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These comics are like little guessing games that make you want to guess what happens next. After 11+ years of working as an illustrator, I started a personal project to express my curiosity through comics and post them regularly on social media. It has been a fun journey and it rekindles the curious child in me again.

I hope you enjoy these random ideas amidst the sometimes mundane and challenging days in life. When we are born, we are intensely curious about the world around us. Let’s keep the curiosity in our hearts alive and look beyond what we see!

If you are interested in seeing more of my comics and illustrations, you can click here, here, here or here!

If you are curious about what I will draw next, follow me on my social media to check it out!

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I wonder what underlined would look like.

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Lol, I’m a bit addicted to my phone…

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He’s providing music during rush hour–how helpful!

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The cow actually looks kind of normal…

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Aww thanks tree

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He just couldn’t see the bigger picture

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So THAT’S why they get so tangled…

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That is super cute!

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it’s not that easy see….

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even the sun needs to sleep…

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Saturn’s face. Lolll

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Aw! Adorable!

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seems legit

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I hate being tickled.

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Yep taking up all the swings when no one else is there!!

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Yum! It’s like candy floss

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*tosses basket* Here, you forgot this.

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Almost a metaphor for when ur angry at someone u love and u destroy part of them (mentally) you need help repair the damage. On the less deep side, the cloud just pooped on the tree and broke its head

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LOL!

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ah thats cool

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Paired up with the unicorn on the toilet, this takes on a whole new meaning

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And that’s why we’ve never seen aliens.

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Lookin’ sharp!

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MIssion Accomplished…whoops

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i want a whale plant ;w;

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Cloud Kabob— Yummy!

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Oh yeah in like cartoons, the toast always pops into the plate with pictures on it 😂

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now you got me curious, what would grilled lightning taste like?

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Puts a whole new meaning to Keyboard Cat.

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Law, morality, and common sense aren’t always one and the same. We all have our own personal insights into what society does wrong and there’s no denying that there should (probably) be some new laws to improve everyone’s lives.

Well, Jimmy Fallon, the host of The Tonight Show, invited his followers to participate in the #ThereShouldBeALaw challenge. He asked them to tweet out their opinions about what new laws we should totally have.

We collected some of the very best responses, so scroll down, upvote the suggestions for new laws that you agree with, and remember to share them with your friends. If you have any ideas for laws yourselves, share your thoughts with everyone in the comments below.

When you’re done looking through this list, check out our previous posts about Jimmy’s challenges, including the dumbest family fights, ruining movies with one extra word, and the coldest insults they’ve gotten.

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Makes total sense.

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Couldn’t agree more…how is this NOT a law?!

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Bored Panda reached out to Abby Lampe, one of the people who responded to Jimmy Fallon and said that people who “can’t use the correct use of too, to, two, and your, you’re” should go to a mandatory workshop.

She believes that “a lot of people misuse homophones and although they may have been through the education system, they still have flawed grammar.”

“I see it all the time throughout social media and people texting,” Abby added.

“The law would be helpful for those who maybe were dropouts or didn’t take school very seriously. It would emphasize that grammar is important in today’s society and hopefully would allow them to understand the differences and how to use homophones correctly,” she explained why such a law would actually be useful.

Abby told Bored Panda that she’s a big fan of Jimmy’s: “I’ve been in the audience and I’ve had two tweets appear on his show. I’ve been a fan for about 7 years now.”

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Or if your church openly supports politicians and donates to them.

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This should be passed into law immediately! What even are those weird pockets that are sewn up?

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Or better yet, the bus doesn’t have to stop.

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Bored Panda also spoke with Jesser who explained how there should be a law against using the same knife for peanut butter and jelly when making a sandwich.

According to the Twitter user, their family inspired them to come up with this law and they hope that this new law would teach people better manners and etiquette.

Jesser revealed that they’re a fan of Jimmy’s as well. “I rarely watched The Tonight Show before Jimmy Fallon was the host. He’s fantastic!”

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Totally! And managing your money, and proper househhold skills, and dealing with feelings…

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Can I send this to my teachers?

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I think carpeted bathrooms are so nasty… imagine what grows under there…. barf

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A lot of the things that people tweeted about in response to Jimmy’s challenge have to do with common sense. And you’re probably sick and tired of hearing this, but it’s applicable here: common sense is not common.

According to Dr. Jim Taylor on Psychology Today, common sense is one of the most “revered” qualities in the United States. Unfortunately, not a lot of people are as down to earth and practical as we might expect.

Taylor explains that if common sense were common, most people wouldn’t make the silly mistakes that they do every single day of their lives. In his opinion, if people had common sense, they wouldn’t “buy stuff they can’t afford.”

What’s more, they “wouldn’t smoke cigarettes or eat junk food.” In Taylor’s view, common sense is limited by our personal experience which can lead to bad decisions. In other words, for common sense to be common, we all need more education and worldly experience.

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we’d have just buildings of fried politicians!

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Defintely. Would prevent a lot of disease

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There is actually the CALM act

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But what about morality not always being the same as the law? According to Dr. Eva Tsahuridu, the law “sets minimum standards of behavior while ethics set maximum standards.” That’s why something that’s legal doesn’t necessarily mean that we see it as acceptable or ‘good.’ It also works the other way, too: something that we consider to be ‘good’ doesn’t always become law. There’s an overlap between the two, sure, but they’re not one and the same.

However, that doesn’t mean that laws are useless. In fact, they’re vital for preserving civilization and allowing society to function. But it’s important to keep in mind that laws are very specific while morality is concerned with doing the right thing in life as a whole.

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The earth isn’t dying. We will be if we do not change. The earth wil survive us, like any pest before.

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And if they get caught with one, a standard 10 year sentence should be implemented

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just think of the convenience

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Yes. I am joining in.

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Companies actually do that?? God I feel so naive right now. That’s mean and seriously 0% productive.

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And cats

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Oh thank god you didn’t use Karen….

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…and there should be a secondary law that they must reply….bc that’s just rude.

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Decorations are fine, but Christmas music…

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A corollary axiom to this law – IF you chose to wear skin coloured leggings, they must have a dark triangular patch on the crotch so it looks like pubic hair. If you’re not too embarrassed to wear that, then knock yourself out.

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Yeah – once.

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Apart from the problem of employers not allowing you to be off work through sickness

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Don’t listen to Frankie goes to Hollywood’s “Welcome to the Pleasuredome” because you’d think the air raid alarms are going off in your neighborhood and these days it might be more realistic then ever.

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…or if you are facing a huge bill?

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Why is this not number one?

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And cats

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Welcome to another year of inventing! Matty Benedetto here – the evil genius behind Unnecessary Inventions.

Today is a very special day because I have taken a step out of the Unnecessary Studio to introduce my newest collection of inventions that you absolutely were not asking for to help solve the problems you really do not have!

Be sure to follow me on Instagram and YouTube to stay up to date with each invention as it’s created! You can check out my previous invention posts on Bored Panda herehereherehereherehereherehere, here, and here.

Comment down below your idea for my next Unnecessary Invention that I should create!

SoloStash Pants™️

Sometimes one is truly better than two! That’s exactly the case for our debut line of denim jeans featuring one enormous pocket that stretches across your entire booty. Pack all your essentials for an entire day – no matter what’s on your schedule

Be honest, does this pocket make my butt look big?

ExtraEar Pod™️

I know you hate when your music stops when you just want to listen to one AirPod. Thankfully, those days are a thing of the past with our groundbreaking new life-like extra ear to hold that extra pod. Insert your AirPod just as you would into your regular ear as it hangs perfectly from the included lanyard.

The Laundry Chair™️

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We all have that one chair we throw all our stuff on but now I’m here to introduce the only chair ergonomically designed for piling clean clothes, dirty laundry, and the things that have been there so long you don’t know what they are so you are going to wash them anyway when you get time. Hang your elegant evening wear while tossing your sweaty gym clothes right on top. The number of features will simply blow your socks off!

Dual-Odorant™️

Smelling fresh just got upgraded to half the time. This handy apparatus sports two sticks of deodorant to quick swipe and wipe your pits down in one flick of the wrist. Shove it right up in between your arms and be freshened up in no time. The true double pits to chesty

EasyReader™️

There’s nothing like a good book but holding it at eye level is absolute agony! Luckily your arms are saved thanks to our debut harness featuring two conveniently placed hands at the optimal reading angle. Strap in and let your mind (and hands!) wander away into your book!

The Reservoir Pillow™️ Can’t…get out…of bed…need water!

For whatever reason you are literally dying of thirst in bed, our newest pillow will be right there with zero effort required. Rest your head on this rugged plastic pillow with an integrated hose and valve to consume that precious h2o while you are dreaming away.

The CrispyCase™️

Gone are the days of wasting two hands to hold your iPhone and an ice cold beverage! Our oversized case fits snug to your precious device while quickly unfolding to be the ultimate place to rest a can. Just imagine all the things you’ll be able to accomplish with a free hand.

Some inventions take a little bit of trial and error until the final design comes to life – watch the iterations that lead up to the CrispyCase!

Flippin’ Mittens™️

Mittens are great during the winter except you can never flip someone off…until now! Introducing the universe’s first pair of mittens with one solo dedicated finger to tell people how you really feel.

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The Nuggie Necklace™️

Chicken nuggets, anytime – anytime. It’s time to strap on our debut solid gold necklace equipped with our signature nugget capsules. Each pod magnetically connects to reveal a precious chicken nugget you saved for the optimal snacking opportunity. It’s always a good time for an (almost) fresh nugget.

The BingeBrace™️

Consuming on your favorite shows just became 140x easier. It’s time to strap on our latest headgear featuring a smartphone mount mere inches from your face to binge all the shows you desire. The articulating arms allow you to slide the phone up and away during ad breaks & the credits while simultaneously being able to rotate the phone when you want to browse social media.

The MicroLuggage Max™️

Meet the worlds smallest roller luggage system! Our collection sports every feature you would see on a typical carry on bag – from telescoping handle, locking system, ultra fast wheels, and a gorgeous interior print. Become a minimalist you’ve always wanted to be and never sacrifice for quality.

Sushi Shades™️

Sushi Shades™️ A plate and utensils right on your face 24/7! Our newest oversized futuristic sunglasses are equipped with ultra convenient chopstick arms that pop off at a moments notice. Enjoy your favorite fresh sushi right on the flat plate-like back of the lenses whether you are on the beach, hitting the club, or just sitting at home with your sunglasses on. Full cutlery expansion sets coming summer 2032!

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SockNoMore™️

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The SockNoMore™️ Bending over to take off your socks is so 2019! Our newest device features two spring loaded Velcro platforms to effortlessly grip and rip your smelly socks off your feet completely hands-free. Dip your toes into our patented sock grasping clamps to let your little toes free! Now who will give me a good foot massage.

Round Ramen™️

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Right Round Ramen™️ Save your wrists from carpal tunnel one noodle at a time. Let your love for ramen spin out of control with our state-of-the-art noodle rotating chopsticks. Chow down on this classic meal in no time at all without having to painstakingly having to manually turn your wrists! Keep an eye on it or it might just roll right into your next meal!

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Going to meet Santa at the mall is a ritual that some love and some hate, but most bravely do it anyway at some point. To set your kids on Santa’s lap and get that adorable photo that you can put in your Christmas cards to satisfy the grandparents, you have to stand in line with Christmas music on repeat and dozens of other families in the same situation while the kids are sick and tired of waiting (or literally sick.) But it’s probably nothing compared to what the job is like for the man himself.

Anyone who puts on a red velvet suit and plays the beloved role of Father Christmas must be a kind and patient soul indeed. You would have to be in order to spread Christmas magic to hundreds of kids in a row, including taming the ones who would rather be anywhere else. But here are some situations that probably weren’t in the job description, from people bringing their four-legged children to sit on Santa’s lap, to grown-ups who just love Christmas so much that they keep coming back year after year.

See how professional Santa performers deal with the unexpected in these pictures, and upvote your favorites! While you’re waiting for the big day, you can also look back on our lists of the best and worst Christmas decorations, and people whose Christmas wasn’t very merry.

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While Waiting In Line To See Santa, This Baby Fell Asleep. When It Came Time For The Picture, Santa Told The Parents Not To Wake Him

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I Took My Dog To Take A Christmas Picture With Santa And She Ate Him

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My 92 Year Old Grandma Said She’s Never Been To See Santa. Change Of Plans This Christmas

Some things never change. That’s what some of these Santa performers must think when they get visitors who keep coming back even as they grow up. One pair of brothers has a whole slideshow of pictures with Santa over 30 years, eventually adding their own children to the picture!

Want to know another thing that never changes? A Canadian mall Santa who has been doing the job every Christmas season for 35 years says that although the types of presents that kids ask him for have changed with the introduction of more electronics, Legos are a classic that have stuck around.

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My Santa Doesn’t Age (1997-2017)

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So, My Dog Met Santa Claus

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My Favorite Shot From Our Christmas Shoot This Year

Professional Santa performers⁠—and, yes, they say the job requires somebody who can put on a show⁠—who are really serious about their craft go to Santa training schools with whimsical names like “Northern Lights Santa Academy.” There, they learn not only lore about the role and how to accurately talk about reindeer, but the business practicals of self-promotion and getting private bookings.

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Took The Kids To Meet Santa Yesterday And, As You Can See, It Went Amazing

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My Friend Brought Her Dog To See Santa Recently

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Mommy’s Lil Monster Meets Santa & Krampus

There’s also increasing demand for not just Santa performers, but also Mrs. Claus, say women who have stepped into the role in recent years. Maybe soon you’ll be able to choose which visitor from the North Pole you’ll want to take your kids to visit.

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My Mom Said “Damn” In Front Of Santa. This Was The Reaction

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Got A Pic With Santa… He Said I Was Too Big… We Compromised…

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My Son Started To Cry When He Saw Santa, So I Decided It’d Be A Good Idea If We All Joined To

Performers say that while playing Santa pays well, it takes a large investment at the start for a quality costume. And, of course, a great love for Christmas spirit and children, not to mention a philosophy of kindness and wisdom that follows them all year round.

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My Friends And I Got Our Picture Taken With Santa

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Holiday Shopping Can Put A Smile On Even The Most Kvlt Person In Your Life! What’s Your Favorite Holiday Tradition?

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My Dad Was Santa At Our Local Petsmart, Was Not Expecting This

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Another Year, Another Photo With Santa

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This Woman Took Her Cats To A Department Store To Visit Santa And As You Can See It Went Quite Well

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How Many Kids Do You See?

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My Dad Is The Macy’s Santa In Seattle. Today He Got To Meet A Legend!

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Nancy Reagan Sitting On Mr. T’s Lap

Mr. T was a surprise guest at the first day of the press tour of the White House Christmas Decorations.

She was standing next to him and my dad (who was friends with Nancy) said “How about sitting on his lap?”She looked at her press secretary for approval then said “Sure!” and sat down.

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What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

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34 Years Photos With Santa – Annual Tradition

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Santa Looking Like Hes Gonna Risk It All

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Past Five Years Of Mall Santa Photos With My Brothers

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Ho Ho Ho!

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My Friend Is Santa At Bass Pro (Among Other Places). He Had An Unexpected Visitor

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My 3 Month Old Son With A Look Of Shock Only He Could Pull Off At Being Sat On Santa’s Lap

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My Mum Has Been Making Me Get A Santa Photo Every Year Since I Was Born. This Year I Had A Little Bit Of Fun With It

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The pun is a misunderstood and often maligned form of comedy. Most of us, if you asked what we think of puns, would say we find them groan-worthy and associate them with dad jokes. But there’s so much you can do with language – it’s such a broad category of comedy that even if you think you can’t stand puns, there’s bound to be one out there for you too. Not to mention, dad jokes have actually been enjoying a surge of popularity in recent years.

Here are some posts that people shared on /r/puns as well as /r/PunPatrol, proving that wordplay is a thriving art. Some of the setups that people make just so they can take a picture of it and pun around might concern you. Others didn’t have to do anything, just find some poor sap who asked an innocent question and left themselves wide open.

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Getting a tattoo in a language that you don’t understand is rarely a good idea. Hell, even tattoos in people’s native tongues are often hilariously misspelled or misinterpreted.

Tattoos written in Hanzi and Kanji (the Chinese and Japanese character sets) became popular in the west in the late 1980’s, although there was a niche among sailors who visited the Far East for many years prior. Western tattoo artists usually copy a character from a template, something that is often unreliable and can easily lead to context errors if a direct translation is attempted. For example,  in 2001, Britney Spears got a Chinese tattoo inked on her bikini line. She believed that the  tattoo meant ‘mysterious’ but later on, it is found that this tattoo means ‘strange.’ Combining the characters to form a phrase or idiom can lead to even worse disasters, as meanings can change completely and you end up with something like “demon bird moth balls” forever inked on your skin.

So you have to ask yourself then – why do people still do it? After all, you are relying on others to get the meaning right, and it can come across as weird or even offensive to Chinese or Japanese people who feel that you might be trivializing or insulting their ancient cultures. So the best advice is – don’t. Unless you have done scrupulous research and are fully aware and accepting of the cultural connotations!

Scroll down to see some funny and cringeworthy examples of people getting it completely wrong for yourself, and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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Late to party, saw a Canadian guy and asked him what he had asked the tattoo artist ”I asked him for some bad words, something really bad”. It’s said “economic recession”

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My buddy has “illiterate foreigner” in traditional Chinese characters. It’s dope

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40+ year old bald white guy with Chinese characters that translated as “I’m a cute little princess” on the length of his forearm.

Had a good laugh the rest of that day.

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Wanted a tattoo in Chinese that said “I am a vegetarian,” got a tattoo that said “I am made of vegetables.”

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My wife is Chinese and the best one she has personally seen was “fat dumb American” on a guys leg.

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I saw this guy with Japanese characters that translated to “Beep Beep Lettuce”

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I knew a girl at university who had some Chinese characters down her arm.

Came in one hot summer day and I finally saw the whole thing.

It said; Emergency exit. Do not block.

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I was TDY in Japan for 90 days, and I didn’t know very much Japanese at all, but the wife of a guy I worked with was fluent, and at a small command function she pointed out this complete asshat of a guy at the detachment I was with whose back tat read “child changing station”. He told everyone it was something like “strength, loyalty, determination”.

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I once saw this middle aged dude wearing “金魚佬” on his shoulder (the rough literary translation is “Goldfish Man”), which in cantonese means a sleazy older man who creeps on younger girls/children. Basically a pedo. Wonder under what circumstances he got that inked…

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my friend got “translator server error” tattooed on his arm. needless to say he wasn’t very happy after i told him

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I probably shouldn’t be saying this as the person who had this done to them is my best friend but…sh!t…here we go again… My best friend who we’ll call Sarah got a tattoo when she was 16 (where I live, you’re supposed to be 18) her dad passed away about 3 years ago and she wanted to get a tattoo on her wrist to remember him…instead of getting his name which would’ve been easier…she decided she wanted to get “dad” in Japanese…it’s been 2 years since then and I still haven’t told her that it says “turtle” I know that she’ll hate herself if she finds out and to be 100% honest…I kinda like it…I was actually thinking of getting it on my wrist too…my dad passed away when I was only 11 so she’d think I got a tattoo saying dad as well but I’d actually just be getting a pretty hilarious tattoo that I kinda love… I just want to add…if I suddenly go missing…blame it on my best friend

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I have ‘Monkey’ on my wrist because that’s my Chinese zodiac. I know it’s accurate because a Chinese guy asked me if I knew what it meant, and I’m sure he thought I would say ‘faith’ or ‘love’ or something, so when I said ‘monkey’ he looked so relieved. His friend was like ‘you have GOT to stop doing that!’

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Lemon water pork dumplings along the spine

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Not my story but a friend of mine.

She had a classmate in college with a kanji tattoo, confused she asked her what it meant.

“High princess”

Turns out it actually said “pig princess”

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Buddy of mine got a tattoo with his friends. He wanted it to say something like “honor” or “loyalty” or some dumb s**t, but it actually says “free eggroll with combo purchase”

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He thought it said “Love my grandson”. It translated to something like “I love fat boys”. I think it was a google translate failure of epic proportions

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My boyfriend got tattooed before we met and he meant to get warrior(士) tattooed on him, but the lines are wrong so it really means dirt (土). The bottom line is supposed to be shorter than the top line. His nickname in my family is now doro-chan which is basically a cute way of saying dirt boy.

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I didn’t see it, but I went with a friend to get a piercing, and I heard a guy say, I don’t like the way that looks, can you change this line and make the ends do this. The tattoo artist said, “Yea, but that changes the word, you might be going from brave to gay woman for all I know. You can’t change kanji symbols and still have it mean the same thing.”

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Man flexed his tattoo to me in a supermarket claiming it said ‘wisdom’. It meant ‘meat’.

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I have my Chinese zodiac in Chinese letters on my arm. I worked with a guy who was from China and spoke almost no English. When he saw it his eyes lit up, pointed at my arm and said “hahaha cock!”. I’m the year of the rooster…

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I once had a roommate placed with me in the apartment our company ran for us here in Japan. He was loud, obnoxious, and I generally didn’t get on well with him. But, you try to get along, so we’d go to the izakaya up the street from time to time with other friends to drink and have a good time. The owners were this wonderful old Japanese couple who loved having all these weird gaijin come and entertain the locals.

Anyway, somehow we get talking about tattoos and the roommate is showing his off. He then says that he got the kanji for “friendship” (友) and “peace” (和) tattooed on his back and lifts his shirt to show everyone. There’s a bit of silence, broken by someone asking, “Who’s Tomokazu?”

What Roommate didn’t know, of course, was that those two kanji in that order was a man’s name.

He reacted well, though, taking a beat and then announcing, “I’M TOMOKAZU!” which became a running joke while he was there.

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My friend got a tattoo that said “veni vidi vici” in chinese, well so he thought. The tattoo acutally said “three small dishes”

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A guy I saw in the streets had the hiragana “Unko” tatooed on his shoulder.

“Unko” meaning a turd in japanese…

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I can read Chinese and I met a guy who wanted to get a tattoo that said “Hope” so i guess they looked it up in the dictionary and tattooed the first 2 characters after “hope” which were “名子“

which says “noun”

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On a womans shoulder as a tribute to her fallen brother, in Japanese but translate too “brother sex always”

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“Little potato”. He thought it said “respect”.

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I dont speak Chinese but back in college I knew a guy who was one of those douchey guys who likes to brag about how cultured they are and stuff when really they’re just an a**hole. He came back from China with some characters tattooed on him. My friend next to me (who had real bad social anxiety so would never speak in public to non-friends normally) burst out laughing. Douche-guy got kinda annoyed and said “It says Strength, Wisdom, Passion” or some other weird bs like that. My friend then reached into his bag, pulled out his phone, opened up one of those AR translators, pointed it at the guy’s tattoo, and through the magic of AR, revealed it actually said “chicken with noodles”. My friend then said that one of his mates in China told him that a lot of Asian tattooists will often deliberately f**k up tattoos and stuff because they get really annoyed at those douchey people coming over asking for random words to be tattooed onto them.

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My mom sent me a pic of her coworkers new Mandarin tattoo so I could translate it. It was supposed to say something about jesus or religion but it said “green” lol

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My dad once had a student in his freshman music theory class who came in bragging to her friends about her new tattoo that supposedly said “princess” in Chinese. Right before class started, as the talk was dying down, a Chinese exchange student leaned over to her and said, loud enough for everyone to hear, “It’s actually more like ‘concubine.'” My dad said he couldn’t keep a straight face the entire class.

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This guy i saw had “circumcised Squirrel” on his arm in chinese

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Gets a tattoo in google translate Japanese thinking it says “fear no one” but it really means “I fear everyone”

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I met a girl who showed me her tattoo saying it said “love”. Sadly it said “weird”. Similar Kanji, so well… (love:愛 or 恋, weird :変)

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A friend of mine once told me he saw a guy with something like ‘I don’t speak this language’ tattooed on his arm.

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Ariane Grande tattooed the words “Barbecue Grill” on her hand.

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Worked in Japan for a few years, and shortly after moving back to the US, I spotted a fellow working in a comics shop with a tattoo of a kanji. I recognized it right away, but I asked him what it meant just in case I was horribly wrong. He said it was Chinese, that there wasn’t a direct English translation, and it was about inner strength and determination.

My dude, 苺 means “strawberry.”

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Girl at a festival had got a tattoo down the side of her ribs while traveling in Thailand. A Chinese tattoo. In Thailand. Why?

She brought it up and showed people. Said it meant “live for adventure” or some typical lofty bollocks. Chinese girl we were with starts pissing herself laughing.

Girl was like “what’s so funny?”

It said “picnic table”

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so this one wrestler/boxer/fighter whatever nicknamed himself the wind of pain and decided to get a Chinese tattoo based on that, so instead of using something bad ass like 痛苦之风(wind of pain)but he ended up with 痛风 which means metabolic arthritis. Yeah good luck with that

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I was scrolling through the web at some tattoos for fun,a person said they got a tattoo that said “Strength and courage” in japanese. It actually said “Little animal, big mistake.” Great quote imo,but I dont think they thought so after they got it permanently marked on their skin.

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My friend thought he had “Warrior” on his arm, but it turned out to be “Calendar”

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I knew a guy who thought he was getting Honor while in the Navy. He was preparing to transfer out to Japan and wanted something to draw Japanese females’ attention. Turns out that one of the guys at the shop had a 17 year old sister he had played for sex, so they gave him the symbol for Yaoi.

Edit for those not in the know: Yaoi means gay.

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Not sure if it’s already mentioned. I’ve seen a woman has the character “雞” tattooed on her arm. It’s translated to chicken, literally. But in Cantonese we often refer to prostitutes as “chicken”…

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I was hanging out with some friends at a pub while they were smoking, and a girl from another group was talking about how much she loved “asiany word tattoos” and she finally got her own. She thought that it said “bad b***h” but I’m pretty sure it translated to “rude prostitute” in Mandarin.

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Finally, a post meant for me. I was determined to get a tattoo. Not sure what I wanted at 19 years old so we went in as a group and I decided on Chinese letters. I chose two different ones that are supposed to read “free” “spirit”. Turns out the spirit translates as “the essence of something” and so the tattoo roughly says “free semen”. I found out when a female Chinese co-worker saw it and turned red with embarrassment.

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“変態豚” (hentai buta) “pervert pig” I s**t you not; he told people it meant “lover of Asian beauty” He didn’t believe me when I told him what it meant so I bet him $20 that the people at the Asian imports shop across the street from the cafe we were at would tell him the same thing. He came back out of the shop a minute later, yelled “f**k you!”, flipped me off, and left. Didn’t come back for his coffee and still owes me that twenty.

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Please dont use google translate to translate tattoos, i once saw “i once am a katana”

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Saw a girl with 魚 tattooed on her shoulder who swore up and down it meant poison… It means fish

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“Storm drain” on a guy who wanted “The way of water” like Bruce Lee always talked about.

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I had a student that transferred from Japan in high school who I was good friends with, a kid came in with a phrase in English that said “come to me if you wish to free your mind”

Then supposedly the same phrase in Japanese, she noticed and whispered the phrase to me which was “Hot bananas are peace”

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A friend of mine had a tatt shop. He put up a flash page with kanji for stuff like “a**hole”, “bastard”, etc. If anyone asked the meaning, he would honestly tell them. However he would regularly get people come in, see the character, think it “looked cool” and get it inked on without ever bothering to ask. He thought that was hilarious.

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He wanted the Chinese character for mother, he pronounced it wrong so the tattoo artist wrote horse instead

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I don’t read Japanese but I had a Japanese roommate in college. A guy thought his tattoo said warrior. It said grandmother. I like to think it was a hidden tribute to a badass grandmother.

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“tiny chicken” my friend got that thinking it said his name

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I’ve seen “public restroom” in chinese

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私はチンポを持っている女性が好きです It means I like women who have cock (Somebody has a really bad friend)

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I knew a girl who had a two character tattoo in Chinese that she thought meant “peace and harmony”. Turns out it actually means “left foot”.

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The common word for “and” gets mistaken a lot of “peace”, which is two words, “and” being the first of them(“wo” vs. “wo ping” in Cantonese). So there are a lot of people who just have the word “and” tatooed on them and I think that’s hilarious.

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Oooh I love this one! I was once having sex with a guy, about to go down on him when I noticed he had a Chinese tattoo on his inner hip, 凉。I stopped mid-sex, “What do you think your tattoo says.”

“Oh its supposed to mean cool, I know it isn’t right though…”

It actually meant cold to the touch, or disappointing.

Fittingly, the sex was quite disappointing.

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Please never ever tattoo your name in Chinese if you don’t know what you’re doing. You can’t just pick random characters that sound similar and call it a name, there’s special ways to do it.

I’ve met MULTIPLE people who let someone tell them that their Chinese name was 笨蛋 (bendan) as a joke…

Congratulations now you have “idiot” written permanently on your upper arm Brendan, maybe your next tattoo should be “gullible” in Latin…

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“冷奴” each characteristic means 冷=cool and 奴=guy but when they are together, it means “cool tofu”

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We used to play ultimate frisbee with a guy who got a kanji tattoo that he insisted meant ‘fast’ (because he runs so fast). When he left, a friend of mine was chuckling to herself. “It doesn’t mean ‘fast’,” she said. “It means ‘easy’.”

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I worked at a bar and a really bogan woman came in and ordered a drink. When she turned around I saw she had 自転車 tattooed on her shoulder. That means bicycle in Japanese.

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Chinese speaker here. In high school I worked at a CVS. A white woman showed up at the register with a very poorly drawn 力 tattoo, and I said “cool tattoo, means power”. She scoffed and replied to me like I was satan himself, and said “you obviously don’t understand Chinese “letters” the tattoo artist told me it means the strength to overcome anything, even breast cancer…” then she rolled her eyes at me and walked away.

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a big muscley tough looking guy with “accommodation” written in big kanji down his bicep.

Later I considered that maybe he was a property developer tho…

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I saw somebody who probably doesnt understand japanese flexing with his japanese tattoo. It is translated to english, surprise surprise, a giant failure.

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A guy came up to my Mom and I and asked what character he had tattooed on his ankle. It was the word for fire in Chinese with an extra mark. When we told him there was a typo in the character, he said he knew it was fire but he added the extra line to make it look cooler.

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“Kitchen” – confused the kanji, what he wanted Ihave no idea. “Fat man” – he wanted “big guy” (tough guy?) apparently.

Ariana Grande’s hand tattoo mix up was a huge deal in Japanese media for a while too.

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Not Chinese or Japanese, but Punjabi. Many many many years ago I had been working and travelling around many countries across Asia and since I was in Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand at the time I took a few days off to unwind. Over the next 3 days I regularly saw this Danish girl at some of the beach bars. She had a large tattoo that looked fairly new going down the right side of her back and torso. The tattoo was a phrase in Punjabi rather than the typical Asian scripts of Sanskrit, Chinese, or Japanese. You don’t see a lot of those so it really stuck out. I am originally from this area in India. I finally mustered up enough courage to speak to her and asked her what the tattoo said. According to her it was an old hippie Sanskrit proverb about bringing peace and love to the world. She had gotten this while travelling across India. She seemed so happy relaying her Indian travel stories, the mysticism, and why she finally got her very first tattoo. I felt so bad for her knowing what it really said. The characters were written in such a large style I couldn’t see how she could maybe convert it into something else. The impression I got from her was she had left India earlier than anticipated so I asked about this. Turns out the last few weeks she had been hassled by quite a lot of guys. Even the tattoo artist was gropey and seemed angry when she kept turning his advances down over multiple visits, simply wanting the tattoo to be finished. I finally told her what the tattoo said and she was mortified. Not believing me at first I video-chatted a female cousin in India telling her only to translate a tattoo without saying why whereby she confirmed what I had said. The girl couldn’t stop crying. She always wore something over her bikini after that. The tattoo actually read “This bi**h is a slut. Use her and abuse her”. I have no idea what happened to her afterwards as I had to get back to work, but I’m presuming she had to somehow get the tattoo removed which going by the size would have been very expensive and painful. Poor girl.

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Not me but my ex was from China and told me someone’s once said, “Intentional DVD Rental.”

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Girl I went to high school with got ” the kanji for freedom” . It said Street lamp.

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I saw a guy who said he got a tattoo in Japanese that said be not defeated by rain (Ame ni mo makezu). A famous Japanese poem. What was written was random Chinese characters that I didn’t understand at all. When I broke the news to him that that’s just random Chinese characters he said that I clearly don’t know Japanese. I wrote it out in Japanese for him, still didn’t believe me. Then I pulled out my phone asked Google sensei the answer. I showed him the top result that was the exact same as what I wrote. He started crying.

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My wife is Japanese, she says she has seen ‘middle school’ on someone before.

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A friend tattooed “kuso” (in romaji), he though it meant warrior… It means s**t

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机 on his fist. I haven’t taken Chinese but in Japanese it means ‘desk’.

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Former colleague of mine had spirit tattooed on his arm in Chinese. Some years later during a trip to China he discovered that what it actually said was gas.

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“Japanese people are so dumb” Written in Japanese.

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A woman who told me her tattoo meant angel. It was actually hermet.

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I’m a tattoo artist 愚かなクソ観光客 (stupid friggin tourist) The woman said her friend told her it meant Live Long and Love Life I told her that. It mean stupid f**king tourist glad I knew

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I randomly saw a guy with a Korean neck tattoo at a grocery that translated to “beef.” He was coincidentally in that section of the store.

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I’m an expat living in Japan. Was hanging out with my younger brother back in the States and he wanted to show off his new tattoo: “Look sister, it says ‘sex’!”

He got “gender” tattooed on his neck.

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A girl had the word ‘rooster’ written on her face, which is 公鸡. One character on each cheek. Except 鸡 is also a Chinese slang for w**re.

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My wife is of Chinese descent, and one day a coworker comes in with a new tattoo in Japanese Kanji. In Japanese that character meant something like “Serenity” or something, but in Chinese it meant “I’m slow.”

So, if you’re getting a tattoo of either Kanji or Chinese characters, check the OTHER language as well.

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Had 2 friends so this. One chose her tatt from a menu, with characters she thought looked nice – now she had “cheap but nice” down her spine.

Another mate lost a bet and has “dim sim 3 for 5 dollar” on his forearm.

Both tatts in Chinese characters.

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For me it was something someone claimed was “chinese writing” but barely resembled any Chinese characters. It just looked like some squiggles. They thought it was love 爱 but it definitely wasn’t.

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“我是粪” Dude thought it meant “The s**t.” (Actually means “I’m s**t”) Thank god it was only a temporary tatoo but that day the people that understood chinese in my class had a great laugh.

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Saw someone tattooed death believing it means love.

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Even more than the obvious, practical purpose of being watered and fed, we go to bars and restaurants for the atmosphere. A place could have the finest cuisine and the tastiest beers in the world, but if it doesn’t have any soul, any feeling, are you truly going to enjoy the experience?

Probably not. That’s why when we do find a joint with a ton of character, we like to celebrate it. This list of bars and restaurants, compiled by Bored Panda, comes from customers that just had to share the funny, kooky and unique things that they’ve encountered on a night out – these spots go the extra mile to make sure their visitors get a truly memorable experience!

Scroll down below to check them out for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

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Bar In Nebraska Doing It Right

So how to create that elusive atmosphere? With thanks to culinary blog Restaurant Tallent, here are some basic concepts to keep in mind:

Restaurant concepts: The restaurants with concepts attract people. If you have a particular cuisine, then you can design the restaurant with the idea of that country or culture. For example, if the restaurant is Chinese then you can create the restaurant with things that will make the customers feel like they are in China. You can also add a story on how the restaurant was founded and place artwork and pictures of the history of the restaurants.

Cleanliness: Who would prefer anything which is not clean? People can get very cautious when they eat out. If your restaurant is not clean, then there are chances you may never see that customer again. Make sure to change the linen and have clean dishes.

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‘The Restaurant Of Order Mistakes’ Employs Waiters With Dementia, And You Never Know What You’re Getting

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This Restaurant In Austin Is Catching The US Up With The Rest Of The World

Lighting: The lighting should not be too bright that it blinds your customers and also not so dim that they are not able to look at what they eat. Again depending on the clients and the situations you must alter the lighting.

Music: Depending on the situation you can choose the genre of music. Music can be very pleasing to hear while eating. You can prefer light jazz or pop music to have a peaceful setting. You can also set your music based on your cuisine.

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Menu Design: Many may not think much about the menu card, but the menu card can attract and define the ambiance of the restaurant. Take time to create the menu card in such a way that each meal has a description of what the meal is. You can also add pictures so that the customers will know better about the food they are ordering.

Dishes, silver ware, and linens: Choose your dishes and silverware in such a way that it matches with your restaurant. Always have clean washed linens and make sure that in any situation you do not serve your customers with dirty dishes.

Pretty basic stuff, but very important nonetheless! All that’s left to do now is add your own personal touch!

#6

My Local Bar Has A Drunk Test For People Leaving

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This Restaurant Has A Painting Of Their Very First Customers

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This Poster Is In The Window Of A Pub In Sydney. Made Me Laugh

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I See What You Did There

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I’ll Have The Soup And Salad, Please

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Windimere Pub Is Keeping The Local Populous In Good Spirits

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This Bar Obviously Owns A Cat

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I Found This In A Cocktail Bar In Indiana And It Made Me Smile

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A Pub In My Town Places Rubber Ducks In Puddles To Warn Guests

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Saw This In The Window Of A Bar In Iceland

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Local Bar’s Breathalyzer Replacement

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This Sign Is Hanging In The Dining Area Of Our Local Greek Restaurant

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Stools In An Italian Pub

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Restaurant Puts Its Negative Reviews On Display

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My Local Bar Dressed Up For Halloween

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This Cafe In Seoul, Korea

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Saw This Near Robin Hood’s Bay

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This Chalk Art In A Local Bar

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This Relatable Sign Outside A Bar In London

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This Restaurant Has An Option For When Your Significant Other Says She Isn’t Hungry

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Wife: “Where Are You?” Me:

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Hmmmm

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I Need To Work Here

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I started this project in 2011, as an experiment to see how well I could imitate real logos and reveal what they’re really all about.

Here are 30 new ones, see the links here and here for even more of them.

More info: Facebook | Instagram

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36-year-old Viktor hails from Uppsala, Sweden and loves nurturing his creative side; he has been a freelance designer for some years now and has worked with the likes of Ray-Ban, Universal Music Group and IKEA. Speaking to Bored Panda, Viktor said he got the idea for these ‘honest logos’ as a little project to have fun with, and it has grown and grown. “I just wanted to see how well I could imitate real logos, and insert new words and messages into them, to give them more truthful meaning,” he told us.

“I just love the process of trying to find the best possible words, ones that either rhyme or look the same visually as the original – it’s sometimes hard and takes a long time to scroll through possible words, but sometimes it just takes a few minutes to get idea. This is my favorite part of the whole process; it’s like a jigsaw puzzle, looking for the correct pieces.”

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The redesigned logos can be read as a social critique, exploring themes about capitalism, consumerism and our own habits and behaviors, too. Viktor told us that it was a conscious decision to dig deeper this time, and thought long and hard about how to best represent each and every company.

“Of course, most of them are very critical and harsh, I almost felt bad on a few occasions,” he told us. “But if I find something that makes sense and contains some truth, I just have to do it. It’s like a graphic designer’s version of tourette syndrome haha.”

“But yes, I’m also a hypocrite. I use many of these products and services and enjoy them!”

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Viktor’s goal with this batch of logos was to change the original logo artworks, not just the words, to give himself a new challenge and step up his game a bit. We think he has definitely succeeded!

“I’m probably most happy with the Nestlé (Noethics) logo, changing the little cute and happy bird family into an eagle swooshing down, coming to eat the eggs in the nest, ” he said while reassuring us that this is an ongoing project. “There will definitely be more!”

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One can only imagine where the roots of puns are hidden. Was it The First Humans who mistakenly called the Saber-Toothed tiger a Lightsaber-Toothed tiger? Or maybe it all started in the Middle Ages when, by a long shot, the Trebuchet was the most powerful weapon? Or perhaps it was the era of the Renaissance when people just couldn’t Handel the music of Handel? There are no answers as to when this amazingly lame form of humor was born but it has kept its popularity from the dawn of ages to this day, nonetheless. Loser-esque yet hilarious, unbearably foolish yet clever at the same time – puns will never get boring, even if they’d be the last jokes left on Earth. Some people might consider them lame; others just don’t get them at all. But we think that a good pun is always worth a good laugh. If you are on the same page then this complete collection of puns is exactly what you are looking for. From classy to sassy, these are the puns that can make anyone laugh (or roll their eyes at least). So scroll down below, vote for the funniest, and let us know what you think!

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Light travels faster than sound. That’s why some people appear bright until you hear them speak

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I Renamed my iPod The Titanic, so when I plug it in, it says “The Titanic is syncing.”

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I was wondering why the ball was getting bigger. Then it hit me

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When life gives you melons, you’re dyslexic

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Will glass coffins be a success? Remains to be seen

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“I have a split personality,” said Tom, being frank.

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How do you make holy water? You boil the hell out of it

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I have a few jokes about unemployed people, but none of them work

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I lost my job at the bank on my very first day. A woman asked me to check her balance, so I pushed her over

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What’s the difference between a hippo and a zippo? One is really heavy and the other is a little lighter

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It’s hard to explain puns to kleptomaniacs because they always take things literally

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Last night, I dreamed I was swimming in an ocean of orange soda. But it was just a Fanta sea

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The man who survived pepper spray and mustard gas is now a seasoned veteran

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Did you hear about the guy whose whole left side was cut off? He’s all right now

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Two windmills are standing in a wind farm. One asks, “What’s your favorite kind of music?” The other says, “I’m a big metal fan.”

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What do you call a bee that can’t make up its mind? A maybe

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My dad farted in an elevator, it was wrong on so many levels

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Jill broke her finger today, but on the other hand she was completely fine

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A mean crook going down stairs = A condescending con, descending

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I can’t believe I got fired from the calendar factory. All I did was take a day off

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The furniture store keeps calling me to come back. But all I wanted was one night stand

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What did the janitor say when he jumped out of the closet? SUPPLIES!

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All chemists know that alcohol is always a solution

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She had a photographic memory but never developed it

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When the past, present, and future go camping they always argue. It’s intense tense in tents

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I tried to sue the airline for losing my luggage. I lost my case

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Hear about the new restaurant called Karma? There’s no menu – you get what you deserve

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I went to buy some camouflage trousers yesterday but couldn’t find any

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A cross-eyed teacher couldn’t control his pupils

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How do you throw a space party? You planet

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What do you call the wife of a hippie? A Mississippi

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I wasn’t originally going to get a brain transplant, but then I changed my mind

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Which country’s capital has the fastest-growing population? Ireland. Every day it’s Dublin.

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England doesn’t have a kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool

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How does an attorney sleep? First he lies on one side, then he lies on the other

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Is it ignorance or apathy that’s destroying the world today? I don’t know and don’t really care

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I hate how funerals are always at 9 a.m. I’m not really a mourning person

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When everything is coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane

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What do you get when you mix alcohol and literature? Tequila mockingbird

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A police officer just knocked on my door and told me my dogs are chasing people on bikes. That’s ridiculous. My dogs don’t even own bikes

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My dad, unfortunately, passed away when we couldn’t remember his blood type… His last words to us were, “Be positive!”

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Let me tell you about my grandfather. He was a good man, a brave man. He had the heart of a lion, and a lifetime ban from the zoo

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I was going to make a chemistry joke, but since I’m kinda late to the thread, the good ones argon

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What’s the difference between a poorly dressed man on a bicycle and a nicely dressed man on a tricycle? A tire

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There was a kidnapping at school yesterday. Don’t worry, though – he woke up

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Two fish are in a tank, one says to the other “how do you drive this thing?”

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German sausage jokes are just the wurst

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Why aren’t dogs good dancers? Because they have two left feet!

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What do you call an alligator in a vest? An investigator

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What did the grape say when it got stepped on? Nothing – but it let out a little whine

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What do you call the ghost of a chicken? A poultry-geist

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Need an ark? I Noah guy

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What are the strongest days of the week? Saturday and Sunday, the rest are weekdays

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How does Moses make coffee? Hebrews it

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I’m on a seafood diet. Every time I see food, I eat it

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I saw an ad for burial plots, and I thought: “That’s the last thing I need!”

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I like European food so I decided to Russia over there because I was Hungary. After Czech’ing the menu I ordered Turkey. When I was Finnished I told the waiter ‘Spain good but there is Norway I could eat another bite’

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The guy who invented the door knocker got a no-bell prize

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I used to be indecisive; now I’m not so sure

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He who laughs last thinks slowest

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I don’t suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it

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What do you call a super articulate dinosaur? A Thesaurus

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The machine at the coin factory just suddenly stopped working, with no explanation. It doesn’t make any cents

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Why are frogs so happy? They eat whatever bugs them

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I walked into my sister’s room and tripped on a bra… It was a booby trap

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My ex-wife still misses me. But her aim is starting to improve

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Police were called to a daycare center where a three-year-old was resisting a rest

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Sleeping comes so naturally to me, I could do it with my eyes closed

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Being vegetarian was a huge missed-steak

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What did one flag say to the other? Nothing, it just waved.

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I’m not a doctor but I’m losing my patience

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I bought a boat because it was for sail

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The other day I tried to make a chemistry joke, but got no reaction

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What would you get if you’d put a lawyer in a suit? A lawsuit

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Somebody stole all my lamps… I couldn’t be more de-lighted!

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I lost my mood ring, and I don’t know how I’m feeling about that

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Every generation looks back at its youthful period with nostalgia; everything was better when we were kids and nobody can convince me otherwise! However, there’s something about my generation, the early millennials, that does make us special. We grew up in a time of unprecedented technological change; for example, we were born with the cassette, the CD came and went (don’t even get me started on the Minidisc), then it was Mp3, iTunes, and finally Spotify. All in the space of a few years!

The technology that kids now take for granted was refined over the years through our experiences. We eventually got the internet but we needed to wait for it to connect. We had phones, but they were connected to our houses until Nokia came along with SMS and snake. Oh, and we had something similar to Netflix too, but you had to go to rent a tape or DVD at the videostore. Looking back, these things might seem incredibly basic and inconvenient now, but we loved them! And I’ll take my Nirvana/Soundgarden/Faith No More mixtape over your Jonas Brothers Spotify playlist any day of the week…

We here at Bored Panda have created a list of all those ‘struggles’ that we had with technology back in the day, and they are sure to bring back some good memories. Do you recognize a few of these? Scroll down to check them out for yourself, and share your own stories in the comments!

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What has happened to some of these technologies? Have they become completely obsolete, or are some still in use? Let’s have a brief look at some of the old ‘essentials’ that are no longer in everyday use.

Fax machines: According to Pocket Lint, the fax machine was essentially a modern version of the telegram. “It allowed people and businesses to transmit scanned documents from one phone number to another,” they write. “The recipient would have the joy of a printed copy of the document bursting forth from their machine. This was all done by a transmission of audio frequency tones that were deciphered at the other end. These days, fax machines have largely been rendered obsolete by the invention of email, the internet and advancements in computing technologies.” 

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Analogue and dial-up modems: Before broadband and 4G networks came along we connected to the World Wide Web via analogue and dial-up modems.

“These marvels of technology required an open phone line and a lot of patience to get working. If anyone called while you were connected to the ‘net then you’d immediately lose connection. Browsing the web was slow and painful, but it was a thing of beauty and showed promise for the future that we now live in,” Pocket Lint explains.

Floppy disks: Floppy disks first appeared in the 1970s, as a means of storing data from the first ‘personal’ computers.The first was the 8-inch floppy disc, capable of storing just 80 kilobytes of data. “As the floppy disks got smaller, their storage capacity grew and by the mid-1980s the 3.5-inch floppy disk was able to store a respectable 1.44 MB.  Floppy disks were unfortunately vulnerable to magnets and heat, and easily corrupted. By the 1990s software size meant many disks were required for most applications (Adobe Photoshop required over a dozen disks to run) so CD-ROMs began to take over. The floppy disk now only lives on as a save icon in most software applications.”

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Portable music players: There have been many types of portable music player over the last few years, from cassette players like the Sony Walkman, CD players like the Sony Discman, Minidisc players and MP3 players.

“We have both fond and frustrating memories of each of these players,” Pocket Lint writes. “Whether it was fighting Walkmans to save a chewed up tape or desperately trying to fit a portable CD player into a coat pocket.”

“Perhaps one of the least popular formats of optical-based digital storage was the MiniDisc. With a high storage capacity of as much as 1GB, these discs could hold up to 45 hours of audio in a compact format. The MiniDisc appeared at a time when CDs were still dominating and thus struggled to gain popularity in the marketplace. MiniDisc sales began to dwindle when MP3 players started to gain popularity and were finally killed off as a format in 2011 when Sony ceased production.”

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Vinyl records: This is one piece of technology that has been reborn, while other audio formats have come and gone. “Vinyl records are probably one of the oldest and most long-lasting formats for storing audio recordings. Available in varying formats since the late 1800s, the vinyl record is still in production today and is another format that’s sworn to be the best by audiophiles and sound enthusiasts alike. The format has even had a sales resurgence of late.”

Another piece of retro technology that seems to remain relevant for enthusiasts is the Film camera. “The traditional film camera has basically long since been pushed from the mass market by the modern age of the digital camera.”

“No longer do we need to rely on reels of film or trips to the local shop to get them processed. Digital cameras, SD cards and modern computing systems mean we can snap away happily and see the results of our photos instantly with far less hassle and expense.”

Still, for artists, professional photographers and retro lovers, the process of creating a photograph the old fashioned way represents a challenge and a certain satisfaction that digital photography lacks.

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Waiting an eternity for one song.

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