Some people just looove talking. Like your auntie Betsie who just created a FB account and floods it with posts on chemtrails, or that entitled anti-masker who believes wearing a face covering impinges on their rights. Or many other loud ones on social media who can’t miss a chance to spread some misinformation on drinking bleach to prevent COVID-19. 

But the world is the place of karma, and if there’s yin, there’s always yang. That means that if you throw some nonsense out there into the world, it may come back and hit you like a boomerang. 

To show you how it works in practice, Bored Panda compiled a mesmerizing collection from the witty subreddit called “Murdered By Words.” It’s a prominent corner of the internet entirely devoted to put-downs, comebacks, and counter-arguments.

#1

Shots Fired, Two Men Down

Shots Fired, Two Men Down

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martin734
Community Member
4 months ago

This should be higher.

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#2

I'm Gonna Take The Surgeon's Side On This One

I'm Gonna Take The Surgeon's Side On This One

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postboredom
Community Member
4 months ago

This anonymous person agrees

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#3

Disabled Parking Should Only Be Valid During Business Hours 9 To 5

Disabled Parking Should Only Be Valid During Business Hours 9 To 5

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Jayne Kyra
Community Member
4 months ago

Sounds like something a werewolf would say...

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Being in an argument, whether voluntarily or not, is one of the most emotionally draining situations you can get yourself into. It raises your blood pressure, and you may feel trapped by the opponent trying to prove their point no matter what.

It gets even more frustrating when the person you’re arguing with is proving a point that, in your eyes, doesn’t make any sense to begin with. Whether it’s anti-maskers, anti-vaxers, flat-earthers, or conspiracy theorists, anyone can have their own opinion, but as such, everyone can stand up for their own beliefs.

Luckily, there’re some tricks you should know to winning an argument. According to Susan Krauss Whitbourne, a professor emerita of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, you should start by knowing your facts.

“How many times have you made a claim about some piece of trivia only to realize, as soon as you’ve made that claim, that you’re completely wrong?” Such a situation doesn’t lead you anywhere and gives your opponent a straight shot to winning.

#4

Now Sit Your Ass Down, Stefan.

Now Sit Your Ass Down, Stefan.

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Chrissie M.
Community Member
4 months ago

Gentlemen. You don't give birth. Sit down when abortion is discussed.

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#5

Find A Different Career.

Find A Different Career.

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Vorknkx
Community Member
4 months ago

Spot on. As a doctor, you are absolutely obliged to treat all patients the same way, regardless of age, gender, occupation, and anything else. If one is unable to do this, they simply aren't doctor material and should not be allowed to graduate.

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#6

Apparently, It's Impossible For Women To Be Smart And Beautiful At The Same Time

Apparently, It's Impossible For Women To Be Smart And Beautiful At The Same Time

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Marc
Community Member
4 months ago

I like that. All those envious little boys (yes, they are boys, not men) who can't imagine that a woman can do more than them. Unfortunately there are still too many of these narrow-minded people. This is one of the reasons why boards of directors in companies and politics are still dominated by men, and why women get less money for equal work. That is why my daughters have to fight for self-evident things every day.

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Seeing other person’s perspective may also help you in an argument. “You don’t have to agree with a foe in order to see his or her perspective,” says Susan.

“However, if you want to win an argument, you do need to be able to see the world the way your opponent does. Stepping into the mental set of those you argue with allows you to figure out what’s influencing them.”

If you figure out what’s triggering the person you’re arguing with, you can direct your focus there and showing a little empathy never hurt anybody.

#7

The Fact That He Never Removed The Post Surprises Me

The Fact That He Never Removed The Post Surprises Me

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Amy Pattie
Community Member
4 months ago

Who the heck gets in an Uber and asks about their religion? Who?

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#8

That Backfired

That Backfired

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SocksNeverMatch
Community Member
4 months ago

Doi! Oh man

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#9

Murdered By Kindness.

Murdered By Kindness.

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SocksNeverMatch
Community Member
4 months ago

That is the way to do it!

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And the third thing is to remember that “Becoming defensive is one of the worst ways to win an argument.” Letting your opponent see that you've dug into your position with no other alternatives may lift the argument from bad to ugly. Moreover, if you let the other person realize that you’re open-minded, even if you're pretending to be, the argument may resolve itself. 

#10

It's Never Just About A Cake

It's Never Just About A Cake

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Foxxy (The Original)
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4 months ago (edited)

Wow, that is absolutely disgusting.

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#11

Just Pulled The Lever To The Verbal Guillotine.

Just Pulled The Lever To The Verbal Guillotine.

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Marcellus the Third
Community Member
4 months ago

It's the same distinction between them being blessed with a fruitful marriage, where immigrants breed like rabbits.

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#12

Mmm Spicy

Mmm Spicy

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SocksNeverMatch
Community Member
4 months ago

YES!!!!!

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#13

On A Comment Thread About UPS And USPS Workers

On A Comment Thread About UPS And USPS Workers

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
4 months ago

People that are condescending about other people's jobs are usually parasites with no job at all.

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#14

Well, When You Put It That Way...

Well, When You Put It That Way...

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Steve Barnett
Community Member
4 months ago

I like this comeback alot.

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#15

This Guy Wants All The Cake.

This Guy Wants All The Cake.

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tuzdayschild
Community Member
4 months ago

He really didn't think that one out.

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#16

Wise Advice!

Wise Advice!

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Luisa Vasconcelos
Community Member
4 months ago

On point.

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#17

Cut The Shit Lady. You Chose The Bathroom.

Cut The Shit Lady. You Chose The Bathroom.

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Jaded Queen
Community Member
4 months ago

She shouldn't have said gender neutral ,if she was gonna make a sexist comment. It's like god can u even read

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#18

I Love Arnold's Wholesome Murders

I Love Arnold's Wholesome Murders

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
4 months ago

It's funny how it's always the people with fragile egos accusing others of being snowflakes, when they themselves are visibly half melted in outrage.

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#19

If He Were Here He'd Consume These Morons With Fireballs From His Eyes And Bolts Of Lightning From His Arse

If He Were Here He'd Consume These Morons With Fireballs From His Eyes And Bolts Of Lightning From His Arse

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Stille20
Community Member
4 months ago

The store should not have let them in .....or they took their masks off once inside to show offf. We should be fining this behavior. You can get a fine for music being too loud or disturbing the piece or reckless endangerment. STOP MAKING MASKS POLITICAL

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#20

Yellow Tape Around Her Body It's A Fucking Homicide

Yellow Tape Around Her Body It's A Fucking Homicide

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Bunny Wood
Community Member
4 months ago

Amen. Speaking from NZ and Australia I just laugh at how retarded the Americans are in this topic. Raped by your insurance companies and begging for more

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#21

Good Old Meghan Mccain

Good Old Meghan Mccain

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boredpanDaman
Community Member
4 months ago

bwhuaahah

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#22

The Ramsays Has The Best Insults

The Ramsays Has The Best Insults

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glowworm2
Community Member
4 months ago

I wonder where she got her sharp tongue from? ;)

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#23

Don't Defend Corporations, They Will Not Return The Favor

Don't Defend Corporations, They Will Not Return The Favor

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Marcellus the Third
Community Member
4 months ago

This is a famous old case, still worth bringing up occasionally, as many people never questioned the "scamming from poor corporations" line.

Agnes Jekyll
Community Member
4 months ago

She had such serious injuries too. I'm so glad MacDonald's lost, and her side of the story is finally being told

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
4 months ago

That poor woman was also in her 70ies and the parts she burnt so badly in just a few seconds with that insanely hot coffee were her privates...

Blue
Community Member
4 months ago

And she had to get surgery as well as skin grafts, because the coffee literally burnt her privates together.

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Sara
Community Member
4 months ago

And it was the judge & jury that decided to award her with that amount. She did not sue for that amount. After all the facts came to light regarding McDonald's greedy reckless business decisions, the courts found it not only appropriate to compensate this poor woman, but to also punish McDonald's. Justice served (at just the right temp)

Amelia Brown
Community Member
4 months ago

She didn't even get the amount she was awarded. McDouchebags got it overturned, and they settled for an undisclosed amount.

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H Edwards
Community Member
4 months ago

This makes me so angry. I remember this case and it was reported over here in the UK as 'ridiculous Americans and their litigation culture'. It wasn't until years later that I discovered the real story. That poor woman.

Kisses4Katie
Community Member
4 months ago

For the record, it was so hot it fused her labia together.

WhatEvenIsLife
Community Member
4 months ago

I always love when this case gets brought up. I totally bought the whole frivolous lawsuit thing until I actually learned the details of the case. Amazing, the PR job they pulled on that one. Extra detail: the amount the jury awarded the woman was equivalent to the coffee sales McDonald's made in a SINGLE DAY at the time. They were trying to make a point.

glowworm2
Community Member
4 months ago

I've only just recently learned just how serious that case really was. For years, whenever I heard about it, they made it sound like a silly, pointless case of suing someone.

BusLady
Community Member
4 months ago

I've seen the photos of the lady's injuries. Horrific.

Paizleypie
Community Member
4 months ago

I always thought that was a frivolous lawsuit until I read that the coffee was so hot it FUSED HER GENITALS SHUT! That is horrifying.

KittyMommy
Community Member
4 months ago

That and another fact that never gets mentioned, a lot of the other burn victims were little kids. They'd be running around in the restaurants, bump into someone carrying a cup of coffee and have coffee spilled on them. Granted kids shouldn't be running, but being thoughtless as a young child shouldn't rate life long disfigurement.

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Bender Bending Rodríguez
Community Member
4 months ago

If you or someone really believe this was a frivolous case and you/they are not big on googling and reading, just look at the pictures of the burn victim and you will 3/4 way of seeing why she was awarded more than what she asked by the court.

KT
Community Member
4 months ago

That poor woman needed skin grafts. What a heartless jerk

Mimi777
Community Member
4 months ago

I believe she burned her genitals and had to get skin grafts. She just wanted them to pay for her medical bills nothing extra but they couldn’t even do that. I’m glad she won the lawsuit.

Louloubelle
Community Member
4 months ago

She didn't ask for extra, but the jury thought this was so horrific they awarded punitive damages.

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
4 months ago

What's this with Americans that are standing up to defend big corporations and millionaires and billionaires with a dedication that borders on fanaticism? The people that they are defending wouldn't give them the time of the day even if it could save the poor man's life...

Mimi777
Community Member
4 months ago

Very true!

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Kimberley McMillan
Community Member
4 months ago

There is/was a documentary on Netflix about this called Hot Coffee.

Louloubelle
Community Member
4 months ago

I'm going to watch this again. I didn't realize it was on Netflix. I watched it when it originally came out on HBO.

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Starbelly Eleven
Community Member
4 months ago

She wasn't poor, she was just elderly and Medicaid sucks ass.

D. Pitbull
Community Member
4 months ago

"poor corporiation"... is not the image I get when someone says "McDonalds" - also... doesn't this KINDA illustrate the issues with the health"care" system in the US?

Sanne H.
Community Member
4 months ago

Why didn’t the medical insurance company just pay those bills like they should have? Is it because of the US health care system?

Louloubelle
Community Member
4 months ago

She was on medicare and it doesn't pay as much as most health plans. Most of the elderly need a supplement so they can get even remotely decent coverage.

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Nevid
Community Member
4 months ago

I was wondering "How the hell can you serve coffee at 190 or even 160 degrees?" before I realized it was farenheit. I think I should sleep more.

qwerty
Community Member
4 months ago

I am glad that it's not celsius. That would be the stuff of nightmares.

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Mama Panda
Community Member
4 months ago

I am not defending McDonalds at all but what folks need to remember is that this happened in 1994. 3 years after the internet became public. Back then there wasn't social media (that happened in the early 2000s), there wasn't google (that was in 1998) and obviously the news was still in print so the hows and the whys of this lawsuit were not readily available to everyone. That meant there was a huge misunderstanding as to the details of the case. So people formed opinions/theories over what was available to them. Now we can find all of that information at our fingertips but people still cling to their original assessment and therefore post stupid s**t like the OP did.

Martha Meyer
Community Member
4 months ago

You seem to assume that propaganda and fake news are only possible to achieve with internet. That is most definitely not the case.

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Tina Hugh
Community Member
4 months ago

More info: Her initial award was equal to the money made from 1.5 days of McD’s coffee sales. And it was substantially reduced on appeal.

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
4 months ago

Brainwashed by corporations so they are shills against the average person. What is interesting is how foot-shooting is the common practice.

Bernd Herbert
Community Member
4 months ago

Thanks, didn’t know that

Banjo Peppers
Community Member
4 months ago

The burns fused her labia!

pansexualandproud
Community Member
4 months ago

wow...just...wow

Blue of the yams (They/He)
Community Member
3 months ago

Also she was an old lady

Something
Community Member
4 months ago

There was a targeted effort to defame Stella Liebeck.

Lubica Acker
Community Member
4 months ago

I didn't know that. You learn something important every day.

Lu
Community Member
4 months ago

Information is power. Manipulation of information even more so... sadly

HOT CHOCOLATE <3
Community Member
2 months ago

i plain out hate mcdonalds

Hugo Raible
Community Member
3 months ago

Are you saying that you need a law that says they had to let the coffee cool down because people are too dumb to know that boiling water is quite hot?

Roxy Eastland
Community Member
4 months ago

That poor woman genuinely suffered. I am so frustrated this still keeps coming up. Also, I once sloshed hot tea on me (I drink it black, so no cooling milk) from a takeaway drink from a chain in the UK, and it burnt my hand a *lot* worse than the times I've spilled boiling water directly from the kettle while pouring a drink at home. These places keep the water above 100ºC, under pressure, in their machines. I even had a couple of friends (who hadn't seen the scald) make similar comments "ooooh, hot water is hot, who knew" because they didn't realise. Thankfully the scalded area wasn't big. I contacted the company and pointed out that this could have easily got spilled on a baby or an elderly person, for whom it would have been a lot more serious. I was offered two lids, to close the sipping hole, for a while afterwards . . .

Ms.GB
Community Member
4 months ago

I read that her lap was burnt so bady that her skin melted her genitals shut.

KoalaLa
Community Member
4 months ago

But, coffee being hot is not a surprise? I don't see a problem here

Louloubelle
Community Member
4 months ago

Watch the documentary. Do you honestly think if something is so hot that you need skin grafts is just "hot"? Nope.

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CherylTunt
Community Member
4 months ago

Ummm I got 2nd degree burns on my chest from spilling soup that I made , I was walking and bumped a door . I didn’t sue the soup company or kitchen aid

Louloubelle
Community Member
4 months ago

2nd degree burns are vastly different than 3rd. You heating something is different than a company knowingly serving a product that can injure someone. And were your genitals fused? Don't use anecdotal evidence in an argument.

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CherylTunt
Community Member
4 months ago

Umm

Henry Tuttle
Community Member
4 months ago

I have NO PROBLEM with corporations being fined millions or BILLIONS. But paying it to the first person who sues them for an infraction is stupid. Fine them and have the money go to pay for the legal system, or charity, or someone other than the person who sued. Give that person (and every other person who sues for the same thing) money for pain and suffering, lost wages, medical, etc., but not "profit". THAT'S where the greed and frivolous lawsuits come in.

Louloubelle
Community Member
4 months ago

She wasn't the first person. There were over 700 suits that got settled out of court for the same thing. And McDonalds still has their coffee at an outrageous temperature.

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Cupcakezzz
Community Member
4 months ago

Wow.....

PattonPawter
Community Member
4 months ago

Completely unrelated but I have slightly burnt my tongue on hot cocoa several times because I underestimated its hotness.

Jeff Requier
Community Member
4 months ago

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No, she was a dumbass by putting her cup between her legs while driving. with drive thru you arent waiting to let coffee cool down .

H Edwards
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

The point is that coffee shouldn't be served at that temperature under any circumstances. Accidents happen, and there is no merit in the argument that she caused it herself by being careless. If the coffee had been the right temperature, all that would have happened is she got coffee on her lap. As it is, the burns were so severe that her labia were fused together. Also, she wasn't driving. She was in the passenger seat and the car was parked. She was 79 years old. You know how older people can be a bit shaky? Think of your grandparents and have some compassion.

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#24

Murdered By The Word Of God.

Murdered By The Word Of God.

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Jayson Hammer
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4 months ago

And the "orange chicken" add is a nice bonus

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#25

That's Just How It Is Though, Isn't It?

That's Just How It Is Though, Isn't It?

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Rowlie
Community Member
4 months ago

Is there such thing as the "right" house to kill people in?

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#26

An Effortless Genocide

An Effortless Genocide

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

A lot of immigrants work in jobs that others don’t want to do, majority have come for a better life and will take what they can, they have to start their lives all over again and they are not picky like many of us westerners (especially the privileged). They often take the lower paying jobs like trolley collectors, taxi/uber drivers, food delivery drivers and fruit pickers etc. What a lot of people don’t seem to understand is that a lot of these immigrants are well educated but their qualifications mean nothing because of where they are from and studied so they have to do it all over again.

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#27

Very Strange, Indeed

Very Strange, Indeed

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
4 months ago

Yeah who wants to go to have a raging know-it-all bigot at a party. No thanks.

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#28

Your “Logic” Deserves A Slap In The Face

Your “Logic” Deserves A Slap In The Face

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
4 months ago

Oh damn.

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#29

Homophobia Is Manmade

Homophobia Is Manmade

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Amy Pattie
Community Member
4 months ago

Thanks for the Jewish perspective! I have seen the first one so often, but the second one is a very new perspective. Thanks for the share!

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#30

Taken To School.

Taken To School.

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InstantRamenGuy
Community Member
4 months ago

she got... schooled

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#31

Murdered By Laws

Murdered By Laws

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
4 months ago

Trump wouldn’t know what ethics was even if it slapped him in the face.

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#32

A Better Headline

A Better Headline

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Amy Pattie
Community Member
4 months ago

I mean I am happily married even though we both lost our job in corona and now live in a church community house. Screw the idea of having kids though, they’d have to sleep on the floor of the games room or something, and I wouldn’t want anyone’s life to start out like that.

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#33

Short And To The Point

Short And To The Point

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@Daisychain
Community Member
4 months ago

And she's such a cute little girl too... :(

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#34

Murdered By Numbers?

Murdered By Numbers?

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Vorknkx
Community Member
4 months ago

Ironically, some statistics show violent crime has decreased since "violent" video games becamse more popular/mainstream.

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#35

Maybe Not The First, But Definitely The Most Famous

Maybe Not The First, But Definitely The Most Famous

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Amy Pattie
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

More specifically, first Innocent brown man killed publicly by a police state while his homies could only stand powerlessly and watched.

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#36

Kill Theirs Or Educate Ours?

Kill Theirs Or Educate Ours?

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
4 months ago

It's the same boring song that Republicans sing every time. Why invest 50 billion in education when we need that money to buy tanks and develop nuclear bombs? Because obviously having the power to destroy this entire world 5 times isn't enough....

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#37

Does It Make Sense For You Now?

Does It Make Sense For You Now?

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SocksNeverMatch
Community Member
4 months ago

freaky right!

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#38

Ain't No Right Way

Ain't No Right Way

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Christian Bradshaw
Community Member
4 months ago

Same here! Not everything is as suspicious as you people seem to think!

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#39

Is It True

Is It True

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Marcellus the Third
Community Member
4 months ago

Maybe they think it's part of the uniform? Like typical blue/green "medical color" doesn't really do anything but it's part of the image?

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#40

The Aunt Looks Like Such A Nice Person

The Aunt Looks Like Such A Nice Person

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
4 months ago

When you have alcohol problems and are in a divorce but still feel entitled enough to lecture people on how they should live their life.

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#41

Roll Tide!

Roll Tide!

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
4 months ago

Lol, pretty sure that actually applies both to SA and Alabama.

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#42

I Lol'd Hard

 I Lol'd Hard

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postboredom
Community Member
4 months ago

Were they any steel toilets nearby? That would have given them a shock

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#43

Holy Hell! Call The Morgue

Holy Hell! Call The Morgue

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
4 months ago

Yuck, why not just say your room is getting a bit stuffy and whiffy so please air it out. No need to go into such detail.

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#44

Say It Like You Mean It

Say It Like You Mean It

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Marcellus the Third
Community Member
4 months ago

"What a trooper" sounds hollow now.

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#45

That Moment When An Anti-Vaxx Mom Is Called Out On Facebook By Her Son's Pediatric Nurse

That Moment When An Anti-Vaxx Mom Is Called Out On Facebook By Her Son's Pediatric Nurse

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
4 months ago

Sadly only the Anti-vaxxer lies will be retweeted, adding some more misinformation to the huge pile of BS that's already on the internet.

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#46

Video Games Cause Violence

Video Games Cause Violence

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Marcellus the Third
Community Member
4 months ago

"No thank you, I'll keep playing chess where I get ahead by sacrificing my own peons to murder their horses bishops peons and queen".

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#47

We The People

We The People

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kjorn
Community Member
4 months ago

looks like the constitution is like the bible for the american... and we see the bible it's a cause of war between the people

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#48

Why Do Old People Insist On Doing This?

Why Do Old People Insist On Doing This?

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Hooked
Community Member
4 months ago

I like the last sentence. The biggest burn is saved for last.

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#49

You Can Disagree With An Opinion, But The Math Never Lies

You Can Disagree With An Opinion, But The Math Never Lies

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
4 months ago

It's this kind of "math" that leads Americans to believe that in "Socialist" European countries people pay about 125% of their income on taxes. And that's why healthcare is free.

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#50

Murdered With One Word Almost 3 Years Later

Murdered With One Word Almost 3 Years Later

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Kookamunga
Community Member
4 months ago

Donald Trump is so vile that my cat tried to cover him up with litter.

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