Ever had anything mansplained to you? You know, when a guy starts explaining something to (most likely) a woman about something that they very well know themselves in a condescending or patronizing way.

Sure, it is definitely a serious issue, one that hints at sexism and rudeness, among other things, but also one that can be satisfying and even funny—particularly when the one being mansplained to claps back with an educated response that makes the mansplainer rethink their decisions.

In celebration of the recent Valentine’s Day, Twitter user @J_Dot_J asked people what was the most obvious thing that was mansplained to them. Dozens upon dozens of people shared their best mansplaining stories, not only voicing their frustrations, but also pointing out how nobody should ever assume that you don’t know things.

Image credits: J_Dot_J

Bored Panda has collected some of the best responses from the Twitter thread and made it into a list for you to enjoy. While you’re scrolling, why not share your thoughts and vote on the ones you liked the most, and share your mansplaining stories, if you have any, in the comment section below!

Oh, and if this ain't enough, Bored Panda has two other articles on the topic here and here, so be sure to check them out once you're done here!

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

'The Queen's Gambit' comes to mind. I suck at chess, by the way.

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Madison Feehan
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2 months ago

Oh Lord. 🙄

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Madison Feehan
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2 months ago

Best part is that you get to give out the final marks.

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Madison Feehan
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2 months ago (edited)

Look on the bright side, cement proof that he did you a favour by showing you his true colours.

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Madison Feehan
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2 months ago

I'd be with those nurses.

Tineke Hovenkamp Ragan
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2 months ago

I had one done. It hurt so bad and the male doctor performing the procedure told his nurses to "please shut her up."

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Hugh Cookson
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2 months ago

Ow - just looked this up ; you ladies do go through some embuggerances don't you x

N G
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2 months ago

Upvote just for the use of the word "embuggerances"! And, yes, yes we do.

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CatWoman312
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2 months ago

This is why I refuse to see a male doctor when it comes to my female body issues. Sorry guys idc how many books you read, personal experience always trumps it for me

Pieter K
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2 months ago

I hear ya. I will only ever see a cardiologist who's had a heart attack themselves. School schmool, real life experience is where it's at.

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Zophra
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2 months ago

It hurts. I remember this very non-fondly.

somnomania
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2 months ago

i'm confused, i looked up the term and it seems it's just an x-ray procedure, what is there to hurt? i'm just curious.

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Donkey boi
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2 months ago

I had a similar experience. I was having a cystoscopy and the nurse told me I wouldn't 'feel a thing'! Afterwards I told her I didn't think she should be saying that as I found the whole thing extremely uncomfortable!

Liam Walsh
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2 months ago

Medical pain dictionary - 1) Won't feel a thing = will be uncomfortable. 2) Might be uncomfortable = will hurt. 3) Will hurt a little = will be painful. 4) Will be painful for a short moment = is effing agony so give me a general anaesthetic thanks. Apologies if I've missed some 😬

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Jade Lynn - Panda's Brat
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2 months ago

None of the male doctors at the fertility clinic I went to were this ridiculously ignorant. They warned me the procedures might not be comfortable and what to expect... because that is what they are supposed to do.

Catherine Rydberg
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2 months ago

I had one and the next time anyone will do that again to me is when I'm dead. That was worse than childbirth. That doc needs to have his s*****m ripped open.

May
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2 months ago

I've assisted in a few of these (taking the x-rays) and none of the patients seemed to be in any pain at all, so I have to admit, I thought it was a fairly easy procedure, but I've seen a couple of comments about how painful it was, so it seems I was wrong. Maybe it's only painless if there is no blockage? That was the case in all the exams I witnessed.

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Tattii Perez
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2 months ago

if there is one thing that hurst like a motherf****** is a hysterosalpingogram. They tell you take tynelol prior , and guess what! it doesn't help

BluEyedSeoulite
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2 months ago

I had one and it was just uncomfortable. But everyone is different. Hopefully you don't need another one

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Okay Dokey
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2 months ago

Is that really mansplaining? Most MDs always tell you s**t wont hurt to calm you down.

marianne eliza
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2 months ago

I use a female doctor or nurse practitioner. If someone is going to tell that I will feel a little pressure, I want them to know exactly what a little pressure feels like.

CrunChewy McSandybutt
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2 months ago

Hysterosalpingography (HSG) evaluates the shape of the uterus and checks whether the fallopian tubes are open.

Jane Alexander
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2 months ago

I'm reminded of a profesional althete, who said that menstration and child birth pain was nothing compared to that of a Skinned Knee! -as though none of us had ever skinned a knee! lol!

Diddlybop
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2 months ago

Yasss

Pym Sparshott
Community Member
2 months ago

When I was about sixteen, I had a male gynaecologist tell me my cervix had no nerve endings (it was infected, and just touching it was very very painful).... the next gyne I met was a woman. I told her about that, and she said "well, maybe HIS doesn't". I still miss her.

IOULIA ZAFEIRI
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2 months ago

I did this exam a month ago. I was psychologicaly ready to hurt really bad, but when I went to the clinic, the nurses and the doctor(male) were trying to calm me down, that the pain is equivalent to period cramps.I was about to kick his ass because I felt he was undermining the exam. But he started explaining me every move he would make and trase me so for me to.start feeling loose and smile, it took 3 minutes, and I only ached for a few seconds. He made me go through this exam laughing, and explaining to me that severe pain occurs when there is blockage. I was lucky I didn't have one, but his behaviour helped me a lot because I was horribly afraid. My bf was waiting outside, and he was amazed that I came out with a smile.

Daniele Ribolla
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2 months ago

not a mansplaining... only to try to relax you with a little lie. don't blame him for this attempt...

Eric Herrera
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2 months ago

Ouch, OUCH!

Amanda Hunter
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2 months ago

He's an arrogant bastard.

M Kate McCulloch
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2 months ago

My OB-GYN said post hysterectomy that there was quite a bit of hypertrophy to the uterine walls. I said that would explain the constant pain I'd been having since age 14. He didn't understand because he'd seen it so many times. I asked if the other patients also presented with constant contraction like pain. He slowly nodded his head... so I got to womansplain how hyperactive muscle contraction in the uterine wall is probably painful, right? I mean wouldn't constant contractions be painful? I think he's gonna write a paper on the link between hypertrophy and pain as a real thing.

Polly Culberson
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2 months ago

As an R.N. working at our local hospital, we worked with a female (butch) gynecologist who mocked women (in the newspaper) who claimed to have pre-menstrual pain. She made the most viciously huge incisions in the abdomens of her patients when doing a hysterectomy, it should have been criminal. Others made a little smile-like incision half the length of hers, but no, she cut right down the middle for well over a foot. She must have hated women and was totally in the wrong profession.

Vicki Perizzolo
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2 months ago

they are clueless...

Louloubelle
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2 months ago

Yeah, I was told that too. It was a bit more than "uncomfortable". My lovely fertility doc explained to me that, yes, the more blocked your tubes are, the more it hurts. He listened to his patients (he did not perform the test)

abby smink
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2 months ago (edited)

It probably wasn't a nurse, as they aren't usually present for that test, but an x-ray tech, such as myself, who assists the radiologist to preform the procedure. I've assisted in many, and the contrast used usually causes uterine cramping. So, yes. It's painful.

Xan Maranya
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2 months ago

Geez. I'm uncomfortable during dental x-rays.

DanieLegz
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2 months ago

Imagine if he straight up went "this is going to hurt so bad!" He's just trying to make you feel comfortable

BluEyedSeoulite
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2 months ago

I had this done and it was just uncomfortable for me. I must be one of the lucky ones. I imagine it would be worse if you have blockages though

Holly Allen
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

That Dr is full of BS.... that HURTS!!! Of course it hurts!!! Even with ibuprofen beforehand it effen hurts!

Megan Romero-Herman
Community Member
2 months ago

Reminds me of the time the male OBGYN told me I'd feel no pain during my iud switch.. he got kneed in the face and I never went back to him.. it hurt so extremely bad that I cried in my car for 20 min before I could drive!

Alex Fountoulakis
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2 months ago

The same thing happened to me! He didn't even advise me to take advil beforehand. I practically jumped out of the stirrups. He told me "it can't be that bad". Cried in my car for a while before being able to drive home and then had debilitating cramps for the next month. I switched doctors as well.

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Roxy Eastland
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2 months ago

Dear God, that was one the most unpleasant experiences of my life. Believe me, I am really laid back and stoic about medical procedures, but that was so, so unpleasant with a deep ache I can't explain. The medical staff were absolutely lovely but the whole thing was truly horrible and one of the few times I've honestly felt that being female sucks and men will never know how lucky they are.

Trulee Stewart
Community Member
2 months ago

I just read the definition for what this was as I didn't know the big word. I've actually had this done! It's horribly painful and I moaned like a goat run over by a semi. The doctor commended me after for my composure. He said a lot of women scream.

Laura Stenger
Community Member
2 months ago

Think I kinda figured out what it is and I’m thinking I’m with the nurses too! Will actually look it up later tho.

Sasha Kuleshov
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2 months ago

Ha! You f*cker! >:D

Karen Guy
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2 months ago

Never had this procedure before but have had many unpleasant ones, I am going to be undergoing a procedure called a uterine fibroid embolization fir a large fibroid that I have, I am looking forward to the end result but not the procedure itself. I will have to be in the hospital overnight and have to stay home for a week to recover after that. Us women go through a lot of pain just to have a normal life.

Mewton’s Third Paw
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2 months ago

Pumping their fists and giving you thumbs up instead of speaking up. Ok.

María Hermida
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2 months ago

No nurse will risk his/her job by openly challenging the doctor in charge.

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Nathan Jones
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2 months ago

And then everybody clapped 🙄 this one didn't happen.

Lion's Stare
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2 months ago

Jeez. That's not fair. A doctor is aware of the side effects and consequences of the treatment they prescribe, even if they never experienced it first hand. Like heart surgery, for example. Should every heart surgeon have to go through that before performing it?

Logic and Reason
Community Member
2 months ago

I don’t doubt the mansplaining, but I very much doubt the nurse’s reactions. Did everybody clap as well?

Tabitha L
Community Member
2 months ago

Gosh. This happens with my dental hygienist fairly often. My dentist will make a terrible joke, I will call him out on it, and the hygienist nobs/thumbs up behind his head.

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Be Ha
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2 months ago

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Then go to a woman c**t.

Jade Lynn - Panda's Brat
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2 months ago

Or maybe the male shouldn't be a doctor who is dealing with women?

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Buttered_Crumpet
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2 months ago

To the 'Mansplaining Deniers' out there : The point is that those men make the assumption that the woman knows nothing, without knowing anything about her. When we meet a new person, we could all just assume they are equally intelligent as us.

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Joonscrab
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2 months ago

YOU TELL HIM! I'm tired of men trying to explain s**t that I know better.

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Pixie
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2 months ago

"young lady" - so condescending 🤬

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Madison Feehan
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2 months ago

The name makes this story even better.

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Madison Feehan
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2 months ago

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Madison Feehan
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2 months ago

And that was the last time that OP's husband was ever seen.

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Rod Egret
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2 months ago

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Maybe a did not read the books?

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

The men: "La, la, la, la, la...I can't hear you!"

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Rancho Schicklgruber
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2 months ago

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So you're on the same educational level, then...

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

It makes you wonder how this guy was raised.

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Madison Feehan
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2 months ago

I wouldn't be able to stop laughing if somebody insulted me like this.

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Francis
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2 months ago

Why is anyone just answering to a convo they are NOT part of??

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Madison Feehan
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2 months ago

(Dungeons & Dragons in case you were wondering)

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Rod Egret
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2 months ago

How can you be an engineer and not understand pH, it's so basic! (no pun intended)

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

The idiocy must be so infuriating.

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Grumble O'Pug
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2 months ago

Oof!!!

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Lunar Bicycle
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2 months ago

If “girls” can’t play bass, then what was Carol Kaye doing on all 10,000+ recording sessions she played on? If he’s ever enjoyed a famous bass line from the last half of the 20th century, she probably played it.

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

You could be showing it to him on a cutting board, and then putting it together on a sewing machine, and he'd still say that you were wrong.

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Wendillon
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2 months ago

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This isn't mansplaining...this is a stranger trying to make conversation. Was he supposed to smell that you're an animation expert?

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Samantha Lomb
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2 months ago

In fairness it often feels like Texas doesn't have science. Like when they make energy policy, or claim that wind turbines and solar panels don't work in cold weather . . .

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Rancho Schicklgruber
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2 months ago

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I didn't guess that at all...

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Hans
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2 months ago

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I think it is valid to explain the dice, as it can be confusion to those who do not know it. How would they have known you are into the game? You do not mention that you told them.

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Rod Egret
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2 months ago

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Animes are not books....

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Jo Choto
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2 months ago

My brother always likes to "educate" us on fascinating new things he's learned. I like to ruin his fun by letting him get halfway through the explanation and then finish the sentence for him. He's beginning to get the message.

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

Well, that ending was dark and unexpected.

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Gold roses
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2 months ago

That’s so stupid

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Rancho Schicklgruber
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2 months ago

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Well, to be fair, some people need it explained several times...

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Rancho Schicklgruber
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2 months ago

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"As a bird scientist with fancy binocs...." - ummm, what?

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Capelli rosa e patate
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2 months ago

A bit odd he felt the need to explain it to you as if you didn’t know, but maybe he was just trying to relate? I dunno, seems more like he was trying to “fit in” as it were rather than look down on you...? 🤷🏻‍♀️🙂

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Cold Contagious
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2 months ago

Where's the 2nd part? Ppl are upvoting a story that doesn't tell what she was waiting on or what happened?

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