Wacky. Off-the-hook. Sarcastic. Bizarre to the point of making us giggle so hard we had to excuse ourselves and go outside to calm down. These are all apt descriptions for the r/madlads subreddit, an online community of 1.7 million members and a handful of fun-loving, energetic, and irony-adoring moderators.

Created way back in 2015, the subreddit is a place for some of the most impressive(ly mundane) ‘power moves’ ever to grace the digital landscape of the internet. Here, the madlads of the net celebrate genuinely jaw-dropping ‘power moves’ while gently poking fun at folks celebrating how awesome they are while they're actually doing nothing much out of the ordinary. A place of contrasts? Definitely. A place where some members don’t understand irony and what the sub is actually about? For sure.

Check out the best recent ‘power moves,’ and remember to upvote your fave pics as you scroll down, dear Pandas. In the mood for some more madlad weirdness? We’ve got you covered! Take a peek at our earlier post about the community right here once you’re done enjoying this list.

Meanwhile, be sure to scroll down for Bored Panda's exclusive interviews with social media experts Ariane Sherine from the UK and Mike Sington from LA. We had a chat about why people want to become famous online, how to compete with other content creators, and how to stand out on social media.

#1

Flag Collector Finds A Loophole

Flag Collector Finds A Loophole

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3 months ago

Brilliant. I love it!

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Writer, content creator, and media expert Ariane told Bored Panda that people need attention, approval, and love. "It’s a human need to want approval from others, and there are far more people available to provide approval online than in real life," she explained why so many individuals want to go viral and make a splash online.

"Online validation is also there forever for everyone to witness. It’s a rare person who is completely impervious to the thrall of millions of strangers liking what they do—it’s exciting and boosts your self-esteem."

Media expert Mike, from LA, sees people's desire for fame online as a way to massage one's ego. "Trying to go viral and get recognition online is really mostly about ego. Everyone wants recognition, everyone wants their fifteen minutes of fame, and getting it online is a relatively easy way to do it, all from the comfort of your home," he told Bored Panda.

#2

Old People Always Know The Workarounds

Old People Always Know The Workarounds

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Caro Caro
Community Member
3 months ago

Savage Granny. I love her.

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#3

I Don't Know Who Oliver Is But I Like His Gaul

I Don't Know Who Oliver Is But I Like His Gaul

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Auntriarch
Community Member
3 months ago

Snort-laugh!

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According to Ariane, there are definitely more content creators now than ever, but that doesn't mean that all of their content is going to be especially strong. "If you’re an exceptional creator you’ll still stand out," she said that quality content tends to get noticed in the sea of information. "Of course, the more followers you have, the more chance there is that people are going to see, like, and share your content, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to break through."

For her, the two main things that help creators stand out online are the quality of the content creator's work and how prolific they are. "Post content daily if you can, but don’t compromise on quality as a result," she told Bored Panda that consistency and quality are very important.

#4

Madlad Returned The Car After Stealing It. Then Yelled At The Owner For Bad Parenting

Madlad Returned The Car After Stealing It. Then Yelled At The Owner For Bad Parenting

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Roadkill The Brave
Community Member
3 months ago

Well that's chaotic good in human form. Just imagine the convo between the thief and the kid on the way back. 'Oh heck no, no, nope we're going back I'm not a kidnapper. Who leaves their kid in the car?!'

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#5

We Got A Twofer Today, Folks

We Got A Twofer Today, Folks

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Anna Lessens
Community Member
3 months ago

Awesome parenting ...now let them out

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#6

Bought The 4th Of July M&ms Specifically To Do This

Bought The 4th Of July M&ms Specifically To Do This

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Sue Hazlewood
Community Member
3 months ago

Hahahahaha

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"Speed is key if you produce topical/reactive content. But again, it’s better not to post than to post something substandard. Creating and maintaining an online presence does take work and effort, but it’s a really fun thing to do. If it feels like work, you’re doing it wrong!"

From Mike's perspective, it's very difficult to stand out online. "Anyone can create content, but you’re competing against literally tens of millions of users to create memorable content. It takes a lot of work, and can easily become what feels like a second job," he warned that internet fame can be very time-consuming.

#7

*insert Your Spiderman Meme Here*

*insert Your Spiderman Meme Here*

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Caro Caro
Community Member
3 months ago

LOL, this will keep me laughing all day.

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#8

Do You Know Why I Pulled You Over?

Do You Know Why I Pulled You Over?

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nedac08
Community Member
3 months ago

lol not again

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#9

Now That’s Going Out With Style!

Now That’s Going Out With Style!

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Sue Hazlewood
Community Member
3 months ago

NZ does not have pink slips

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"To stand out online, what you post has to be carefully crafted. Quality content stands out online. Think it through carefully, ask yourself, 'Is what I’m posting memorable, inspirational, informative, funny, will it make people think, or feel good, or start a conversation?' If it doesn’t meet any of those benchmarks, it’s probably not going to stand out and go viral. There’s a lot of junk out there, it takes effort to rise above it," he said.

Previously, a few of the moderators helping run r/madlads spoke to Bored Panda and we got a feel for the (sometimes overwhelming) energy that the entire team has. They definitely love having fun, enjoy proper banter, and are living proof that the pen is mightier than the sword.

For instance, moderator u/RalphiesBoogers gave us an interview under the condition that we call them the greatest mod that Reddit has ever known. 

However, some moderators believe that the r/madlads subreddit was “completely ruined” after legendary YouTuber PewDiePie, Felix Kjellberg, uploaded a video about the community.

#10

This Sneaky "Put Pocketer" Probably Made That Womans Whole Week

This Sneaky "Put Pocketer" Probably Made That Womans Whole Week

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sanityisnotproven
Community Member
3 months ago

Love this!

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#11

Dad Just Had To Point That Out

Dad Just Had To Point That Out

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LeighAnne Brown-Pedersen
Community Member
3 months ago

College more proud of Justin than his dad. And excuse me, a degree in Mechanical Engineering is worthy of praise! You go, Justin

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#12

Madlad 1 Pretends She Doesn't Know Harvard. Madlad 2 Intentionally Angers Tesla Owners

Madlad 1 Pretends She Doesn't Know Harvard. Madlad 2 Intentionally Angers Tesla Owners

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Vanessa Panerosa
Community Member
3 months ago

The irony of saying you see a Tesla at a gas station. . .

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"We got flooded with his meme-spewing preteen fan army who are incapable of understanding that 'madlad' is ironic,” redditor u/steveofftheinternet told us that a subreddit that was purely ironic was ‘invaded’ by a lot of new members who completely misunderstood what the group was all about.

“Mad-laddery is when you do something incredibly mundane, such as making spaghetti, sweeping the hallway, or being a Bored Panda writer, and then acting like it's the craziest thing ever,” moderator u/N8theGr8 gave a few examples of what the original intent of the subreddit was. However, the culture of the sub changed after the group went viral online.

#13

Mad Lad Walks Into Fire Station, Asks If He Can Go Into The Fire Truck, And It Works

Mad Lad Walks Into Fire Station, Asks If He Can Go Into The Fire Truck, And It Works

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Caro Caro
Community Member
3 months ago

Hey, he's back ! Still love that grin :D

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#14

Memes Twitter Destroys Mark

Memes Twitter Destroys Mark

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Priscilla Reshell
Community Member
3 months ago

Oof that's gonna leave a Mark

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#15

Always Give 110 Percent!

Always Give 110 Percent!

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LeighAnne Brown-Pedersen
Community Member
3 months ago

Heroes don’t always wear capes.

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According to u/N8theGr, r/madlads was created in response to an image of "a guy putting a pan or something on his head and everyone else being like whaaaaaaaaat.” That’s all you really need to know about the roots of the community. Deeply steeped in irony. So sarcastic, you can practically feel it through the screen.

"I don't know if I want to encourage too many madlads, since the last time we got too popular some impressionable kid put sugar on their already Frosted Flakes, and it was chaos,” the moderator suggested that too much popularity on the internet isn’t always a good thing. Quality members might be better than having a ton of random followers in some cases.

#16

He Actually F**king Did It

He Actually F**king Did It

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Annnnd We’re Officially In Reverse
Community Member
3 months ago

Follow through 10/10

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#17

My Goose Is Cooked Or My Goose Has Flown The Coop?

My Goose Is Cooked Or My Goose Has Flown The Coop?

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Something
Community Member
3 months ago

Scones aren't even good for birds.

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#18

I Dont Know What To Title This

I Dont Know What To Title This

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Something
Community Member
3 months ago

The photoshopping is extra creepy considering that editing the photo involves staring at the parts they deemed inappropriate.

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Bored Panda wanted to know where the line is between something madladdish and something that clearly isn’t. 

"Contrary to popular belief, it's not an actual physical line like the International Date Line or that line you dance on when line dancing. It's also not a picket line, as those individuals who are fighting the bourgeois against the exploitation of labor under a system of capital are not to be dismissed as mere mad lads, but compatriots in the fight against our chains of oppression. It's also not rickrolling, since that joke is like 30 years old," the moderators had fun misinterpreting the question and showing off their banter skills.

#19

Madlads Convinces Anti-Vaxxers To Cover Themselves In Mustard

Madlads Convinces Anti-Vaxxers To Cover Themselves In Mustard

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sanityisnotproven
Community Member
3 months ago

🤦‍♀️ You know, at least the dinosaurs had the asteroid excuse for extinction. We...we are just going to stupid our way there.

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#20

Glow In The Dark Condom Review By Sadlad

Glow In The Dark Condom Review By Sadlad

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Amy Pattie
Community Member
3 months ago

He took one for the team

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#21

Gotta Keep The Customer Happy All The Time

Gotta Keep The Customer Happy All The Time

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Emma A
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

I did this too. I didn't mess up often but if I was having an off day it would sometimes (not always) make people more patient. My boss thought it was hilarious.

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“For the most part, we just try to manipulate the price of GME. The main point of this subreddit really is to manipulate the NYSE and various other currency markets. The majority of our posts are code for market movements. We decisively curate and control the information here in order to send clear market signals that our followers use as predictors. I understand your skepticism, but that's how it works,” mod u/RalphiesBoogers joked that the main goal of r/madlads is to manipulate the stock market for financial gain.

#22

This Guy Out Thought It All

This Guy Out Thought It All

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nedac08
Community Member
3 months ago

🧠

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#23

His Maths Is Blowing My Mind

His Maths Is Blowing My Mind

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Groundcontroltomajortom
Community Member
3 months ago

Milkception

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#24

Madlad Wins Gold In The Olympics... In Cosplay

Madlad Wins Gold In The Olympics... In Cosplay

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Caro Caro
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

Kiran Badloe. Badass and cool. (Thanks to mulk)

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They added, jokingly, “The other mods will say what they're paid to say. Just to be clear though, everything I said is true.” 

Mod u/RalphiesBoogers stressed that the term madlad itself is very open to being misinterpreted by the public.

“It's about people who take something very mild and comment on social media as though it is not. However, most of the users here are like 12 so they think it's all about being actually wacky or being a first-world anarchist or something,” they said that the art of recognizing irony has been lost (or never learned in the first place) by many.

#25

You Might Want To Pull The String To Make Sure There’s No Secret Compartments

You Might Want To Pull The String To Make Sure There’s No Secret Compartments

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Groundcontroltomajortom
Community Member
3 months ago

LOVE. THIS. KID.

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#26

Kid From West-Berlin Messes With Border Guards

Kid From West-Berlin Messes With Border Guards

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Amy Pattie
Community Member
3 months ago

Legend

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#27

I Guess Finding Outdoor Seating Is No Longer A Problem!

I Guess Finding Outdoor Seating Is No Longer A Problem!

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Groundcontroltomajortom
Community Member
3 months ago

Us brits will do anything for a pint!

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“Truly, this misconception plagues the subreddit in ways that have cost the dow several hundred points this past week. r/madlads isn't about being mad. It's about taking way too much excitement in mildness or mundane things, and also driving Dogecoin to the moon,” the moderator quipped.

#28

Madlad Goes Full Scooby Doo And Robs His Own Store

Madlad Goes Full Scooby Doo And Robs His Own Store

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sanityisnotproven
Community Member
3 months ago

And he would have gotten away with it if it weren't for those meddling, underpaid, overworked kids!

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#29

Ice Cream Company Doesn’t Care About Nutrition

Ice Cream Company Doesn’t Care About Nutrition

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Something
Community Member
3 months ago

Fat and sugar are nutrition. They may not be the nutrition most people are looking for, but still.

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#30

Madlad Creates Company For Extra Credit

Madlad Creates Company For Extra Credit

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EEF🤓
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

God loves a trier

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According to the mod, more people now than ever want fame and love, and attention online. “I see everyone, everywhere, screaming for attention and trying to stand out all the time endlessly, and careers being constantly pursued to become the next wacky social media star,” they told Bored Panda.

#31

A Former White House Intern With No Chill

A Former White House Intern With No Chill

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Truth Monster
Community Member
3 months ago

Lewinsky scandal is a shameful chapter in our nation's history. A powerful man had a relationship with a subordinate and that woman has been s**t-shamed and mocked since. I made jokes too about her, but I was too young to realize what my elders were doing and why it was wrong.

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#32

Madlad Tries To Take Woman's Final Dollar

Madlad Tries To Take Woman's Final Dollar

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Annnnd We’re Officially In Reverse
Community Member
3 months ago

Lol. Savage!

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#33

Madlad Lives In Aol's Hq For Months While Working On His Own Startup!

Madlad Lives In Aol's Hq For Months While Working On His Own Startup!

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Dillon Sizemore
Community Member
3 months ago

Ah the gossip in that place as they all discuss who he is then decide he works in a different department.

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#34

Madlass Steals Declaration Of Independence Because She's Vaccinated

Madlass Steals Declaration Of Independence Because She's Vaccinated

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Gabe Hawker
Community Member
3 months ago

You are a national treasure.

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#35

This Reminds Me Of The Why Are You In Jail Meme

This Reminds Me Of The Why Are You In Jail Meme

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Amy Pattie
Community Member
3 months ago

Holy heck someone restrain this guy!

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#36

He Must Not Get Embarrassed Easily

He Must Not Get Embarrassed Easily

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Emily M
Community Member
3 months ago

Pro tip from a teacher: getting into a power struggle with an ultimatum with a student never goes well for the teacher

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#37

Madlad Makes Sure Everyone Looks At The Secret

Madlad Makes Sure Everyone Looks At The Secret

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nedac08
Community Member
3 months ago

damnit

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#38

Ksi Being A Madlad And Serving The Community Well

Ksi Being A Madlad And Serving The Community Well

Holys**t_1787 Report

Fenchurch
Community Member
3 months ago

Tis the only correct response!

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#39

Imagine Playing Geo Guesser In This Guy's Town

Imagine Playing Geo Guesser In This Guy's Town

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Priscilla Reshell
Community Member
3 months ago

What's Geo guesser?

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#40

Finally Some Quality Youtube Ads

Finally Some Quality Youtube Ads

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Amy Pattie
Community Member
3 months ago

Spreading joy

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#41

Full Credit Given, Of Course

Full Credit Given, Of Course

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Libstak
Community Member
3 months ago

Give way to bikes at the merging traffic point of an effing freeway?

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#42

Publicly Calling Out A Company You Worked With For Being A Hypocritical S**t

Publicly Calling Out A Company You Worked With For Being A Hypocritical S**t

_AlexHirsch Report

UncleRussian
Community Member
3 months ago

Yeah right, Disney totally didn't almost can Owl House because it was too gay for the Boomers

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#43

Chuck Yeager, First Man To Break The Sound Barrier (Who Unfortunately Passed Last Year), Responds To Question About Ufos

Chuck Yeager, First Man To Break The Sound Barrier (Who Unfortunately Passed Last Year), Responds To Question About Ufos

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
3 months ago

He was a badass

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#44

Showing Respect To A Deceased Friend

Showing Respect To A Deceased Friend

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Amy Pattie
Community Member
3 months ago

I mean… spread the message so his death was not in vain?

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#45

Madlad S**ts On A Company Ad And Gets Hired To Remake Their Ad

Madlad S**ts On A Company Ad And Gets Hired To Remake Their Ad

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Jonathan Aldridge
Community Member
3 months ago

https://www.reddit.com/user/Crypto-Hedgehog/comments/nmi1xn/hello_fellow_apes_uthemaloneranger_thought_our/

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#46

Madlad Still Looking For The Link 6 Years Down The Line

Madlad Still Looking For The Link 6 Years Down The Line

EDS77 Report

nedac08
Community Member
3 months ago

what was it lol

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#47

Dictionary.com Responds To A Person Who Is Using The Stan Lee Account For Promotion

Dictionary.com Responds To A Person Who Is Using The Stan Lee Account For Promotion

TheRealStanLee , Dictionarycom Report

Sue Lynn Chan
Community Member
3 months ago

Seriously how could they do this to him!!😡😡

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#48

Man Listened To The Weeknd On A Weekday

Man Listened To The Weeknd On A Weekday

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kathryn stretton
Community Member
3 months ago

You rebel, you!

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#49

Classic Bait And Switch..!

Classic Bait And Switch..!

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Something
Community Member
3 months ago

Actually, no country in Africa begins with "Abcdefghijlmnopqrstuvwxyz."

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#50

Madlad Orders Every Protein Possible And Eats It All

Madlad Orders Every Protein Possible And Eats It All

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Caro Caro
Community Member
3 months ago

That's horrible.

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