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 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. 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. 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 design fails, 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 1 month ago

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

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#2

Noted

Noted

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Thomas Murphy 1 month 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 1 month 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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#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 1 month 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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Kaisu 1 month ago

At least they're honest!

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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 1 month 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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Martata 1 month ago

If anxiety could speak

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#9

Baby Needs Beers & Wines

Baby Needs Beers & Wines

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Lana Raven 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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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Grapeling 1 month ago

Light the place on fire while you're at it :p

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#14

Who Else Is Donating To End Children?

Who Else Is Donating To End Children?

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Hello it Smee 1 month ago

Sound like a vasectomy advertisement.

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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 1 month 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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Orillion 1 month ago

If you can't push it, why is it even there!?

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#17

If You Hard, Then You Hard

If You Hard, Then You Hard

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Vic 1 month 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 1 month 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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Jjjane20 1 month ago

In case you'd like to change your mind.

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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 1 month 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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Rissie 1 month ago

Honest advertising?

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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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Holosexual 1 month ago

This is so stressful no I wouldn't know what accident to do, this is too much responsibility

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#23

Smash Immigrants Welcome Racism

Smash Immigrants Welcome Racism

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Vic 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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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Hello it Smee 1 month ago

I get the stupid title, but seriously black bean smoothies sounds gross!!!!!!!

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#29

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 1 month ago

The safe ones are not so bad

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#30

So I Fart Old Dust

So I Fart Old Dust

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Jason Doakes 1 month ago

Well, this makes just as much sense as the original thought...

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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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Hello it Smee 1 month ago

No thanks, you haven't even figured it out yet.

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#32

Stand Hong With Kong

Stand Hong With Kong

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European other 1 month ago

Hong and Kong need to get together

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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 1 month ago

Trying to be Yoda you are

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#34

Truly Inspiring

Truly Inspiring

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Hello it Smee 1 month ago

Looks like a drunk text.

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#35

Vicious Inc... What?!

Vicious Inc... What?!

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Jane Doe 1 month ago

Well he’s not lying there, incest is usually vicious

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#36

This Monstrosity

This Monstrosity

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Nagawa (Cofa) Kishiki 1 month ago

So they are happy when I'm miserable?

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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 1 month ago

Someone has problems with children

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#38

Wet Private Clay Parties

Wet Private Clay Parties

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Tiggy Darling 1 month ago

My favourite. But I do have the humour of a 9 year old.

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#39

Burn Increase

Burn Increase

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Jjjane20 1 month ago (edited)

And this must be higher than she is 😂

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#40

Never Ever Ever Beef. Frozen Always

Never Ever Ever Beef. Frozen Always

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#41

Shosple Colupis

Shosple Colupis

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Tai Nguyen 1 month ago

Finally! You have no idea how hard it is to find a shop selling shosple colupis!!

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#42

What Does What What Does?

What Does What What Does?

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Angel Llamas 1 month ago

I don't care.

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#43

Nono Paingain

Nono Paingain

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ZANDA 1 month ago

Sounds like we have a name for our next Pixar character.

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#44

Popped Up On My Feed

Popped Up On My Feed

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Tai Nguyen 1 month 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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Monday 1 month ago

I love beer corn! It's the best snack when you're playing pong hole!

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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 1 month ago

No ragrets

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#47

This Won The Design Competition

This Won The Design Competition

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nanashi 1 month 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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Marcellus the Third 1 month ago

If the intention was to slow your actions down it worked very well! 10/10 success.

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#49

This Sign At My International School

This Sign At My International School

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Jon S. 1 month ago

Dagobah?

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#50

Karaoke Thursday Here Every Sunday

Karaoke Thursday Here Every Sunday

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Restless 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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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Martata 1 month ago

What's a pregnat

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#55

I Live In Tootrno

I Live In Tootrno

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Kioh81 1 month 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 1 month 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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Restless 1 month ago

Dippidy Dooda day

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#58

What Do?

What Do?

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Marcellus the Third 1 month 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 1 month 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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ZANDA 1 month ago

But what about second meat?

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#61

Aloha, Please Remove Your Hawaii

Aloha, Please Remove Your Hawaii

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Jaffa Cake 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago

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

#64

Sorry, We Don't Over $20 Bills Accept

Sorry, We Don't Over $20 Bills Accept

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Kioh81 1 month ago

OK Yoda.

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#65

I Give Up

I Give Up

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Kioh81 1 month ago

I think the big lines are supposedly blanks for you to fill in maybe?

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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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Andrew Wildman 1 month ago

“So I don’t take a chair but I gotta put a chair away? That’s deep, man...”

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#67

S3adlaey

S3adlaey

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Heidi Zimmermann 1 month ago

Is this a captcha?

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#68

Fire Keep Door Shut

Fire Keep Door Shut

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A B C 1 month ago

Don't dead, open inside!

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#69

I Am Dond

I Am Dond

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Rissie 1 month ago

He looks very enthusiastic about his name.

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#70

My Hometown Parade. Dear God

My Hometown Parade. Dear God

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Restless 1 month ago

Mary hit a what?

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#71

*inhales* Everything Everything Everything Everything Everything Everything Everything

*inhales* Everything Everything Everything Everything Everything Everything Everything

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European other 1 month ago

Is it possible that everything must go ?

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#72

If U Stay, Go, Stay Do It 4ever Today

If U Stay, Go, Stay Do It 4ever Today

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Holosexual 1 month ago

My crush giving me signals like:

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#73

Real Trucks Not Carry Loads, Handbags

Real Trucks Not Carry Loads, Handbags

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CrunChewy McSandybutt 1 month ago

Aw... poor little man and his fragile little ego.

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#74

Don't Worry You'll About It Be Ok

Don't Worry You'll About It Be Ok

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Hannyyy 1 month ago

"try it"..... How do you "try" a notepad?

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#75

Trust Onoe

Trust Onoe

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Biljana Malesevic 1 month ago

not even your tatoo artist!

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#76

Power Bur To The Ger

Power Bur To The Ger

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Mark 1 month ago

Looks more like someone sliced their palm open!

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#77

Did Hurt My Your Back Knife?

Did Hurt My Your Back Knife?

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Holosexual 1 month ago

No it hurt my brain

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#78

This Sign I Saw While Visiting Vancouver

This Sign I Saw While Visiting Vancouver

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Restless 1 month ago

I will have the soup salad beer wine, sounds delish!