Art isn't created just to please our eyes; it also transfers ideas and provokes thought on social problems. Austrian cartoonist Gerhard Haderer has been producing satirical illustrations and cartoons for adults for decades now, highlighting the awful problems with society.

Gerhard Haderer had even faced the court for one of his brutally honest books, The Life of Jesus. It triggered violent reactions, because of the society problems discussed in it, in Europe, especially from the Catholic Church. The story culminated in 2005 when Haderer was convicted in Greece for insulting the religious community and was given a six-month suspended sentence in absentia. A few months later, however, this verdict was corrected on appeal, and Gerhard Haderer was acquitted.

The artist developed his realistic style when working as a graphic designer and illustrator for advertising agencies early in his career. It wasn't until a cancer operation in 1985 when Gerhard abandoned his commercial dreams and became a freelance caricaturist and satirical illustrator, mainly focusing on social issues. Scroll down to check out his unsettling and at times scary cartoons and vote for your favorites.

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EM
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2 years ago

Did you know that a couple of years ago, there were more selfie related deaths than shark related deaths?

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stellermatt
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2 years ago

this happens so much at live concerts, just put the damn phone down and enjoy the experience!

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Phil.
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2 years ago

Actually even a put-on smile can lift your mood, say neuro-scientists.

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Rakooned
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2 years ago

Children missing childhoods.

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Ola Antosik
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2 years ago

This I do not understand. I like reading books in paper but there is nothing wrong with electronic editions. If anything, they are more eco friendly. It is still the same activity just different medium.

Michelle Line
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2 years ago

I think the point is that everyone is shocked to see an actual newspaper.

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Paula Cohen
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2 years ago

The satire is not that the man is reading a paper, the satire is that everyone else is absolutely STUNNED that someone might still actually want to read an actual paper made of...paper! The human tendency to conform is so huge that one only has to look around on the street and see everyone -- and I mean everyone! -- either with earbuds or earphones blocking their ability to hear what's going on around them, and their eyes glued to their smartphones. What a waste of life! No one sees or hears anyone or anything else any longer. I work in a college, and the students no longer know how to make eye contact, or how to speak to anyone else, particularly those who are older than they are. They no longer know how to answer the phone, because they've never received a phone call from someone other than those that they know, so they don't know how to say, "Hello, this is Susan at the ABC Shop. May I help you?" It's that lemming-like tragedy that the artist is satirizing!

Bag Of Donuts
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2 years ago

I'm the one in the train reading a book. All other people seem to be on the phone or listening to music. Do they ever rest or reflect?

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Eric Mikalo
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2 years ago

They are all the same. the only difference is the medium. Neither the one with the electronics nor with the newspaper is actually being any social.

Kristel
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2 years ago

That is another way to look at it. But my idea is that the artist portrayed this as how everyone with the electronic devices are shocked at the one man reading a newspaper. Because so many people use electronics today. You have a point, but I don't think (in my humble opinion) that this piece was about socializing.

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Paul Leeson
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2 years ago

Wow. The generation speaks. When you are with someone having a meal, it is considered RUDE to plant your nose in a newspaper, or urgently , these days, plant your nose in a “device”. The fact that most are having trouble seeing the humour speaks volumes.

Alan Mackay
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1 year ago

yep , only your interpretation is valid. sweet irony considering the art.

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Sykz
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2 years ago

The new norm and the rebel.

mike harkleroad
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2 years ago

I think it is more of the source of news. Internet aggregators and posters vs actual journalists.

Starflower
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2 years ago

Great point! Fake vs real news.

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Lisa Georgette
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2 years ago

I love this one! I'd be the ONE reading the paper.

Nick P
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2 years ago

Hahaha. An Analog watch in the digital age.

CacTusy
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2 years ago

I love to read good old newspapers

Ann Ros'a
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2 years ago

Newspaper? What is a newspaper?? LOL

Lisa Greene
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2 years ago

Luddite

Nikki
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2 years ago

Ahhh... But sometimes Luddites are the most interesting ones. If there is anyone one worthy of having a conversation, i reckon it's the old boy with the newspaper.

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EM
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2 years ago

What an oddity.

mbergen
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2 years ago

I like this one.

Tee Hee
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6 months ago

This is so stupid. You can literally read the news on your phone or computer. It’s obvious that people are staring at him because he’s such a dinosaur boomer who refuses to get with the times.

Joe Blow
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8 months ago

The curiosity of sheep.

Lisa Howard-Leandre
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1 year ago (edited)

My husbnd bought me a soft cover novel for x-mas this year. He told me that one of his favorite memories from when we were young was sitting and watching me while i read book after book... He asked why I stopped reading, Really dude? .We had children happened! Id love to read this book however , if i do get a break for a chapter or two, my husband will not be admiring me...he will need to look after the kids! LMAO. Was thoughtful gift tho honey. Thx 💜

Princess Dram
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1 year ago

Does the newspaper have comics?

Ronny Vårdal
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2 years ago

I'm mostly chocked over the number of users not using their trackpad

Nicole Faulkner
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2 years ago

Love it!

Heather Cox
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2 years ago

I get this reaction every time people see me using a payphone and pull out my address book

Morningstar Quaid
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2 years ago

Has everything to do with age, Plus when the paper has been read there nothing left, So you don't loose yourself for hours like you do on the net,

Morningstar Quaid
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2 years ago

Has to do with age and your own comfort , Reading the paper is a fraction and that factors into comfort , Plus when your done reading the paper there is nothing left , So you don't get hooked for hours like you do on the net

Connie Martin
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2 years ago

This cartoonist is really very good, isn't he?! Most on BP are...not.

That Random Internet Person
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2 years ago

Is it spelled "Papier" in the UK?

Claire Armstrong
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2 years ago

I'm sorry, I'm a bit of an oddity in this day and age when it comes to books! Personally, I don't think you can beat the feeling of sitting with your book in your hand, the feel of it, the weight of it, the smell of it - old and new books alike! I just love it! I understand and appreciate the benefits of ebooks - they save space (my spare room has piles of books everywhere, so many that my man is adamant we're never moving house as he refuses point blank to move them because of the weight lol!), have all your books available at the touch of a finger, etc, etc! But for me personally, you can't beat sitting with a book in your hands! I love it, and doubt very much I'd ever change lol!

Lasse Thornander
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2 years ago

Jag på restaurang😁👍🏻

Karianne McDaniel
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2 years ago

We are all going to go blind if we rely solely on reading from electronic devices... My vision has already worsened. Myopia is on the rise in our youth (globally). I much prefer reading from a book than on any device.

Frank Ringhofer
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2 years ago

It seems to me like the man with the paper is being just a rude as the other patrons, just with a different format.

Akil Bey
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2 years ago

#Technocrack

Donna Ciaccio
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2 years ago

Newspapers are too noisy

Cathy Bonds Jackson
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2 years ago

I perfer an actual paper (same goes for books) I like the tactile aspect of it, and how much easier it is to scan through looking for articles of interest. It makes me sad to see them go away, even though I know it's better for the environment.

Kaafueda Vanderpuye
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2 years ago

At least paper can be recycled = ECO-FRIENDLY. I-phones .....not so much..

Matt Lomax
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2 years ago

The problem is the media! On a paper tomorrow's chip paper! On a device it's there for good even if it's wrong!which is most of the time!

Erica Alvarez
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2 years ago

This is supposed to envoke the feeling of nostalgia for simpler days gone by and how seeing someone reading an actual paper or using a real telephone is an anomaly

Diana Burke-Knapp
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2 years ago

Nice; love the hypocrisy; people glaring are doing the equivalent .

Fannie Toner
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2 years ago

I think it is interesting that science, industry, commerce, society -- all force innovations on the public at large, and then mock the public at large for using those innovations.

Steve Prince
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2 years ago

Ola, I believe this illustrates how the old man is stuck in his old ways while the younger people have embraced the new.

Steve Prince
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2 years ago

Ola, I think this illustrates the old man is stuck in his old ways while the younger people embrace the new.

Phya Furusawa
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2 years ago

Paper is the best. No worries about electricity or battery level 🙊

Rudy Gibson
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2 years ago

Me during my lunch break

Jerry Shechter
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2 years ago

They’re both rude

Glenn Yates
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2 years ago

I experienced this waiting in the Dr. waiting room.I haden’t Had time to read the newspaper at home so took it with me. I could feel the thought interruption in the people around me when I CARFULLY turned the page. I like e-books too. But this was kinda sad.

Don Calhoun
Community Member
2 years ago

It is true. The artist is portraying what happens when society as a whole embraces electronics and looks astonished at someone who refuses to change and blindly follow the masses into the abyss of social media.

Peter Hasel
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2 years ago

Spielverderber!

Nomi MirXa
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2 years ago

Y every single guy with laptop has mouse with it ...........it shows cartoonist knowledge of technology 😂😂😂

Brenda Gay
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2 years ago

That’s me. Except we don’t read at the table, we actually talk to each other during the meal. I still have subscriptions to newspapers and magazines.

Doug
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2 years ago

This must be old. No takes laptops out any more, just the cell phones.

Doug
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2 years ago

This must be old. No one has laptops with them anymore at a meal, just cell phones.

Willya Potan
Community Member
2 years ago

Old school..

athornedrose
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2 years ago

a lady on my bus once yelled at an older man (but younger than her) for chastising a student with a cell phone because "that kid could at least see me to say good morning, but you have the whole newspaper up over your face, you can't see anything!"

Goetz Heinen
Community Member
2 years ago

Trackpad, no trackpad... mouse, no mouse, ... print, no print. btw. the "carbon foot print" is not any better when using electronic devices

Eve Millington
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2 years ago

A newspaper like a book can be shared and read by countless people without the use of energy and arguably last for centuries. Unless you're powering your laptop / PC / phone on solar, you're not as eco-friendly. And don't forget to toss them for the latest technology every few years.

Dick van der Velde
Community Member
2 years ago

I think it is to represent how we as a community would find it rude that someone would read a newspaper at the dining table yet tablets and such are more or less accepted while they basically are the same.

Patrick Kyker
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2 years ago

hipsters

Linda Granata-Tuminello
Community Member
2 years ago

Nothing like a real book for me. Love the feel the smell. I find reading electronically uncomfortable. Maybe i am old fashioned. To each his own

Karen Robey
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2 years ago

No eye contact, no verbal communication, total loss of humanity to machines.

Per-Inge Ljungdahl
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2 years ago

What the f...does he do

Chineze Ofodile
Community Member
2 years ago

What looks odd, is that no group/table or individuals are having a discussion. At least, of what’s in the news.

Wint Russell
Community Member
2 years ago

I feel like this in the coffee shop.

Kathy Summerfelt Gallup
Community Member
2 years ago

I get this look a lot ,I take a book every where.

Barbara Daniels
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2 years ago

I need to turn the page, love books!

Alan Wolfe
Community Member
2 years ago

you do realize how many finite and environmentally hostile products go into making a computer, do you not? Paper resources, properly managed, are infinite and infinitely renewable. manual reading from a tactile, interpersonal source also helps seat the information in your mind and engages you far more deeply than reading on an electronic screen. That i s beyond the semantics however, of the actual image the artist displays for your perusal

Mike Mader
Community Member
2 years ago

Don’t get this one...technology advances. Haven’t read a physical paper in years.

Starr Perry
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2 years ago

Dare to be different

Kari Hadley
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2 years ago

I would be the one with the paper.

John MacDonald
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2 years ago

The point is that this is “supposed” to be a restaurant, not an office (note the tables, not desks). Everybody is looking at their laptops so that they don’t have to talk to, look at, or even acknowledge the other people in the room.

Jhecka Samson
Community Member
2 years ago

people think that reducing the use of paper is an eco-friendly way but the largest percentage of garbage comes from electronic gadgets plus the use of electricity causes air pollution not where you plug it but from the power plants where the source of electricity comes from...

Hanszl H
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2 years ago

find the terrorist

Jordy Star
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2 years ago

says this while we are all reading this on some kind of electronic device

Carol Widlewski
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2 years ago

Older man reading the paper, younger people on lap tops...times have changed.

adiana
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2 years ago

I still prefer reading an actual paper/book/magazine than off the gadget. The feel is different. And I actually retain the information that I got from it.

Jan Virtue
Community Member
2 years ago

The younger generation is into tech more than the older ones. They don't understand why he's still reading the paper when they're all on laptops, etc. But any smart person knows that these gadgets were created to keep you distracted. And all this man wants to do is read the paper. Not pay attention to distractions. He goes at his pace and entertains what he wants to. Nice.

Micky Bishop
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2 years ago

Like they’ve never seen one before!

Gary Carper
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2 years ago

That's how I feel when i take a book or magazine into a coffee shop.

Aaron Buckie
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2 years ago

Why is everyone making the assumption that the people on the laptops are reading the paper?

Christian Schwendemann
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2 years ago

hidden fun fact: no one uses a wireless mouse, fat laptops, no obvious MacBooks, its not a starbucks... guess the year :P :D

Karen Drucks
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2 years ago

That's the truth too..........book and magazines and newspapers are virtually extinct...........

Janice Seagraves
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2 years ago

OMG, he reading an actual paper.

Crab babies
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2 years ago

How is NOT reading the newspaper something wrong with society? It saves just a tiny bit more trees by not printing as much paper as went into it before. Was this picture taken at this cafe before the invention of pc and internet then everyone would have their own newspaper each and there would be no difference! This picture is a failure!

Barbi Lucas
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2 years ago

I have seen people sitting four to a table, each on his own phone/tablet. What has happened to conversation?

Crab babies
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2 years ago

It has gone online retards!

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Sandy Baker
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2 years ago

The point is that no one is enjoying the food at a nice restaurant!

chachkimooch
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2 years ago

Why aren't any of them using their track pads? lol

Greg Schaper
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2 years ago

I so miss sitting down with the paper and a cup of coffee in the mornings.

Crab babies
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2 years ago

Environmental terrorist!!

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My O My
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2 years ago

Look, he is the only one not working while drinking his coffee

Cheryl Adams
Community Member
2 years ago

Paper? How avant garde.

Nick Kwasniak
Community Member
2 years ago

@DeidreMorris

Mark Kelly
Community Member
2 years ago

Nothing wrong with this.

Ztata
Community Member
2 years ago

papa

Alex Craig
Community Member
2 years ago

I am that odd one out.

earringnut
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2 years ago

nothing wrong here. it's just a type of medium for information.

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Daniel Losinger
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2 years ago

Timeline: Catholic Church's sex abuse scandals https://www.cnn.com/2017/06/29/world/timeline-catholic-church-sexual-abuse-scandals/index.html

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Michelle Line
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2 years ago

Well, at least it looks like they're all getting along.

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Mika N
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2 years ago

I've heard it said, how ironic it is that often times today, family time is getting everyone to put down their small screens and all look at the same big screen for a while.

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Phil.
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2 years ago

same with our used clothes which we graciously "donate"

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Sarah Miller
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2 years ago

I'm not seeing this as a "fast food/obesity" thing, more like a CEO or corporate leader just greedily eating funds. Fat in wealth kind of thing

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stellermatt
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2 years ago

you can roll a piece of shit in glitter, it's still a piece of shit.

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Molly Tallmadge
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2 years ago

Our governments today

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EM
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2 years ago

"I thought that there would be more fish."

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Willy wonka
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2 years ago

Tinder date wile you go on tinder

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stellermatt
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2 years ago

tis the season

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Ben S.
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2 years ago

He can't escape his reality, even in his day-dreams...

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Issy
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2 years ago

There was a poster of this picture in the magazine "Stern" after the Charlie Hebdo attack. The pen is mightier than the sword.

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Johanna Zamora
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2 years ago

Hose it down. Drone freak.

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Emily Rose
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2 years ago

could someone translate?

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Meep
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2 years ago

Oh god I'm reading this on the toilet at work

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Sykz
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2 years ago

Might be the smartest move?

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Çalıkuşu
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2 years ago

George Orwell- Animal Farm: ''Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike. No question, now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which."

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Chris Daemon
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2 years ago

Context, variation on Albrecht Dürer's Praying Hands.

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Michelle Line
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2 years ago

Cannot unsee!

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Rachael Marrast
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2 years ago

VEGAN?

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Sykz
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2 years ago

Enough money you can do anything.

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Vlad Horobet
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2 years ago

Not sure how many people knew this, but there is a forth monkey in this series. See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil and do no evil.

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Oli Wolfe
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2 years ago

No!!! How will you get the ball back now!

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Lua boots
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2 years ago

As the crisis of 29

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earringnut
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2 years ago

this would be even better with teachers.

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Lua boots
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2 years ago

Holidays...so many people leaves at same time...so they get stuck on the road..,and they spend half of their vac waiting on the car...sad...reality

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