We all know very well that things in this world tend to backfire. Call it a law of nature, a frequent twist of fate, or destiny. “Look who’s laughing now” is a phenomenon that has happened to virtually every one of us, and no matter what you do, it repeats again and again, and again.

The Reddit community “There Was An Attempt” is dedicated to precisely the comic absurdity of all the attempts in life that went against the plan, or turned in the wrong direction. Created in August 2015, the subreddit now has 1.9m members that are not immune to the funny attempts that “were there.”

“People enjoy the slapstick comedy of it. At the end of the day, everyone is laughing,” the subreddit’s moderator told Bored Panda in the interview that you can read in full below. And now we leave the stage to the ensued hilarity.

#1

To Make The Special Olympics Look Bad

To Make The Special Olympics Look Bad

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The Cute Cat
Community Member
6 months ago

Superb reply, Arnie..

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To Complain About A Child Selling Hot Dogs

To Complain About A Child Selling Hot Dogs

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Jihana
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6 months ago

Well played, Minneapolis, well played.

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To Clean Up After Himself

To Clean Up After Himself

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Gin. No tonic
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6 months ago

Good boi!

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Bored Panda spoke to redditor u/F4T4-M0RG4N4, the moderator of the r/ThereWasAnAttempt subreddit, who said that the community has evolved a lot since it was created 5 years ago.

“When I first joined the team, it was mostly a screenshot sub. A few months back, there was some drama about how there were only three mods who ran the subreddit (which at the time had around a million members).” As a result, they invited more people to join the moderator team and removed the screenshot posts.

#4

To Get Drinks

To Get Drinks

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Brett
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6 months ago

*insert slow clap*

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#5

To Make Speaking 2 Languages Sophisticated

To Make Speaking 2 Languages Sophisticated

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El muerto
Community Member
6 months ago

my dotter spoke three :) proud dad

Among Us
Community Member
6 months ago

Dotter is "Daughter" in Swedish, leave this guy alone

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MrTree1779
Community Member
6 months ago

To be fair, both her parents are native-English speakers, so it's commendable that they're exposing her to other languages so early. Most native-English speaking parents don't do that.

Monika Soffronow
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6 months ago

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Most native English speaking parents do not have Spanish nannies for their children as is the case here.

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Queen fhk
Community Member
6 months ago

Yep, I knew how to speak 4 languages when i was 8 lol now trying to learn Spanish... Am from Nigeria tho

BusLady
Community Member
6 months ago

Wow, that's impressive.

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Jeffrey Pellegrini
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6 months ago

I wish I could upvote more than once.

Mishte Tine
Community Member
6 months ago

If you have the ability to expose very young kids to multiple languages - DO IT. They are language sponges. I don’t know why, scientifically, but it’s amazing. Please provide multiple languages to your very young kids - and keep it up.

Roshan Dash
Community Member
6 months ago

I can speak 4 languages. Almost everyone in India can speak in 2 languages.

panda_legerdemain
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

I spoke and was also taught to read 3 languages.. doing same for my son

urszulat
Community Member
6 months ago

The royals are such pretentious idiots.

Mari Bryant
Community Member
6 months ago

Takes a big person to shoot down the accomplishment of a two year old regardless if they are rich, poor or, through no action of their own, royalty. 🙄

womb gremlin
Community Member
6 months ago

I used to be able to when I was two, but I lost it because I stopped speaking it when I realized no one else at my school did

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
6 months ago

As an immigrant I speak 6 languages :D

Scar ️
Community Member
6 months ago

Okay, that’s amazing. Which 6?

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あんぱんまん
Community Member
6 months ago

i speak 4.... 5 if you consider that i can only read in one...

Karen Crowley Critchley
Community Member
6 months ago

She’s just a little girl, stop being nasty

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

Every extra language opens doors to another culture and more ways of thinking. Did you know that bilinguals get dementia on average four to five years later! https://jeps.efpsa.org/articles/10.5334/jeps.375

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

Bilinguals are also smarter. https://www.psychologicalscience.org/news/why-bilinguals-are-smarter.html

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Courtney Christelle
Community Member
6 months ago

I'd love to learn a second language, I think everyone should.

fuggnuggins
Community Member
6 months ago

Speaking English itself is kind of speaking multiple languages. At least partly.

Saymar PINY
Community Member
1 month ago

I speak 3 languages fluently; I find this rude.

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Whawhawhatsis
Community Member
6 months ago

It's not unusual. My sister and I did, and one of the languages was Tamil, a language unrelated to any other language in the world! Charlotte is a very cute little girl who speaks Spanish with her nanny. It's really not a big deal except that she's got a father who will be king someday, which admittedly my father never was (except frequently the king of jerks!)

El muerto
Community Member
6 months ago

daughter yes...wow, misspelling on the internet...probably the first one ever

The Coated Dev
Community Member
6 months ago

I mean yeah pretty much, I spoke english and punjabi as my first two languages, I think I learned English first as my mother kept on speaking in that. My dad on the other hand spoke Punjabi which I also learned as a small child.

GB
Community Member
6 months ago

That family has been here since the early 1700's; how long does it take to be thought a citizen?

Julie
Community Member
6 months ago

Or live in Montreal, Quebec Canada, capital of ''franglish''

lailyfnoor
Community Member
6 months ago

So do I and most of my friends who grew up in multicultural country. And our parents are not rich nor even immigrants. It's just commons

Jenny Li
Community Member
6 months ago

my brother is 4, bilingual, and very good...woohoo for her...i guess.

Bob Belcher
Community Member
6 months ago

Is this from Trashy when poor Classy when rich?

Dorothy Cloud
Community Member
4 months ago

Maybe they were proud, also.

Stephanie Herrbach
Community Member
4 months ago

“Things that are classy if you’re rich, but trashy if you’re poor”

serge
Community Member
5 months ago

well said...

Judie Mindrum
Community Member
6 months ago

Why not let her have her moment? Post your children and give them theirs ☺

Kim Lorton
Community Member
6 months ago

Children can learn so fast as toddlers! Their minds are like sponges for knowledge! People shouldn’t be so surprised, but supportive! Charlotte must learn a few languages for her potential job as a “Royal”. Our good old regular kids, do it to help out their parents, or because they want to learn, or do it for school. But... if you want them to learn a second language, or more, start them at it really young! You will be surprised how fast they pick things up! HOORAH!!! For our kids!!

OTTER
Community Member
6 months ago

Oh puleeze! Cant anyone just smile without adding a negative thought to a cute little girl in the news?? It’s well understood there are many, many children in the world that can speak 2 and more languages... both rich and poor. Lighten up and be more positive, Cole Allen.

Ryan Deschanel
Community Member
6 months ago

Being mean on social media is even less impressive when your victim is a two years old child.

Aimee Simmons
Community Member
6 months ago

Honestly, this person being snide and rude to a toddler does not understand that the poor are never in the spotlight for their accomplishments to be touted. It really is something special when a wealthy toddler is so educated. If you are wealthy, why would you have to do more than hire someone to translate for you? Wealth or lack of it should not be a reason to be mean to anyone. Celebrate all good accomplishments! No matter who the accomplishment belongs to.

KAREN
Community Member
6 months ago

What's a dotter?🧐

Hermione Jean Granger
Community Member
5 months ago

It is Swedish for daughter. And if your comment was meant to be rude...Words are spelled different in other countries

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jevais
Community Member
6 months ago

Really who cares that this child can speak two languages. I have a friend who at two years old could read, count, add and subtract. She also spoke 2 languages French and German. She speaks actuelly 6 languages and writes /reads in all. She works as in international translator.

mcmp
Community Member
6 months ago

this is just stupid. what does Charlotte have to do with immigrant kids? it's her fault they had to immigrate?

Ryan Watach
Community Member
6 months ago

daughter

Hermione Jean Granger
Community Member
5 months ago

Don't be an insolent "know-it-all" because you don't know anything!

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backatya
Community Member
6 months ago

Great point on immigrants

BRYLEE CORN
Community Member
6 months ago

oml im 12 and still havent gotten spainish down

BRYLEE CORN
Community Member
6 months ago

spanish

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Annamay
Community Member
6 months ago

My son's 3 year old speaks 2 languages. My other son's kids, 7 and 5 speak at least 2. Their mother speaks 5.

Lionelle Grosdemanche-dien
Community Member
6 months ago

Exactly.....🙄

Gredmary Reynoso Morales
Community Member
6 months ago

.

Toni Ferchak
Community Member
6 months ago

Good point !!

JJM
Community Member
6 months ago

Well said, and so very very true.

wandile dludlu
Community Member
6 months ago

And every African Child ever... It's 2 or more and as an adult, you are up to like 3. We have way too many dialects here

Caroline Overill
Community Member
6 months ago

But children of immigrants are brought up speaking two languages but she isn't.

Cheryl Fontaine
Community Member
6 months ago

Children soak up languages, and guess what, it's just par for the course...bragging about royalty doing it is a bit sick.

Karen Klinck
Community Member
6 months ago

It has nothing to do with being poor. That other language is the parents' native tongue, so there's nothing special about the kid knowing it. It's actually more impressive that a wealthy child learns 2 at an early age, since wealth just 'knows' everybody is going to speak your own language around you.

1337
Community Member
6 months ago

Not all immigrants are poor, though.

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
6 months ago

Children of immigrants 🤣🤣

Eric Forster
Community Member
6 months ago

Right on, Cole.

T R
Community Member
6 months ago

My daughter was familiar with four by the age of two.... Not kidding

Marylou Sakosky
Community Member
6 months ago

Well,, .Rich is having something money cannot buy. Shame on you Personally, i am pretty darn rich,,,thank you very much 300286-Her...ea1696.jpg 300286-Herman-Melville-Quote-Of-all-the-preposterous-assumptions-of-5fc46f1ea1696.jpg

Apryl Canfield
Community Member
6 months ago

Me sun spokee eat twoo happie muOM

Hermione Jean Granger
Community Member
5 months ago

Are you ok?

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Abigail Kreiss
Community Member
6 months ago

It's less impressive if they are taught one and hear it all around them and on tv and hear the other at home from their parents and loved ones from birth. It has nothing to do with income but with immersion.

Susan Mercurio
Community Member
6 months ago

I'm upvoting the comment, not the post. P. S. P. Charlotte probably has French nannies.

Robret Deniro
Community Member
6 months ago

That's also what happens when your mother is portuguese and your father spanish.

Steve Cruz
Community Member
6 months ago

Oh Cole: REALLY? It's not Charlotte's fault who her parents are.

Abbie Tan
Community Member
6 months ago

I spoke 4 before starting kindergarten.

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
6 months ago

Cole Allen, you're another troll!!!

Patricia Kasprowski
Community Member
6 months ago

Unusual in a child her age who does not live in a bilingual home. Smart gal!

Chris Challis
Community Member
6 months ago

good one!

Marcella Schechter
Community Member
6 months ago

Why the ugliness Cole Allen? You make the call that people think less of poor people. Since when did other people make you their representative? Shame on you. You should see a doctor about the chip on your shoulder and the fact the rain cloud follows you

Sam T Godfrey
Community Member
6 months ago

Zing!! Hell, I was making up all kinds of jive when I was two!

Teresa Groth
Community Member
6 months ago

Brilliant and beautiful!

Pogy Nevis
Community Member
6 months ago

My brother who's 1 speaks 2 as well

Norah Reilly
Community Member
6 months ago

Oops, I did it again...

Barbara M. Elliott
Community Member
6 months ago

My daughter in law's niece speaks fluent Romanian, Italian, Dutch and English. She is only 6 years old. He parents are Romanian, She was born in Italy and lived there until she was 4. They moved to The Netherlands where she was taught Dutch in school as well as English.

Lydia Coy
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6 months ago

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Faye Young
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6 months ago

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YoChicken
Community Member
6 months ago

um i spoke 3 languages and can read and write two of them.. sad that the rich get more recognition for something that is common

Kerry Ericksson
Community Member
6 months ago

I am happy with the one language I speak and that is English......

Luuta
Community Member
6 months ago

Sadly, as she gets older, she will only speak one: Money

Jack Burton
Community Member
6 months ago

In London ! Like there is no others childs who speaks two languages in London ! What a joke.

nala simba
Community Member
6 months ago

So, what is the news here?

Max L.
Community Member
6 months ago

Absolutely every 2 years old toddler does. They speak their own language, which works flawlessly among the same age gap, and yours.

John Usher
Community Member
6 months ago

Mic drop 🎤

Patty Leaton
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6 months ago

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but her s**t stinks

Harleen
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6 months ago

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Even less impressive when you find out that most British people speak 2 languages. Maybe its only impressive to Americans?

GC
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6 months ago

Why would you think it’s “only impressive to Americans”??

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#6

To Sound Literate

To Sound Literate

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Bernd Herbert
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6 months ago (edited)

what kind of poop is this? Well, I'm going to the loo....

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For those who’re wondering what, precisely, “there was an attempt” refers to, u/F4T4-M0RG4N4 explained that it’s basically about “someone attempting something but ultimately failing.”

Conceptually, it’s similar to “if someone tried jumping off a trampoline into a pool but when they tried to jump, the trampoline tore. In that case, you could say, 'Well... there was an attempt, at least' and that’s where our subreddit comes into play.”

The posts are mainly about “some people having a dumb idea, trying out that idea, and failing.” This misery is what makes it so funny. 

#7

To Prevent The Homeless From Sleeping Here

To Prevent The Homeless From Sleeping Here

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로희
Community Member
6 months ago

Hahaha~ Clever.

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#8

To Start Cat Racing

To Start Cat Racing

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Jihana
Community Member
6 months ago

That is just adorable 🤣 Also: why would you think a cat would get out of a box?

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#9

To Prove That Patton Oswalt Is A Failed Comedian

To Prove That Patton Oswalt Is A Failed Comedian

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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6 months ago (edited)

I love him! He is the narrator on the Goldberg's.

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Today, the moderator team only allows video submissions and cross-posts, “which are posts that were in one subreddit but were reposted to another (kind of like retweeting.” This format works better for r/ThereWasAnAttempt, since screenshots can more easily become reposts, for one.

Especially when there’s one similar subreddit that’s specifically for social media clapbacks and comebacks, but its content mainly features screenshots.When it comes to their 1.9 million member count, the moderator said that “I don’t think we have the exact same post frequency as, say, a meme subreddit.”

Partly, it’s because it isn’t easy to repost something from r/ThereWasAnAttempt. “I could probably look at the new section for r/memes and see quite a few frequent reposts.”

#10

...to Photograph Birds

...to Photograph Birds

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Steve Barnett
Community Member
6 months ago

Sizing up their toilet options.

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#11

To Be Responsible And Uber Home

To Be Responsible And Uber Home

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L B
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6 months ago

Epic!🤣

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#12

To Scare Your Boyfriend

To Scare Your Boyfriend

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JustCallMeKat
Community Member
6 months ago

aww

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#13

At Going Outside

At Going Outside

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rgr8
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6 months ago

This looks so perfect.

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#14

To Shame Atheists And Take Away Their Holidays

To Shame Atheists And Take Away Their Holidays

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
6 months ago

I'm very comfortable with xmas trees and gifts and food, thanks.

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#15

I Mean... You Tried..?

I Mean... You Tried..?

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Steve Barnett
Community Member
6 months ago

'Having Voldemort trying to kill him at every opportunity finally took its toll on Harry Potter'

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#16

To Be An Animal Activist

To Be An Animal Activist

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Fabrice
Community Member
6 months ago

with a "sauce bordelaise"

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#17

To Arrest A “Drug Dealer

To Arrest A “Drug Dealer

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
6 months ago

The important question here is, does it work?

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#18

To Make Fun Of A Bird

To Make Fun Of A Bird

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DforDory
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6 months ago

At least he realised it. If you can't laugh at yourself, you're doomed.😁

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#19

To Shame Men

To Shame Men

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Brett
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

Duh we have our slaves do it (that’s a joke)

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#20

To Sound Intellectual

To Sound Intellectual

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Kristoffer Rahbek-Jensen
Community Member
6 months ago

Jaden Smith, is that you?

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#21

To Take A Cute Picture

To Take A Cute Picture

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XxInstantKarmaxX
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6 months ago

Same XD

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#22

To Convince People To Be Pro-Life

To Convince People To Be Pro-Life

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Hans
Community Member
6 months ago

If you got a tiny Voldemort in your womb, abortion might not be the worst idea.

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#23

To Defend God

To Defend God

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Hello it Smee
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

Or when he flooded the earth, you know the whole Ark thing.

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#24

.... To Find Buried Treasure

.... To Find Buried Treasure

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Helen Haley
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6 months ago

Florida?

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#25

To Be Racist

To Be Racist

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Queen fhk
Community Member
6 months ago

Am proudly a Muslim just like a Christian proudly a Christian and also like an atheist who is proudly an atheist!!!!!!! It's our believe when people think about freedom of speech, they forget about hurting other people's religion, but when we stand for our rights we are themed as paranoid. Just leave us alone, stop looking for trouble which you wouldn't get and exercise Human Rights fairly not partially degrading other people's religion. I quote everyone is different yet you try to make everyone the same religion, race, tribe all " Differences matters, yet that makes us who we are, denying our differences is denying the truth " I am A PROUD MUSLIM, it's me not you allow me to practice my religion in peace and stop popnosing on my affairs, everyone deserves right to religion just as u think!

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#26

To Suggest A New Idea

To Suggest A New Idea

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Hans
Community Member
6 months ago

Flawless! And you should be able to make a audio contact with other people in real time so you can tell them, instead of typing a message for them.

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#27

To Glorify The President

To Glorify The President

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Helen Haley
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6 months ago

Accurate

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#28

To Eat A Mozzarella Stick

To Eat A Mozzarella Stick

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rgr8
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6 months ago

I wish I had that much persistence!

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#29

To Motivate

To Motivate

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로희
Community Member
6 months ago

My life motto.

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#30

To Betray Coca Cola

To Betray Coca Cola

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Queen fhk
Community Member
6 months ago

Wow

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#31

There Was An Attempt To Run For Mayor

There Was An Attempt To Run For Mayor

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Brett
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6 months ago

Ouch

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#32

To Replace I'm Sorry With Thank You

To Replace I'm Sorry With Thank You

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Charlotte
Community Member
6 months ago

But actually this is a technique I used in customer service. For example when you put a customer on hold to go get more info, you ask them if they’re happy to wait. When you get back you thank them for waiting. If you say “sorry for the wait” it suggests you did something wrong, when really you were just doing your job. It leaves a different impression on the customer and genuinely impacts satisfaction.

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#33

To Prove How Unfashionable These Jeans Were

To Prove How Unfashionable These Jeans Were

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Pamela24
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6 months ago

What a great mum! :D <3

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#34

To Be Neighborly

To Be Neighborly

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Anne
Community Member
6 months ago

oh.. keep locking..

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#35

To Provide Front, Side, And Rear Photos For The Car Insurance Rep

To Provide Front, Side, And Rear Photos For The Car Insurance Rep

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Tara Brooks
Community Member
6 months ago

😂🤣 I bet she was mortified.

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#36

To Virtue Signal...

To Virtue Signal...

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Vanta Black
Community Member
6 months ago

Diversity is more than just hiring women.

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#37

To Get A Cardi B Tattoo

To Get A Cardi B Tattoo

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Some Cool Guy
Community Member
6 months ago

I never realized that there is a level of messed up that someone would want to get an Anne Frank tattoo on your damn FACE

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#38

To Be Deep

To Be Deep

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Hans
Community Member
6 months ago

Apparently, styles always come back.

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#39

To Display Plus Size Clothes Without Causing Offence

To Display Plus Size Clothes Without Causing Offence

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Roger Haywood
Community Member
6 months ago

Considering that there are no plus sized mannequins, I think its good improv. (I'm on the larger size myself, and I'm nowhere near offended)

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#40

To Stand Up For The Joker

To Stand Up For The Joker

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Hans
Community Member
6 months ago

Welcome to the Internet, where you can be offended by literally everything,

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#41

To Get A Heartwarming Tattoo

To Get A Heartwarming Tattoo

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rgr8
Community Member
6 months ago

Oh No! That is really sad!

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#42

To Fuck The Police

To Fuck The Police

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Helen Haley
Community Member
6 months ago

Wow, that really sums up lawrence nicely in one picture.

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#43

To Keep A Streak Going

To Keep A Streak Going

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Some Cool Guy
Community Member
6 months ago

I like big butts and I cannot lie

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#44

To Befriend A Porcupine

To Befriend A Porcupine

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Hans
Community Member
6 months ago

Ouch. Poor pooch.

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#45

To Pass Security

To Pass Security

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Jihana
Community Member
6 months ago

That is just sad