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 -_-

Tugce Öngelen
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5 years ago

neither you do my mother

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Justyna
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5 years ago

or half of my family...

Mike Olson
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5 years ago

or my boss....

Maureen Mower
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5 years ago

That's not always the case... I've had some bosses (and coworkers that moonlight as backstabbers) who kept track of everything from whether you were 30 seconds late to your desk (even if there's a raging blizzard outside) to how many times you use the bathroom in a day.

Anders Byström
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4 years ago

With all that sneaking and spying.. I wonder how them self get anything else done. People can be very nasty..

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Elsa Ribeiro
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5 years ago

my parents never forget

Gay Bowen
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5 years ago

You've never work in a church office...

Katie Tortorello
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5 years ago

You never met my mother

Rism
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5 years ago

Somehow i cant chill... But i'm invisible anyway, sooo.... ...... ....

maggiemoonbeam
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5 years ago

Well, I've outlived all the relatives that used to, and retired from my job where they watched the clock and our work like HAWKS (I understand it's even worse now. They count computer keystrokes to monitor efficiency!) so for me, for now, it's true. But, sadly, for 67 years, there were definitely people keeping track! So if it's true for Mr. Noriega, I'm very happy for him.

María Fernanda Rojo
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5 years ago

Or one of my former bosses... Who kept journals :s

Memo Obitz
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5 years ago

this isn't really true...

Munawar Malik
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5 years ago

My sister

Barry Page
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3 years ago

Except me. I keep track and it is sad.....

Sukhi Patel
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3 years ago

Let them if they have nothing better to do

Ruth Lister
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3 years ago

that hasn't been my reality

រ័ត្ន ផលគុណ
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3 years ago

God does, because he cares.

Renz Silvestre
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3 years ago

hi mom.

Samantha Bell
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3 years ago

Not true. Your boss does...if you're in retail

Heather Hannibal
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3 years ago

yeah right, tell that to my EX boss!

Marilyn Ostrow
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3 years ago

I had a boyfriend who did. Finally, I'd accumulated too many.

Maria Brandwein
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3 years ago

Oh yes, they are!

Jan Kovář
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3 years ago

Have you met my wife?

Beth Moontree
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3 years ago

Very apt one. Have to remember that.

Beth Moontree
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3 years ago

Good one

Rob LeBlanc
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3 years ago

But don’t be a slacker either.

Nicole Antoku
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4 years ago

My mother does..

Mark Melton
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4 years ago

You obviously have never worked at the Mead Westvaco Corporation

Kenadee Bickford
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4 years ago

You must have not met my whole family... :/

Silent Skeleton
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4 years ago

im keeping track of my screwups :o(

Tia Fogle
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4 years ago

...

Quaint Deliveries
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5 years ago

try saying that in competitive circles....people are waiting for you to make a mistake..

Nenad Ivanovic Shone
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5 years ago

So ,apparently youre not married..

Mike Sy
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5 years ago

Management at the last place kept writing me up for trivial shit. I thought it was going into my permanent record that started in kindergarten.

Evgeniya Khon
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5 years ago

My boss does

Mike Sy
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5 years ago

Sometimes I feel like the permanent record THEY talked about in school is following me around.

Debbie Calvitto
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5 years ago

God does lol

Anna Zankiewicz
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5 years ago

yes they do yes they do,especially bosses

Norm Loren
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5 years ago

yes they are Obama cares.

Norm Loren
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5 years ago

yes they are.Obama cares.... :)

Lauren Southwood
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5 years ago

Until you get married ????

Lauren Southwood
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5 years ago

Until you get married... ????

Cláudia Barbosa
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5 years ago

Yeah

Gina Wildner
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5 years ago

Yeah...not true.

Puddin Tane
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5 years ago

For me, it's the mother!

Docolin Dan
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5 years ago

You're probably not married if you're saying this

GabyCh Chiang Sam
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5 years ago

Only yourself and that is enough...

Çağla Turhan
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5 years ago

Oh, believe me, some do, but hey, zero fucks are given ;)

Annie Olivera Golubović
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5 years ago

Oh they are... Bosses in particular

priyanka sen
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5 years ago

My decade old boyfriend does... every single time -_-

Amanda Scott
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5 years ago

In my last job the manager used to write down everything she thought I was doing wrong, and then they would periodically call me to a meeting and read them off like a rap sheet. Stupid stuff like saying yep instead of yes... Did I quit as soon as I could. Never looked back.

Amanda Luckman
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5 years ago

There can only be one....

Virat Sharma
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5 years ago

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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

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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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4 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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