Welcome back, our dear Pandas. We know you’re meme-hardened internet veterans who have seen more jokes than most others. There’s probably nothing that could faze or befuddle you anymore, right? Well, to that I’ll say, “Wait just a minute,” because we’ve got some great pics to make your jaws drop while you do a double-take.

This is where the ‘Hol Up!’ subreddit comes in. The online community is dedicated to images, memes, and dark jokes that make you raise an eyebrow and wonder what the ever-loving heck is going on there. Upvote the pics that confused you, made you laugh, and made you say ‘hold up!’ as you scroll down. Enjoy! Just remember, some of these are not for the faint of heart. However, one recent study has indicated that lovers of dark humor also tend to be more intelligent, less aggressive, and have a better time fighting off the blues.

Comedy writer, musical comedian, and 'pop star in waiting' Ariane Sherine told Bored Panda that dark humor is surprising and that this surprise, along with misdirection, make us laugh. "We laugh out of shock at the inappropriateness of the joke—it's a kind of 'that shouldn't be allowed, but it's really funny as a result' laughter." Read on for our full interview with Ariane, as well as for our chat with the founder of the r/HolUp subreddit, Susan, aka redditor Siouxsie_siouxv2, and a handful of other moderators who were all very humorous and lighthearted. "r/HolUp is stupid and terrible, but it's our stupid and terrible," the founder said.

#1

Brain Damage

Brain Damage

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Raven Sheridan
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3 months ago

Nah, he was already brain damaged before that!

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#2

Unacceptable

Unacceptable

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the child
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3 months ago

No no that's surprisingly wholesome

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#3

Holup

Holup

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thisisanalt
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3 months ago

it was...

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The r/HolUp community has 1.5 million ‘memes refugees’ as they like to call their members. Meanwhile, the members that are currently online are known as ‘meme connoisseurs’ which we think perfectly encapsulates the sarcastic, fun-loving spirit of the community that pokes fun at everything. It’s all done for the laughs and humor seems to be their highest virtue.

The founder of the r/HolUp subreddit Susan joked with Bored Panda that r/HolUp "features the world's most pristine collection of sacred ancient jpeg artifacts." According to her, she made the subreddit "to go with the fat Albert meme," but forgot it existed and one day showed up to see that the place had 50k subscribers. Susan also added that they try not to pay any attention to anyone who's not a fan of dark humor. "Ignoring people is a burden, but we make do."

Meanwhile, comedian Ariane told Bored Panda that being mindful of everyone's sensitivities would lead to massive self-censorship. However, we should also try to be tactful even as we put humor above feelings. "I don't think there are any topics that should never be joked about, but people are unlikely to respond receptively if you're making dark jokes about a tragedy in the immediate aftermath."

#4

Good Parenting

Good Parenting

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Aroace tiger
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3 months ago

I love this dad

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#5

Well Technically

Well Technically

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Coleonema
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3 months ago

I'm gonna have to agree with Billy on this one

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#6

Putting This On My Vision Board

Putting This On My Vision Board

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Rowlie
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3 months ago

We could use more space

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Ariane continued: "Everyone has something personal they're sensitive about, whether that's cancer, obesity, miscarriage, etc. If you start factoring in everyone's sensitivities you'd be censoring yourself a lot and would be an extremely safe comedian, and these comics tend not to make it big." In other words, trying to please everyone would mean that your humor falls flat. If you want something neutral, go for dad jokes (I love them, just as much as I love dark humor.)

Revealing to Bored Panda that one of her favorite games is the shocking card game 'Cards Against Humanity,' Ariane added that it "definitely contains topics that I don't even want to list here for fear of being canceled! But it's absolutely hilarious."

#7

Nightmare

Nightmare

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HufflePuffleGothleGay
Community Member
3 months ago

good im not alone...

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#8

Hol Up

Hol Up

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Full of Giggles
Community Member
3 months ago

Time to pour a little bleach in the brain.

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#9

Badass Dad

Badass Dad

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Iso
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3 months ago

damn...

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Ariane said: "As a comedian, I'm not very shockable, but that said, someone I know made a joke about the Grenfell Tower tragedy which was just too horrible for my taste—and when something's too distasteful for you, it ceases to be funny."

There's a deep fear of being 'canceled' or 'de-platformed' that's making comedians (and ordinary people) rethink their jokes. At least on social media where it can be taken out of context very easily (tone and sarcasm are difficult things to get right on the net). Ariane believes that some parts of society have become too sensitive to humor while other parts don't do any editing to their jokes. There needs to be a balance between the two.

#10

Are They Dead Yet?

Are They Dead Yet?

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Loki odinson
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3 months ago

Robin William's

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#11

Ded

Ded

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Grapeling
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3 months ago

Truly a twist. But what if that has already happened?

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#12

Doll

Doll

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Sasy
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3 months ago

I read a book where that was essentially the plot.

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"Sometimes that's good as the jokes involve 'punching down' towards minorities, etc. But they'll still make those jokes in private, and their friends will still laugh. I think 'too touchy' can't be applied across the board—but if we're making dark jokes, we should aim for the space between 'too safe' and 'too distasteful!'"

Another moderator at r/HolUp, user N8theGr8. said that the subreddit's popularity can be explained by the fact that they're "rootinest tootinest subreddit on this side of the Appalatchie." If you haven't gathered yet, the mods are a hoot and you'll fit right in as a member if you like to have fun. "Users know that what you see is what you get, until it's not!"

N8theGr8 went into more detail about the subreddit constantly walking on a razor's edge (that's suspended above thin ice). "About once a month we get modmails telling us that the icon we picked for the subreddit is a racist caricature, but it's actually from an 80's cartoon called 'Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.' It's an homage to that cartoon rather than a racist stereotype." The mod also joked that "there's no such thing as right or wrong" and that they subscribe to moral nihilism."

#13

El Capitan Americo

El Capitan Americo

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Ooooomangos
Community Member
3 months ago

That sounds like the bootleg you find at dollar tree

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#14

He's Right Wolv- Wait What The

He's Right Wolv- Wait What The

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HufflePuffleGothleGay
Community Member
3 months ago

wha...

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#15

That Man Is A Treasure

That Man Is A Treasure

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HufflePuffleGothleGay
Community Member
3 months ago

#winkwinkwink

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Meanwhile, moderator Cwenham said that the subreddit is "like a fairground ride that gives people the thrill of danger without actually being in danger, r/HolUp gives you the feeling of being edgy without actually being edgy. And the fairground is Action Park."

Cwenham joked that they might have ended up in the community against their will (is this a not-so-subtle plea for help? I guess we'll never find out. Blink twice if you're in trouble!). "One day Susan asked me if her drink tasted like scopolamine and I woke up here. I'm really amazed that they managed to fill this bathtub with so much ice. Why does my tummy hurt?"

According to the mod, some people always seek opportunities to be offended "like bums looking for cans and bottles with a deposit" and the sub is "like a waste tip swarming with seagulls" for them. |For everyone else, r/HolUp is like a waste tip swarming with seagulls."

#16

He’s Not Wrong...

He’s Not Wrong...

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Linus Nilsson
Community Member
3 months ago

Scary thought, this was actually supposed to be the subject of my masters paper in law school. My angle would be the right to die, based on new technology for the military to "freeze" wounded soldiers in the field so they would have time to get to a real hospital. If a criminal is fataly wounded while commiting crime, would it be in breach of his rights to resurrect him later?

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#17

Are You Taking It?

Are You Taking It?

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Full of Giggles
Community Member
3 months ago

Sad, yet brilliant!

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#18

Wait A Minute

Wait A Minute

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Wendillon
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3 months ago

Welp I snorted ...one ticket to hell please.

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Yet another moderator, Tech-Support-420, pitched in with their insights. They became a mod on r/HolUp nearly half a year ago and thanked their "great overlord u/siouxsie_siouxv2 the grandmaster of r/dankmemes that created this sub 2 and a half years ago."

Tech-Support-420 opened up about the simplicity that drives people to visit the subreddit. "People like memes. People like funny/edgy memes this place offers them. What sets us apart is our community, We have a 9k+ member discord server and fun activities on the sub like spin the wheel, and the subreddit mods have their own club and has a ton of lore as well."

The community is meant for edgy jokes that aren't supposed to be taken seriously at all. However, Tech-Support-420 added that the community does have its fair share of redditors that get offended "at any tiny joke" and "13-year-old edgelords" who think that spamming low-effort shock value jokes is funny.

#19

Never Have I Ever

Never Have I Ever

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J. F.
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3 months ago

Very cheeky ^^

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#20

A Very Good Boy

A Very Good Boy

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zims
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3 months ago

That is clearly a cat

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#21

Holup

Holup

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Rowlie
Community Member
3 months ago

I'd be lion if I said I would have noticed it

Louise B
Community Member
3 months ago

Those lions are hoping noah one will notice, "Just keep walking' It all worked out though. We still have lions. So these two must have really put in some effort.

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Roxy Eastland
Community Member
3 months ago

Awww, Noah welcomed the LGBTQ+ community

YokkaOrYotta
Community Member
3 months ago

But how will they reproduce?

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Austyn Gudgell
Community Member
3 months ago

And yall say god dont want gay

Anxiety
Community Member
3 months ago

The original queer couple

Raven Sheridan
Community Member
3 months ago

Life, finds a way...

Bacony Cakes
Community Member
3 months ago

It's called a "pride" for a reason.

Vicky Z
Community Member
3 months ago

Day 4 still noone has noticed....

K.Kobayashi
Community Member
3 months ago

At least those gazelles are safe, since most of the hunting is done by female lions.

Marcellus the Third
Community Member
3 months ago

Well noah's wife will go feed all these (a few lion subspecies, plus panthers jaguars cougars etc), presumably from the pairs of antelopes noah loaded. So quite a few must have gone extinct.

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Thomas E S Thomas
Community Member
3 months ago

There are a few female lions that grow manes.

Amarédesse Gemtree, SLYTHERIN
Community Member
3 months ago

Really? (Wonder how someone found that out ;) )

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Noemie Houtekie-N'Da
Community Member
3 months ago

I have this book and I didn't realize it.

Nevits Yibble
Community Member
3 months ago

Good luck FEEDING those lions

Anita Pickle
Community Member
3 months ago

Reminds me of Futurama - But you filled the arc with same sex animals - There are parts of the bible I like and parts I don't like.

janke Leroij
Community Member
3 months ago

Proof god didn't object

What ninjas can't
Community Member
3 months ago

Lionesses can have manes too.

R L
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

Very rare, and mostly associated with a hormone imbalance.

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Felicity Lemon
Community Member
3 months ago

It is LGBTQ+ friendly???

Ozacoter
Community Member
3 months ago

To be fair homosexual behaviours are seen quite commonly amongst lions.

Dorian
Community Member
3 months ago

It’s hard not to notice

YoyoSthlm
Community Member
3 months ago

Why do I have the feeling that Dizzy Falcon and Crazed Falcon could be the same person.

YoyoSthlm
Community Member
3 months ago

Maybe all of them are?

Amaranthim Talon
Community Member
3 months ago

.. you misgendering those lions? you needz to get wokez! i truly hope no one needs to be shown that is sarcasm ~

AnnieLaurie Burke
Community Member
3 months ago

Well, if a pair of gay penguins can raise a chick....

Mickie Shea
Community Member
3 months ago

They only took gay animals

Alea Qian
Community Member
3 months ago

proof that pride was allowed in the bible

Radek Suski
Community Member
3 months ago

Joke stolen from Ricky Gervais 🤪

Dillon Hughes
Community Member
3 months ago

I don't see the problem, I'm sure that lion/lioness identifies as whatever the proper pronoun is! Scoff...

CrazedFalcon17
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3 months ago

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GAEEEEE

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The ‘Hol Up!’ subreddit is fairly new. It was founded only in the Autumn of 2018. While some of the content its members post is fairly innocent and will get a chuckle out of you, other pics and videos might really get a genuine WTF reaction from you. Just remember not to take any of it seriously. It’s a place of humor, not getting angry at how ‘insensitive’ some of the stuff there might be. And after a year like 2020 (the after-effects of which we’re still all feeling), can you really blame people for wanting to have a good ol’ laugh?

Moderator Gaywallet told Bored Panda that they remove any content that's "edgy just go be edgy," bigoted, or offensive. Meanwhile, redditor Megatwins100 explained that, in their opinion, it's the moderation that sets the subreddit apart from others. According to them, the heart and soul of the "amazing community full of amazing people" is founder Siouxsie_siouxv2, as well as all the other active users.

"I believe that this subreddit would never be the same without her [the founder]. She knows how to grow a subreddit, and how to make one great. A few things that set this sub apart in the moderation category are the experimental things that happen here. A good example is that users can type '!spin' in the comments section to have a random event happen, anywhere from being banned to getting a position as moderator. On other subs, this wouldn't fly in the slightest. But on /r/HolUp, the mods are willing to take this risk to make it happen."

#22

True Alpha Whale

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MERCI LANGSTON
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3 months ago

hahahaha!

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#23

Holup

Holup

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Rose the Cook
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3 months ago

Ulterior motive.

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#24

Well...

Well...

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Raven Sheridan
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3 months ago

Serves the kid, (and the parents) right.

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One of the main points is to embrace the memes without judging them too harshly while also balancing this with proper moderation to ensure that everyone feels welcome, no matter their background. Moderator IndigoSoln explained that they try to avoid "mod-dictatorship" while keeping to Reddit's terms of services and following in the "proud tradition set forth by traditional meme subs like r/funny, r/Memes, and r/AdviceAnimals back in the day of not judging the content posted here too harshly."

User BlatantConservative pitched in, pointing out that there will always be someone offended by the jokes posted on the subreddit, just like anywhere else. "Being offended isn't a choice, it's a way of life. Those users can't help it."

#25

Don’t Do That

Don’t Do That

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J. F.
Community Member
3 months ago

DEW IT!

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#26

Regular WiFi

Regular WiFi

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thisisanalt
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3 months ago

sad

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#27

Not Again Kermit

Not Again Kermit

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Raven Sheridan
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3 months ago

Dang!

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'Reader's Digest' writes that a new study in the 'Cognitive Processing journal suggests that those who appreciate dark humor may have higher IQs, show lower aggression, and resist negative feelings much more effectively. At least, compared to those who scoff at dark humor and think it's a waste of their time and dignity.

According to the study, those who both understood and enjoyed dark jokes showed higher intelligence. Meanwhile, those who least liked dark humor were also the most aggressive and had the worst moods. This might be linked to the fact that laughter provides multiple health benefits. If you're able to laugh at negativity and during difficult times, you're more likely to feel better.

The subreddit’s moderators explain that their community is about shocking their viewers and bringing them out of their comfort box. “Holup! A feeling of shock and confusion. A reaction to an unexpected and often negative turn of events that starkly contrasts the situation's expected outcome. A storytelling element often employed in humor similar to ‘bait-and-switch,’” they explain, adding that it’s all for fun and that you shouldn’t take things too seriously.

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Bear With Him

Bear With Him

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Rowlie
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3 months ago

It would be unbearable

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#29

Nice Qualifications You Got Here

Nice Qualifications You Got Here

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LuckyL
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3 months ago

Love it 😄

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#30

Run Along Now Child Go Play

Run Along Now Child Go Play

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thisisanalt
Community Member
3 months ago

i would tell him theres candy somewhere in reino

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When you join r/HolUp, you get a message from Susan, the creator of the sub, sent via Reddit’s WelcomeBot. “Welcome to holup. One day you may look back at this time as the period when holup was ‘good’ and demand a change to make it good again. Sorry to inform you, the sub has never been that good, you're just new here.”

The founder continued: “That said, maybe the best thing about holup isn't necessarily the content, but the community. This sub is a sandbox for mods to try new ideas and we have weird things happening all the time. Plus my friend rjshwerin made a discord server that is actually good, unlike this sub. I'm kidding, there is good content here sometimes.” Susan explained that she’s open to any direct messages and will answer any questions or comments that you might have. They’re all a friendly crowd, so go and say ‘hi.’ The subreddit’s also open to suggestions on how to improve it. So don’t be shy if you’re brimming with ideas about improving the place and giving it a new coat of paint.

#31

Only In America

Only In America

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J. F.
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3 months ago

I laughed really hard at that the first time I saw that episode

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#32

Wholesome Holup

Wholesome Holup

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zims
Community Member
3 months ago

He didn't just take money, I remember he once stole a wagon of meat from a rich merchant and pretended to be a shopkeeper to sell them at market for super cheap. Pretty girls got it for free if they kissed him.

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#33

Definitely

Definitely

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HufflePuffleGothleGay
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3 months ago

me in 20 years

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Which pics made you laugh out loud as though you were a teenager again, dear Readers? Did you enjoy the dark humor or did you think it went too far? Do you agree with the study’s findings that dark humor enthusiasts tend to be smarter and less aggressive? In your opinion, do you believe that we should be able to laugh at everything or do you think there should be some topics that are off-limits? Share your thoughts with everyone below.

#34

Hol Up

Hol Up

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Mohamed Ikshan
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3 months ago

That's definitely me

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#35

Hold On

Hold On

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Neon
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3 months ago

From, O to 1000 real quick

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#36

A Classic

A Classic

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Star of the world
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3 months ago

W H A T

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#37

Hol Up

Hol Up

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Sarcastic Panda
Community Member
3 months ago

true, true.... 0.o

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#38

Yeah Grandmaaaaahhhhhhh!!!!

Yeah Grandmaaaaahhhhhhh!!!!

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cicjos pacik
Community Member
3 months ago

"yeaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Grandma!!!" "w8 why isntshe stopping???"

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#39

Playin 4d Chess

Playin 4d Chess

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thisisanalt
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3 months ago (edited)

hmmmmmmmmm

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#40

I Mean He's Not Wrong

I Mean He's Not Wrong

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Iso
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3 months ago

I have the right yes, but do I want to?

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#41

Harvard Law School

Harvard Law School

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RandomPandaGuyHamiltonLafayette
Community Member
3 months ago

Yale would have been better (coz there is a lock company called Yale)

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#42

Sorry Dad

Sorry Dad

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Raven Sheridan
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3 months ago

Be careful what you wish for!

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#43

Y’all Better Thank The Bus Driver

Y’all Better Thank The Bus Driver

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Sum Guy
Community Member
3 months ago

We know what he's doing... actually, I'd enjoy a real life fortnite game with paintball guns or something

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#44

Wait A Minute ...

Wait A Minute ...

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HufflePuffleGothleGay
Community Member
3 months ago

lmao he screwed up

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#45

So Caring

So Caring

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
3 months ago

That's the *good* vaccine. You can tell when it is working, makes you feel comfortably numb. So I've heard.

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#46

Hol Up

Hol Up

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Sinkvenice
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3 months ago

I'm amazed that so many people don't get that this is a joke, which is actually rather impressively thick.

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#47

Holup

Holup

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Sarcastic Panda
Community Member
3 months ago

I don't think that's the idea... (/s)

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#48

I Was Today Years Old When I Realized This Is A Hooker...

I Was Today Years Old When I Realized This Is A Hooker...

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Watching
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3 months ago

O. M. F. G.

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#49

I Love Walmart

I Love Walmart

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Johnny Rodriguez
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3 months ago

Best things in life are free..

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#50

Wait What...

Wait What...

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HufflePuffleGothleGay
Community Member
3 months ago

um exscuse me

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