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Only Six Actors Have Ever Been Nominated Twice For The Same Role

Actors who win an Oscar are either lucky or part of a rigged process, depending on how you view the Academy and the way they've voted in the past, but winning an Oscar more than once sure makes you seem lucky.

And if that's true then actors who are nominated twice for the same role are surely the luckiest of them all.

And while nobody has ever won two Oscars for playing the same character only six actors have ever received more than one Academy Award nomination for playing the same role.

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This year Sylvester Stallone was nominated for playing Rocky Balboa in Creedis, becoming the sixth star to join this super exclusive club that includes Paul Newman, Al Pacino, Peter O'Toole, Bing Crosby and Cate Blanchett.

-Via Smithsonian


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22 Things You See In Nearly Every Roleplaying Game

Most roleplaying games either totally railroad the player, like the Final Fantasy series, or they let the player do what they please in an open world, like the Fallout or Elder Scrolls series.

Though seemingly as different as can be both types of RPGs, and pretty much all video games with roleplaying elements, have some rather comical elements in common.

There's the party member who dies in the storyline despite having been resurrected dozens of times in battle, the armor that turns into a bikini when equipped on a female character, and the sewer full of hidden treasures.

Because every stinky sewer must be full of hidden gems, right?

See 22 Things You See In Pretty Much Every RPG here


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Buddhist Monk Goes On Tire Slashing Rampage After Killing Insect

Buddhist monks are generally the most peaceful people on the planet, but some monks have given their lives to Buddhism to escape a troubled and violent past.

It can be quite easy for these monks to stray from the path of peace, because all it takes is one little incident to throw them into a downward spiral of physical violence once again.

For 45-year-old Julian Glew the killing of an insect was that "one little incident", but rather than harm people he lashed out by slashing nearly 200 tires on cars around Pocklington, England.

Julian claims he wanted to take out his frustration on society without hurting anyone, trying to keep his freak out as Buddha friendly as possible by wounding cars instead of people.

The incident may also be a result of Julian living in isolation in the woods for the last 20 years, where he's seen lots of bugs but very few cars, so maybe the bug was a close friend?

-Via Daily Mail


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Photographs Reveal What Actors See When They're On The Stage

Leipzig Opera House

The stage is set up to give an audience the best possible view of a performance, while likewise affording the actors a view of virtually every face in the audience, which must be overwhelming for some when the spotlights come on.

Theater Gütersloh

But there's something beautiful about that window full of waiting faces that must likewise captivate an actor, because many of the theaters photographed by Klaus Frahm are quite nice to look at whether you're the actor or the audience.

Magravial Opera House, Bayreuth

Klaus Frahm's images take us beyond the fourth wall in a whole new way, showing us what actors see when they walk out on the stage and grace the public with their performance.

See 15 Photos Of What Actors See When They're On Stage here


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The Man Whose Head Audibly Ticked Like A Clock

Sometimes people get a checkup at the doctor's office and they're told their "heart is like a ticking time bomb", meaning they won't live much longer if they keep taking their health for granted.

But what does it mean when your ears audibly tick twice a second like a metronome?

If you're Sankey Flynn of Greensboro, North Carolina it means you have a strange condition that makes you a living timekeeper:

According to physicians, the noise came from the "spasmodic contraction of muscles in the roof of his mouth. This causes the eustachian tube, leading from the throat to the ears, to open and shut making the peculiar noise."

Here's a newspaper clipping about the "tick-tock man" from the Somerset Daily American, dated February 26th, 1951:

-Via Boing Boing


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Guy Shares His Little Sister's "Savage" Report Card

Some teens are a real handful, acting out against parents and teachers whenever they feel like it and generally making childless couples happy they don't have any kids to deal with.

These teenage terrors can't seem to stop causing trouble, making the lives of their teachers, and their fellow students, a living hell with their disruptive behavior, which sometimes reads like a cry for help.

A guy named Zain from Birmingham, England took a look at the comments on his sister's 9th grade report card and felt compelled to share it with the interwebs because apparently she's a real devil child!

The whole thing may very well be a fake, or Zain's sister may have severe psychological problems, but either way it's entertaining because it reads like Dennis the Menace's a report card straight from Sweet Valley High.

*sigh* I remember my first "arm lock" incident...

-Via Cheezburger


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Can You Guess What Names These Baristas Are Trying To Spell?

Writing a name coherently on the side of a cup is definitely not a prerequisite skill for baristas, which is why I always tell them my name is Frank, because it's hard to muck that one up.

But some baristas have a real knack for turning a perfectly ordinary and easy to read name into a illegible jumble of letters or a bizarre new word nobody has ever heard of.

If you think you've got the code breaking skills to figure out barista handwriting then you should take the Can You Guess What Names These Baristas Were Trying To Spell? quiz here.

Some of them are really hard to figure out, but they'll all make you wonder what those coffee fumes are doing to their minds!

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How To Convert A Skateboard Into A Powerful Slingshot

Skateboards make really good weapons, because you can slash with a curb sharpened edge, swing the board like a bat or leave a dent in a forehead with cast metal trucks.

But Joerg Sprave of The Slingshot Channel didn't do much skating when he was younger, because he was too busy cutting stuff up and turning it into weapons in his workshop.

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In this episode Joerg cuts up a skateboard to create a mighty powerful, pulley based slingshot that can shoot a 60mm lead ball straight through particle board, thereby making it the ultimate way to carck heads open with a skateboard.

-Via LikeCool


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Derek Zoolander By Annie Leibovitz

Ben Stiller created Derek Zoolander because he knew he was too good looking for Hollywood but didn't want to come off as a total d-bag by declaring himself gorgeous so he let Derek do the declaring for him.

Now we all know how striking Stiller looks when he's channeling Zoolander, and yet Ben hasn't spent nearly enough time in front of the camera to justify his top model status, so he called a devoted fan in to take his picture.

This rabid Zoolander fan is named Annie Leibovitz, maybe you've heard of her?

She's supposedly pretty famous in her own right, but her star power couldn't outshine Derek's as he began to strike striking poses and put his prettiest face forward.

Annie's photos of the fabulous Zoolander will be featured in the February 2016 issue of American Vogue, make sure you pick up a copy before the wicked Mugatu buys them all for his bonfire!

See more of Derek Zoolander by Annie Leibovitz here


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The Greens Prepare Strange Recipes From The 50s

You've probably heard about strange recipes from the 40s and 50s, dishes like lime cheese salad, lobster relish or ham and banana hollandaise that seem too repulsive to eat.

Well, not all retro recipes are repulsive, nor do they all call for Jell-O gelatin, because as Hank and Katherine Green from the vlogbrothers YouTube channel discovered some are just plain bland!

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Thankfully Hank and Katherine are adventurous eaters willing to make, and taste test, some of the strange recipes found in a neat old newspaper clipping cookbook Katherine inherited from her grandmother. 

I had Mexican chop suey once...at a Chinese restaurant in Tijuana!

-Via Laughing Squid

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Can You Tell Why People Are Drawn To This Hot Dog Challenge?

Most hot dog challenges involve shoving dozens of hot dogs down your throat in front of a cheering crowd, but this video by Howard Lee of Aberystwyth, Wales features a different kind of hot dog challenge.

The challenge here is to figure out which hot dog is real and which is a photo realistic drawing:

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And here's a collection of Howard's 10 most impressive, photo realistic illustrations complete with time lapse of the drawing process, to further showcase Howard's amazing drawing skills.

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-Via Daily Mail

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Actors Who Received Oscar Nods For Less Than 20 Minutes Of Screen Time

Some stars can't get an Oscar nod to save their life, and no matter how many blockbuster movies they star in, or how brightly they shine in the hearts of their fans, the Academy Award eludes them.

And then there are actors like Anthony Hopkins, Ingrid Bergman and Judi Dench who don't need to be on screen for long to steal the show from their fellow stars, receiving Oscar nominations for less than 20 minutes of screen time.

Anthony Hopkins appeared in Silence Of The Lambs for less than 16 minutes and yet he took home a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Hannibal.

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Ingrid Bergman won an Oscar for her performance in Murder On The Orient Express, a film in which she played a pivotal role despite only being on camera for just over fourteen minutes.

But the award for briefest appearance goes to Judi Dench, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in Shakespeare In Love, which amounted to a whopping 8 minutes of screen time.

Here she is in 1999 accepting the award, which was presented by Robin Williams:

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Read 12 Actors Who Earned Oscar Nods For Less Than 20 Minutes Of Screen Time here


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Snoop Dogg Narrates Planet Earth

Snoop Dogg is not so much a tree hugger as he is a guy who smokes trees, but that doesn't mean he's isn't a friend to his fellow animals.

As his name implies Mr. Dogg is a huge fan of animals, and his encyclopedic knowledge of all creatures great and small landed him the animal lover gig of a lifetime- narrator for the nature documentary series Planet Earth.

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BBC's Planet Earth series is normally narrated by David Attenborough, but people thought his narration left the series lacking any sort of street cred, so they brought in the Dee Oh Double Gee to make us howl with laughter!

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-Via Esquire

Love cute animals? View more at Lifestyles of the Cute and Cuddly blog

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Guy Falling For 9 Seconds While Trying To Shovel Snow: The Remixes

Slipping and sliding while shoveling snow is something many people can relate to right about now, and something that will become even more relatable in the coming months.

But the person falling down doesn't generally see the trip as a laughing matter, so they have to laugh at the guy doing the snow shovel dance in this video instead.

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His slick snow shoveling moves are so hot they melt the ice, so video remixers took him to all sorts of stellar places, including an intense battle with that shufflin' Sith Darth Maul.

(Video barely NSFW due to language at end of video)

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-Via Cheezburger


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Amazing Video Of Jim The Pit Bull Doing Barkour

What we humans refer to as parkour, animals see simply as a convenient way to get around town fast, and yet some animals have clearly been around town a bit more than others.

And when those freerunning furballs go the extra mile to impress their humans, it makes for some mighty fun-to-watch footage, like this video of Jim the Pit Bull doing his thing on the mean streets.

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Jim the Pit Bull is on a mission to prove that bark-our is even more impressive to watch than parkour, and his moves are so slick the squirrels are taking notes!

-Via MSN

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Fifteen Images That Illustrate Why Letter-Spacing Is So Important

Graphic designers know how important letter-spacing (tracking) is to a design that features lots of typography, like those created for store signs or billboards, and yet some designers still manage to fall short.

They haven't learned to leave enough space between letters so the words they're writing can be clearly understood, a rookie mistake that may cause a budding graphic designer to lose clients.

But you don't have to be in the graphic design biz to find this tip helpful- make sure you leave enough space between letters or you may end up making an anal of yourself!

See 15 Images That Show Why Letter Spacing Is Important here


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Surreal Short Film Imagines What Paris Would Look Like As Deserted Movie Set

There has been a dark cloud hanging over the city of Paris since the attacks of November, 2015, but the city of Light has proven time and again that nobody can put out its fire.

However, many people who visit Paris only see the epic sights, such as the Eiffel Tower or the Arc De Triomphe , and to them Paris could be seen as a massive theme park or movie set.

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Apparences was created by French filmmaking duo Claire & Max as a visual examination of these thoughts:

What if everything around us was false? And if our environment was ultimately a single movie set? Would we really be real in this setting? “. Many issues that fuel both an imaginary but also pose those appearances and appearance. We therefore offer 4 minutes immersion in a Paris where the facades have been reworked in order to better immerse themselves in this world so strange.

-Via Laughing Squid


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Man Hides Marriage Proposal In Every Photo Taken With Girlfriend For Months

People are pressured into coming up with bigger, bolder and more sensational marriage proposals these days due to the massive influence the internet has on our lives.

But proposer Ray Smith from Grimsby, England didn't just want to come up with an over-the-top way to propose to his girlfriend Claire- he wanted to toy with his future wife as well.

So Ray started snapping lots of pics of their time together, hiding a "will you marry me?" sign in each and every photo taken for five months, 148 photos in all, without his girlfriend ever noticing.

Ray finally popped the question on Christmas morning, using the photo montage video he'd been slyly creating for the last five months as his version of an epic proposal.

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Read more about this fun photo series proposal here


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The Time Quentin Tarantino Directed An Episode Of ER

Now that Quentin Tarantino is considered part of the Hollywood elite it's hard to imagine him using his movie directing skills to create content for television.

But surprisingly Tarantino directed an episode of ER in 1995, two months after winning the Best Screenplay Oscar for Pulp Fiction, episode 24 of season one entitled "Motherhood".

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Quentin was brought into the Emergency Room by George Clooney, who was set to star in the Tarantino/Rodriguez film From Dusk Til Dawn, and a particularly violent script by Lydia Woodward was chosen to keep the episode nice and Tarantino-y.

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Tarantino was paid $30,000 for the episode, and he was hoping to come back as a recurring episode, but alas Quentin would steer clear of television for ten years until returning in 2005 to direct an episode of CSI.

Read more about When Quentin Tarantino Directed An Episode Of ER at mental_floss


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There Is Nothing Wrong With This Picture

Do you see anything wrong with this photo recently posted on Imgur?

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I didn't really see anything but a photo of a bald guy nuzzling an infant child, but many people online are claiming they don't see a bald guy at all- they see a hairy butt hanging above the baby's head.

This optical illusion is caused by a combination of heavy body hair, baldness and the father's posture, and Internetters from all over the world have shared, and shared a laugh about, this funny optical illusion photo.

-Via Daily Mail


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Here's A Slew Of Hilarious New T-Shirts From The NeatoShop

Load Of Barnacles by ClayGrahamArt

New year, new attitude, new wardrobe, new you! When you're looking for the freshest, newest and most "you" designs on the 'Net then you've gotta head to the NeatoShop and get hooked!

It's nice to start the new year with some new clothes

Rumbly Tumbly Rebel by Cubik

And clothes don't come much newer or more now than a NeatoShop t-shirt

Space Hugs by zerobriant

With the kind of bold and geeky designs that change lives

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Woman Leaves Hilarious Yelp Reviews About Past Dates

Yelp has become a great way to discover a new venue without going there and getting disappointed first, and people love to add their own colorful details so their reviews really stand out.

But if you've read one bad burrito review or panning of a theme restaurant you've read them all, and for many the romance has gone out of the reviewing process on Yelp.

So what is a hopeless romantic to do when they need to find a good place to take a date based on someone's past dating experience at that venue?

They should look to the reviews left by Natalie Walker and see what her dates were like at these locations.

Miss Walker's reviews don't help people find a fine meal or score tickets to the perfect spot for sweethearts, but they definitely paint a colorful picture of Natalie's past!

See more of Natalie's rom-com style Yelp reviews here


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The "Tree Of Death" Is Every Bit As Scary As It Sounds

The name "Tree Of Death" conjures up images of skull shaped fruit and gnarly faces forming in tree trunks, but more often than not trees earn morbid nicknames for less obvious reasons.

In the case of the Manchineel tree has earned the nickname "Tree Of Death" by growing highly toxic fruit dubbed "death apples" that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, seizures and even death.

People who make the mistake of touching the Manchineel tree receive chemical burns from the caustic sap it exudes, and the apples are so dangerous Caribbean nations have taken to posting warning signs to protect tourists.

Scientists believe most of the Manchineel tree's deadly power comes from the organic compound phorbol, which can be found in every bit of the tree, from leaf to bark to fruit.

Read more about the "Tree Of Death" here


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The No Pants Subway Ride Has Gone Global

The No Pants Subway Ride is a yearly tradition started in 2002 by New York's Improv Everywhere that now takes place on train cars all over the world, from Los Angeles to Bucharest, Romania.

Participants in the No Pants Ride may cause fully clothed passengers to stare and sneer, and occasionally leer,  but mostly this "international celebration of silliness" just makes people smile.

The No Pants Ride tradition is sure to keep spreading across the globe like the infections now spreading across the legs of the pantsless, and it will be interesting to see which country drops trou next!

See more images from No Pants Subway Ride 2016 here


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Girl Forgets Stuffed Rabbit At Hotel, Staff Gives It The Royal Treatment

When a child loses their plush friend it can seem like the end of the world to them, because they've formed such a strong attachment to their toy they can't imagine living without it.

More often than not these lost toys end up devoured by dogs, adopted by another kid or tossed in the trash, but if the kid is lucky their plush pal gets to go on a grand adventure instead.

When the staff at the Adare Manor Hotel in Ireland found a plush bunny a child had left behind they got worried, so Claire the concierge called around to see if she could locate its owner.

And while the bunny waited to be reunited with its child it enjoyed the royal treatment courtesy of the Adare Manor staff. The bunny enjoyed a relaxing nap outdoors before breakfast.

And later the lucky bunny was treated to a deep fluff massage before turning in for the night

The next day plush bunny and child were reunited, and as you can tell from the smile on her face this young lady is extremely grateful to have her plush friend back after a few scary days apart.

-Via Bored Panda

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Woman Has DUI Charges Dropped Due To Auto-Brewery Syndrome

I'm sure most drivers charged with a DUI claim they "only had a few" when they're arrested, but a recent court case proves sometimes they're telling the truth- because they suffer from Auto-brewery syndrome.

Auto-brewery syndrome causes food and drinks to ferment in their stomachs, which can cause blood alcohol content levels to spike and result in a misreading.

A schoolteacher from upstate New York recently had her DUI charges dismissed when she submitted medical proof that her BAC was 4 times over the legal limit due to this strange syndrome.

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Doctors monitored the woman for a day and discovered her average BAC was .34, four times the legal limit in New York, even though she didn't drink a drop of alcohol.

-Via AOL

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To Enter This Speakeasy You Have To Go Through An Adult Bookstore

The speakeasy trend is still going strong, but nowadays these "secret" drinking spots don't need to hide because of Prohibition laws- they're just using a gimmick to attract adventurous patrons.

But don't get me wrong, gimmicks can be fun as long as they enhance the experience, and a fun gimmick can really set the mood!

A new speakeasy in Los Angeles called Adults Only requires patrons to make their way through a video store to the adult section, where they can head behind the curtain and drink in the lap of old time luxury.

The juxtaposition of cheeky entrance and classy interior makes for a memorable speakeasy experience, and the video store isn't actually in operation so you don't have to feel like a pervert walking into the place!

-Via LAist

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God Was The Last Person David Bowie Followed On Twitter

It's natural for conspiracy theories to come crawling out of the woodwork and start skittering across the internet when a beloved celebrity we worshipped like a god dies.

David Bowie was definitely one of those gods among men, and devoted fans are still struggling to make sense of the loss, especially since Bowie was so secretive about his imminent death.

But could he have been leaving a clue for his fans via the last person he followed on Twitter?

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Probably not, but people with a Jareth (Thin White Duke? Ziggy Stardust?) shaped hole in their heart don't want to believe he's passed on. To them I say this- forget the God Tweets and look to Lazarus for answers...

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-Via The Daily What


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Man Sets World Record For Most Lit Candles Extinguished By Farting

As a kid we're told farting is rude, crude and utterly offensive, because parents don't want to turn farting into a fun activity for their kids and therefore have to smell stinky farts all day.

These parents wisely gloss over the fact that there are world records for farting, and that some people have actually become famous for their farts.

A Filipino man by the name of Gerard Jessie is one of these famous farters, and here he is setting the world record for most lit candles extinguished by farting.

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Are beans considered performance enhancing drugs in the world of professional flatulation?

-Via Laughing Squid


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Hilarious Satirical Video Lampooning Die-Hard Trump Fans

It's beginning to look a lot like a presidential election year here in the United States, and yet most voters still don't know which way they're leaning since the presidential hopefuls don't fill us with much hope.

The Public Integrity Alliance of Arizona, one of the most conservative Republican groups in America, wants to help us make up our minds by eliminating one candidate from the ballot- Donald Trump.

They see Trump's plans to "Make America Great Again" as a mockery of what America really needs, so they created this viciously satirical video showing what's wrong with those who see Trump's plans as progressive.

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Comedian Brian Nissen plays "Dwain" the ultimate Trump supporter in the video, and even though Trump fans should see the video as insulting they actually seem to like it, proving we've shifted over to Bizarro World after all.

-Via Dangerous Minds


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