We often form our opinion of a city by judging the quality of its public spaces. If they give us a hard time, most likely we won't be too psyched about returning to it.

And unfortunately, there are plenty of ways urban planners and interior designers ruin our everyday life and force us into dreadful anxiety-inducing situations.

They make us sit on uncomfortable benches, walk around trippy floors, and go number two in bathroom stalls so revealing, others are able to see our facial expressions.

To show how ridiculous it can get, Fashion Life has put together some of the worst public space "solutions" ever created—we deserve better!

#1

The Chairs Waiting For You In The Laser Eye Clinic's Reception

The Chairs Waiting For You In The Laser Eye Clinic's Reception

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Repel
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7 months ago

Great marketing. You did not see those chairs? You need a laser treatment!

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#2

"I'm Sure You're All Wondering Why I've Gathered You Here Today"

"I'm Sure You're All Wondering Why I've Gathered You Here Today"

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User# 6
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7 months ago

The weirdest thing is how the toilet paper is just out if reach...

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To learn more about the topic, I got in touch with interior architect and lecturer of interior design at Vilnius College of Design, Judita Striukienė.

When we hear the term public space, we usually think of the outdoors. "Places like parks, gardens, and squares are often popular city attractions," Striukienė told Fashion Life. "They not only provide environmental and recreational benefits but also form a city's identity."

#3

No Words Needed Here

No Words Needed Here

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Priscilla Reshell
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7 months ago

Is it me your looking for?

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#4

As If Public Toilets Didn’t Give Me Enough Anxiety

As If Public Toilets Didn’t Give Me Enough Anxiety

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weewoo
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7 months ago

who tf-

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However, public spaces can also be indoors. "These interiors can be both functional and aesthetic," Striukienė said.

"Think of health service establishments, for example. A well-executed professional interior design can even have a positive effect on the patients. It can relieve their stress and put them in a calmer state of mind."

In fact, Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, the co-founder of the architecture firm Snøhetta, argues that architects must begin considering indoor space just as public as outdoor space.

"Maybe with the sole exception of railway stations, public space is generally understood as outdoor space," Thorsen wrote. "Whether in the United States or in Europe, especially now with heightened concerns around security, there seems to be this determined way of privatizing everything that is indoors, even as we are increasingly aiming to improve access to public space outdoors. But in the layered systems of our cities of the future, we will need to focus on the public spaces that are found inside buildings—and make them accessible."

#5

At First Glance, I Didn’t Recognize This Restaurant Mural As The Sun

At First Glance, I Didn’t Recognize This Restaurant Mural As The Sun

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Trigga
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7 months ago

That's not the sun...no

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To get his point across, Thorsen highlighted a map of Rome made in 1748 by Giambattista Nolli. It only had two distinctions—what was private and what was public. "Whether it was indoor or outdoor, whether there was a church space or a plaza, it didn't really matter. [The map] told a different story of the city."

"There are some examples from today—the roof of our Oslo Opera House is outdoors, for instance, but it's on the building and publicly accessible. Opening up the Louvre and trying to let people walk through it 24 hours a day—as with the museum's recent takeover by the artist JR—is another way of not making a distinction between indoor and outdoor public space."

#6

This Fountain That Looks Like A Perfect Place To Sit Down

This Fountain That Looks Like A Perfect Place To Sit Down

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Panna Amelia Niezależna
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7 months ago

I wonder how many people realised that when it was to late...

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#7

Gas Station In Nebraska. The Station's Color Scheme Was Red. They Tried To Get Artsy

Gas Station In Nebraska. The Station's Color Scheme Was Red. They Tried To Get Artsy

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weewoo
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7 months ago

bruh we dont do ppl that dirty with our periods ppl gotta chill mate💀

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#8

No Broken Legs I Know Of

No Broken Legs I Know Of

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Mer☕️🧭☕️
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7 months ago

This is horrible and entirely unsafe.

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Thorsen thinks such decisions are essential to the way new architecture typologies develop, and architects should definitely have an influence on them.

"In certain situations, accessibility to indoor public space is enough," he said. "In other situations, you have to define the program for the particular indoor or outdoor spaces to be adequate. To use the example of the roof of the Opera House in Oslo again, it was basically programmed only for one thing, and that's to be walked on, for a promenade. But on occasion, it could be reprogrammed to hold an outdoor concert. Or it could be reprogrammed against the original intention by skaters or by a biker who actually drives his motorbike up and down the roof."

#9

Flat Carpet In A Hotel In Cologne, Germany Imitating A Curvy Surface

Flat Carpet In A Hotel In Cologne, Germany Imitating A Curvy Surface

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Rijkærd
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7 months ago

This would be a nightmare after a drunken night..

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#10

Fake Hope Escalator

Fake Hope Escalator

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Wang Zhuang
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7 months ago

Hahahaha!!!

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#11

The Design Of My School - This Is The Place Where Every Hallway Intersects

The Design Of My School - This Is The Place Where Every Hallway Intersects

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Vorknkx
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7 months ago

Good thing we're not in a pandemic... oh wait :O

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#12

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

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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Vorknkx
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7 months ago (edited)

This is a bitter coworker rivalry just waiting to happen...

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The city belongs to its citizens. No matter if we're talking about what's inside or outside. And, according to Thorsen, these two dimensions can even intertwine.

"Maybe the outdoor can be programmed in such a way that it unlocks the possibility of the public spaces indoors. There's always a bit of urban planning in designing interiors. There's always a bit of interior design in an urban space. There's no question that interior architecture is professionalizing itself as well—interior architects are not seen as decorators of interior space anymore. The same is true of landscape architects. And those are only the traditional design professions," the architect said.

#13

The Single Worst Clock I Have Ever Seen. I Actually Said Aloud "Whyyy"

The Single Worst Clock I Have Ever Seen. I Actually Said Aloud "Whyyy"

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Vicky Z
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7 months ago

What time is it? Time to buy a new clock

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#14

They Built This School Like One Month Ago

They Built This School Like One Month Ago

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Munchkin
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7 months ago

short kids be ruling the place here

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#15

Ballroom Where Everyone Downstairs Can See Up Your Skirt

Ballroom Where Everyone Downstairs Can See Up Your Skirt

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Vicky Z
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7 months ago

Ballroom designed by perverts and that sign doesn't make it better

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#16

This Is Not Rust. “It’s The Design”

This Is Not Rust. “It’s The Design”

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Nathaniel
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7 months ago

I got tetanus just looking at this pic.

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Of course, that doesn't mean that every architect needs to be trained in every specialized profession. What Thorsen meant was that the industry is lacking an overall understanding of how people should collaborate.

"That's why we've introduced transposition as a working method in our office, where you not only sit around tables with a lot of specialists, but you actually swap professions during creative workshops," he said. "The only thing that can save the essence of architecture is some kind of collaborative model like this."

#17

I Love Eating At Restaurant Logo Here

I Love Eating At Restaurant Logo Here

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Wang Zhuang
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7 months ago

Haha that's just lazy

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#18

This Fancy Staircase Leads Directly Into A Wall

This Fancy Staircase Leads Directly Into A Wall

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Vorknkx
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7 months ago

It's a philosophical piece. It tells you that life sometimes leads into dead-ends.

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#19

This Chandelier At A Restaurant I Ate At Bothers Me So Much

This Chandelier At A Restaurant I Ate At Bothers Me So Much

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Vicky Z
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7 months ago

You had one job

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#20

This Picture In McDonald's Was Hung Sideways

This Picture In McDonald's Was Hung Sideways

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Nathaniel
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7 months ago

Reminds me of the Michael Jackson balcony baby event.

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By adopting this model both in education and practice, Thorsen believes we would be better equipped to fully understand the effects of programming.

"We are usually generalists enough to understand that a change of use is sometimes demanded and that we shouldn't try to desperately hold on to certain kinds of programming. But the profession itself should, in my opinion, really contain that kind of knowledge, simply because it’s so tightly connected to the actual design task."

As these pictures show, we need to improve the relationship between buildings and the public. And Thorsen thinks there's no way we can do that without getting directly involved in programming ourselves.

#21

Designed For Dissuading The Homeless. Literally Just Uncomfortable For Everyone Else

Designed For Dissuading The Homeless. Literally Just Uncomfortable For Everyone Else

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Lou
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7 months ago

There's a special place in hell reserved for the people who order/design furniture against homeless people

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#22

This Painting Inside A Local “Fancy” Restaurant

This Painting Inside A Local “Fancy” Restaurant

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September
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7 months ago

After a dining experience with us and you too will create your own masterpiece! 👨‍🍳

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#23

$1 Toothbrushes Locked Behind Glass At Walmart. Walked Around The Store For 15 Minutes Looking For Someone “Qualified” To Unlock The Glass Case

$1 Toothbrushes Locked Behind Glass At Walmart. Walked Around The Store For 15 Minutes Looking For Someone “Qualified” To Unlock The Glass Case

Then had to be escorted to the register with said $1 toothbrush. I could walk out of here with an air fryer easier than a toothbrush

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Wang Zhuang
Community Member
7 months ago

That's really odd. I've never seen regular toothbrushes locked up behind glass. Maybe there are some town hooligans going around stealing toothbrushes...

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#24

Some People Just Want To Watch The World Burn

Some People Just Want To Watch The World Burn

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Abhijeet
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7 months ago

A rebel

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#25

This Restaurant In London (Waiters Love It)

This Restaurant In London (Waiters Love It)

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September
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7 months ago

People's shoe crud falling onto your food?

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#26

Toilet Door With Another Door In It That Won't Stay Closed

Toilet Door With Another Door In It That Won't Stay Closed

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Nathaniel
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7 months ago

Is there any practical reason for this?

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#27

You Gotta Pay Attention On These Stairs In A Cinema

You Gotta Pay Attention On These Stairs In A Cinema

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Miss Marmite
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7 months ago

what stairs?

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#28

My Bed At A Hotel I'm Staying In

My Bed At A Hotel I'm Staying In

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Kassiopeia
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7 months ago

So, you wake up, bonk your head at this, and then the flower pot falls on you

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#29

Public Restrooms With Reflective Surfaces

Public Restrooms With Reflective Surfaces

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Manda'lor
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7 months ago

That's really... Who decided that this was a good idea?

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#30

This Is Russia

This Is Russia

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weewoo
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7 months ago

how do they get down tho😭

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#31

This Is The Logo For A "New York Style" Pizza Place In Ponce, Puerto Rico

This Is The Logo For A "New York Style" Pizza Place In Ponce, Puerto Rico

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Gelato Cat
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7 months ago

Oh damn

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#32

I Don't Know Why Brown Strings Is A Welcoming Wallpaper To This Toilet Entrance. It Just Feels Gross And Unwelcoming. I Mean, This Is A Public Place

I Don't Know Why Brown Strings Is A Welcoming Wallpaper To This Toilet Entrance. It Just Feels Gross And Unwelcoming. I Mean, This Is A Public Place

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Splash Bach
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7 months ago

Pubes

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#33

These Restroom Stalls Have Translucent Doors

These Restroom Stalls Have Translucent Doors

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Mer☕️🧭☕️
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7 months ago

As well as spaces between the door and the sides. Weird.

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#34

This New Wall Art In My Office

This New Wall Art In My Office

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Nathaniel
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7 months ago

This makes me feel like I have suddenly developed dyslexia.

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#35

Upon Walking In This Bathroom At The Supermarket I Was Initially Disgusted At Filth And Lack Of Cleanliness Until A Closer Look Revealed It Was Designed This Way

Upon Walking In This Bathroom At The Supermarket I Was Initially Disgusted At Filth And Lack Of Cleanliness Until A Closer Look Revealed It Was Designed This Way

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Demi Zwaan
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7 months ago

And it is designed that way so you don't see the filth that is definitely still there.

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#36

The Lobby Of This Medical Office Has An Alligator In The Floor

The Lobby Of This Medical Office Has An Alligator In The Floor

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Lyone Fein
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7 months ago

Just in case you didn't have any injuries before coming

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#37

Not Exactly The Color Pattern You Like To See In A Bathroom

Not Exactly The Color Pattern You Like To See In A Bathroom

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boredpanDaman
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7 months ago

racoon poo?

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#38

Love To Shutterstock See This Kind Of Stuff

Love To Shutterstock See This Kind Of Stuff

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Gandalf the Pink
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7 months ago (edited)

They didn't just print the stock photo without noticing, someone hand painted this with the stock photo as reference 💀💀💀

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#39

The Paint In This Public Restroom

The Paint In This Public Restroom

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Rijkærd
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7 months ago

Its like someone smeared s**t on the wall

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#40

Sometimes People Use The Left Part

Sometimes People Use The Left Part

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Mer☕️🧭☕️
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7 months ago

This...this is just stupid. So, so stupid.

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#41

The Decorations On This Hotel Restaurant

The Decorations On This Hotel Restaurant

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weewoo
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7 months ago

well thats a bit unfortunate😂

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#42

This Poster In My School Cafeteria Is So Badly Designed They Put Arrows So You Can Read It Correctly

This Poster In My School Cafeteria Is So Badly Designed They Put Arrows So You Can Read It Correctly

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boredpanDaman
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7 months ago

( i have to ), do not interfere let what with what you you cannot do can do

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#43

I'm Sure This Mirror Sounded Cool In Theory

I'm Sure This Mirror Sounded Cool In Theory

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Candia Lee
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7 months ago

I feel for the cleaning crew.

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#44

Not Sure If This Belongs Here But In My Opinion This Is The Real Problem With America. It's A Toilet Stall If You Were Wondering

Not Sure If This Belongs Here But In My Opinion This Is The Real Problem With America. It's A Toilet Stall If You Were Wondering

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John Carr
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7 months ago

I asked in another picture.....why are they like that?

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#45

New Toilets At Work, Wonderful View On Our Interior Courtyard

New Toilets At Work, Wonderful View On Our Interior Courtyard

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Vorknkx
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7 months ago

Pooping & Socializing - a great combination!

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#46

These Trash Cans At My School

These Trash Cans At My School

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boredpanDaman
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7 months ago

well, kkk Is trash...

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#47

A Poster At My Mom's Audiology Office

A Poster At My Mom's Audiology Office

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iffypedia
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7 months ago

"the ability to hear the universe ITALY"

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#48

I Had To Stop While Ordering Food At A Local Restaurant Because I Saw This Poster

I Had To Stop While Ordering Food At A Local Restaurant Because I Saw This Poster

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boredpanDaman
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7 months ago

sounds swedish

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#49

Went In To A Bathroom In Airport And Was Surprised With This. Almost Turned Towards Exit Before Realization

Went In To A Bathroom In Airport And Was Surprised With This. Almost Turned Towards Exit Before Realization

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Wang Zhuang
Community Member
7 months ago

Now where do I plug this in...

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