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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3 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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3 years ago

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

Jhoa
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3 years ago

I see this comment a lot. Quite honestly, I don't mind other people taking pictures, or filming. I'm the one who cares about enjoying my experience. Also, I went to a concert some weeks back, my first one, and I did take pictures. The music was too loud for me really to enjoy it. Taking a few pictures and saving them - I generally enjoy remembering things so much more than actually experiencing them. And despite taking pictures, I'm still in the moment! I'm not zoning out, or thinking about how I'm going to arrange them in my journal. Why wouldn't you take a picture of a pretty sunset -especially if you're interested in photography, or even if you simply like pretty pictures? It only takes you a handful of second to take it. You are still experiencing it. I feel like people are complaining more about the over-sharing of these images, rather than the people «not enjoying their experiences'. That's a whole 'nother discussion.

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velocirrober
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3 years ago

How did all the photographers manage to get the other cellphones out of their frame?!?

Nicholas McAlinden
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3 years ago

With a PhonoShop filter!! ;-)

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Kristel
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3 years ago

A couple of pictures would not bother me. But constantly taking pictures or filming does, especially when it is in my view like 2 weeks ago at a Cirque du Soleil show. Everyone was allowed to take pictures, but not film. And this woman 1 seat to the left in front of me was constantly filming. It was pretty annoying. We were sitting in a wheelchair area (with seats in front, but it was not all sold out, and no one sat in these chairs). So in the break my partner and I asked the staff (who bring people to their places) if we could sit next to the chairs in front (well, me next to the chairs, my partner on a chair on the outside). When we sat there, that lady came up to us asking if we could move. We said no, and we weren't allowed to. That was the only spot we could sit said the staff.

Kristel
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3 years ago

So we just told her no, we are only allowed to sit in this seat (and next to it) according to the staff. She complained to us that she would not be able to see anything. (what if it was sold out and the seats in front of us were filled? Would she have complained too? She was already sitting at the end of the row) If she just moved herself to the spot we were previously sitting in, she would have “seen” the show perfectly, if this was really the case, so I ask myself why she did not do that. But my guess is that she only complained because she could not film the whole thing anymore. Which she was doing in smaller parts and looking to make sure staff did not see her film. Things like that, and constantly photographing really don’t let you enjoy the experience. Especially in this case because she was also watching if the staff did not see her film. So with my good heart, I hope she DID enjoy the second half of the show!

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Parmeisan
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3 years ago

Honestly, I don't see what's wrong with this. You go out into nature; obviously you enjoy it -you think it's beautiful enough that you want to remember it later or share the experience with a friend. My phone is filled with shots of things that I've found interesting, amusing, informative, or beautiful, and sometimes I scroll through and re-live them a bit. I get a chuckle; I get memories. It is only this way because my life was also filled with those moments.

Crab babies
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3 years ago

How is taking a picture of something beautiful "something wrong with society"? The theory of the camera has been around since 400 BC. Camera obscura was a technique using a lens in a darkened room to capture and reflect light of something on to a paper and then traced by hand since 1500. The first photograph (that is known of and is still in existence) dates back to 1820s almost 200 years ago. You can easily enjoy a sunset for an hour or more and it takes a few seconds to capture the beauty of it which can then last for several hundred years! So someone please come with a proper explanation of how taking a photograph is something wrong with modern society.

Teddy O'Malley
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3 years ago

Thanks for the brief history lesson. Also, I agree with you. There is nothing wrong with capturing a moment.

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Diana Hockley
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3 years ago

I can't understand why people would want to constantly photograph everything and not just enjoy it!

Crab babies
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3 years ago

I can't understand people who think that everything enjoyable will only last a split second! You see something you enjoy you take a picture which only takes a few seconds then you go on enjoying the thing for up to several hours! Complete idiots! Do you think something you enjoy looking at will disappear once you take a picture of it? Complete idiots!

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Sherry Naumann
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3 years ago

Why is everyone clumped up in a group? I'd have my Pentax, a bag of lenses and a tripod. I would be inspecting the shoreline and grasses for critters. I would be looking for birds, maybe checking out the creative sunflare produced by the lens already paired with my camera. I would relish the beauty around me the slanting of the sun rays, the sparkle of the water, the smell of ocean in the air and the sounds of the birds. My phone would have the ringer turned off so it would not disturb my enjoyment of where I was, I want to get lost in the viewfinder because that's where the creativeness is.

athornedrose
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3 years ago

i kind of felt like it was showing how each of them see it a little differently. different people line up different shots, changing the focal point. i'm sure it's meant to be a phone criticism, but i like to see it as multi perspective.

Linda Webb Varian
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3 years ago

Reminds me of my African Safari....I was the only one not looking through a camera.

Robin McCue
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3 years ago

Just look at it idiots!

Furious_Lover
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3 years ago

BBBBBBBBRRRRRRRRRRRRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄😑😑😑😑😑

Nick P
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3 years ago

I've seen people in clubs recording the surroundings and other ppl dancing rather than enjoying them self... It's like caller-tunes where you pay the money and only others can listen to the music/song...

BlueJean Yogini
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3 years ago

Naples Florida beaches during the winter...crowded with snow birds!

Vayda Strnad
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3 years ago

Do you think the dood who painted this took a picture of the sunset to copy off of?

Jackie Remington
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2 years ago (edited)

Photos are so important! It can be kind of annoying when someone takes 75 pics and never puts the phone down but when you lose someone very close to you and photos are all you have, you will be grateful for taking them.

Val/Malibu/Dante/Bob
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2 years ago

GOD DAMN IT! Put down your phone! Your probably only taking that to get followers. And then more followers leads to a thirst for more pictures. Which will eventually lead right into the picture above!

Val/Malibu/Dante/Bob
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2 years ago

You’re*

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Nicole Faulkner
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3 years ago

Yip unfortunately true

Nicole Faulkner
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3 years ago

:(

Bhie Matiman
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3 years ago

Bruno Mars hates this 😂

Nzht Siddiqui
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3 years ago

Nothing wrong with capturing a moment.

Sherrz Lim
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3 years ago

and even on holidays. So much fuss to snap the so called "perfect" photo.

Sherrz Lim
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3 years ago

and happens on holidays as well. so much fuss just to snap that so-called "perfect" shot.

Ted Papesh
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3 years ago

Looking at life thru a tinted lense!

Derek Allen
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3 years ago

Seeing all white hands and none of color shows what's wrong with Society just fine.

Gregory Biggs
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3 years ago

I do this to the extreme. I’m glad I have too. On a trip to Philadelphia on a tour bus I about drove the guides nuts because I was holding up the bus taking those last few pictures. For those who did not take pictures I feel bad. I hope they have very good memories. My memory sucks . I have hundreds of pictures of that trip and I still love scrolling through them ten years later. I fact that folder of images is my screen saver on my Mac. Simply put, I cherish those memories in digital.

Akil Bey
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3 years ago

Real spit, just enjoy life’s moments of bliss!!!

Justin Ryan
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3 years ago

Would this have been more acceptable if they were multiple thousand dollars DSLR ca,eras set up on tripods?

John Dunshee
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3 years ago

Looks like Oregon during the last eclipse

William Dollars
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3 years ago

Like if it’s not a hired media team that covers the event and will post it to YouTube the next day 🗣

Tuesday Desaulniers
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3 years ago

Stop looking at people and judging them and enjoy your OWN experience. If people want to memorialize a moment or share it with someone who can't be there...let them.

Tuesday Desaulniers
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3 years ago

Stop looking at other people and telling them how to live their lives. Enjoy your OWN experience. If they want to memorialize a moment or share it with someone who isn't there....let them.

Tuesday Desaulniers
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3 years ago

sorry for the double post...something funky happened and I thought the first didn't post.

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Tim Deans
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3 years ago

This is so accurate.

Lisa Georgette
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3 years ago

How can one Enjoy the moment, when they're too busy taking photos? Sheesh, put it down!

Christine Hesse
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3 years ago

Be “in the moment”

Kenny Carlstrom
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3 years ago

This is just plain stupidity.

Kenny Carlstrom
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3 years ago

This is stupid, you have a phone and you are allowed to use it.

SK Shannon
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3 years ago

Ain't it the truth?

Valerica Rosca
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3 years ago

watching at live events thru a monitor

Carol Caldwell
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3 years ago

Caught myself doing this at Inverhuron Beach last year!

Chris Stark
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3 years ago

Sun worshippers

Amber Hobbs
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3 years ago

Like sunset on Captiva; its beach by The Mucky Duck.

Jorj Judd
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3 years ago

Failure to enjoy the moment! Mores the pity!

Wendy Clegg
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3 years ago

Our world ☹️

Jennifer Et Steve Benoit-Dorant
Community Member
3 years ago

What is the difference between using your camera 📷 or your phone to immortalise a moment you love. Everyone say’s “ put your phone down” but i remember my dad use to carry a big ass camera on his shoulder to film important moments in his life. Smart phones are crappy for a lot of reasons but this is not one of them

Leone Boyd
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3 years ago

I just read some of the other comments & I might be wrong but I thought it was more everyone taking a photo has a different view of the same thing .....

Alison McKenzie
Community Member
3 years ago

This exact thing happened on a trip in Australia when we waited to watch a natural phenomenon as the moon rose. I wanted to yell, put you damn phones down! Your phone camera is not up to the job anyway! Plus their screens were all shining backwards and ruining our view. Grrr.

Sammy Sault
Community Member
3 years ago

Some people are aspiring photographers though so why ?

Jodi VanDyk
Community Member
3 years ago

I thoroughly enjoy my experiences. I'm even conscious of being in the moment at the time. However, as I also thoroughly enjoy photography, I also take moments for that as well. This is for me. If someone else feels they don't need to take pictures, then don't. It really shouldn't be an issue.

Stella Johnston
Community Member
3 years ago

I hate it when people get all judgemental about people take photos or videos at events instead of "living in the moment". First off we've been doing it since the drawing was invented, let alone the camera. Secondly, we ALL like to reminisce and photos/videos help us do that. Thirdly, you don't know why were doing it - it could be to show someone else, it could be for a print, it could be for inspiration- I do it because I have memory problems and won't remember it much afterwards, it at all. Fourthly, gtfover yourself, it's none of your damn business why we're doing it, move on with your own damn life and leave us to it.

_WEIRD_ONE_
Community Member
3 years ago

umm... wouldnt everybody have a picture of a phone on their screen?! just sayin'...

adiana
Community Member
3 years ago

So frustrating

Mario Lajarca Jr.
Community Member
3 years ago

The thing is, people ( you and I ) need to be considerate when taking photos/videos at any event or concerts or public performances. Everyone deserves a good video, no your butt or your back or your huge phone or DSLR.

Sandevil Sandh
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3 years ago

some one want to be different by taking it portrait..

Jan Virtue
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3 years ago

They'd rather take pictures of the nice, tranquil scene, than go and be part of it. I get it.

Taki
Community Member
3 years ago

xkcd hits the nail on the head yet again. It's even the exact same subject matter. Really, you have to question how judgemental you are as a person if you care about how other people enjoy something. https://xkcd.com/1314/

A.R.
Community Member
3 years ago

I just don't get why people need to capture every moment on their phones! I guess I am just the weird one here.

Kerrie Wong
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3 years ago

Reminds me of my trip to Angkor wat.. where everybody is fighting to get that “spectacular moment” perfect picture; perhaps for memory sake perhaps for posting to media sake. But, is that your moment? Or it’s just a moment?

Sara Russell
Community Member
3 years ago

There is nothing wrong with taking a photo of a beautiful sunset, but I think what the artist is trying to say is that we are sometimes looking at life too much through our small phone screens, instead of seeing the bigger picture. The answer is to take a picture, then put the phone away and feast your eyes on the broad horizon that the sky and sea always offer. Later on you might make a drawing from your photo, but make the most of living in the present.

Ève Blais
Community Member
3 years ago

Hum

Caroline Driver
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3 years ago

I have boxes of paper photos from my trip to America 30 years ago. They're a bit faded and denatured by now, but still, I can look back and remember things that I don't actually recall any more. I've been to concerts, and I enjoyed them at the time, but a lot of it is pretty much faded in a week. That's what photos have always been for, aide memoir. Ok, you probably shouldn't try to video an entire concert, but I see nothing wrong with a few snaps to remind you

Hannah Taylor
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3 years ago

Too true. This happens even at the movies.

Bev Vee
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3 years ago

Was at the beach w my hubby....saw an ENTIRE family sitting around a bonfire....kids says 'come play' 'come play!' NOT one adult got up to go and play. Broke my heart....even the grands were on their phones and not willing to make precious memories. Shame on them.

Lorraine Garthland
Community Member
3 years ago

yeh man

I Am the Walrus
Community Member
3 years ago

Almost looks like a phone talking a picture of a scene on another phone, taking a picture of a scene on another phone....lol

Hey Giou
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3 years ago

One hand or two are taking this picture to capture the beauty of the sunset the others are looking for "likes"

Kurt Heppke
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow!

Magpie
Community Member
3 years ago

Similar in concept to one Lunig drew many years ago, with a sunset and a tv. It bears repeating.

Derpicorn
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3 years ago

I appreciate the facts that my parents try to keep me away from my phone and other devices. It really helps you appreciate what we might not be able to see later on.

Jim Power
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3 years ago

This one is perfect.

Erisa Desu
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3 years ago

Santorini

Barbara
Community Member
3 years ago

The most amazing thing of all is they all have a great picture, even more amazng, it's all the same. They should teach a class about it :D Though, yeah, sad reality at times

Barbara
Community Member
3 years ago

Okay, not all the same. i looked too fast

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Danish Dynomummy
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3 years ago

Missing the whole experience

Desiré Yen
Community Member
3 years ago

Picture of a picture 😁

seno aditya
Community Member
3 years ago

It just a suggestion, but try this guys..If you are at some scenery place or awesome moment, put down your phone and feel it more

Alusair Alustriel
Community Member
3 years ago

Brings back to memory the photo of an elderly lay who waited for Pope to come by on the street. She was the ONLY one not holding a phone and watching the scene through it.

Terror from Beyond Space
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3 years ago

At least one person went for the vertical shot.

EM
Community Member
3 years ago

"Take a picture, it will last longer." -The Sun

Maggie Grover Bacher
Community Member
3 years ago

as a photographer, i resemble this remark. i don't really see what's wrong with capturing beauty though

annibell way
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3 years ago

Gosh darn people trying to preserve a view by snapping a quick photo. Memories are faulty for a reason how dare they defy nature.

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Phil.
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3 years ago

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

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Rakooned
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3 years ago

Children missing childhoods.

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Ola Antosik
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3 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.

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Daniel Losinger
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3 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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3 years ago

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

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Mika N
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3 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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3 years ago

same with our used clothes which we graciously "donate"

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Sarah Miller
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3 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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3 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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3 years ago

Our governments today

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EM
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3 years ago

"I thought that there would be more fish."

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Willy wonka
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3 years ago

Tinder date wile you go on tinder

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stellermatt
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3 years ago

tis the season

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Ben S.
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3 years ago

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

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Hilliary Smith
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3 years ago

I immediately thought that the commando in the middle thinks in black and white, and reality is all sorts of colors.

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Johanna Zamora
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3 years ago

Hose it down. Drone freak.

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Emily Rose
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3 years ago

could someone translate?

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Meep
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3 years ago

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

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Sykz
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3 years ago

Might be the smartest move?

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Çalıkuşu
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3 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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3 years ago

Context, variation on Albrecht Dürer's Praying Hands.

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Michelle Line
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3 years ago

Cannot unsee!

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Rachael Marrast
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3 years ago

VEGAN?

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Sykz
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3 years ago

Enough money you can do anything.

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Vlad Horobet
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3 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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3 years ago

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

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Lua boots
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3 years ago

As the crisis of 29

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earringnut
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3 years ago

this would be even better with teachers.

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Lua boots
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3 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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