In 2010, illustrator Alex Noriega was having some problems at work and so he started a blog as a way to figure out where he was going wrong. "I wanted to put on paper all that I had learned in life as simple as possible and try to see if what was happening around me made any sense," he says. Although it didn't help him to make sense of anything, it did however lead to this beautiful series of illustrations.

His blog is called Stuff No One Told Me (SNOTM for short), but while Alex may have learned life's lessons the hard way, he's making it easy for the rest of us by teaching us everything we need to know. His illustrations range from sobering reminders of things we often overlook in life to useful nuggets of zen-like wisdom to help us to become more conscientious humans. Take a look for yourself, and don't say no one told you.

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Israel Martinez
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5 years ago

I can really relate ...

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Lisa-Marie Saunders
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5 years ago

Wasn't this from the 'Sunscreen' song, by Baz Luhrman?

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Amanda Panda
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5 years ago

You haven't met my dad -_-

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emma30
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5 years ago

I don't wanna live with spiders

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Rafaella Bueno
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5 years ago

I think it's mostly a sign of confidence. Everyone has ideas, most people consider their own ideas dumb and let it end there, creative people believe and let them flow

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Amanda Panda
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5 years ago

It's a Monday ... doubt it

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Karina Rudbech
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5 years ago

Fem flade flødeboller på et fladt flødebollefad <--- knock yourself out ????

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Jan Van Biervliet
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5 years ago

I do it like they do on the discovery channel

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Anita Pócsi
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5 years ago

I literally feel how big truth is this.

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tsjah
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5 years ago

so anyone who'll do pot with ya

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maggiemoonbeam
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5 years ago

Generalities are generally a bad idea. And BONERS? Nah, just sticky britches.

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Amanda Panda
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5 years ago

Right in the feels

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Amanda Panda
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5 years ago

... from the other siiiiiiiiiide

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Sara Jane
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5 years ago

This is a fantastic one, it took me a long time to realise that STUFF can be replaced, time and people can't.

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maryhadalittlelamb
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5 years ago

which is almost all the time!

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Amanda Panda
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5 years ago

That awkward moment when you're wearing nikes and you can't do it.

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Denis Schüle
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5 years ago

Like the gordian knot. Something there just is no easy solution and you just have to force your way through it. :-D

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Peitto Burrito
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5 years ago

Now I REALLY want to life in a world where bunny hats are hot trend

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Onion Spirit
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5 years ago

preach

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Monique Wilson
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5 years ago

sad that the person you chose for uglier is *fat*. sigh

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Amanda Panda
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5 years ago

I like how the little bubble is drawn like a sperm.. I see what you did there. Also, ew.

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Lisa-Marie Saunders
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5 years ago

Easier said than done, though...

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Selvi Herianti
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5 years ago

oh I love this

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Cayman
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5 years ago

TOTALY how boring would the world be if everybody was exact duplicates of each other?

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Sara Jane
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5 years ago

Only if you have a sh#t family will you really appreciate this one.

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Maureen Mower
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5 years ago

Actually, I sent my kid to school to learn to read, write, do arithmetic, etc.... I expected him to learn about life at home.

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carymouse
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5 years ago

Trust your instincts but act (as) rationally (as possible)

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Tiny Dynamine
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5 years ago

Ha ha. If only they realised this!

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Rafaella Bueno
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5 years ago

I think everyone understands that... there will always be someone worst off than you, but that shouldn't mean you shouldn't be allowed to complain or feel bad ever without feeling guilty. No matter how well off someone might be, they will still have their own problems, get stressed, and need to vent. Feeling inadequate doesn't mean you're not grateful for what you do have

Ποιητικό Αίτιο
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5 years ago

Logged in just to vote you up.

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Maureen Mower
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5 years ago

Having been in the depicted situation (minus the pet), I completely get that things could be worse. But since I was recently laid off, and don't have ANY car (in an area where there's little to no public transit), nor can I afford even a very cheap used one right now... a bit of complaining is in order, because in about 4 months, when the unemployment runs out, I may be back in that situation again (this time with 2 cats).

Barry Page
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3 years ago

Who says that just because I do not have things that I am unlucky? I have a loving wife, great kids, a roof over my head and no hunger. I AM lucky!

Šimon Špaček
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4 years ago

That sounds like something very smart but, in fact, it is NOT. 'Be happy with your shitty job because there are people who have no job' ' be happy that you have both legs because somebody lost his in car accident' 'be happy and grateful that you have food because there are starving children in Africa'... No. Just no. You were lucky so use it. Shitty job? Do not 'be happy to have job' do everything to change it! You are not starving but you do not like the food you have everyday? Get some cooking lessons! There are plenty of them, some online courses are free. Never ever you should be just happy because your live could be worse. Always look for ways how to make your life better, easier and happier. There are ways you just have to think. And it is good to ask some friend or family member what they think about your life. Sometimes they can see your problems better then you because you are living inside the problem. And quite often they can provide simple solution.

Ash Lauren
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4 years ago

But at least he still has his pupper <3

Georgia Stergiadis
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5 years ago

If you have a roof over your head, food to eat, and clothes on your back, you're richer than you think.

Rao Khalid
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5 years ago

agree

Bianca Meglio
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5 years ago

❤️

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Ajda Boksic Filipovic
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5 years ago

Amen

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Amanda Panda
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5 years ago

This is annoying ...we all have friends like that. And on the rare occasions YOU need a favor from THEM... they are "too busy"

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James Polony
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5 years ago

It's funny how the people over-analyzing this are proving the point of the message.

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Linda Bekkemellem
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5 years ago

This is a good one. I think most people go through that stage where they enjoy calling themselves freaks, thinking they're so much diffrent than everyone else. But really, you're not. You're just as normal as everyone else.

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Maureen Mower
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5 years ago

Working on this one...

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Jeannete Eik
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5 years ago

My mom used to tell us this one :-)

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Rachel Soucy
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5 years ago

mean you has no idea what going on in the world

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Daria B
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5 years ago

♩♪♬ "Belieeeeeeeve in yourself! You got to belieeeeeeeving yourself, baby. Belieeeeeeeve in yourself! Or you get nothing from anyone else" ♪♬

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Benita Botha
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5 years ago

On the flip side of that, I have learnt one does need to take themselves seriously enough to actually be proud of achievements and keep track of them, even if no one else does.

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Sigrid Vinter
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5 years ago

I don't have a dick, so I cannot relate to this situation :-P think I'll go and spread some anger, then

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Cordélia Leite
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5 years ago

It's ok to fail. Humans fail sometimes.

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Batt Mann
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5 years ago

...so we -can- brag about the 2 weeks...?

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MissGreenGamer
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5 years ago

PS: we don't fart backwards

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Regina Ali
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5 years ago

Just turn your house into a Bar, problem solved.

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Amanda Panda
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5 years ago

Some of my coworkers are winning at this game...

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tsjah
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5 years ago

ah it prolly was ;D

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brandon sat
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5 years ago

truly accurate.

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Amanda Panda
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5 years ago

it may not solve anything, but venting def helps me feel better!

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maryhadalittlelamb
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5 years ago

no wonder there are a few contradicting ones here.. but that's ok..

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Kathy Black
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5 years ago

If they don't, get some new friends.

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Panji Agustian
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5 years ago

unless you are truly smart and some jealous fuck just think you trying to be smart, because you know.. theyre dumb and jealous little bitch lol

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Nate O'Brien
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5 years ago

☝️ "The Donald" as a young man.

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Jay Steller
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5 years ago

Like that time I tried using Photoshop on a Mac and I was like, "WHY ISN'T CONTROL+Z WORKING?!"

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Panji Agustian
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5 years ago

everyone's definition of "logic" is quite different tho..

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Amanda Panda
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5 years ago

*looks around* I see a lot of people NOT getting laid right now....

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Amanda Panda
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5 years ago

You've clearly never worked in customer service. Squeaky wheel ALWAYS gets the oil.

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April Altop
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5 years ago

Unless you work in the service industry...

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