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Love it or hate it, the comments section is a mainstay of nearly anything that gets posted to the internet. Indeed, depending on the sort of content you prefer, the comments section can be a veritable gold mine of hilarity, savagery, or just downright good ideas. 

Netizens from around the world share the best comments with “The Real Joke” to make sure top-tier content doesn’t end up lost and forgotten. Indeed, there are times when some random comment ends up being just downright funnier than the post itself. So get comfy as you scroll through, upvote your favorites, and be sure to comment something below. Who knows, it might even make the next list. 

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Nailed It!

Nailed It!

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Showed this to my partner. He spat vodka out thru his nose he laughed so much

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While we might think of it as an integral part of the internet era, the truth is that a “comments section” has existed for almost half a millennium. When Martin Luthor nailed his ninety-five theses to a door, he was simply following in the footsteps of other German academics, who would share their thoughts through, effectively, bits of parchment put up in public areas. 

However, it’s pretty clear that this method, while effective, considering the spread of Protestantism, lacked any ability to reply effectively. Outside of letters that readers might send editors, most “public” discussions would be entirely verbal up until 1998, when the online diary site “Open Diary” added a comments section

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The same year, The Rocky Mountain News added the ability of readers to comment on news stories. Interestingly, The Rocky Mountain News was also the first US newspaper to feature an advice column, where readers could get suggestions for their questions and conundrums. Sadly, this innovative paper closed down in 2008

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Rock Hard Patriotism

Rock Hard Patriotism

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3 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh that would make me so uncomfortable - just standing there while everybody was facing you an saying the pledge (edited for spelling )

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Ayo What’s This Person Planning

Ayo What’s This Person Planning

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I always have my partner's actual name because if I am hit by a car, people need to be able to look through my addressbook and see who is related to whom, who is family with whom, etc.

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Since the early 2000s, comment sections have practically crept up everywhere. From breaking news stories to the recipe for a sweet potato pie and everything in between, we are generally free to share our thoughts, criticisms, and suggestions with the entire world. Of course, this doesn’t mean that our thoughts, criticisms, and suggestions should actually be seen, but that’s a whole different matter. 

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Kinda Dark But Here Ya Go Lol

Kinda Dark But Here Ya Go Lol

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The Usernames Are Cool Too

The Usernames Are Cool Too

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If I was clever I would have a cool quirky pun to go with this. That would have been otterly hilarious.

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Indeed, comment sections are so common that the lack of one is what actually stands out. If you open a YouTube video and notice that the comments are locked, your first thought generally is “What on God’s green Earth happened here?” In the particular case of YouTube, it’s often a result of certain comments leading to a video’s demonetization

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The Real Joke Is Always In The Comments

The Real Joke Is Always In The Comments

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Clever With A Perfect Delivery

Clever With A Perfect Delivery

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Some famous cases of entire publications limiting comments include Vice, which shut the feature down in 2016. In a public statement, they argued that "we had to ban countless commenters over the years for threatening our writers and subjects, doxxing private citizens, and engaging in hate speech against pretty much every group imaginable."

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It Just Kept Getting Better

It Just Kept Getting Better

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

THERE'S LITERALLY A PAINTING/PORTRAIT OF AN ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM, PEOPLE!!!!! Jeez It wasn't a roast Just a really good joke

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Prime Cut!

Prime Cut!

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The Americans are weird too, they put a wig on an orange and call it president

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That same year (surprise, surprise,) NPR also made the decision to remove a comments section from its articles. They believed that it was becoming too difficult to moderate comments, while many people were simply being disrespectful, arguing in bad faith, and generally turning a public forum into an online brawl.  

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Holy S**t That’s Dark

Holy S**t That’s Dark

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This photo always makes me so sad. It's people holding up their babies so their relatives on the other side of the Berlin Wall can see them. By the state of the wall, it would be the early 60s - the families wouldn't be reconciled for another 25+ years. Imagine missing out on all that time.

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I Think It Belongs Here

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While most sites don’t quite take it as far, the internet has developed a nasty reputation for horrible comments, needing strong moderation tools. Anonymity, distance, and a general lack of consequences mean that sad, useless, and petty people get their kicks from being disruptive and hurtful online.

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I Love Democracy

I Love Democracy

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One study found that roughly a quarter of all internet comments had some form of incivility. Given that most hateful comments are deleted, the real number may be even higher. As a result, some people feel it's just downright risky to delve into any comments section, as who knows what mess they might encounter. 

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Country Puns Always Deliver

Country Puns Always Deliver

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Not Entirely Sure If It Fits But Its Funny So Thought To Share

Not Entirely Sure If It Fits But Its Funny So Thought To Share

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Jason is an actor trained in various fighting styles. When he is at events etc, he will want to be concentrating on the event. The bodyguard(s) will be scanning the crowds, analysing threats, etc. It's not their job to 'fight baddies', it's their job to alert Jason way before it comes to that stage.

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And that’s a shame, as these examples show that, amongst all the trash, there are nuggets of pure gold. Fortunately, groups like “The Real Joke” exist to highlight the best comments, so the rest of us don’t have to suffer. Similarly, many online sites use an up-and-downvote system so that users can self-moderate. 

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Op Was Asking If There Was A Subreddit They For Helping People Find The Creator Of An Uncredited Image Of Art. One Commenter's S**tty Life Pro Tip LED To This Gold

Op Was Asking If There Was A Subreddit They For Helping People Find The Creator Of An Uncredited Image Of Art. One Commenter's S**tty Life Pro Tip LED To This Gold

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I’m going to start trying this out if I get desperate enough. I see such beautiful works of art get passed around online but I can never find the ones who made it

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This means that the best comments often rise to the top, for all of us to enjoy, while the worst ones get pushed down. This can also serve as a pleasant reminder that most people do not agree with the worst comments and will, actively, help make them less visible. So if you want to see more creative and hilarious comments, check out Bored Panda's other article on the topic

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It Took Me A Minute To Be Honest

It Took Me A Minute To Be Honest

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Goddammit

Goddammit

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love the way the large digits are written higher, that explains a lot about people who see geometry in numbers like pi.

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That’s Funny My Dad Did This

That’s Funny My Dad Did This

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I’m Still Laughing At This. Well Done, My Guy

I’m Still Laughing At This. Well Done, My Guy

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A S**tty Joke If I May, But It's Actually The Real One There

A S**tty Joke If I May, But It's Actually The Real One There

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"But it's so scary to walk all through the dark into the cemetery with you!" - "What should I say? I will have to go back all alone..."

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Saw It In Comedy Cemetery But Had To Pick It Out For That Comment

Saw It In Comedy Cemetery But Had To Pick It Out For That Comment

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So android is better in every way and iPhone is pointless and shouldn’t exist?

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Moments Like These Are Why I Pay My Internet Bill

Moments Like These Are Why I Pay My Internet Bill

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One Of The Best Reddit Comments I’ve Seen In A While

One Of The Best Reddit Comments I’ve Seen In A While

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Comments Sections On R/Memes Are Great

Comments Sections On R/Memes Are Great

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The "boomer" generation did more than explode. It witnessed nuclear bomb tests.

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Bruh

Bruh

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I never expected to see a country have an ahegao face. Rule 34 is a thing I guess, shouldn’t be too surprised

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Ironic

Ironic

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His Sex Life

His Sex Life

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3 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No people stay in their houses just to get away from me.

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All Your Interests In One Place

All Your Interests In One Place

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