140 Times Common Sense Went Over The Heads Of These Designers (New Pics)

Ugly. Lame. Disastrous. This list of descriptions for epic design fails might not be exhaustive, but it’s enough to get you up to speed with the thought bubbles you can expect to pop into your mind as you’re scrolling through the images in this post, brought to you by the team at Bored Panda. Good taste might seem like it’s common sense, but we’ve got all the proof in the world that this isn’t the case. Unfortunately, what looks awful to you and us and obviously doesn’t function well isn’t always apparent to the designers behind the disasters.

Remember, upvoting a photo here means that you love how fantastically horrid it looks. Be sure to let us know which of the worst design mistakes caught your eye the most, dear Pandas. In need of more proof that your own sense of taste is actually really, amazingly good? You’re in luck. You can find our other posts about truly awful design decisions right here, here, as well as here. Got any photos of bad designs around your house? Drop us a pic in the comment section.

Bored Panda spoke about the principles of good design, the line between quality and bad design, as well as human beings’ intuition to automatically feel what’s designed well with Tim Antoniuk, an Associate Professor of Design Studies at the University of Alberta.

#1 The Mom On The Right Looks Like She Got The Baby’s Head But Not The Baby

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#2 So The Fire Alarm Caught On Fire Earlier

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#3 Homogeneity Sucks

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We’ve spoken about Dieter Rams’ 10 principles for good design before. And even though we wholeheartedly agree with them and believe they’re timeless, some of them could be adapted to better reflect how much the world has changed over the last few decades. In short, there are some new nuances that designers should take into account.

According to Antoniuk from the University of Alberta, Rams “does a great job” determining what makes design great. However, this doesn’t mean that Rams was able to foresee exactly how the world would change.

“That said, given the speed of change that we encounter today in our lives in the digital environment that we live in, I believe that some great design is not necessarily timeless. One example is seen in Interface Design, Ux Design, and in-service design. As new layers get added into our lives, things naturally have an evolutionary cycle. This is different from furniture which naturally can be more ubiquitous and designed to fit the human body. There is a great deal of fuzziness in this discussion but I do believe that the essence of this idea is true,” the Associate Professor explained.

#4 This Woman Turning Into Fish Roll

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#5 I Can’t Even

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#6 My Son Just Asked Me Why This Lady Is Reading Poop Magazine. I’m So Proud

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In Antoniuk’s opinion, there is such a thing as good and bad product, furniture, and interior design. But degrees of preference create a gray area where a clear line between quality and a lack thereof should exist. “The gray area comes in when people start to talk about taste and about degrees of aesthetic. I may love the design of Bauhaus furniture, for example, while somebody may feel that it is too cold and void of personality. Not unlike great art, I believe that much of what came from this era is ‘great design,’ in part because it represents an era and a philosophy. When we start to mix in discussions of taste and preference, that is where the gray areas of good and bad design get blurred.”

Antoniuk also believes that people can intuitively “feel” and sense good design. “Quite often, this relates to ergonomics and the usability or functionality of the products and services and systems. Having said that, I think far too many people expect poor design that doesn’t really work well,” he told Bored Panda.

What’s more, he believes that good and bad design are skills that can be learned, especially when we start diving deep into the realm of aesthetics. “For me, great design is what Dieter [Rams] talks about—it is also intuitive, it is deeply sympathetic and empathetic to the user at all levels, and at some level, it is emotional. It is a catalyst for giving us feelings.”

#7 Who Thought It Would Be A Good Idea To Replace The O In Dumbo With A Heart?

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#8 You Either Wet Your Shoes Or Do Some Exercise To Cross This Bridge

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#9 Kix Cereal Box Has A Masked Out Spoon To Give The Illusion There’s Cereal On Top

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Suzanne Labarre of Co.Design has a similar take in that she also believes that Rams’ principles could be updated. While Labarre has the IT and tech industry in mind, the principles for good design are pretty much universal, no matter if you’re designing an app, setting up a building’s interior, or creating a brand new product.

In Labarre’s opinion, good design has to be transparent, easy to understand, and done in a way that empowers its users, instead of overwhelming them. Furthermore, Labarre puts a lot of emphasis on each designer’s responsibility for what they create: they have to be aware of the possible consequences their creations might have, both on the consumers and on society.

For Labarre, design is inherently political. Product design (whether physical or digital) has the ability to change how power is distributed in society. This feeds back into the point about how we should all be aware of how our designs can change the world. Naturally, this extends far beyond just chuckling at epic design fails—but even that’s great to wind down after a long day at work! Or… at your work desk (don’t worry, we won’t judge).

#10 I’m Pretty Sure That’s Not How You’re Supposed To Hold A Scythe

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#11 I Spent 15 Minutes Looking For A Plug In My Hotel Room… The Only One Is Behind The Radiator

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#12 The Dividers In This Stall Are Way Too High Up. They Could See My Thighs

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#13 This School Mental Health Survey

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#14 Nothing Says Privacy Like Saloon Style Doors

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#15 Toilet Door With Another Door In It That Won’t Stay Closed

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#16 These Symbols Are Kinda Terrifying

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#17 Behold, The Sensory Overload Car

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#18 These Barriers Designed To Prevent Cyclists From Passing Through

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#19 Hammering His Own

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#20 Art On Netflix For “Seventh Son”

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#21 Everybody Loves Beach Basketball

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#22 Tell Your Wedding Guests To Die

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#23 Dial 999 For… Oh

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#24 It’s A Justin Bieber Couch

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#25 Imagine Having To Scrub Or Clean It

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#26 ‘Daisy’s’ Might Want To Reconsider That Layout

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#27 The Health Benefits Of Ginger Tea Include Cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease And More

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#28 This Is Shampoo

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#29 Yeah, I’ll Just Jump Over That Real Quick

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#30 My School’s Official Anti Bullying Presentation. Every Title Slide Is The Same Way

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#31 This Sponge That Looks Like It’s Covered In Mold

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#32 Fleshy Shower

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#33 Found On Amazon

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#34 Steps That You Can’t See

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#35 The Paper In This Sliced Cheese Makes It Look Like It Has Mold Spots

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#36 The Design On The Christmas Coke Makes It Look Like Wet Paint

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#37 So I Just Bought This Chair And None Of The Reviews Mentioned This

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#38 A White Background Does Not Really Fit With This

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#39 This Kid Friendly Hand Sanitizer Package. Looks Like One Of Those Apple Sauce Things

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#40 He Was Fined For Speeding, When The Car Was On A Tow Truck

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#41 What Not To Name Your Animal Charity In Bury, UK

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#42 Canada Flag

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#43 What Can Go Wrong If We Put The Power Button Next To The Most Used Key

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#44 Gum Protection

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#45 This Electric Heater Can Melt It’s Plastic Casing When At Full Power

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#46 Yes, But Actually No

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#47 Apparently North Is Opposite To East

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#48 This Barber Shop Where You Can Give A Small Child An Adult Hairstyle And Bears Trim

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#49 A Sticker From The Grocery Store. It Says “Smile,” And Tries To Use A Distorted Shopping Cart To Make A Smile. However, The Wheels On The Cart Pull The Brainwaves Into Thinking The Face Is Upside Down. Coincidentally, This Is The Face I Made When I Saw It

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#50 Don’t **** Your Dog In This Park

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#51 My Son Is Too Terrified To Learn Anything From These Speech Therapy Worksheets, And Frankly I Don’t Blame Him

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#52 To Motivate

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#53 Entrance Could Be Tough

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#54 The Way This Makeup Ad Collage Was Composed Makes It Look As If There Was A Cyclop Woman On The Bottom Left Corner

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#55 And Sometimes People Use The Left Part

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#56 I Noticed That My Roommates Toaster Is Melting Itself

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#57 Ok Which One Of You Put Fn Key As The Most Bottomleft Key On The Keyboard Instead Of Ctrl

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#58 School Does Some Renovations. New Outside Area Has The Tables In A Lower Section Surrounded By A Step Up Of Pavement. Guess What Happened When It Rained Two Days Ago

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#59 Every Time I Get Used To One, I Screw Up The Other

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#60 It’s Even Smaller In Person

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#61 Good Job Using The Computer My Dude

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#62 Not All Heroes Cover Their Noses

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#63 This Terrible Example Conversation

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#64 Time The Pulse To The Watch You’re Not Wearing

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#65 Sub-Par ATM Placement

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#66 Hmmm

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#67 New Bike Road

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#68 Spoiler

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#69 This Couch In Our Hotel Room. And No, It Does Not Separate

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#70 This Poster At My School

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#71 Honey, You Really Shouldn’t Have

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#72 I Don’t Think These Images Are To Scale

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#73 They Said The New Office Seating Would Be Great

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#74 A Tight Squeeze

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#75 Because I Can See Through Stainless Steel

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#76 Czech Philharmonic’s Benefit Concert On April 25 2020

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#77 Google Says The New Icon Is A Wallet. How Is This Supposed To Be A Wallet

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#78 Make Love Not

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#79 Marge Simpson Has Two Mouths On The Official Simpsons Pyjamas

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#80 Anyone Got A Grey Hi Vis I Can Borrow

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#81 What If You Could Poop Into Donald

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#82 ND Filter That Amazingly Adds Structures When Used

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#83 Design For Thermal Trousers. Looks Like He Pulled Them Down And Took A Dump

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#84 Found On Real Estate Listing: Interesting Bathroom Layout

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#85 The Legs Are The Exact Same Length Even Though One Is Bent

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#86 Thought You Had To Read It In A Circle. Took Me A Minute To Figure It Out

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#87 If Only Louisiana Looked Like A Letter Of The Alphabet

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#88 5 Steps

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#89 This Candle Melts Its Own Container

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#90 Nearly Blew Threw This Intersection!

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#91 I Texted Two Zeros Multiple Times Before I Realized That Was An O

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#92 Let’s Do Lunch

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#93 This Hideous Statue Of Tinker Bell

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#94 I Hope My Kid Is Half This Happy

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#95 No Broken Legs I Know Of

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#96 Headphone Adapter Advertised On Phone That Already Has A Headphone Jack

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#97 I’ve Said It Before And I’ll Say It Again: Quotation Marks Are Not For Emphasis

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#98 So My Sister Had A Clemson Mask Made For Her

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#99 Facebook Home Screen – No Wonder People Don’t Use This

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#100 A Bench At A Metro Station

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#101 Give Thonks

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#102 This Is An Elsa Paper Lantern For Our Country’s (Vietnam) Moon Festival

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#103 Friends Don’t Let Friends Get Cheap Ink

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#104 Someone Paid Money For This To Be Their Sign And Logo/Mascot. I’m Convinced This Is Drug Lord’s Money Laundering Business

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#105 This Tablecloth That Looks Like A Hair Carpet

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#106 Picked Up My Little Brothers Toothbrush Today. Not The Best Way To Shorten A Word

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#107 This Graph Posted By Atkins On Twitter

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#108 This Jack-O-Lantern Light Requires 3 Batteries, And Each One Has Its Own Compartment

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#109 If You Didn’t Know, 718 Billion Is Only A Little More Than 266 Billion

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#110 A Bench That You Can Easily Drop Your Phone Into, It’s Also Extremely Uncomfortable

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#111 As A Designer Myself, This Makes Me Dizzy Just By Looking At It

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#112 Bike Stand At The Local Metro Station Is To Narrow To Fit A Normal Wheel

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#113 How Do You Spell Christmas

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#114 These Snow Boots That Have Bottoms That Don’t Release Snow. They Turn Into Ice High Heels After 2 Steps

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#115 An Alternate Path For Disabled With Steps

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#116 Two Windows Of My Workplace Are Constantly Fighting For The Honor Of Being The One Who Is Going To Be Opened

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#117 Babies In Jars

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#118 Disney Font Puts The Fun In Funeral

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#119 How Big Is This Backpack Exactly

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#120 Olaf Had Too Much Snow

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#121 This Bathroom With Too Many Stairs

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#122 A Nail Or A Screw

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#123 Lario And Muiji

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#124 What Gave It Away?

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#125 Cumcuber

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#126 These Stairs Carpeted With A Pattern That Makes It Hard To See The Edge

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#127 Nemo? What Happened

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#128 A Diagram About An Elgato Capture Card That I Found In An Article

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#129 Nothing Says “Tough” Like Rolled Up Pant Legs

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#130 This Ergonomic Seating Diagram Has 90 Degree Angles That Look Like 120 Degrees

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#131 Banning Single Use Plastics, Including Wooden Coffee Stir Sticks

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#132 Where Do I Walk

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#133 If You’ve Ever Thought Kids Getting Hurt One At A Time Isn’t Efficient Enough, Here’s An Idea

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#134 Literally Reads “1 Person Per Elevator”

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#135 Daily Pill Organiser. No Chance Of Any Confusion

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#136 Really Bad Ad Design For Cancer Treatment

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#137 Fart Superior Written With Flames? Red Splash?

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#138 Youtube Music’s Like And Dislike Button Are Inverted From Youtube’s

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#139 The Cdc Wants You To Get Shingles, Apparently

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#140 Got This Cool Temporary Tattoo

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