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.

Casandra Nițescu
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2 years ago

People said the same thing about books when reading became more widespread. Just saying.

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Alia Ris
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2 years ago

I actually see the mom is happy because she can make cookies freely because the kids won't be bothering her. :p

Master Markus
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2 years ago

Inaccurate. Even children who use iPads like to do other things in my experience.

Erin
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2 years ago

You haven't met my brothers! My younger one recently had a tantrum because he was told to get off the TV after several hours.

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Shauday Smith
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2 years ago

Kids didn't buy themselves those devices. Parents did. Don't throw shade on kids using what was given to them.

RaroaRaroa
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2 years ago

That was my thought too. And the parent is letting them sit using their devices instead of getting them to help baking. Is it actually a failure in the parents, to make the effort to engage with their children, rather than technology taking their kids away? I think the kids would choose activities with parents if they were used to them being offered the chance.

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MauKini
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2 years ago

This is kinda sad.

stellermatt
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2 years ago

sad but true

Anonymous
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2 years ago

this isn't true for a majority of families. I hate these art pieces complaining about people using their phones to capture a picture or take a selfie. When I go to a restaurant no one is on their phone and I have never seen or experienced a social media centred holiday. This is a gross exaggeration. I don't know if it's because this a american normality but where I live it is very different.

Maggie Grover Bacher
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2 years ago

mine are in making cookies with me. . . .and dinner and washing dishes .. . and just engaging in what has to be done. time and place for everything

Lisa Georgette
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2 years ago

Sad, but true, Now! I'm glad my children went OUTSIDE to play! I never bought them this stuff.

Nick P
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2 years ago

There was a time when we used to go out of our house, call our friends in the neighbor and used to play throughout the day. But now a days the digital world has ruined everything. Kids don't leave their house and stay indoor.

Katrin Gaidai
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2 years ago

They play and chat with their friends online. Nothing is lost. They just can be friends with kids from all over the world, not just neighbors.

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Memes and more
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2 years ago

this makes me sad

Jan Virtue
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2 years ago

The cell phone was created and expanded upon to do just this; distract the kids, so they can be taught all types of foul crap. Society and the media don't have these types of gatherings, anymore. It's all about generic and baseless interactions between people. And to consume and do what society says. All the great lessons that parents and guardians can teach their children - IS BEING DESTROYED and FORGOTTEN ABOUT. Smh

Sue Moe
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2 years ago

Sad.

Adriana R
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2 years ago

this is the saddest picture I've ever seen on the damn internet

Signe Manat Hansen
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2 years ago

The banality hurts.

James Perkins
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2 years ago

A true Norman Rockwell moment!

Alan Mackay
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1 year ago

this is grim.

Kat Gonzales
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1 year ago

That's so sad some of my best memories were making Christmas cookies with all my family and friends

Randy Rubiales
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2 years ago

There is no more flying kites and playing in the field.

Alessandra Ricotta
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2 years ago

Yes but... Now I want those biscuits... or a piece of the dough!

Melody Ivey
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2 years ago

Nobody will know each other

Barbara Mullin
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2 years ago

In recent "The Nation" magazine article says those devices are not allowed for children in Europe because of radiation exposure and possible brain cancer results.

Maria Tripp
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2 years ago

Sad.

Claudia Weil
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2 years ago

This makes me cry.

Rob Stoeckel
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2 years ago

Sad.....

Jason Fiutem
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2 years ago

Sad

Donna Ciaccio
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2 years ago

Grandmas missing grandchildren

Donna Ciaccio
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2 years ago

Grandmas doing their part. Grandmas missing grandchildren

__Dog Person__
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2 years ago

tbh I am a child, I enjoy nothing more than cooking with family

Ted Johnston
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2 years ago

So true! And so sad!

Rita Skogen
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2 years ago

Sad😢

Cathy Reid
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2 years ago

So sad. The children are missing more than can be described. It is just not possible to fully enjoy interaction electronically.

Liea Young
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2 years ago

This one's particularly sad and I am seeing it happen in our own family. Not funny

Martha Sifuentes
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2 years ago

That is how it is today, no interaction with family. Just on the I pads,.

Martina Thornton
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2 years ago

This says it all 😐

Frank Burnett
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2 years ago

Damn shame

Rozy Rose
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2 years ago

SAD THE KIDS CAN'T TAKE TIME AWAY FROM THEIR COMPUTERS TO MAKE CHRISTMAS COOKIES A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE....

Shannon Hawthorne
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2 years ago

This one is sad.

Dario Ruiz
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2 years ago

Reality today

Makayla Mikels
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2 years ago

Again, so true...

Mrs Butterworth
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2 years ago

This makes me so sad

Pat Wooster
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2 years ago

How sad. This is my grandchild. At every occasion.

Sonia Leroux
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2 years ago

so sad, they don't know what they are missing

Shinomi Chan
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2 years ago

Thank god I could still be a normal child. I mean true nowadays I DO spend most of time indoors, but when I was a little kid, I used to go play outside with my brother and cousins all the time. This generation does not do that.

Janice Seagraves
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2 years ago

This makes me sad.

Bev Vee
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2 years ago

It's a shame that parents don't insist that the children put those damn things down!

Terri Echols
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2 years ago

Children having a different childhood.

Pamela
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2 years ago

Memories being missed on being made

Anna Pillow
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2 years ago

The child will get such of childhood, as his parent gives him.

audrey cooper
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2 years ago

not all children are like this

Khairul Syazwan
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2 years ago

the awful sight that i saw in where i live is an empty playground... I couldnt remember a days in my childhood tht the play ground is empty, even when it rained...

Tee Hee
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9 months ago

This is such dumb boomer humor

Joe Blow
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10 months ago

Children being brainwashed and exploited instead of being respectful and showing gratitude. There could be a series of these illustrations with the same kids in the background, at the dinner table, camping, at a restaurant, at a national park, at a baseball game, etc, etc.

Lisa Howard-Leandre
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1 year ago

We are all guilty as a society 😢

Val/Malibu/Dante/Bob
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1 year ago

Tbh, this isn’t me... I love baking

Princess Dram
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1 year ago

You have to put the cookies closer together! This way takes to long!

C Hypercube
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2 years ago

She's probably streaming it live.

Sherrz Lim
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2 years ago

to some extend, "new-age" parents too.

Stacy Foureman
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2 years ago

I didn't even see the kids in the background. I only saw the cookie cut-outs and thought it was an appropriate comment on Holiday consumerism. ...where Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentines are a combined commercialized blur.

Ted Papesh
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2 years ago

Kids making dot com cookies!

Eric Twain
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2 years ago

no comment

David Bickley
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2 years ago

Typical!

Justin Ryan
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2 years ago

A mother enjoying some peace and quiet.....

Matt Lomax
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2 years ago

People say children missing there childhoods but whom influenced them and allowed them to use technology?? Rather than teaching basic skills and expecting school to pick up the slack!!!???

Terry Kohn
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2 years ago

Societal issue?

Mona Skelton
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2 years ago

There were times that I would rather my 3 boys were doing this!

Haj Fischer
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2 years ago

Vorweihnachtszeit!

An Qale
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2 years ago

Too new to me but I get use to see them like it!

Patty Hood
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2 years ago

Most kids, today’s kids, would jump at the chance to help make cookies. This one’s a no go.

Jorj Judd
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2 years ago

Little Red Hen

Jen Dennison
Community Member
2 years ago

So sad.. I loved making cookies w my mother... there are ways to use technology together tho..

Per Reinhart Johnsen
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2 years ago

Hygge i heimen

Paulette Myers
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2 years ago

Profound!

Joe Price
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2 years ago

This was the attitude when I had to fight to play Dungeons and Dragons when I was a kid.

Victoria Woolf
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2 years ago

if shes like my mom criticising everything u do n says ur in the way thats the issue

M O'Connell
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2 years ago

Eee-gads, woman! Use the dough more efficiently!

Taki
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2 years ago

Some of my best memories growing up are of playing video games with friends.

Nikki D
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2 years ago

Can anyone tell what the lyrics to that music are?

Barbara
Community Member
2 years ago

Well...at least they aren't bothering the neighbours by being too loud? And they can have cookies?

Magdalina777
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2 years ago

Hahaha this is so me. Both the woman and the kids in the background. One can do both really :)

Edgar L - F
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2 years ago

This one just hurts, I don't know why, but it does.

Krystal Dickson
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2 years ago

So what’s wrong with being engulfed with technology? I see it as a form of evolution the same way the car replaced the horse, electronics will replace paper and books saving millions in trees, oils and polymers.

Brenden Laidlaw
Community Member
2 years ago

Children missing childhoods or children not experiencing your own image of what a childhood is supposed to be? Whilst I agree that fresh air and entertainment-less family centred time pays dividends, it is a sign of the times and good bad is just your interpretation of experience.

Timbul Aritonang
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2 years ago

So what? human change since prehistoric ...

Chris Contreras
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2 years ago

Cookie cutter cookies, cookie cutter children.

Joel Casey
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2 years ago

Oh wah, kids have a constant, essentially free resource of entertainment and education. Oh boo they're not making cakes and singing songs?

Frida Ohlson
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2 years ago

This will never be accepted in my future household. NEVER

Danish Dynomummy
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2 years ago

That is so me!

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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.

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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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Hilliary Smith
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2 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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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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