Design seems like such a simple, elementary thing when you think about it, but hordes of people keep getting the basics wrong, often with hilarious and side-splitting results. Buildings are hard to design, as are other objects, but we usually take the lettering and layout of sentences and phrases for granted, as though everyone will be able to understand us no matter how.we.words.our.place.

Well, the truth is, designing text so it’s readable isn’t as easy as you’d expect. There’s a system to it. There are processes that must be followed. Typography rules that ought never be broken. Except that those rules are broken all the time by some oblivious people. Bored Panda collected some of the best examples of incredibly bad text design that is wonderfully enjoyable to make fun of. From lame ads to funny posters, nodofy is safe from bad design. So upvote the best/worst fails, see if your friends can figure out what’s actually written, and let us know in the comments if you've seen design fails that compare to these ones.

We know how much you enjoy these funny fails concerning design, so you can read Bored Panda’s previous posts about them here, here, here, here, and here.

#1

How Do I Apply?

How Do I Apply?

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Vic
Community Member
1 year ago

The person preparing this sign was surely tripping on something..

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#2

Noted

Noted

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Thomas Murphy
Community Member
1 year ago

calling the police on Willesden Electricity Department

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#3

Apparently Scary Jesus Is A Thing

Apparently Scary Jesus Is A Thing

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Vic
Community Member
1 year ago

When you are on a fishing trip. Walks on water behind you and goes BOO!!

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One of the online communities where similar text design fails are shared daily is the subreddit ‘Don’t Dead Open Inside,’ which prides itself on collecting the most egregious examples of signs and media that don’t make any sense if you read them normally. The community, which was established in May 2014, is large, having grown to over 513,000 members.

Bored Panda reached out to the 'Don't Dead Open Inside' subreddit moderators. According to one of them, the community was inspired to form because of the 'Don't Dead Open Inside' frame from the very first episode of the hit TV show The Walking Dead.

According to one moderator, people make mistakes while designing text because "they're either not thinking or they want to be original. Our main mission statement is to show them that they are wrong."

They also had advice for those individuals willing to step up their game design-wise: "People in the west read left to right, then top to bottom. Do not "liven up" your text by making it "quirky". Hard to read means lost attention which translates to lost revenue."

#4

Five Extremely Slow Children Playing

Five Extremely Slow Children Playing

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TheExtremeSmell
Community Member
1 year ago

Seems rude

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#5

This Terribly Worded Sign I Saw Today. Sorry, I’ll Pick Up My Dog’s Poop... Wouldn’t Want To Ruin Your Child Eating Experience

This Terribly Worded Sign I Saw Today. Sorry, I’ll Pick Up My Dog’s Poop... Wouldn’t Want To Ruin Your Child Eating Experience

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Sarahí Covarrubias
Community Member
1 year ago

Like Maruchan's cups say: Warning serving children

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#6

Well, Uh... I Guess That's A Good Motto

Well, Uh... I Guess That's A Good Motto

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Cordelia
Community Member
1 year ago

If you won't then don't!

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Canva has some handy tips for those of you willing to up your design game when it comes to words. For example, Canva suggests that you limit the number of fonts that you use and use simple ones, rather than complex ones that might not mesh together well.

#7

Attention

Attention

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Sveta Smirnova
Community Member
1 year ago

No wonder the toilet is always empty

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#8

Thanks For The Advice

Thanks For The Advice

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Thomas Murphy
Community Member
1 year ago

already on it

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#9

Baby Needs Beers & Wines

Baby Needs Beers & Wines

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Lana Raven
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1 year ago

i think it’s mommy who needs that

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Spacing, something most of us rarely think about, is also important and can bring about radically different effects simply by eliminating the negative space between letters, words, and sentences.

#10

Experience

Experience

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TheExtremeSmell
Community Member
1 year ago

Where do I sign up?!

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#11

This Habitat For Humanity Van

This Habitat For Humanity Van

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Hello it Smee
Community Member
1 year ago

Hahaha, this is my favorite one on this list

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#12

So My Campus Had A Suicide Awareness And Prevention Day

So My Campus Had A Suicide Awareness And Prevention Day

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Hello it Smee
Community Member
1 year ago

Come try our Kool Aide, it's killer.

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Meanwhile, colors are equally important: use them to your advantage to create harmony between different parts of the text. Use contrasting and complementary colors. Lines can be used to guide the reader’s attention and create symmetry; however, badly used lines can turn a sign or a design into a catastrophe. Think you’ve got all that? Good. Let us know how you’d fix the text designs in this list.

#13

No Safety. Smoking First

No Safety. Smoking First

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TheExtremeSmell
Community Member
1 year ago

Smoke em if you got em I guess

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#14

Who Else Is Donating To End Children?

Who Else Is Donating To End Children?

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Thomas Murphy
Community Member
1 year ago

my favourite cause

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#15

Don't Save A Life. Be Afraid To Give Blood

Don't Save A Life. Be Afraid To Give Blood

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Grapeling
Community Member
1 year ago

Thank you this is very helpful. I'll tell me friends too :D

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#16

Do I Push?

Do I Push?

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Sarahí Covarrubias
Community Member
1 year ago

It says push me

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#17

If You Hard, Then You Hard

If You Hard, Then You Hard

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Vic
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah what can you do about it.. not like you control it..

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#18

Sorry Guys, You Can’t Let Your Pets Cook Bicycles Here

Sorry Guys, You Can’t Let Your Pets Cook Bicycles Here

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Restless
Community Member
1 year ago

But my dogs love cooking bicycles!

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#19

Hood On vs. Hood Off

Hood On vs. Hood Off

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Martata
Community Member
1 year ago

It shows where you stand. They cater for both. It's a label. Use it right.

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#20

Please Do Not Take It Home. Leave Litter Here

Please Do Not Take It Home. Leave Litter Here

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Grapeling
Community Member
1 year ago

What do they LeArN in environmental management these days???

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#21

Just Purchased This Low Quality Fried Chicken At The Grocery Store

Just Purchased This Low Quality Fried Chicken At The Grocery Store

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Holosexual
Community Member
1 year ago

Well, at least they're honest

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#22

If You Were In A Car, Would You Know What Accident To Do?

If You Were In A Car, Would You Know What Accident To Do?

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Cordelia
Community Member
1 year ago

If you were in a car would you know what accident to do? 🤔🤔🤔 hmmmm lemme see.... What to do what to do..... Tsk tsk tsk...

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#23

Smash Immigrants Welcome Racism

Smash Immigrants Welcome Racism

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Vic
Community Member
1 year ago

Racist Hulk be Racist..

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#24

Honey, I Think We're Supposed To Turn Right

Honey, I Think We're Supposed To Turn Right

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TheExtremeSmell
Community Member
1 year ago

Don’t dead open inside

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#25

I Only Saw The Left Window At First And Got Very Confused

I Only Saw The Left Window At First And Got Very Confused

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Martata
Community Member
1 year ago

Selsful living is a good way of putting it

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#26

This New Wall Art In My Office

This New Wall Art In My Office

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Fuzztone
Community Member
1 year ago

I have no idea what it is even trying to say.

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#27

Our To Help Trollies You Move

Our To Help Trollies You Move

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Lazy Panda
Community Member
1 year ago

This doesn’t make sense either way...

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#28

7 Surprising Black Ways To Use Beans

7 Surprising Black Ways To Use Beans

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TheExtremeSmell
Community Member
1 year ago

Hmmmm

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#29

So I Fart Old Dust

So I Fart Old Dust

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Martata
Community Member
1 year ago

Is this a ice breaker

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#30

They Are, In Fact, A Particular Sub-Species Of Rock

They Are, In Fact, A Particular Sub-Species Of Rock

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Martata
Community Member
1 year ago

The safe ones are not so bad

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#31

The Design School I Graduated From Sent This Postcard Out

The Design School I Graduated From Sent This Postcard Out

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Vic
Community Member
1 year ago

. I'm not so sure about that..

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#32

Stand Hong With Kong

Stand Hong With Kong

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Holosexual
Community Member
1 year ago

I ship

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#33

When Your Gym Tryies Hard To Motivate You But Fails To Make Any Sense

When Your Gym Tryies Hard To Motivate You But Fails To Make Any Sense

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Jessamyn Zolcznski
Community Member
1 year ago

Trying to be Yoda you are

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#34

Truly Inspiring

Truly Inspiring

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Hello it Smee
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like a drunk text.

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#35

Vicious Inc... What?!

Vicious Inc... What?!

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TheExtremeSmell
Community Member
1 year ago

I don’t see what’s wrong? Vicious inc est 2015

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#36

This Monstrosity

This Monstrosity

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Doris Won-Lee
Community Member
1 year ago

We are not happy till you're not happy!!?

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#37

From Afar, This Sign Has A Completely Different Meaning

From Afar, This Sign Has A Completely Different Meaning

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Sarahí Covarrubias
Community Member
1 year ago

Someone has problems with children

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#38

Wet Private Clay Parties

Wet Private Clay Parties

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Restless
Community Member
1 year ago

That could get hard

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#39

Burn Increase

Burn Increase

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Incognito
Community Member
1 year ago

i don't think you should burn plants anyway though...

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#40

Never Ever Ever Beef. Frozen Always

Never Ever Ever Beef. Frozen Always

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Holosexual
Community Member
1 year ago

- Elsa

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#41

Shosple Colupis

Shosple Colupis

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Martata
Community Member
1 year ago

Harry Potter vibes

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#42

What Does What What Does?

What Does What What Does?

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Ale_Vidal23
Community Member
1 year ago

i don't know, okay?! x(

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#43

Nono Paingain

Nono Paingain

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Marcellus the Third
Community Member
1 year ago

Gains requiring pain are a big no-no to me, so I'd be pleased to wear this.

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#44

Popped Up On My Feed

Popped Up On My Feed

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Tai Nguyen
Community Member
1 year ago

If being okay is not okay, is being not okay, okay? And if so, isn't that also not okay?

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#45

Found At A Local Bar

Found At A Local Bar

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European other
Community Member
1 year ago

What kind of bar is this ?

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#46

Friend Of A Friend Got A New Tattoo

Friend Of A Friend Got A New Tattoo

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Holosexual
Community Member
1 year ago

No ragrets

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#47

This Won The Design Competition

This Won The Design Competition

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nanashi
Community Member
1 year ago

Don't worry, I'm trying my best every day not to die.

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#48

They Must Have Added The Arrows After Realising How Steamy It Was Originally

They Must Have Added The Arrows After Realising How Steamy It Was Originally

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TheExtremeSmell
Community Member
1 year ago

No wonder they’re working slowly

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#49

This Sign At My International School

This Sign At My International School

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boredpanDaman
Community Member
1 year ago

well, it IS international, no? kinda also explains why UN is failing...

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#50

Karaoke Thursday Here Every Sunday

Karaoke Thursday Here Every Sunday

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Restless
Community Member
1 year ago

See you Wednesday then

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#51

Get Good News One Buy

Get Good News One Buy

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Ale_Vidal23
Community Member
1 year ago

this person was drunk i guess

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#52

I Think The Real Question Is: Why On A Toilet Seat?

I Think The Real Question Is: Why On A Toilet Seat?

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Martata
Community Member
1 year ago

It sounds complicated

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#53

Book Don’t By Judge It’s A Cover At My High School

Book Don’t By Judge It’s A Cover At My High School

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Falcon
Community Member
1 year ago

So a judge didn't release a book, only a cover? 🤔

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#54

I’m Call Pregnant Me

I’m Call Pregnant Me

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TheExtremeSmell
Community Member
1 year ago

Pregragnant. Interesting way to let them know

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#55

I Live In Tootrno

I Live In Tootrno

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Kioh81
Community Member
1 year ago

" We don't take naps Toronto!" Hahaha Is this a roast on Toronto? Or is this Toronto is against naps in general?? I'm so confused

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#56

Wales Prince Of Hotel

Wales Prince Of Hotel

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Ryo Bakura
Community Member
1 year ago

To be fair, it does look like a castle, so it could be the Prince of Hotels in that sense. And it could be in Wales, as well.

#57

Dip Dip

Dip Dip

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Sarahí Covarrubias
Community Member
1 year ago

Good for a song

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#58

What Do?

What Do?

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Marcellus the Third
Community Member
1 year ago

The images are random, the words too so..

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#59

70,000 Can’t Be Teeth, Wrong

70,000 Can’t Be Teeth, Wrong

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Edgar Rops
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1 year ago

Not to mention the fact that it's the teeth of 2,187 and a half persons

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#60

You Had Meat "Hello"

You Had Meat "Hello"

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Andrew Wildman
Community Member
1 year ago

This is the kind of thing this post should be about...

#61

Aloha, Please Remove Your Hawaii

Aloha, Please Remove Your Hawaii

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Jaffa Cake
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1 year ago

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This actually makes sense politically, Aloha is the "Aboriginal Lands of Hawaiian Ancestry" movement which campaigned for a free Hawaii and reparations from the US.

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#62

New Paint On The Wall At My Gym

New Paint On The Wall At My Gym

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European other
Community Member
1 year ago

This is actually quite inspiring

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#63

Hear That Noise? We Are Growing. We Can Fix It Again. Apply Inside

Hear That Noise? We Are Growing. We Can Fix It Again. Apply Inside

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Jenn Unicorn Popping
Community Member
1 year ago

If they have to fix it again it doesn't say much for their work...

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#64

Sorry, We Don't Over $20 Bills Accept

Sorry, We Don't Over $20 Bills Accept

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Kioh81
Community Member
1 year ago

OK Yoda.

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#65

I Give Up

I Give Up

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Rissie
Community Member
1 year ago

What?

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#66

Do Not Take And Put Blue Chairs Them Onto Gym Floor! Away When Done

Do Not Take And Put Blue Chairs Them Onto Gym Floor! Away When Done

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Restless
Community Member
1 year ago

I am away now, please try again later

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#67

S3adlaey

S3adlaey

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Jason Doakes
Community Member
1 year ago

Sa da tay, my brother, or something...

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#68

Fire Keep Door Shut

Fire Keep Door Shut

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European other
Community Member
1 year ago

Good advice keep the fire in

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#69

I Am Dond

I Am Dond

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Falcon
Community Member
1 year ago

I wonder how many Donds there are that they market towards them.

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#70

My Hometown Parade. Dear God

My Hometown Parade. Dear God

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Holosexual
Community Member
1 year ago

Christine Sydelko was there

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#71

*inhales* Everything Everything Everything Everything Everything Everything Everything

*inhales* Everything Everything Everything Everything Everything Everything Everything