It’s no secret that science has accelerated the progress of humanity. Without the curious minds that seek to explore our surroundings, we wouldn’t have the breakthroughs and discoveries that created the world we live in today. But while our fascination with biology, physics, chemistry, and other captivating fields shows no signs of fading, not every practice is worth celebrating.

Some scientific advancements shock us with their mysterious and uncanny nature. But if we take a deeper look, they can be plenty entertaining too! So let us introduce you to a Facebook group called 'The Darker Side Of Science.' This online community is all about discussing the lesser-known methods that may not sit so well today, and sharing some science-related laughs along the way. "Bad experiments, worse scientists, studies you wish to god you could unsee, and much, much more," the admins write in the description, providing space for the interestingly weird and equally hilarious.

Our science-loving team has gone through their feed and collected some of the geekiest memes and jokes to share with you all. Enjoy scrolling through this hilarious compilation and be sure to hit upvote on your favorite ones. Keep reading to also find our in-depth interview about our fascination with mysterious things with licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Jesse Matthews. And if you’re in the mood for some lighter scientific content, check out our previous publication filled with science memes right over here.

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Grumpy Animal Memes Report

Sasha Kuleshov
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1 month ago

Iron-Squirrel! :D

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NoDak Pirate
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1 month ago

Truth

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Even though 'The Darker Side Of Science' group over on Facebook has only recently celebrated its first birthday, it has gained a strong foothold on the platform. More than 424k members swiftly share or eagerly wait for new shocking and humorous posts to grace their feeds. But the whopping number of people fascinated with bizarre scientific practices begs the question, why are we so engaged with uncanny things in life? Dr. Jesse Matthews, a licensed clinical psychologist based in Chester Springs, PA, explained that we humans are simply drawn to the dark and mysterious.

"We find human nature to be fascinating, particularly things we don’t understand like organized crime, cults, or conspiracies. And of course, this applies to things other than humans, like Bigfoot, aliens, ghosts, demon possession, or the Bermuda Triangle," he told Bored Panda.

The psychologist pointed out that anything that's challenging for us to understand seems to capture our interest. "This certainly explains the popularity of the true crime genre of TV, books, podcasts, and movies. This is a great outlet for many people to look at the darker side of life or to think about things we don’t easily understand," he added.

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Leighton Bester Report

NoDak Pirate
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1 month ago

Thanks Geoff that was electric!

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Julie Wikoff Report

Sasha Kuleshov
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1 month ago

Science is awesome <3

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Davou Kim Samuel Report

NoDak Pirate
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1 month ago

I see no lie

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NoDak Pirate
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1 month ago

This might be my favorite one yet.

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One reason we pay attention to the abnormal and seek to understand mysterious things is that we are hardwired to observe and try to make sense of our surroundings, Dr. Matthews said. "This is certainly true in our environment, as it is important to take notice of potential threats, even though survival isn’t something most people need to be concerned about."

"This explains anxiety, though, which relates to us worrying about potential threats or perceiving things as threatening that may not be," he continued. "Not everyone has an issue with anxiety, of course, but we all pay attention to our surroundings and make some effort to make sense of them. This may also apply to things we find to be mysterious, as we have an innate desire to want to understand." Dr. Matthews added that when it comes to rarer or less common things in life, our interest could jump to a whole new level.

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Andi Sjogren-Briganti Report

NoDak Pirate
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1 month ago

If I park under it can it be my Batcave?

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OokiiStaR
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1 month ago

Task failed successfully. Now they look a lot more huggable.

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Purple3262
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1 month ago

Not surprised at all🤣

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Of course, life isn’t only black and white. What may seem dark and dangerous to one person could be totally captivating to another. We were curious to learn more about our tendency to label things to certain categories and see them as binary opposites. "It is 100% true that we should try not to see life in a simple, binary fashion," Dr. Matthews told us. "I would argue that seeing things this way is a large part of many of our problems today."

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Joseph Symes Report

GwnSx
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1 month ago

So sad.

Smilodon, a Bad Cat
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3 weeks ago

There weren't trees there in the first place, why sad?

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Tomas Holicka
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1 month ago

This looks like a place that would barely support trees, though. It's the sheep that are non-native and maintained vastly overpopulated (by humans).

John Braines
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1 month ago

Sheep eat all the tree saplings of close to the ground and thus prevent them from growing. It you put a sheep proof fence around an area the chances are trees would get established.

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Two_rolling_black_eyes
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1 month ago

Large windmills are often built in places where there are little to no trees. Trees slow down/block the wind so the mills can't turn. Sometimes this is because they were chopped down but more often its because trees can't grow there. If you drive around the Western US, you will see wind farms on ridges spinning and making the world a better place. 1/2 mile away you'll see a farmhouse and its outbuilding surrounding on all 4 sides with trees. Trees don't naturally grow on large swaths of the plains (that's why they are called the plains and not the forests) so they have to be planted special. These special trees are planted to block the blowing snow and more importantly the wind itself. Hearing a 20 mph wind with rarely a day of rest can shatter your psyche. If you google Wyoming windsock you will see people actually use chains because the wind blows so hard and these special trees are strong enough to not be knocked over.

Miss Ann Thrope
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1 month ago (edited)

It's also why the sheep are seeking shade there. Even if there were trees next to it (that could magically grow in that poor quality ground, not get eaten, and instantly grow to a height that they provided useful shade) the sheep would not shelter under them. Sheep are preyed upon and will move to open, light and uphill ground as their main concern is being predated upon. They won;t go into forest with undergrowth because they don't know what is in there that could attack them and it will be full of flies and other insects which will literally eat them alive. Instead they will see shade in the open where there is wind to keep the flies and insects off - clearly a wind turnbine has been built there because it it an area prone to winds so it looks ideal. If they went in the forest, the woods would stop the breeze and favour the insects that infest sheep.

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Willa L
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1 month ago

Yes, buf also this area looks like it doesnt usually have trees and couldnt support them

C Whit
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1 month ago

That appears to be out west, where I live, in a desert climate, there weren't any trees there to begin with. It's a desert....

Mustavo Gaia
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1 month ago

As others pointed, this places seem very harsh for trees - apparently only bushes can stand it. And good luck planting new trees where goats graze. But providing shadow for cattle is essential for good production. So, weather and local regulations permitting, one should try plant trees.

Mark Serbian, PK&RG,W
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1 month ago

What? Someone needs reminding that trees are important?

Becky Reus
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1 month ago

Shrub land, can not support trees.

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Kayjunmoon
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1 month ago

The farmer should construct simple shelters.

Miss Ann Thrope
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1 month ago

A high open roof with no sides would be best. Sheep will not naturally go into building for fear of becoming tapped.

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Bi-Polar Express
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1 month ago

This area looks chaparral at best. No tall trees grow here.

d bradley
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1 month ago

well, at least the windmill can provide some shade

Jessica Julian
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1 month ago (edited)

They call them the Plains, for a reason. Not a place where trees grown well...just small scraggly ones here and there.

Hiram's Friend
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1 month ago

It actually awakens an acknowledgement of the secondary uses of wind turbines.

Simon Jones
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1 month ago

Um, the sheep ate the trees before they could grow

Sasha Kuleshov
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1 month ago

Plant more trees :D

The Dork Side Of The Moon
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1 month ago

They would die or be eaten

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Dolly_of TheCowboy
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1 month ago

This looks like the area under the big wind farm on the way down to Goulburn in NSW

Miss Ann Thrope
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1 month ago

Just outside Sydney? More like propellers at the moment I'd have thought giventhe flooding.

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Roxy Eastland
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1 month ago

Or of farming sheep in unsuitable environments

Miss Ann Thrope
Community Member
1 month ago

It's a photo of a drought. Lots of things are kept in unsuitable environment, including humans. Heck, in the same country (Australia) people are being killed by floods. The sheep wouldn't be raised there if it weren't for the people.

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ThatRandomGuy
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1 month ago

noooooo da shep

Tybalt P.
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1 month ago (edited)

Poor goats(?), no animal should ever be treated this way :(

Rune Garberg
Community Member
1 month ago

and also windmills!

boredpandaki
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1 month ago

Totally agree withTomas and two_rolling_black eyes. And I d like to add that goats (not sure if it applies to sheep too) eat the small trees and they cannot grow further

A.
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1 month ago

That's just animal abuse, plain & simple.

Mokayokok
Community Member
1 month ago

Awww, this is so abusive - we should throw some humans out there all day under the hot son & see if they think we should plant trees immediately.

Ela
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1 month ago

I live in this kind of environment. And I farm in it, so I am out there a good part of the day. It is hot and miserable in summer, bitter and miserable in winter, and I put a lot of time and effort into proper shade and shelter for my animals, and adequate water for both plants and animals. I do have fruit and nut trees, and they require several years of protection to prevent browsers from straight eating them or stripping the bark and branches while they are small, and supplemental water through the dry season. Trees don't just 'grow' out here, you have to fight for them.

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Owen Arman
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1 month ago

Pretty sure that's a wind turbine

Carolyn Handley
Community Member
1 month ago

Not funny at all. Poor sheep...another example of the utter cruelty of intensive farming. Look around next time you're on a country drive in the blazing heat of summer, and see how many grazing animals have no shade. Then put yourself in their position. It makes me weep.

The Dork Side Of The Moon
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1 month ago

It's not what I would describe as intensive. If that's the central part of Australia, the average stocking rate is 0.6 - 2 Sheep per hectare (1 hectare is 2.47 acres). In the UK you often find 3 sheep per hectare, so a higher density, but the grazing is better and there is lots more grazing and shade. Australia is a very varied and extreme country prone to natural disasters and droughts are common. It's not somewhere where I would choose to raise animals though, nor indeed would I want to live myself. But please don;t assue farming is the same the world over, it varies considerably.

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Henry Shane
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1 month ago

Actually 1 windmill looks to do the job of an entire forest

Cootie
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3 weeks ago

And windmills

Liz-ard
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3 weeks ago

I lived in a tiny place with not much more than colonial cottages not long ago that a farmer owed. He lay down farming as he grew old and not so well anymore, but his wife had instead of cows a bunch of sheep. And a horse. In the largest enclosure stood a giant oak and under it, both herd of sheep and the horse could get shade. Then he started to sell the cottages plus the ground they stood on and people started to build. Some years later the homeowners closest to the oak wanted to buy even that land. And the greedy farmer sold. I saw the sheep trying to get shade in the shadow of the horse after the loss of the oak and that made me both sad and angry. Some of us pointed the problem out to the farmer but he didn't care. Didn't like the farmer from start and this made me hate him.

Mandy Delaforce (PC Girl)
Community Member
4 weeks ago

The desert areas of Australia were treeless before white man came..

Josey Griffin
Community Member
4 weeks ago

All paddocks should have big trees, for protection against the elements. This should be law, internationally.

Donna Gettings Apperson
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Also speaks to the adaptability of animals.

Mickie Shea
Community Member
4 weeks ago

foe us all?

Marin Mincev
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Well, plant them !

Vicki Perizzolo
Community Member
4 weeks ago

very sad...

gpc1965
Community Member
4 weeks ago

trees don't grow at those heights.

Anette Kudsk
Community Member
4 weeks ago

and windmills

TH III
Community Member
4 weeks ago

SO TRUE

bastillee
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Plant some trees, dammit!

Trish Smith
Community Member
1 month ago

Awwwww! Poor sheep!!!!

Gwen Johnsonb
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1 month ago

Awww...

Buckethead Throwastone
Community Member
1 month ago

Baa

commie pinkofag
Community Member
1 month ago

You'll have to first convince dissenters of the importance of sheep. Given the ovine nature of those who permit destruction of their environment, one would think this would be easy. One would be wrong.

Leara Bridges Brown
Community Member
1 month ago

That's sad

Persephone
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Well this may not be the ecosystem for trees, but perhaps even more so, sheep and goats.

Jack Handy
Community Member
1 month ago

And windmills

Sabeena Webb
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Probably won't sadly

TheHero383
Community Member
1 month ago

Augh! What the fug is that?!?!?

v
Community Member
1 month ago

As others have pointed to, this photo goes more to being aware of the actual environment and actually using a given environment natively.

Richy Rich
Community Member
1 month ago

Could this make the installation of solar panels along with the wind turbines a useful solution? They would provide shade as well.

The Dork Side Of The Moon
Community Member
1 month ago

It's a think in the UK and they are sometimes grazed, the problem being people don't want their green and pleasant land covered in solar panels and the cabling gets stolen.

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B Lorax
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1 month ago

If this photo is necessary to make that point, we're already lost.

Luna Lovegood for Justice
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1 month ago

idgi i don't get it

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Bel Inda Report

rw55066
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1 month ago

Feed me Seymour

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My Mood Swing Just Snapped Report

NoDak Pirate
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1 month ago

I want one!

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The psychologist stressed that life is full of gray areas, and we oversimplify things by seeing them as black and white. "Whether we’re talking about people, places, situations, or even ourselves, seeing the positives and the negatives helps us to see the fuller picture and gives us a better perspective than making quick and likely unfair judgments. Failing to see the gray in ourselves and our own lives is problematic and can lead to issues like perfectionism, unrealistic expectations, anxiety, or depression. In fact, helping people to think in less black and white terms is probably one of the main things I do as a therapist," he revealed.

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Ruth Glendinning Report

Sasha Kuleshov
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1 month ago

Scary anyway ._.

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Shawna Martinez Wyrick Report

Emmydearest
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1 month ago

Fun fact: italian bats don't sing "country roads", they in fact yell "MARCOOO!" to which their pray responds with "POLOOOO!".

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Jason Higgins Report

Lauren Caswell
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1 month ago

I don't care how much I see this I always chuckle

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"Seeing the gray areas can be helpful as well for helping us to deal with life," Dr. Matthews said. "This allows us to see the bigger picture and to have more information to go off of when making decisions, but can also help us to have a healthier perspective."

As an example, he mentioned that being able to see good things in difficult situations, as well as finding humor in the face of unfortunate problems can help us cope. "It’s also healthy and positive to be able to laugh at ourselves. It helps us to accept ourselves as imperfect and to take ourselves less seriously."

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Elijah Shane Report

MagicalUnicorn
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1 month ago

it just shows that George Clooney would do anything not to date women hiss own age :D

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Brandon Sylvester Report

ALDRIN SAVIO A.J.
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1 month ago

He don't care, because he has 9 lives

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Michael Olsson Report

RafCo (he/him)
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1 month ago (edited)

Really? It's so obviously a sandal. Made out of three penises.

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The Facebook group in question is a perfect example of just how brightly light can shine in the darkness. The members of this community share opinions and participate in discussions about crooked scientists, dire experiments, and questionable studies and add a fun twist while they’re at it. And as we all know, laughter is the best medicine, and the best way to take is to chuckle at things we can easily relate to.

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Trust me, I'm a "Biologist" Report

Sasha Kuleshov
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1 month ago

And Justice is putting it on a fresh batch of french fries <3

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Nicholas Kairu Report

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
1 month ago

They also -in general- make more effort so...yay? :D

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itspeterj Report

NoDak Pirate
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1 month ago

Sounds like it bombed!

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"Finding or seeking out humor is actually a great coping skill," Dr. Matthews added. "Whether it’s noticing or pointing out something funny about a current or past situation or whether it’s watching a funny TV show or movie, standup comedy, or funny videos or memes, I think it’s very healthy." The psychologist also mentioned that for many people, humor played a big part in helping them get through the pandemic and the political and social issues of the last few years.

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Reuben Robert Report

Sasha Kuleshov
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1 month ago

This depends on which event starts the race ;D

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Robin Travers Report

Chich
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1 month ago

HODOR!

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Truth Theory Report

rw55066
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1 month ago

At least the tacos were good

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When people are dealing with particular situations in their lives, Dr. Matthews always encourages them to think about different perspectives and look at these incidents in different ways. Moreover, he suggested that writing them out in a notebook or on your laptop helps people see them more clearly.

"For example, thinking about whether there is any humor to be found in the situation or anything positive. I might ask them to list three potential positives, or even just one if they’re hard to find. This can be a helpful exercise for seeing the gray areas more often, which is an important skill to have in life," he concluded.

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Alex Jayne Report

Purple3262
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1 month ago

WOW! Beautiful

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Andrea Doyle Report

NoDak Pirate
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1 month ago

🤣😂🤣😂

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Genesis Plac Report

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
1 month ago

Metal Dinosaurs playing tiny guitars with their tiny claws? Disney, I have a pitch to you :D

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unknown Report

Gul Dukat
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1 month ago

Glad to see Harry Potter finally managed to master that spell to fix his eyesight.

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#29

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FAIL Blog Report

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
1 month ago

Fastest thing in the Universe: My hand entering a Pringles can XD

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#30

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Sardar Usman Report

revaoli
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1 month ago

Chemis-tree

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#31

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Claudia Perelli Hentschel Report

Charles 222
Community Member
1 month ago

Why would he be killed anyways? Creature is in the yard minding his own business amd someone wants to brag they didn't kill it ? Such stupidity

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Jay Irvine Report

Sasha Kuleshov
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1 month ago

Gotcha! >:D

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#33

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Sardar Usman Report

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
1 month ago

Elon Musk backwards is Child Labor and Apartheid Mines :D

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#34

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Elijah Shane Report

NoDak Pirate
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1 month ago

Is that because it will kill said person?

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#35

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Jay Irvine Report

Sasha Kuleshov
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1 month ago

Food's gone, press F :3

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Ivan Georg Report

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
1 month ago

F*ck no! o_o

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#37

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Claudia Perelli Hentschel Report

NoDak Pirate
Community Member
1 month ago

She'll be fine, she was brain dead before this.

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For the Greater Glory of Science Report

NoDak Pirate
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1 month ago

I want one of these.

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#39

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Robert Almond Report

Walter Brameld
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1 month ago

Danger, Will Robinson! Our records indicate that your vehicle currently does not have a coverage plan!

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#40

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Ryan J Lee Report

Sasha Kuleshov
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1 month ago

This is so sad :'( [ 39°C right now ]

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#41

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Baum Gabi Report

Sasha Kuleshov
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1 month ago

That's a good mortician joke ;D

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#42

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Claudia Perelli Hentschel Report

Gul Dukat
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1 month ago

These organs must be turtally shellproof

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#43

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Josh Bailey Report

Belle Miles
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1 month ago

This is like me and my kid.

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#44

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The Darker Side Of Science Report

Sasha Kuleshov
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1 month ago

And the trees, and algae and the bees <3

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John G. Krasnavage Report

Silver
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1 month ago

nothing

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#46

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Ash Ton Report

Torsten
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1 month ago

Pyramids are landing pads for Goa'uld Cheops class warships.

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#47

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Crystal Ingram Free Report

Sasha Kuleshov
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1 month ago

Thank you centripetal force <3

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#48

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Aaron Wyrick Report

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
1 month ago

We would bone ;D (we have done it before: remember the Neanderthals?)

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ojenabosi Report

Meg Curry
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1 month ago

But that day will not be today. Lol

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Jay Irvine Report

Earl Grey
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1 month ago

Answer: 42

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