Eureka! The idea just pops into your mind, and it seriously feels like the best thing that happened today. For a brief moment, you ask yourself what could go wrong, but nobody was born with a degree in risk management.

One doesn’t need a study to state that 99% percent of those ideas are dumb. And that means you are left to deal with the consequences. Luckily, there’s a place to learn what not to do, known as the subreddit r/Whatcouldgowrong.

It teaches you a valuable lesson, which is basically that if there’s any chance the thing can go wrong, it most likely will. Spare yourself from post-What-could-go-wrong misery just like 3.9 million wise members of the group.

#1

What Could Go Wrong If I Complain To Costco

What Could Go Wrong If I Complain To Costco

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Adam C
Community Member
6 months ago

Great Sharon, stay away!!

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#2

What Could Go Wrong If I Dump My Boat Illegally

What Could Go Wrong If I Dump My Boat Illegally

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Violet brown
Community Member
6 months ago

I can't😂

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#3

What Could Go Wrong If You Cuss At Your Boss On Facebook

What Could Go Wrong If You Cuss At Your Boss On Facebook

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Scagsy
Community Member
6 months ago

Job-hater gets dream come true

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Bored Panda reached out to redditor u/Peanutbuttered, who is the creator of the internet-famous subreddit r/whatcouldgowrong, to find out more about their community. The redditor told us that after their friends introduced them to Reddit many years ago, they loved the concept of different subreddit communities allowing you to customize the content you wanted to see.

“I sat there thinking about ideas for a subreddit—at this time, it had seemed like every category had been thought of already. I thought it would be funny to make a content community where the only things submitted were just gifs of bad ideas with unfavorable outcomes.” u/Peanutbuttered clicked the button to make it go public, and the rest is history.

#4

What Could Go Wrong If I Park In That Space "For The Umpteenth Time"

What Could Go Wrong If I Park In That Space "For The Umpteenth Time"

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
6 months ago

very creative - thumbs up!

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#5

What Could Go Wrong If I Threaten To Shoot Up A Supermarket

What Could Go Wrong If I Threaten To Shoot Up A Supermarket

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Scagsy
Community Member
6 months ago

Great response to an absolute buttmunch

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#6

What Could Go Wrong If You Park Your Car In A Non-Parking Zone At The Supermarket

What Could Go Wrong If You Park Your Car In A Non-Parking Zone At The Supermarket

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Scagsy
Community Member
6 months ago

Off their trolley parking there

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The community now has 4.0m members and gets submissions every day, but the creator of r/whatcouldgowrong said that it’s not up to them to approve the posts. “Reddit works by community voting, but we along with our content robots remove anything that doesn’t meet the rules,” they explained.

As r/whatcouldgowrong began to evolve, Reddit included it in a collection of popular subreddits where they “revamped the idea behind 'default communities,'” explained the creator. They said that since then, r/whatcouldgowrong “started to show up on the home page more often, which brought in more people.”

“The content is all pretty much the same, but the people participating in the discussion section of each post is no longer WCGW subscribers, but a combination of subscribers and general people from the rest of Reddit,” explained u/Peanutbuttered.

#7

What Could Go Wrong If I Decide To Let My White Dog Out After I Mow My Lawn

What Could Go Wrong If I Decide To Let My White Dog Out After I Mow My Lawn

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Violet brown
Community Member
6 months ago

this actually looks good

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#8

What Could Go Wrong If You Burn 3.3 Tons Of Weed In A Residential Area

What Could Go Wrong If You Burn 3.3 Tons Of Weed In A Residential Area

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Scagsy
Community Member
6 months ago

That officer looks like he got a bit too close and enjoyed it too.

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#9

What Could Go Wrong If I Just Feed This One Monkey

What Could Go Wrong If I Just Feed This One Monkey

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Adela Francova
Community Member
6 months ago

Very dangerous...

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The creator of the community also said that their favorite submission is the one where “a guy is rolling down a hill in a shopping cart, and what happens is about what you’d expect. This is my favorite post because it inspired me to create the page.”

Even though u/Peanutbuttered is aware that their subreddit is for quick entertainment, it still provides a lesson to learn. “My hope is that people who are thinking of attempting a stupid stunt will rethink their decision or maybe recall a post they saw on /r/whatcouldgowrong. Then they’ll think, 'maybe I should not do this,'” the redditor said.

In fact, u/Peanutbuttered concluded that in a perfect world, r/whatcouldgowrong wouldn’t exist “because people would know what is smart to attempt and what isn’t.” But since that’s not the case, at least, they hope the subreddit can help to prevent an injury or save a life.

#10

What Could Go Wrong If You Use A Walmart Bag When Bleaching Your Hair

What Could Go Wrong If You Use A Walmart Bag When Bleaching Your Hair

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Hans
Community Member
6 months ago

Just why would anyone do that?

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#11

What Could Go Wrong If You Keep Your Feet On The Dashboard And Get Into A Car Crash

What Could Go Wrong If You Keep Your Feet On The Dashboard And Get Into A Car Crash

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Scagsy
Community Member
6 months ago

I'm not a surgeon but that's not how it's meant to look.

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#12

What Could Go Wrong If I Wear A Click Pen In My Hair

What Could Go Wrong If I Wear A Click Pen In My Hair

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Trying so hard thinking
Community Member
6 months ago

Well looks like kinda seismometer record on her back

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#13

What Could Go Wrong If I Put A Heavy Casket In My Trunk Without Securing It

What Could Go Wrong If I Put A Heavy Casket In My Trunk Without Securing It

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Violet brown
Community Member
6 months ago

dark but funny

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#14

What Could Go Wrong If You Hoard

What Could Go Wrong If You Hoard

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Violet brown
Community Member
6 months ago

in the other picture, they broke my bones, in this picture they broke my heart😢

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#15

What Could Go Wrong If I Post My Pic With A Full Map Of The Prison Behind Me (2 Days Later, A Terrorist Group Attacked And Freed Everyone There—happened In Nangarhar, Afghanistan)

What Could Go Wrong If I Post My Pic With A Full Map Of The Prison Behind Me (2 Days Later, A Terrorist Group Attacked And Freed Everyone There—happened In Nangarhar, Afghanistan)

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
6 months ago

True story https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-13184920#:~:text=More%20than%20470%20inmates%20at,Sarposa%20jail%20were%20Taliban%20insurgents.

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#16

What Could Go Wrong If I Open My Restaurant Against State Orders

What Could Go Wrong If I Open My Restaurant Against State Orders

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Violet brown
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

...and now they've broken my brain

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#17

What Could Go Wrong If I Don't Strap Down The Boat

What Could Go Wrong If I Don't Strap Down The Boat

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
6 months ago

Rule number 1: Always secure the cargo.

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#18

What Could Go Wrong If I Leave The Car Window Down In Bear Country

What Could Go Wrong If I Leave The Car Window Down In Bear Country

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Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
6 months ago

Wowch!!!

Phoebe Bean
Community Member
6 months ago

Yes, bear-y scary!!!

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Lisa
Community Member
6 months ago

Window down or window up... bears can open most unlocked car doors.

ChinaPandas122
Community Member
6 months ago

wow

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Hilary Mol
Community Member
6 months ago

When they went in the cabin, it was a car. When they came out of the cabin, it was a bear's Lego set.

Lory
Community Member
6 months ago

Windows up or down, must have left food in their car. No Bear would go in a car if they didn't think food was in it.

M O'Connell
Community Member
6 months ago

The bear was likely this destructive because he couldn't find the food. There might not have been anything there, but there was a lingering smell.

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wyndmere
Community Member
6 months ago

Never leave any food, gum, mints, hand sanitizer, perfume, fragranced personal care items, trash, or empty food containers in your car in bear country; it is like ringing a dinner bell and inviting them to come dine. -- This is the all too common result of thinking your car in bear proof.

WillemPenn
Community Member
6 months ago

Yup. Windows down or up, unlocked or locked a bear *will* get in your car if it smells something attractive. Same with your cabin. Lock that sh*t in an airtight container behind very secure doors.

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Raine Soo
Community Member
6 months ago

Wow! The bear or bears really did a number on that car!

Zophra
Community Member
6 months ago

Lesson learned.

Johanna-Nicollette Kidd
Community Member
6 months ago

Oh my good gracious!

danielw
Community Member
6 months ago

....that'll buff right on out.

Robert Townsend
Community Member
6 months ago

Yogi or boo boo?

Donald Holder
Community Member
6 months ago

Are you sure it was a bear and not Bigfoot?

Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
6 months ago

Are we sure they’re not one and the same?

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Lolforlife
Community Member
6 months ago

oof I feel bad for them.. :(

Sam T Godfrey
Community Member
6 months ago

Woods 1 - City 0

Jeremy
Community Member
6 months ago

Holy hell!!

Donna Reynolds
Community Member
6 months ago

We can just buff that out.

Judith Wilson
Community Member
6 months ago

really good thing she took the kid with her. That is horrifying. I wonder how long it took to accomplish that amount of destruction.

Night Owl
Community Member
6 months ago

.... You need a new car

Nadine Bamberger
Community Member
6 months ago

I've heard of the "elk test" for cars but this seems to go a bit too far lol

Dorothy Cloud
Community Member
5 months ago

Whoa! Wouldn't you hate to come back to that??

Randy Klefbeck
Community Member
5 months ago

No cooler, no food, nothing that looks like a cooler, no strong food or spicy smell, does not matter in the least if the window is open or closed, bears know what looks like what and can pull your door off easily without a second sniff.

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
5 months ago

Well, could be worse, you could have been unable, to undo your seat belt !!!

Mary Hurst
Community Member
6 months ago

There must have been food inside that car.

Jane Alexander
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

No need to leave the windows down for them. They can bite through a file cabinet, they can bite their way into your car. Shall I tell you of Mary? Mary was a bear near the USAF base in Nenana, Alaska. She got into the commander s office one day, knocked the red phone off the hook and growled into it. Back in the 'lower 48' folks were freaking, finally got a hold of someone on the base who discovered Mary and the mess she had made in the commander s office. Top secret papers all over the floor. Now, anybody with a lick of sense would have filled a mop bucket with food, tied a rope on it and led her out of there. So, what did they of 'military intellegence' do? They turned a water hose on her, scared the sh*t out of her, litterally! She sh*t all over everything.

Ellen Daniels
Community Member
6 months ago

Remember this photo when you are tempted to take food into your tent!

Carole Gleed
Community Member
6 months ago

I hope you weren’t in it at the time !

Kari Reyes
Community Member
6 months ago

😮😮😮

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
6 months ago

That is some mean hungry curious bear..or bears

Karen Lyon
Community Member
6 months ago

Yep. Take those public service leaflets, signs, notices seriously. Bears are nasty when they are hungry.

Sandy Townzen
Community Member
6 months ago

LMAO

Ildikó Ryan
Community Member
6 months ago

Where is this?

Marlene Ricker
Community Member
6 months ago

Looks like the bear enjoyed himself!

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
6 months ago

Oh dear!

Shannon Santos
Community Member
6 months ago

Thanks for the warning, I will always lock my car !

David Herz
Community Member
6 months ago

Bear insurance anyone?

Garth Robinson
Community Member
6 months ago

that was no teddy bear huh?

fuggnuggins
Community Member
6 months ago

Cops: Hold my coffee.

Ruth Dyke
Community Member
6 months ago

A bag of chips or a candy bar can get you this. Yes, most bears can open most unlocked car doors.

Ninja Nonna
Community Member
6 months ago

Good Lord!!!

Paula Carr
Community Member
6 months ago

You don't even have to have the window down. If a bear sees something he likes in your car, he'll/she'll break the window to get at it. There was a ranger station in the Sierras that had great polaroids they took of broken-into cars as a warning. Effective!

CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
6 months ago

brilliant

Todd Hollfelder
Community Member
6 months ago

How many times a year do you suppose this happens?

Teresa Spanics
Community Member
6 months ago

YIKES!

Mark Serbian
Community Member
6 months ago

They ate the airbag ...

Laura Crawley
Community Member
6 months ago

Oh F^@% dude. Hope you have good insurance!

Something
Community Member
6 months ago

It's not enough not to leave the windows down. You have to lock the doors as well. Bears know how to open car doors.

rachel carter
Community Member
6 months ago

Never ever leave the window down in bear country if vehicle is not attended our if you're not bear by because more than likely you have food or have had food in the vehicle.. Unless you put food in the trunk and even then not guaranteed safety

Caroline Overill
Community Member
6 months ago

naughty paddington

ArrowAce
Community Member
6 months ago

Holy frick, that bear must've been angry or something

James F. Wilson Jr.
Community Member
6 months ago

Do you remember that bear that you honked at on the road coming in here? Well he found you.

Steve Onyx
Community Member
6 months ago

Bodacious bears. We covered it. "We know a thing or two, because we've seen a thing or two" We are Farmers. Pam Pam Pam Pam pa pa paaaaaa!

D L C
Community Member
6 months ago

Nah. This ain't no bear. Just an instructor at the Comm. College, preparing for his upcoming Auto-Body 101 course next week

Analyn Lahr
Community Member
6 months ago

I wonder if some insurance covers acts of bear?

PhantomBuni
Community Member
6 months ago

When people say dinner is ready, then “just five minutes”

Sergio Bicerra Descalzi
Community Member
6 months ago

Wow... Yogui just got gangsta style

Catlady6000
Community Member
6 months ago

Definitely totaled

Oskar vanZandt
Community Member
6 months ago

Gazooks! They must've forgot their stashed food in the car too!

J Sizz
Community Member
6 months ago

Picnic baskets are getting scarce, Yogi goin crazy!

DforDorothy
Community Member
6 months ago

The bear just wanted to borrow the car,but didn't find the key.

I Just Changed My Name
Community Member
6 months ago

Tenacious little dude

Myranda Valles
Community Member
6 months ago

Some people are so stupid it"s so funny LOL

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
6 months ago

Bears are fucking scary :O

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#19

What Could Go Wrong If I Hide Things In The Oven

What Could Go Wrong If I Hide Things In The Oven

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Hans
Community Member
6 months ago

Why, just why? And then, who just turned on the oven without a look?

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#20

What Could Go Wrong If You Have A Giant Blood Sticker On The Car

What Could Go Wrong If You Have A Giant Blood Sticker On The Car

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Hans
Community Member
6 months ago

Looks quite realistic though...

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#21

What Could Go Wrong If My Dumb Neighbor Put Hot Charcoal From His Grill Into A Trashcan

What Could Go Wrong If My Dumb Neighbor Put Hot Charcoal From His Grill Into A Trashcan

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Hans
Community Member
6 months ago

Every plastic trashcan for 50 years had the warning sticker: "do not put in hot ash". Obviously for a reason. I never thought anyone could be that stupid.

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#22

What Could Go Wrong If I Try To Eat An Octopus Alive

What Could Go Wrong If I Try To Eat An Octopus Alive

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Scagsy
Community Member
6 months ago

That's probably why you don't see them eaten alive very often

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#23

What Could Go Wrong If I Carry An Unsecured Cargo

What Could Go Wrong If I Carry An Unsecured Cargo

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
6 months ago

head bump...

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#24

What Could Go Wrong If You Throw Away Mix With Yeast In It

What Could Go Wrong If You Throw Away Mix With Yeast In It

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Hans
Community Member
6 months ago

Impressive.

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#25

What Could Go Wrong If You Attempt A No-Hand Wakeboard In Your Robes While Drinking Tea

What Could Go Wrong If You Attempt A No-Hand Wakeboard In Your Robes While Drinking Tea

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Davor Jelacic
Community Member
6 months ago

Kudos for trying to balance the tea while a face plant into the board seems unavoidable

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#26

What Could Go Wrong If I Fly A Drone Inside The House

What Could Go Wrong If I Fly A Drone Inside The House

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Violet brown
Community Member
6 months ago

new hairstyle

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#27

What Could Go Wrong If You Park A Car For Days Illegally Under A Tree Full Of Egrets And Herons

What Could Go Wrong If You Park A Car For Days Illegally Under A Tree Full Of Egrets And Herons

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Hans
Community Member
6 months ago

And not a single shit was giv...ohn evermind.

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#28

What Could Go Wrong If I Don’t Check The Height Clearance

What Could Go Wrong If I Don’t Check The Height Clearance

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
6 months ago

No you don' t

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#29

What Could Go Wrong If I Take A Photo To Remember

What Could Go Wrong If I Take A Photo To Remember

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Scagsy
Community Member
6 months ago

Seconds before disaster...

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#30

What Could Go Wrong If I Have My Bird As An Advisor

What Could Go Wrong If I Have My Bird As An Advisor

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
6 months ago

When you have a bird you have to expect bird droppings.

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#31

What Could Go Wrong If You Think Playgrounds For Kids Are For Adults As Well

What Could Go Wrong If You Think Playgrounds For Kids Are For Adults As Well

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Jon S.
Community Member
6 months ago

I'm not even sure how...Presumably after sliding down he didn't have enough strength to right himself and climb back up?

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#32

What Could Go Wrong If I Take A Picture With This Gopher Snake I Found In The Road

What Could Go Wrong If I Take A Picture With This Gopher Snake I Found In The Road

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
6 months ago

The snake doesn't like selfies.

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#33

What Could Go Wrong If You Get Into A Dog's Personal Space

What Could Go Wrong If You Get Into A Dog's Personal Space

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Scagsy
Community Member
6 months ago

He's a dog so he can't tell to you back the f**k up. Hope he's ok.

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#34

What Could Go Wrong If You Try To Take A Cool Beach Photo

What Could Go Wrong If You Try To Take A Cool Beach Photo

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Dana Grunwald
Community Member
6 months ago

Oh my god 😧 Poor girl!

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#35

What Could Go Wrong If I Wear An Eagles Shirt On Photo Day

What Could Go Wrong If I Wear An Eagles Shirt On Photo Day

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Hans
Community Member
6 months ago

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If you consider "Fag" to be an insul you obviously consider being gay an insult. In this case, you are a homophobic asshole. To bad this even gets upvotes on BP.

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#36

What Could Go Wrong If My Neighbor Uses The Longest Possible Drill Out There

What Could Go Wrong If My Neighbor Uses The Longest Possible Drill Out There

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Hans
Community Member
6 months ago

Why, just why?

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#37

What Could Go Wrong If I Put My Pizza On A Plastic Board And Cook It In The Oven

What Could Go Wrong If I Put My Pizza On A Plastic Board And Cook It In The Oven

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Davor Jelacic
Community Member
6 months ago

It can be saved...

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#38

What Could Go Wrong If You Use Adhesive Letters On The Outside Of Your Massage Therapist Center

What Could Go Wrong If You Use Adhesive Letters On The Outside Of Your Massage Therapist Center

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
6 months ago

It looks like sabotage.

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#39

What Could Go Wrong If I Forget Sunscreen

What Could Go Wrong If I Forget Sunscreen

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Romenriel
Community Member
6 months ago

Ouch. Also ginger here.

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#40

What Could Go Wrong If You Accidentally Throw An Unsecured Bottle Of Cheese Onto Your Laptop

What Could Go Wrong If You Accidentally Throw An Unsecured Bottle Of Cheese Onto Your Laptop

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
6 months ago

who the hell eats parmesan cheese from a bottle?!

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