Good design is all about putting the user first. If the customer can’t make sense of the design and if their every single move is impeded by the bad decisions that the designers and builders made—we’ve got a serious problem. Sometimes these problems all come down to bad craftsmanship, shoddy design, and unaesthetic, hurried, and impractical shortcuts that builders take without a care in the world.

The ‘Typical Rykozhop’ Instagram page documents how some homeowners have to live with utterly ugly, just plain bad, and downright dangerous interior design decisions. Scroll down to see the best of the worst, upvote the pics you wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole, and let us know in the comments if there’s anything similar in your own homes, dear Pandas.

Bored Panda reached out to Tim Antoniuk, an Associate Professor of Design Studies at the University of Alberta, to hear his take about where most of the responsibility falls, whether on the designer in charge of the vision or the builders who turn it into reality. Antoniuk explained that it's up to the designer to ensure that their project (which means their client's project) turns out well. The focus should be on the clarity of the designs so that the intent is communicated without any 'fuzziness.' "Certainly, this is frustrating and it puts extra pressure on the designer, but everything, in my view, rests in the designer's hand. This is why some of the most outstanding designers in the world have such a deep knowledge of materials, manufacturing processes, of the problems that can happen during installation."

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Raine Soo
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7 months ago

The toilet, having an existential crisis.

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Andrew Gibb
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7 months ago

the smell of mothballs isn't the worst smell coming out of that wardrobe

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7 months ago

Living on the edge

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Antoniuk said that it's the designer who has to provide clarity and foresee at least some of the possible issues when it comes to the actual building and the interior design: "It's hard, but that's why the best designers get paid so well for their outstanding work. They do great design/aesthetic work, but they also create efficiencies and they foresee and spot (some) problems from happening." 

The Associate Professor highlighted that some things will go wrong, no matter how much we plan for them. What's more, the builders have to be on the designer's side, too, but the latter still shoulders most of the burden. "Many jobs can not just stop because a designer is not onsite or is not able to be reached. That said, builders need to honor the designer's vision, but again, if there is 'fuzziness' in the drawings or plans, decisions will be made by people that we may not want to make them."

On a very practical level, ensuring that builders follow through with the designer's vision comes down to communication, doing "great drawings and visuals," and becoming "exceptionally well educated" in the field of construction. "We exist in a field that is ever-changing with the introduction of new materials, new construction requirements, and restrictions," Antoniuk said.

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nanashi
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7 months ago (edited)

I'm deeply sorry for the person who had to live in a house like this. it must have not been their choice but desperation is painful.

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Man with nice beard
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7 months ago

I can hear my toe sreaming

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7 months ago

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He also stressed the importance of creating honest relationships based on mutual respect. "It is simple to say, but communication and having an outstanding relationship with the builder is critically important. At 'Architure,' we constantly visit and hang-out with the Trades. We like to talk with the people that have 'boots-on-the-ground.' These are the people that are literally building our products and spaces. If you piss these guys off, treat them poorly, or don't communicate well, they can ruin a project. It may sound flippant, but we see these people as our partners."

In a previous interview with Bored Panda, Antoniuk also spoke about the differences between good and bad design. He said that there are, objectively, such things as good and bad interior and furniture design decisions—it’s not just about our subjective tastes.

However, our tastes are important, too, as they can create gray and blurry areas between what’s considered to be quality and, well, not. Though, I think, hardly anyone would mix up anything shown in this list with something that’s tasteful.

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Slinkman
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7 months ago

Nothing wrong here, the guy is just too long.

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Jumilicious
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7 months ago

Don't be fooled people! This is just one of those hyperrealistic cakes looking like a washing machine.

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Jumilicious
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7 months ago

After taking a relaxing dump you can dive head first into your bubble bath whilst simultaneously cooking dinner for your loved ones. I see no downsides here.

boredpanDaman
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7 months ago

you took the opposite direction; dump is the final stage

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Full of Giggles
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7 months ago

When you’re 36 years old and desperate to move out of your parents house but have $8M in student loan debt.

Kisses4Katie
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7 months ago

I was kinda into the tiny stairs until I saw where they lead.

Philippa Davies
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7 months ago

I've heard of tiny homes, but this is next level

Marlowe Fitzpatrik
Community Member
7 months ago

To be fair - that's an impressive example of doing the best with a tiny amount of space. I'd invest in a few curtains for toilet and 'bathtub', though.

Molly Block
Community Member
7 months ago

Better hope you never have diarrhea. I am wondering if this is in Japan? The bathtub seems like a Japanese tub. And it's all really clean... Unlike some of the other horror shows on here today.

Zophra
Community Member
7 months ago

Do countries not have building codes? I'm curiious how these things came to be.

BluEyedSeoulite
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7 months ago

Not ones that are enforced. Or with exemptions for older buildings, evidently.

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Spork420
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7 months ago

For keeping an eye on your mac n' cheese while you drop a deuce.

Sum Guy
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7 months ago

I'm pretty sure these pictures are from European cities...I've watched enough house hunters international to tell

Memere
Community Member
7 months ago

That's what I was thinking, altho I've seen old Victorian houses here in the U.S. chopped up into studio apartments with everything crammed in almost as badly. I even lived in one decades ago, but not nearly as bad as some of these!

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Moo Moo
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7 months ago

Oof I’d probably break my legs on those

Vicky Zar
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7 months ago

We have no room for a bathroom AND a kitchen. Choose one. Wait... I have an idea!

Gogamash
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7 months ago

I don t understand why somebody would rent an apartment which combines a bath or toilet with a kitchen besides an extreme shortage of money, but this one is even special disgusting and depressing.

Sandra
Community Member
7 months ago

Imagine being pregnant and going to that. Especially when you have to go every 10 minutes.

DangaTank
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5 months ago

*intense screaming*

Terry Gasca
Community Member
7 months ago

Tiny home style, no doubt.

Michael Capriola
Community Member
7 months ago

Actually, functional. But I'd hate to see what they crammed into the living room

R. Lynx
Community Member
7 months ago

Don't get an intestinal flu.

Jaybird3939
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7 months ago

Where are sleeping quarters?

*sigh*, The Yellow Teletubby
Community Member
7 months ago

took me a hot second to find the toilet lmfao

7 Second Ninja
Community Member
7 months ago

Looking to ski on a budget.? Open plan apartment - sleeps 6 £1500/week.

Downunderdude
Community Member
7 months ago

S**t, shower, breakfast. Three steps, tops. Perfect.

Johnny
Community Member
7 months ago

Seems like they missed an opportunity to save some space here by using the bathtub as a kitchen sink

Stephanie Keith
Community Member
7 months ago

I would love to know the reasoning behind doing this. Someone has to know why it was built this way. There's just gotta be a reason that a person thought to do this. And I want to know what it is.

Freezer Burn
Community Member
7 months ago

Can someone confirm if that's the hot water heater above the sink?

Gina Babe
Community Member
7 months ago

NYC living

Ariana Panda
Community Member
7 months ago

Imagine being claustrophobic and standing in the middle of this.

Michelle C
Community Member
7 months ago

I like to judge my chef from my throne

boredpanDaman
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7 months ago

nice drawers...

Adam C
Community Member
7 months ago

That sink double as a bathtub??

Your Cousin Vinny
Community Member
7 months ago

Adam C, I think you're right but it's a miniature bathtub with a hand held shower head in the lower right hand side. And what will we do if the toilet plugs up and overflows?

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JustRoz
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3 months ago

It is what it is... when you only have this amount of space you must be creative..

Dorothy Cloud
Community Member
4 months ago

Is the bed under the floor?

Donna Johansen
Community Member
6 months ago

the king of all you survey from your throne

Faith Nicole
Community Member
7 months ago

I always thought designs like this were a joke, but I'm seeing way to many of these toilet in a kitchen pictures now If there isn't enough space in a hoise/apartment for a bathroom to be behind its own closed door NOT inside of a kitchen..then it shouldn't be built. Redesign and think better than,,"well what if we just add a couple stairs in the kitchen and put the toilet in there add a door and boom, there's a bathroom"

Elma Young
Community Member
7 months ago

Is that a tiny house or apartment?

Craymoss
Community Member
7 months ago

Bruh,... what if the toilet overflowed while you were having a relaxing candlelight bath while your roommate was cooking curry?!?!?!??

CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
7 months ago

Your typical $4000 a month New York City Apartment!

Elizabeth Butler
Community Member
7 months ago

That just takes the tiny house movement just way too far

Ashley Wright
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

Multi-functional room. Dandy! Only thing missing is the futon.

PapillonOne
Community Member
7 months ago

Too bizarre!

Anja Schmidt
Community Member
7 months ago

a work out area for a sailor´s tour member ...

Brian Knight
Community Member
7 months ago

No wasted space in this house

Christopher Chang Peng Yen
Community Member
7 months ago

I guess you can say the seat is up a whole new level.

Eric Herrera
Community Member
7 months ago

Coliforms for dressing!

Flavia Slag
Community Member
7 months ago

Where are these places?

DetongLhamo
Community Member
7 months ago

I swear someone has been tapping into my toilet stress dreams and replicating the bizarre scenarios my weird brain creates.

Dan Pieniak
Community Member
7 months ago

Looks like the stairway to potty heaven :-)

Paloma Vita
Community Member
7 months ago

I am all for tiny houses but please put the loo on the other end!

Hannah Marshall
Community Member
7 months ago

Saving space I see 😂

Ranya Garcia
Community Member
7 months ago

Quarantine goals

GachaBananauwu
Community Member
7 months ago

I kinda like the stairs, just not the toilet..

GachaBananauwu
Community Member
7 months ago

I kinda like the crappy stair bathroom, just not the area it’s in

Cynthia Marrs
Community Member
7 months ago

Maybe one of those "tiny" houses?

John Shannon
Community Member
7 months ago

Is that a wicker fridge next to the stairs?

Marsha Sturgill
Community Member
7 months ago

You can no longer say that you don't have a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out of.

Lisa Tetlow
Community Member
7 months ago

Every plumber knows water flows downhill.

elfin
Community Member
7 months ago

So, which one would you do without? Kitchen or bathroom?

Barbar Stewart
Community Member
7 months ago

Nope

Mickie Shea
Community Member
7 months ago

Russian economy apartment. what we do not see, is the folks down bed hanging from the ceiling. Called all in one living for couples who are down sizing.

Frank A. Brauer
Community Member
7 months ago

The royal throne up on high?

Richard Weiss
Community Member
7 months ago

At least the loo isn't in the same room!

Steve Cruz
Community Member
7 months ago

I strongly suspect there is no BACKFLOW VALVE, to prevent water from the shower and toilet from leeching into the kitchen sink.

MAKtheknife
Community Member
7 months ago

IS this a Tiny House or just bad design?

Steven Meyer
Community Member
7 months ago

“ and you wanted the tiny home“ She said

Gogamash
Community Member
7 months ago

.

Ava Ribble
Community Member
7 months ago

good god

Sameena Shaikh
Community Member
7 months ago

😳😳... What the hell!!! I can't imagine, how somebody can live here.... 🤔🤔🤔

Colin Mochrie At Its Finest
Community Member
7 months ago

Tiny house or apt.

Kristine Phillips
Community Member
7 months ago

can wash the dog too

Russian Otaku
Community Member
7 months ago

Would still be a 2000 a month rent in New York

Lu
Community Member
7 months ago

So many, many smells.

Papa Bonez
Community Member
7 months ago

You can take a bath and do the dishes at the same time. Win, Win.

The Canvas Lamb
Community Member
7 months ago

Looks like a demented dollhouse.

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
7 months ago

And the rent is $1000 ._.

Toni
Community Member
7 months ago

where's the couch?

Annemarie Mattheyse
Community Member
7 months ago

I feel claustrophobic just looking at this kitchen/bathroom setup. :-(

Fred and George Weasley
Community Member
7 months ago

imagine trying to go to the toilet in the night...

Hollysmom
Community Member
7 months ago

Nothing like a bifold door for real privacy

AppleDragon
Community Member
7 months ago

looks nice

Pascale Pierloot
Community Member
7 months ago

At least they did indulge in a double sink!

Two Silly Pups
Community Member
7 months ago

NOOOOOOOOOO!!

ingolf kircher
Community Member
7 months ago

where is the bed?

Lorelai Purvis
Community Member
7 months ago

they're sitting on it

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kjorn
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7 months ago

really small appartment. must be in a really crowd city

D e p r e s s e d
Community Member
7 months ago

Now this is downright messed up! You can't even have no privacy!

What's In Your Head?
Community Member
7 months ago

This is one of those pictures that get worse and worse the longer you look at it...

Aaron Kara
Community Member
7 months ago

The toilet? It's in the kitchen, above the sink.

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
7 months ago

There are no cabinets in that kitchen. Two cabinets don't count.

Toea Muresan Iulia
Community Member
7 months ago

hell got loose

Slinkman
Community Member
7 months ago

All hail the toiletman

Natalia
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

For Greeks only : "hese psila kai agnadeue!" 😂😂😂

boredpanDaman
Community Member
7 months ago

partybreaker..

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Raven Sheridan
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7 months ago

I the toilet, bath, kitchen and laundry all in the one photo. Is this the entire apartment?

Valinka
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7 months ago

Parisian "apartment" :D

DuchessDegu
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7 months ago

Cosy London studio. £700/wk

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In Antoniuk’s opinion, we can all intuitively sense what good design is and isn’t. "Quite often, this relates to ergonomics and the usability or functionality of the products and services and systems. Having said that, I think far too many people expect poor design that doesn’t really work well," he said.

It’s not all just doom and gloom, however. Antoniuk highlighted that creating high-quality design that is objectively good is a skill that can be learned; just like people can learn the wrong skills and make bad design decisions. Naturally, this suggests that we have to unlearn bad skills before learning the right ones.

For Antoniuk, good design is “intuitive, [...] deeply sympathetic and empathetic to the user at all levels, and at some level, it is emotional,” just like Dieter Rams laid out in his principles of good design. “It is a catalyst for giving us feelings,” Antoniuk said about design.

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7 months ago

What even is going on here!! 🙁

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boredpanDaman
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7 months ago

the washmachine looks like its cheating on its relationship

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7 months ago

Typical game glitch

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Olivier Caissy
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7 months ago

It would have been better with a hole in the doorframe.

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Moo Moo
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7 months ago

I mean.....wtf is that

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Eirik Johnsbråten
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7 months ago

Yeah, sure, I'll just cut off my left shoulder.

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Raine Soo
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7 months ago

Well, that defeats the purpose of a drain. Someone did the same thing to my neighbourhood supermarket parking lot. The water runs right by the drain and onto the sidewalk.

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Jumilicious
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7 months ago

Somehow I thought I was looking at nougat for a sec...

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Tomas Holicka
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7 months ago

So the monster in the closet can turn on the light whenever it feels scared?

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Raven Sheridan
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7 months ago

When your electrician and builder don't get along.

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Eliška Hůlková
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7 months ago

That looks haunted.

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ME
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7 months ago

um..........thats not how it works

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Raine Soo
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7 months ago

Let's make it a flat-screen tv!

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Sian Edwards
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7 months ago

This apartment comes with its own abstract art installation!

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boredpanDaman
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7 months ago

oh dear Lord!

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M.A.D.
Community Member
7 months ago

Remember when Indiana Jones had to pick the Holy Grail among many fake ones?

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Dr Nostromo
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7 months ago

There are times when my brain feels like that.

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Hooked
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7 months ago

"Fixed the roof boss !"

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Bron
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7 months ago

Someone wants to teach him to sit to pee I guess

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Purr·maid
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7 months ago

Get a room.

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7 months ago

kill this...

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Raine Soo
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7 months ago

I thought that the days of hanging tapestry on the wall were over.

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Julia Atkinson
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7 months ago

Ivan: "Boris, clear a pathway to the steps. " *half a bottle of vodka later* Boris: "Finished!"

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7 months ago

Multifunctional.

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Thenatural
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7 months ago

Just seen what you've done today mate....don't come in tomorrow

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Jitka Svobodová
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7 months ago

To sit in the shower and weep

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boredpanDaman
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7 months ago

oh gross!

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7 months ago (edited)

How do we sleep when the beds are burning 🎼🎵🎶

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Eirik Johnsbråten
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7 months ago

That's russian for "high five for stupid solutions".

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7 months ago

An attempt was made.

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Olivier Caissy
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7 months ago

At least it’s not elevated.

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