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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chi-wei shen
Community Member
6 months ago

Great response.

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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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chi-wei shen
Community Member
6 months ago

Always check who can read your posts. Such mistakes have caused a lot of drama.

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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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chi-wei shen
Community Member
6 months ago

A skilled scaffolding crew takes minutes to built this while an unskilled man could take hours to dismantle it.

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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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Vorknkx
Community Member
6 months ago

We'd expect something like this from Karen, but it's scary to think that even a legal services professional (supposedly a well-educated person) can willfully be so ignorant and reckless.

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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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chi-wei shen
Community Member
6 months ago

I think they deserved it.

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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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Hans
Community Member
6 months ago

It is Hulk-Dog. Do not make him angry!

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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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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
6 months ago

he's not the real shady- he's just imitating

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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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Jon S.
Community Member
6 months ago

I wish I hadn't seen this. But warning duly taken.

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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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chi-wei shen
Community Member
6 months ago

Losing the liquor license sound like a death sentence to a restaurant.

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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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UncleRussian
Community Member
6 months ago

I feel like this should be the equivalent of running the red light and his boat licence should be revoked

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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!!!

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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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Tovah Roche
Community Member
6 months ago

Why wouldn't you check inside your oven before starting preheating?

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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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chi-wei shen
Community Member
6 months ago

It really looks frightening.

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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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varwenea
Community Member
6 months ago

The neighbor could have started a fire. Dumb is right.

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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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Romenriel
Community Member
6 months ago

I am far from being vegan, but you can't be mad at that octopus for trying to defend itself.

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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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Vorknkx
Community Member
6 months ago

Excuse me, sir, would you like me to tell you about our Lord and Savior, Buddha?

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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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Ray Ceeya (RayCeeYa)
Community Member
6 months ago

Reminds me of when I worked for Pizza Hut in high school and threw out 55 gallons of over proofed dough every night.

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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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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
6 months ago

As a British person I have to respect his attempts to save the tea

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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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Johanna-Nicollette Kidd
Community Member
6 months ago

I see a new fashion style in your future...Short hair for sure

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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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chi-wei shen
Community Member
6 months ago

The birds have voted.

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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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Ain Mukromin
Community Member
6 months ago

clearly you don't fit

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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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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
6 months ago

Grandpa is not impressed

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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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chi-wei shen
Community Member
6 months ago

He is never going to live this down.

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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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Richard Brown
Community Member
6 months ago

And thus was born a new superhero VENOM-SNOT! Able to paralyse bad guys by holding a nostril and blowing a poison snot dart out of the other!

Bacony
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

Thanos, Joker, Syndrome, and Dr. Vu shake in fear! Sexy babes swoon! Alien babes are surprisingly uninterested! Tides, Winds, and Landslides are powerless! The sarcasm is dense! Criminals cower! News teams are in awe! The day is saved when VENOM-SNOT arrives!

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MRS FLASHMAN
Community Member
6 months ago

He wanted to play "I got your nose"

Hilary Mol
Community Member
6 months ago

Another young man putting the "duh" in "dumb".

Zophra
Community Member
6 months ago

Awww... a snake kiss!

Jaime
Community Member
6 months ago

...right. “Kiss.”

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Nico Di Angelo
Community Member
6 months ago

You kind of deserved that..

Ava Raine
Community Member
6 months ago

that's also not how you're supposed to hold a snake.

VANILLA
Community Member
6 months ago

Honk!

chi-wei shen
Community Member
6 months ago

The snake doesn't like selfies.

Sam Cook
Community Member
6 months ago

Who nose what will happen next?

Verena Heisenberg
Community Member
5 months ago

I see what you did there ;-)

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rachel carter
Community Member
6 months ago

Wow clearly they don't know how to handle snakes

James F. Wilson Jr.
Community Member
6 months ago

Your nose looks just like a frog to him

Vernice Aure
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

People tend to forget that non-venomous does not mean non-fanged...

Dónal Ó Murchadha
Community Member
6 months ago

People need to leave wild animals alone.

Azure Adams
Community Member
6 months ago

Gopher snakes are not poisonous but since they are wild animals its best to protect them and not handle them.

Signe Manat Hansen
Community Member
6 months ago

Say it with me: VE-NE-MOUS

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Blue Cicada
Community Member
6 months ago

This is a wild animal, not conditioned to human handling. Even I know better than to hold it with its head free to turn around and bite me.

Robert Townsend
Community Member
6 months ago

It's got hissssss nose

Johanna-Nicollette Kidd
Community Member
6 months ago

Ouch!

HOT CHOCOLATE <3
Community Member
3 months ago

my nose hurts looking at this.....smh

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
5 months ago

Too close to the eye !!!

Carole Gleed
Community Member
6 months ago

Frightening.

Sam T Godfrey
Community Member
6 months ago

Did you go "HONK"?

Maureen Peters
Community Member
6 months ago

Your nose looks like a mouse; he's hungry!

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
6 months ago

The intrepid snake handler?

J
Community Member
6 months ago

Are we sure thats a Gopher snake? Looks a lot like rattlers we have in our area

ArhomR
Community Member
6 months ago

Another Darwin Award nominee.

JD Lee
Community Member
6 months ago

This really should have been octopus girl.

Beverly Deelstra
Community Member
6 months ago

ouch

okpkpkp
Community Member
6 months ago

Sorry if the snake thinks your nose looks like a gopher. DON'T TOUCH THE WILDLIFE, dude. (And are you wearing a hat with a skunk on it?)

Lynn Morello
Community Member
6 months ago

Kissy, Kissy.

Ninja Nonna
Community Member
6 months ago

AARRGH

Ruth Beaty
Community Member
6 months ago

Play stupid games, win stupid, and painful, prizes.

Donald Holder
Community Member
6 months ago

Clearly not a snake charmer? 😂

*sigh*, The Yellow Teletubby
Community Member
6 months ago

????? why???? would you do that????? in the first place????

Tessa Thompson
Community Member
6 months ago

YAY, GOPHER SNAKE! It is possible to get a cool picture with a wild Nope Rope like this gorgeous gopher snek without being bitten, but that requires PROPER AND CORRECT SNEK RESTRAINT to keep you AND the Nope Rope safe (not difficult at all). Darn Fool Idjit, pictured here being bitten on the nose, is demonstrating one of the many ways NOT to do it. I'd love to see his hands, because I want to know how much the gopher snek bit him when he was catching it up (he deserved every bite). // This jerk needlessly stressed the hell out of this gopher snek when he caught it up--having no idea what he was doing, so he was chasing it and shouting and generally REALLY stressing it out--and then putting it around his neck(?!?!). His reaction to it--understandably--lashing out and biting his nose (an obvious thing to latch onto)--is to grab it and pull it away and throw it to the ground. *is REALLY UPSET*

Laura Crawley
Community Member
6 months ago

He could bite your face...maybe

♥︎♡ᴀʟɪᴇɴ ʙᴇᴀʀᴢ♡♥︎
Community Member
6 months ago

Ouch

RunYouCleverBoyAndRemember
Community Member
6 months ago

Dude, it's a scared, dangerous, wild animal. Not a photo accessory.

Harleen
Community Member
6 months ago

I've heard of those piercings called a snake bite... I didn't think they were literal!

Sawdust
Community Member
6 months ago

Reminds me of Jeff Foxworthy's story about a beaver.

LAP
Community Member
6 months ago

Why do people do idiotic things just for a photo op?

Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
6 months ago

Because they’re stupid? Was this a trick question...

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Brandi VanSteenwyk
Community Member
6 months ago

What could happen? You will be grateful that you identified it correctly as non-venomous.

TheWitchNaru
Community Member
6 months ago

Respect animals. They aren't cute toys.

Yvonne Blau
Community Member
6 months ago

Stupid people are stupid.

Megzymonsta
Community Member
6 months ago

WHY WOULD ANYONE PICK UP A SNAKE?!?! I would expect to get bitten if i randomly scooped a snake off the road for a pic. We learned not to touch snakes from a very young age and we don't even have dangerous species in the uk

Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
6 months ago

I used to catch gopher snakes when I was a little girl...it’s a challenge, they’re pretty, and it’s fun to hold them. But then I put it back in the field where I found it and it went its merry way.

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Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
6 months ago

Karma! :D

Caroline Han
Community Member
6 months ago

Luckily, gopher snakes aren't poisonous.

Demongrrrrl
Community Member
6 months ago

But do they have fangs like venomous snakes do`

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Caroline Han
Community Member
6 months ago

Luckily, gopher snakes aren't poisonous.

Meyer Weinstock
Community Member
6 months ago

And today's Darwin award goes to....

Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
6 months ago

Darwin Awards are given out only when the person *dies* from doing something spectacularly stupid and has done so *without* having reproduced.

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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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Erica
Community Member
6 months ago

Dogs rarely bite without a warning...the first picture and the way his ears and body language are would be a clear indication he’s not happy

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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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varwenea
Community Member
6 months ago

He seems incredibly cruel smiling so happily.

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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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Falcon
Community Member
6 months ago

The question is, who the hell designs a shirt that has EAG on the first row and then LES on the next row...

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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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Johanna-Nicollette Kidd
Community Member
6 months ago

Just as well no one was standing there. Next time place a bottle of Tomato sauce on the floor&when they drill, they will find the blood like stuff might give them pause for thought

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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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Dana Grunwald
Community Member
6 months ago

Who the hell puts a plastic board in an oven??

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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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Vorknkx
Community Member
6 months ago

"I'll take the rapists for 200."

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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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Johanna-Nicollette Kidd
Community Member
6 months ago

Your a pale skinned Ginger haired person, Never Forget Your Sunscreen Ever Again! Skin cancer, here you come

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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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Firefoxy3121
Community Member
6 months ago

Taking Mac and cheese to the next level

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