happy Holidays?" What? Why December? I don't get this at all...

Karen Klinck
Community Member
9 months ago

If you really don't get it...The loudmouths who want everything their own way think the only appropriate salutation for the season is "merry Christmas", so anything that even hints at other religions having High Holidays at this time is anthema, such as using Happy Holidays to acknowledge this. Starbucks put this on their take-out cups, and the Evilgelicals had a collective hissy-fit. The War on Christmas, so to speak.

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ZoeIsHahaha
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9 months ago

I don't get it

Michelle Chevalier
Community Member
9 months ago

Damn...why you guys have to bring bacon into this??

Freya the Wanderer
Community Member
9 months ago

What a great comeback! I've seen people who appeared to be Muslims - by the way the women were dressed - riding the Pink Pig, a holiday mini-train at Lenox Mall in Atlanta.

Arran Walker
Community Member
9 months ago

My Muslim neighbors love my Halloween decorations every year, and they also like the Christmas decorations of our other neighbors. (I don’t do much for Xmas decor, being atheist, but a little bit of generic xmassy at my door). People appreciate the colors, lights, etc. Particularly the kids. It’s joyful, even if you hold different (or no) religious beliefs.

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Missy Barton
Community Member
9 months ago

Can I up vote this more than once?

Arran Walker
Community Member
9 months ago

As an atheist, I approve of this burn. Now I want a breakfast sandwich with bacon... and a coffee that just says “merry merry merry”... or just has green with red dots all over the cup. It IS December now, after all!

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
9 months ago

So true. Triggered and frightened.

Mark Johanen
Community Member
9 months ago

Umm, except that this post is so backwards that it's not even funny, it's just dumb. Muslim countries routinely have laws that if you "insult Islam" you can be imprisoned and even executed. In what Christian country can you go to jail for insulting Christianity? Remember when Muslims in France murdered a cartoonist for drawing an unflattering picture of Mohammed? Muslims regularly riot over real and perceived insults to Islam. When was the last time a Christian mob attacked a newspaper for printing a nasty remark about Christianity?

Karen Klinck
Community Member
9 months ago

A couple of days ago, actually.

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Scratch
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9 months ago

Uh, Muslims don't overreact about criticism of Islam? Suuuure.

Bored Moogle
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9 months ago

No more than Christians do about criticism of Christianity.

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Greg Bayes
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9 months ago

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Another goatfuckr heard from.

Blue Cicada
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9 months ago

Literally, what? So, Greg, are you self identifying as hateful, racist, or both?

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9 months ago

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Dunno, this Jumah guy looks offended to me. (Rightfully so, though)

Patrick McKemie
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9 months ago

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Jumah is his name, not a type of person.

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Rowlie
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9 months ago

Must have been a rude awakening

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Foxxy
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9 months ago

OMG, I actually see it lol.

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ZoeIsHahaha
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9 months ago

Woooowwww again

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Daria B
Community Member
9 months ago

That's also something I've been pondering about too. "You think I'm not a lot? ㅠㅜ" would be my answer to such a confession.

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Amy Frank
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9 months ago

hehehehe

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Rowlie
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9 months ago

If at first there were only Adam and Eve and they had two sons, where did other people come from?

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Elina Kuusisto
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9 months ago

Omg I'm sorry but that is too funny!

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Iggy
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9 months ago

That is scathing!

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Lenka Smetanová
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9 months ago

:D :D :D :D that would be so cool make a video about it :D

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spanbeam
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9 months ago

Only just occurred to me that US even pays for birth control

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agale
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9 months ago

WHAT IS THIS SONG, I think I need it in my life!

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frosty34
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9 months ago

They do have similar names

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Olga Posedaru
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9 months ago (edited)

... and now they're telling us there's enough toilet paper to go around forever, knowing they won't need it in a few years or so.

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Ania O
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9 months ago (edited)

He looks like Jafar from Aladdin on steroids

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Kjorn
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9 months ago

skittles!!!!!!

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Amy Frank
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9 months ago

hahahaha

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Foxxy
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9 months ago

Don’t even know who stark is but I can definitely tell this is a fierce burn. Cos what she said is a whole lotta bullshit.

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Foxxy
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9 months ago

That is an awesome payout, I’m gonna have to use that one.

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Rowlie
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9 months ago

I had the same feeling while on my way to work in a call-center

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PastelHope
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9 months ago

They all look like they're going to a festival or something.

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Reirei
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9 months ago

Wait, are these real people? They look broken...

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European other
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9 months ago

Is that a good or a bad thing ?

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Elina Kuusisto
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9 months ago

That poor child 😬

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Lenka Smetanová
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9 months ago

LOOLLLL

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manowce
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9 months ago

not something to joke about.

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