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50 + Tattoos You Wouldn’t Know Whether To Laugh Or Cry At

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Tattoos aren’t for everyone. But for those that choose to get them, they’re a beautiful way to show off your love or passion about something or simply a way to use your body to display art. However, some people seem to forget that tattoos are forever.

Here are 55 tattoos that are so cringe-worthy it almost hurts.

At first you want to laugh…then you want to cry…and then you’re laughing again.

1) Jon Sand?

We don’t know if this person is an actual ‘Game of Thrones’ fan or not but they certainly have a sense of humor about the cult-like program.

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2) Permanent argyle socks

This guy clearly likes rocking his tattoos in public for all to see – even though they’re absolutely hideous. Permanent argyle socks? Why though?

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3) This is why you don’t plagiarize

“Some guy tried to copy my tattoo artist’s work, nipple included!” said one Reddit user. Now he gets to live his life knowing that his nipple is on some other man’s arm. And that guy knows that he has some other guy’s nipple tattooed on him. Wow – what a circle.

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4) It’s actually really quite good…

Even though this M&M Eminem tattoo is absolutely ridiculous, the artist actually did a really great job. We’re sure whoever has this tattoo gets some laughs at parties.

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5) Don’t just live luxury…become luxury.

This guy is apparently a big fan of Louis Vuitton. So much so that he tattooed the iconic print all over his entire skull.

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6) Always watching you

He really wanted to have eyes in the back of his head…err…neck? Women’s eyes? We’re so confused.

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7) Early over-confidence

This person decided to celebrate the World Cup win a little too early in a very permanent way. Now they have this terrible ‘fix’ on their body forever.

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8) Marilyn? Is that you?

Oh, poor, poor Marilyn Monroe. We don’t even know where to start with this one. Her feet. Her disproportionate body. Her face. It just gets worse the longer you look at it.

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9) Lost in the…stars?

This poor woman explains that this tattoo is supposed to the galaxy. It just looks like a hot, hot mess that she will now have to wear proudly on her chest for the world to see.

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10) Not again!

Poor Marilyn is probably rolling in her grave seeing all of these terrible tattoos of her out there. They’ve turned one of the most beautiful women in the world into…this…

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11) Nailed it.

The concept held such promise. The final piece? Not so much. And what’s even worse is that they have it on display.

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12) Isn’t the scar healed though?

We’re not entirely sure what this guy is going for here. The phrase really makes no sense. Scars are healed, aren’t they? They don’t go away though…maybe that’s what he meant? #confused

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13) Is this supposed to be a coverup or its own piece?

What exactly is happening here? Did the wolf tattoo come first? Or the vape? Or were they done together? So many questions.

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14) Bad life choice.

Can you imagine this tattoo on a 55-year-old man at the public pool? What a dumb mistake.

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15) Johnny Cash was disfigured

It’s lovely that someone wants to remember the late Johnny Cash but…they should have probably done their research on tattoo artists. Instead, it looks like Johnny ran right into a wall.

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16) His “own design”

Is this a joke or this guy for real? First off, the spiral isn’t an original idea. Second, “pay what you can”?! Third, that thing looks crazy infected.

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17) It’s just so bad

Is it just us or does it look like this is a Playboy bunny that has been doodled by a 6-year-old then tattooed on some poor woman? Yikes.

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18) Absolutely terrifying

We have to question why some people do the things they do. In this case, this guy is probably scaring people from the front and the back.

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19) Let this be a lesson to us all

Apparently this person bought a tattoo gun off Amazon and decided to start off by tattooing Darth Vader on themselves. Or…what’s supposed to be Darth Vader anyway.

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20) Wow…just wow.

Is this the tattoo the guy really wanted? If so, what the heck is it and why? A terrible rendition of a shirtless guy with wings and a devil’s tail. Alrighty then.

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21) No, no, no – just no.

This Washington Redskins logo went horribly, horribly wrong. It’s almost hard to look at.

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22) Are the talons fidget spinners?

Our national bird has been made a mockery here, folks. It almost looks like a maze, doesn’t it?

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23) Due

Oh, good. Well, at least they made this terrible, hideous commitment together.

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24) Ting Miracles

Are Riley and Isaac babies from the future? Why does the ‘y’ in ‘tiny’ look like a ‘g’? It’s just so bad it’s almost good.

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25) The elusive King of Aces

King of Aces? Ace of Kings? The only thing we know for sure is that this is hideous and makes zero sense.

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26) Oh my…

This was supposed to be a tribute portrait tattoo of her mom. Instead…she got this scary monster tattooed on her arm for eternity.

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27) So much happening here.

This is just one big fat mess of a tattoo. From the colors to the design to the artistry. Oh man. It’s a disaster.

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28) Go…Yonkees?

This NY Yankees logo tattoo is pretty much unrecognizable, really. If you squint your eyes…you can kind of see it?

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29) Turning lemons into lemonade

This terrible tattoo was at least covered up using a sense of humor and a much better tattoo artist. We give this one an A+ for creativity.

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30) She paid $150/hour for this

Tattoos are expensive. And they should be! When they’re done right, it takes a skilled artist with clean tools in a clean shop. Plus – good art takes time! This tattoo shop charges $150/hour but we think they’re over-charging.

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31) Zombie Tinkerbell?

Poor Tinkerbell looks like she sold her soul to the devil in this terrible tattoo.

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32) Bulls fan for life

This beachgoer is rockin’ his Chicago Bulls tattoo loud and proud. And we’re sure everyone he walks by has a good chuckle.

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33) Is that tiger okay?

What’s wrong with this tiger’s nose? And eyes? And overall face? Poor guy.

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34) Don’t forget, people…

When it comes to tattoos…you really get what you pay for. Every time.

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35) Best friends for life

And by life…we mean that this tattoo will be a reminder of your friendship and terrible decisions until the day you die.

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36) Who was your tattoo artist?

And how old was this tattoo artist? Four?

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37) What exactly are we looking at here?

Can someone please explain what is happening here? Is that a half mermaid half tree stump? Or…is there a peacock involved?

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38) The Incredible Hulk

This Hulk tattoo is really quite something. We’re not sure what’s going on in the bottom half of this tattoo but the face is priceless.

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39) This gorgeous back piece

We have a feeling this guy had dreams of something much, much different taking up the span of his entire back. But now he’s stuck with this.

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40) Will it, though?

We applaud this girl’s optimism about this terrible and super ugly jellyfish tattoo. It looks like an infection waiting to happen.

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41) Koop?

Never lose koop, guys. I mean, never lose hoop. I mean…never lose hope.

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42) We can’t shake our heads harder

This tattoo almost seems sacrilege, does it not?

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43) Yikes

We see that they were trying to be funny with the whole ‘beer belly’ thing but…yeesh.

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44) Huh?

If you can actually figure out what the heck this is supposed to mean, please let us know.

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45) So so bad.

This tattoo artist needs to work on their lines and curves. And overall drawing and tattooing ability.

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46) We’ll take your word for it

Yeah…okay, buddy. We’ll just be waiting here for the final photo.

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47) That doesn’t look right.

Not only did this tattoo artist put the ink WAY too deep, as you can tell by the raised skin, but we also have no idea what this is actually supposed to be.

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48) That facial expression

Did the tattoo artist not realize that they were drawing lion’s face completely at an angle? It’s almost like it was done on purpose.

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49) Ahhh!

We have but just one question – is she happy with this gigantic and terrifying piece? So scary.

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50) Wulf

Here we have a derp wolf in its natural habitat.

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51) Poor, poor life choices

Hello! This is the look of permanent unemployment. Don’t be like this guy.

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52) Nice cover-up?

This person wanted to cover-up their first terrible tattoo. But now they’ll need a cover-up for the cover-up.

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53) Savage

Nothing says ‘tough’ like a skull and crossbones. Unless they’re these skull and crossbones.

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54) Another mangled wolf

Apparently wolves aren’t tattoo artists’ forte. As we can see from our multiple examples in this post and this beauty below.

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55) Familey

When you have your priorities in check…except for spelling…that’s at the bottom of the list.

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56) *face palm*

Because who wouldn’t want a hideous version of Michael Jordan slam dunking into your eye socket?

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57) Knucklehead

Wolves and lions. Those are the two things that people just can’t seem to get right when they pay for super cheap tattoos by amateur artists.

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58) The truth is out there

This X-Files fan might love Scully and Mulder but they apparently didn’t want to buck up for a real tattoo artist. Oopsy.

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59) The King of Pop?

We’ll just leave this right here for you to ponder over for a while.

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60) One way not to get a date

This was a profile picture on the Tinder dating app. We’re wondering what kind of women he’s reeling in.

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Some of these are painful to look at while others are just hilarious. Which one do you think was the worst?

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60 Brides Who Look Like They Could Really Use A Hug

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Weddings are stressful and sometimes they bring out the worst in people. They can also be full of mishaps.

After all the planning and worrying, it feels like there’s so much at stake on your wedding day that it’s hard to relax.

And let’s face it, sometimes those bad things happen and you can either laugh them off or let them ruin your day.

Most of the brides you see here have recovered since their wedding snafus, although we hope there was someone there to comfort them and tell them that it was all going to be ok.

We sure want to give them a hug after looking at these photos.

 

1. White on white

 

This photo went viral to the point that the bride was forced to explain that her mother-in-law was actually a really nice person who had just bought the most budget-conscious dress she could find, not realizing her faux pas.

We still can’t believe someone would do this and not realize their mistake though.

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2. Falling for you

These two fell not only once but TWICE during their first dance!

Talk about going head over heels!

A bruised bride is that last thing you want.

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3. Welcome to the family

This dog knew exactly what was going on and wanted to make sure his new dad realized that mom was still bulldog territory.

So he peed on her dress during the vows.

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4. Waterworks

If rain on your wedding day is supposed to be good luck, then is falling in a lake EXTRA good luck?

We just really hope this didn’t happen before the ceremony.

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5. There goes the bride

Speaking of wedding day water fails, maybe we should just all agree to stay off docks for photos.

This would have been a nice photo had everyone not almost drowned.

We just hope the dresses dried out in time.

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6. Stuck on you

Sometimes love is so unexpected it gives you whiplash.

Other times you get it because your veil gets caught on the rustic wood of your wedding venue and snaps your head back with it.

That’s quite a memorable walk down the aisle!

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7. For better or worse

See, the bride is smart. She’s drinking coffee.

At least she’ll always remember that special time the groom fell asleep on her during the wedding.

We bet the wedding night was rockin’.

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8. Down the aisle

Yikes.

We hope the look caught on her face doesn’t indicate how much pain she’s in after getting dropped.

We also hope they took their photos before there were grass stains all over her dress.

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9. Something blue

Brothers.

This poor bride had her mouth dyed blue after her brother gave her a “mint” before the ceremony.

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10. That special someone

Even if you like squirrels, your wedding day is not the time to have one want to play with you.

Or land on you.

Or scratch your shoulder in your sleeveless dress during your photos.

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11. I tumble for you

Falling is always embarassing.

But it’s epically embarassing when it happens as you descend the stairs for the first time as husband and wife.

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12. Abandon ship

Well, maybe there were some beautiful photos before this happened.

And as long as the ceremony took place, you can always “dance and dry” during the ceremony.

We’re trying to look on the bright side here because this looks like a nightmare.

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13. It’s tough to wear white

It’s hard to keep a white dress clean. It’s even harder when people keep spilling (or spitting!) their drinks on you.

We can tell by this bride’s body language in the photo that she could have really used a hug right then and there.

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14. Maid of dishonor

People should really have to pass a breathalyzer test before they make wedding speeches.

We hope this friend was appropriately mortified once she sobered up because no one else in that photo looks like they’re having a good time.

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15. The risk you take

Buying a wedding dress online is risky business.

We could do a whole slide show dedicated to Internet dress fails, but instead we’ll show you a few of our favorites.

This one is particularly bad because it looks like she was dressed in toilet paper and THEN got attacked by dogs.

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16. We hope there was a backup

That moment when you get the dress of your dreams and instead of a top it has pasties.

Maybe the skirt could be salvaged?

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17. Not even the color?!

Well, we have to say that if the dress wasn’t two different sizes on the top and bottom and GREEN to top it off, it might actually look pretty similar to the one in the photo.

But alas…

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18. Nailed it

This is like a Pinterest fail from Hell.

But it’s supposed to be a bridal gown.

Fingers crossed that this could be returned and there was enough time to find a real dress before the big day.

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19. In sickness and in health

Now, see, THIS ia a beautiful dress.

But it probably looks better when the bride isn’t face-down on the bathroom floor.

We’d probably wait to give her a hug in this case.

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20. Piece of cake

Who decided that weddings should involve tall, delicate pastries, knives, and white dresses? It’s all a recipe for disaster.

In this case, we can’t help but feel bad for the bride who is watching her cake head for the floor.

Save the macarons!

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21. Tiers of tears

Really though, why do we balance pastry upon pastry and then expect it all not to fall over?

We bet this bride was wishing she had just ordered the cupcakes.

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22. Together until the end (of the staircase)

The bride said there was no damage to the dress, but what about her skin and her pride?

Sounds like the groom needed a hug in this case too!

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23. Birds of a feather

We don’t know how much birdseed ended up in her mouth or eyes, but we do know we’d be pretty mad at whoever threw a bucket of it.

That’s one less person invited to the reception.

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24. A family affair

How incredibly rude is it to wear white to someone’s wedding?

In this case, we don’t think these sisters wanted another woman in the family. And it looks like they don’t deserve one.

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25. Blackmail material

This bride had a bit too much to drink at her reception.

In fact, her guests were still downstairs at the bar!

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26. Not standing on ceremony

If we were this bride we’d be wondering if our new husband could hold up his end of the whole “til death do us part” deal if he can’t even make sure she got across the street ok.

We’re not sure why everyone is leaving this bride in the dust, but we hope she turned right around and found that open bar.

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27. Blunder-in-law

This is why people elope.

Parents, when your kids have a wedding without you, it’s because they’ve probably seen things like this.

How do you even put a stop to this and regain control of your own wedding?

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28. Family matters

Your siblings probably aren’t trying to ruin your big day. And yet, somehow you manage to get dropped on the ground anyway.

The look on this bride’s face seems to say “I’m not surprised this is happening.”

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29. That’s love

Some embarassing wedding moments make you realize you married the right person. And then make you wonder how you’re related to others.

When this bride took a fall, her husband came to sit on the floor with her.

Then her brother happened

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30. Bride overboard

This poor bride!

Alas, her friend doesn’t seem terribly concerned that she’s about to fall backwards down a hillside!

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31. Cocktail fail

While the bride managed to get her dress clean after having a cocktail sink into it before the reception, we can tell by her stance in the photo on the left that she’s a bit worried.

Why do we wear white to these things again?

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32. You had one job

This one can only be explained by the bride herself:

“As soon as we left the church, the cops showed up. Limo driver ran a red light and unfortunately did not have a current license. Seriously? You’re a limo driver.”

Luckily, a groomsman had the proper license and convinced the “limo driver” to let him take the wheel.

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33. Duct tape to the rescue

This bride dislocated her knee on her wedding night, but she still managed a smile.

Duct tape isn’t an ideal compliment to a wedding dress, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

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34. Swept up in it all

We hope the bride is laughing as hard as the groom underneath her dress.

If not, we imagine a lonely wedding night.

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35. A magical day

So much for that magestic unicorn-riding photoshoot.

These photos went viral for obvious reasons after a photographer kept shooting after the bride fell off her horse.

Luckily, she can now look back on it and laugh.

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36. Attack of the ankle biters

Well that’s one way to ruin a wedding dress.

Granted, they get dragged around during the recemony and reception and the bottom gets damaged anyway, but that’s usually at the end of the night. AFTER the photos.

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37. Veiled emotions

Geez, people, be careful of the veil!

This poor bride looks like this snafu is tearing out her hair!

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38. Waves of emotion

Getting married by a beautiful body of water?

Well, when disaster strikes – like a rogue wave – all you can do is hope your photographer keeps snapping photos so you get something epic out of it.

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39. Gone to the birds

It’s probably best not to involve any live animals in your wedding – it only adds extra stress.

In this case, these doves were MAD – and they acted accordingly towards the bride AND groom.

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40. What goes up…

If you’re bouncing around with your new wife in your arms you really need to make sure you have the appropriate upper body strength and aren’t just powered by an energy rush and a desire to show off.

Otherwise, things are going to get awkward.

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41. Fanning the flames of love

It seems like a bad sign to have your getaway car start on fire after the wedding (or any time during the wedding, for that matter.)

We wonder how much the dry cleaning bill will be when they need to get that smoky smell out of their clothing.

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42. Bonkers bridesmaid

Well, we don’t know exactly who the bride is (and we’re sure she prefers it that way) but it appears she made a bad decision in choosing her maid of honor.

Once you start running people over, you’ve officially ruined someone’s wedding.

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43. Bridal blunder

Frankly, we’re surprised there’s more than one photo of a bride falling a horse out there.

But this is just more proof that big fluffy dresses and horses just don’t mix.

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44. DIY photographer

If you spend thousands of dollars on a photographer only to have some relative ruin a beautiful photo with their phone camera, it’s safe to say you need a hug.

But that’s probably just to hold you back from strangling them.

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45. Just pay attention

Yet another guest who thinks their epic wedding shot is more important than being respectful of the event.

This guest fell right through the flower hedges as the bride was walking down the aisle, which had to be cleaned up – and then the professional photos were probably ruined on that part of the aisle to boot.

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46. Another territorial terror

Once again, we see just how much dogs hate weddings. It’s like they know that they’re favorite person’s attention is about to be divided from then on out.

Here we have yet another bride who is the victim of a territorial “marking.”

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47. Already?!

We can only hope REALLY hard that this is the father of the bride and not the groom playing grab ass with another woman on his wedding day.

Either way, this bride deserved better behavior.

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48. DIY dangers

This bride did all of the flowers herself – arches, corsages, and table ornaments! Unfortunately they were poisonous Lillies of the Valley.

She made it through the ceremony but had to immediately head off to the E.R. for an adrenaline shot before returning to the ceremony.

Sounds (and looks!) like a long, dramatic day. In the bad way.

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49. What an Outkast

This is what it looks like when someone hits shuffle on your carefully-curated playlist and the song you were supposed to dance to with your dad, “Father And Daughter” by Paul Simon, doesn’t play.

Instead you get “Hey-Ya!” by Outkast.

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50. Send me a sign

It wasn’t until the next day that this bride noticed that her ceremony photos all had a giant STOP sign in the back of them.

But at least she had a good enough sense of humor to post them on Reddit.

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51. Grand entrance

Imagine walking down the aisle on the most special day of your life and seeing your fiance looking at you like this.

To be fair, he had no idea that this was his “calm” face.

Maybe he should have stuck with his nervous face.

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52. Flower girl fail

We hope this bride didn’t want a photo of the moment she and her husband exchanged vows or else she’ll have to do some major cropping.

Toddlers don’t quite understand why they can’t be the center of attention all the time.

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53. In your face

People’s passive-agressive sides really come out at weddings.

We’d probably hit her back with our bouquet.

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54. Blown away

No need to sweep this bride off her feet – the wind is already doing a good job of that.

We just hope she didn’t get too much lipstick on her veil.

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55. Mother-in-law from Hell

This MIL was taken to task online for her totally creepy antics – which started with wearing a sheer white lace dress to her son’s wedding.

Then she tethered herself to the groom, even indulging in what guests referred to as a “creepy” dance in which her behavior resembled a bride more than a mother.

This poor bride does NOT look amused, judging by her body language.

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56. Devoted to destruction

What is it with dogs and wedding dresses?

We’re not sure of the circumstances behind this photo, but we sure hope she and the dress were ok.

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57. Wedding crasher

In a truly bizarre incident that went viral, a Chinese groom’s ex-girlfriend showed up to his wedding and interrupted the couple’s first kiss.

She was wearing a wedding dress and threw herself at his feet begging him to take her back.

The groom was embarassed but the bride was mad enough to leave.

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58. Dirty dress

All of her photos have now kindly been Photoshopped, but this mom was crestfallen when she realized her young special needs son defacated on her dress moments before the ceremony.

No amout of scrubbing could remove the stain OR the smell from her garment.

But the show goes on.

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59. Bullseye

The night before your wedding you’re supposed to be pampering yourself – but not too much becaue you don’t want to aggravate your skin.

Unfortuantely, this bride got a huge mosquito bite right in the center of her forehead with hours to spare before prep time.

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60. The gift of glitter

This poor bride got glitter bombed by a “friend” on her way down the aisle.

We don’t know how on Earth she kept her composure after that since she’s probably still picking it out of her hair today.

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70 Random Acts Of Clever Vandalism

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When you think of vandalism you might think about random graffiti spraypainted on the side of a building or overpass. Or perhaps something more serious like breaking windows or damaging property.

Even though there are those types of negative instances of vandalism that happen all the time – there are actually some pretty clever ones out there too that really…aren’t so bad.

These 70 vandals were thinking outside the box when they took to the streets.

Should this type of vandalism be illegal? You be the judge.

1) A teeny tiny Ant–Man versus Yellow Jacket on this smashed pole.

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2) Can you really be upset at a Cookie Monster trash bin though?

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3) Too adorable to be considered vandalism

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4) Now you can’t unsee it.

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5) Everybody was kung-fu fighting

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6) It’s funny what the mind sees, isn’t it?

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7) A bit morbid, but creative nonetheless

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8) Calvin & Hobbes takin’ a ride

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9) “I saw this stairway at school…did what I had to do.”

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10) Creepy and amazing all at the same time.

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11) One letter makes all the difference

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12) You really should incorporate some veggies though.

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13) Be aware of UFO abductions

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14) You can’t not laugh.

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15) We want to hear the backstory here

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16) That’s one way to get the city to do their job

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17) Someone had time on their hands to create this mini Pac-Man

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18) Everything is going to be okay.

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19) This one really hits home.

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20) Carrying a heavy load

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21) To push or not to push?

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22) Aww. Don’t toss your garbage on Tom Hanks.

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23) Oh, no!

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24) It’s very rude to stare!

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25) From funny to funnier

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26) But who doesn’t want pie?!

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27) Spell it correctly, dang it!

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28) Someone drew eyebrows on the leprechaun and it’s terrifying

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29) It would be impossible not to smile at this.

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30) This is just uncomfortable to look at for some reason

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31) Makes sense

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32) See? You DID need to remember that in math class!

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33) Why so angry?

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34) Right in the chest.

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35) I want to live in this neighborhood.

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36) She does have some serious pitch

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37) It means no worries, mate!

38) All fire hydrants should be minions.

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39) Just sex it up a little

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40) Potty humor – the humor no one wants to laugh at but always do

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41) Googly eyes really change the feel of the movie

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42) Or the feel of anything really.

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43) Don’t worry, be happy!

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44) Someone strapped a bike pump to a pole to help commuters.

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45) Watch out for Le Road Bump

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46) “The Claw! The Claw!”

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47) More creepy googly eyes

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48) This realtor’s sense of humor is spot on

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49) These words of wisdom

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50) Temporary and innocently funny

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51) Seems ironic

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52) Because you’re having a good time?

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53) Oh, lighten up, Jeff.

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54) So THAT’S why we call him that

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55) Typical.

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56) Now you’re singing it aren’t you?

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57) Just a subtle suggestion

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58) Just sit back and watch the show

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59) Rock on but don’t walk on

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60) But I want to keep my ass

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61) Much less doom and gloom

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62) We can put a man on the moon but we can’t figure this out.

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63) Bump turned man with a hat

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64) Eat a healthier breakfast, people.

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65) Wholesome vandalism

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66) Imagine if you didn’t know how to type without looking

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67) Lord of the Rings humor

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68) My eye!!

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69) Literally.

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70) That’s a very true statement.

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Have these vandals changed your perception on what is considered “good” or “bad” vandalism? What if it makes you smile? Should it be illegal? After seeing these, it might be hard to decide.

 

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60 Popular “Facts” About Famous Places – That Are Dead Wrong

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We get it, the world is a complex and confusing place. And to top it off, we’re still discovering things. Historians have added to our context about the past; explorers, geologists, and geographers have added to our knowledge about the physical world; and now that we have the Internet it’s a lot harder to let “facts” go unchecked.

And yet, plenty of them do! The Internet also makes it easier for us to spread lies, false assumptions, misunderstandings – or simply misremembered “facts” from long ago – far and wide.

But wait, there’s more!

Regardless of where and how these falsehoods started, they’re disturbingly common. Sometimes there’s nefarious work at play (like blatant racism) while other times we just say stuff thinking its true and other people believe us.

But here are 60 things you can stop spreading around – and stop assuming – as if they were true.

1. False: Stonehenge has looked the same for thousands of years

For some reason, people like to marvel at Stonehenge as if it were a very specific message to us from the deep and mysterious past. And while there’s a lot we don’t know about it, try not to marvel too hard at the exact placement of the rocks.

Not only do archaeologists think many of the stones were originally a Welch tomb moved 150 miles to Wiltshire long ago, but the stones aren’t in the exact position any of our ancestors left them in.

According to New Scientist:

“Most of the one million visitors who visit Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain every year believe they are looking at untouched 4,000-year-old remains. But virtually every stone was re-erected, straightened or embedded in concrete between 1901 and 1964…”

Don’t get us wrong, it’s still cool, just watch out for any weird alien theories that rely on their exact alignment. Come to think of it, just watch out for any weird alien theories period.

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2. False: The Grand Canyon is the largest canyon in the world

It’s majestic, it’s enormous, and if you ever get a chance to visit you absolutely should just to feel the awe. But the Grand Canyon of the American West is not the biggest of them all.

The Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon (also called the Brahmaputra Canyon) is deeper by 2.6 miles and longer by 37 miles.

It’s located along the Yarlung Tsangpo River in Tibet.

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3. False: New York/Chicago/Los Angeles is the most dangerous place in America

You might see more stories coming out of these cities because they all have major newspapers that are read around the country – or you might have just seen a TV show set there that makes it seem like a serial killer is on the loose every week.

But the truth is, these three cities aren’t even in the top 5 most dangerous in the U.S. (a dubious dishonor, to be sure).

Violent crime includes all offenses involving force or threat of force and is broken into four categories: murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.

And the cities with the most? St. Louis, Missouri is first, followed by Detroit, Michigan; and Baltimore, Maryland.

Here are some of the most recent sad stats.

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4. False: Roswell, New Mexico is where the most UFOs are spotted

While it likely has the most UFO-obsessed tourists or ill-conceived Facebook events designed to storm government facilities, Roswell is not the U.S.’s UFO capital.

The places with the most UFO sightings in the U.S.? Good old Washington, Montana, and Vermont.

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5. False: The White House’s “Lincoln Bedroom” was where Abraham Lincoln slept

Despite being called the “Lincoln bedroom,” Abraham Lincoln never slept in that room in the White House.

It was actually his office and the cabinet room in which he signed the Emancipation Proclamation. (Even cooler!)

To top it off, the bed in the room was never his either – it was acquired by his wife Mary Todd Lincoln for one of the guest rooms in the White House.

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6. False: Africa is a country

This really needs to stop because Africa is a wildly diverse continent in just about every single way.

There are 54 countries located on the continent of Africa.

(And there are also two – Western Sahara and Somaliland – whose independence is under dispute.)

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7. False: Iceland is always covered in ice

Sure, it snows in Iceland – in the winter. But the weather is actually pretty mild considering how far north it’s located.

Iceland is actually a lot greener than Greenland (at least for now) and Greeland is icier than Iceland.

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8. False: Puerto Rico is a country

Puerto Rico is a Caribbean island and an unincorporated U.S. territory with a population of around 3.4 million people.

The territory has been contested ever since it was colonized by Spain in 1493. It was handed over to the U.S. in 1898 following the Spanish–American War under the terms of the Treaty of Paris.

Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens but cannot vote in national elections and do not have U.S. senators.

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9. False: The UK and England are the same

This is going to be even more embarrassing to mix up if Brexit becomes a reality.

The United Kingdom consists – at the moment – of England, Scotland, Wales, and North Ireland.

Great Britain is the island of England, Scotland, and Wales.

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10: False: Norway is the northernmost country in the world

Most people don’t know their northern European geography and since Norway is referred to as “the land of the midnight sun,” people tend to think it’s about as far north as one can get before they get to the North Pole.

But in reality, it’s not even in the top 3 when it comes to northernmost countries. Those are Russia, Greenland, and Canada.

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11. All Middle Eastern people are Muslims

It’s lazy to lump everyone who looks a certain way or lives in the same country together.

Yes, there are many Muslims in the Middle East. But there are also Jews (and not just in Israel), Zoroastrians, Baha’is, and various types of Christians including Assyrian Christians and Coptic Christians, as well.

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12. Myth: Greenland is bigger than Africa

Mercator projections (the way we flatten out maps) inflates the size of objects away from the equator. That means landmasses such as Greenland and Antarctica appear much larger than they actually are relative to land masses near the equator.

Africa is 11,730,000 sq miles and Greenland just 836,000. So don’t trust the linear map. Do some research instead.

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13. False, technically: The Statue of Liberty is in NYC

Liberty Island is governed by the 8th congressional district of New York.

However, the U.S. Geological Survey actually puts it in New Jersey.

According to the National Parks Service:

“Since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 1998, Ellis Island, which is federal property, belongs within the territorial jurisdiction of both New York and New Jersey depending upon where you are.”

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14. False: The Matterhorn is Europe’s highest mountain

While the Matterhorn is the best-known peak in the Alps and on the bucket list of climbers everywhere, the 15,000+ foot high mountain is not the tallest in Europe.

That honor belongs to Russia’s Mount Elbrus (pictured) at 18,510 feet tall.

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15. False: The Nile is the longest river in the world

If you include tributaries (which many do), the Amazon River is actually longer at 4,345 miles to the Nile’s 4,258 miles.

Not a big difference, but good to know.

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16. False: The Mississippi River is the longest river in the US

Yet another watered down “fact.”

The longest river in the U.S is actually the Missouri River. It’s 139 miles longer than the famous Mississippi.

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17. False: Holland is a country

While Holland is commonly used interchangeably with the Netherlands, it’s actually just a region and former province of the Netherlands.

And just like our Carolinas, there is a North Holland and a South Holland as well.

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18. False: Maine is the easternmost state

Maine is many things, but due to a technicality, it’s not our easternmost state.

Oddly enough, that honor belongs to Alaska because the Aleutian Islands stretch across the 180º line of Longitude, making it BOTH the easternmost and westernmost state.

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19. False: Florida is our southernmost state

Sure, it dangles off the end of the contiguous U.S., giving the impression that the Florida Keys are farthest you can go south and still be in America, but that’s only true if you’re talking about the continental U.S.

Hawaii is the southernmost U.S. state.

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20. False: No one in Arizona recognizes daylight savings time

We’re always pretty jealous of Arizona when it’s time to spring forward and lose an hour, but only parts of the state recognize daylight savings times.

Those that don’t? The Navajo Nations lands.

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21. False: Geneva is the capital of Switzerland

Geneva lies at the southern tip of Lake Geneva, ensconced by the amazing Alps and Jura Mountains.

And because it houses the Headquarters of Europe’s United Nations and the Red Cross and is a global hub for banking, many believe it is the capital

However, Bern is the real capital city.

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22. False: Florida has the longest coastline of any state

Once again, if you picture a map, it might seem like Florida has the most coastline since it hangs off the tip of the country.

But, alas, no.

Alaska has the most coastline of any U.S. state by far with 6,640 miles compared to Florida’s 1,350 miles. And it has beautiful beaches too! (They’re just not quite as warm – and, ya know, some have bears.)

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23. False: Alaska has the smallest population of any US state

Ok, so maybe its coastline is the longest, but its population is the smallest, right?

Wrong.

Well, technically, it used to be true, it just isn’t anymore. As of the 2016 U.S. Census, it’s only the 3rd least populous state.

Wyoming actually has the smallest population, followed by Vermont.

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24. False: Georgia is the “peach state” because it produces the most peaches

Georgians, you’re welcome to argue that it produces the best peaches – and we know you will! – but it’s the great state of California that produces the most.

In fact, California produces about 20 times as many peaches as Georgia!

So check out the sticker on your peach next time you’re at the store. It’s always fascinating to know where your food comes from (and from how far away).

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25. False: Route 66 is the longest highway in the U.S.

Route 66 is pretty cool. It was the nation’s first all-weather highway linking Chicago to Los Angeles. But it’s not the longest, even though it might stick in your head as important from anything from The Grapes of Wrath to the movie Cars.

The longest highway is actually Route 20, which runs from Boston to Newport, Oregon.

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26. False: Mount Whitney is the highest peak in the U.S.

To be fair, if you went to school before 1959 and haven’t read anything about mountains since then, you might still think California’s majestic Mount Whitney is America’s tallest mountain.

But then Alaska came along.

We’re learning a lot about Alaska today, aren’t we?

When Alaska joined the union in 1959, it took the top 10(!) spots for the highest mountains.

And the tallest one is the famous Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley). Just look at that thing! In fact, it’s the highest peak in all of North America.

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27. False: Boston/Philadelphia/Jamestown is the oldest city in the U.S.

While you might think that one of these cities (or let’s just say “permanent settlements” since “cities” didn’t come along until later) is the oldest in the U.S., that honor actually belongs to a city in Florida.

Yep. Florida.

And it makes sense. The British weren’t the first ones to get to what is now the U.S. – the Spanish were. And when they established St. Augustine, Florida, they were created the very first European permanent settlement all the way back in 1565.

That is, of course, if you ignore (as the history books tend to do) all the Native People’s settlements (that colonizers never allowed to become permanent).

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28. False: There is only one South Pole

It should be simple, right? The South Pole is the southernmost point on the surface of the Earth. Done and done.

But that’s just the geographic South Pole, and it’s not precise because of the Earth’s wobble. And even if you make it down there for a photo, you’re likely only getting to the Ceremonial South Pole a few meters away, where the photo ops take place.

There are 2 other poles that scientists tend to refer to when they are measuring the location for research: the Magnetic South Pole and the Geomagnetic South Pole – both of which move due to changes in the Earth’s magnetic field.

Finally, there’s something called the South Pole of Inaccessibility, which is measured in relation to ever-changing coastlines. But good luck getting there.

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29. False: Krakatoa is east of Java

For some reason, the only other thing people seem to be able to say about Krakatoa – other than it was the site of one of the most violent volcanic events in history in 1883 – is that it’s “east of Java.” But it’s not.

In fact, that geographic mistake comes from the title of a not-terribly-popular 1969 disaster movie called “Krakatoa, East of Java.”

But Krakatoa is actually an island in the Sunda Strait WEST of Java. No one knows for sure why the title is so misleading but guesses range from liking the sound better to simply not checking a map.

If you go east from Java, you can still get to Krakatoa – you just have to go around the entirety of the Earth first.

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30. False: Canada is the world’s largest country

We’re not sure why so many people think Canada is the largest country in the world, but while it comes in second, it’s over 17,000 square kilometers smaller than the largest country, Russia.

Maybe people just spend their time with the North American part of their globes facing out. Give that thing a spin sometime!

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31. False: Seattle is the rainiest city in the U.S.

Not by a long shot.

By some accounts, it’s Mobile, Alabama.

And that trip to Florida you’re lording over your friends? Watch out for karma because Miami and Jacksonville rank #2 and #5, according to NOAA.

Seattle isn’t even the city with the MOST precipitation days (nevermind the accumulation). The cities with the most rain/snow days are Rochester and Buffalo, New York.

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32. False: Connecticut is nicknamed “the Constitution State” because the Constitution was signed there

The U.S. Constitution was signed in Philadelphia – then the capital of the country – in 1787.

But Connecticut got its nickname because of its Fundamental Orders adopted in 1639 dictating how it was to be governed. Some consider this to be the first “constitution.”

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33. False: The first nugget of gold was discovered in California at Sutter’s Mill

The gold found at Sutter’s Mill in 1848 might have set off the California Gold Rush, but that wasn’t the first place gold was discovered in the U.S.

Fifty years before the madness started, the first big golden nugget was found at Little Meadow Creek, North Carolina. That state had its own gold rush first and the man who found the 17-pound nugget was duped into selling it for about 1,000 times less than it was worth.

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34. False: Alcatraz was the most dangerous and spooky prison in the U.S.

Pure Hollywood baloney. You might still hear spooky things about the prison or the island it sits on from someone who wants to sell you a tour, but much of it is made up.

Granted, there were some scary guys in there (hey, it was a prison!) – in fact, it’s often where they sent people other prisons couldn’t deal with – but it doesn’t quite live up to its mythological reputation.

Still, there are some cool facts about it.

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35. False: The Chernobyl power plant disaster closed down the entire facility in 1986

Only reactor 4 blew up during the disaster at Chernobyl in 1986. The other three reactors were still in working order and thousands of people continued to work there afterward.

The plant was critical to Ukraine’s power needs and Unit 2 wasn’t shut down until 1991, unit 1 in 1996, and unit 3 in 2000.

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36. It’s complicated: Antarctica has no time zones

To be fair, there are no trains to catch on Antarctica and very few people need to rely on time zones there. Officially, the continent has no time zones since those converge at the poles (and are mostly based on territorial claims anyway), but a bit outside of that and you can technically walk through all of them.

However, there are a number of research stations down there and they each abide by their home country’s individual time zones.

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37. False: The Hoover Dam is full of the bodies of workers who died on the job

There were 96 official on-site fatalities during the construction of the Hoover Dam, but no one was left in the concrete.

While people like to tell the stories of men slipping into the concrete and being buried there, concrete takes a lot longer to cure, and any man would have been rescued – if for no other reason than a body in the concrete would affect the structural integrity of the enormous dam.

One man did get caught up and killed in a concrete slide, but his body was recovered.

The men at the dam themselves propagated the stories of men buried there, but later interviews showed that none could attest to actually witnessing an incident.

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38. Mostly false: Canada is an impenetrable arctic fortress in the winter

Canada gets a bad rap for being cold. And parts of it are. But it’s not all in the Arctic and you shouldn’t avoid traveling there in the winter.

Many cities, such as Vancouver, have mild winters. In fact, Vancouver’s is even milder than New York’s!

Now, Winnepeg, on the other hand…

This rumor probably stems from Canadians laughing at the rest of us when we freak out about snowstorms. They get some bad ones and bear the brunt of some of the more severe weather (such as the Polar Vortex) that we’re now experiencing.

And you can’t blame them for snickering at us when we freak out about a foot of snow.

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39. Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world

While Mount Everest has the highest summit above sea level, technically it’s not the tallest mountain in the world.

If you measure base to summit the world’s tallest mountain is Hawaii’s Mauna Kea.

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40. False: Seattle has the highest suicide rate in the country

Just because everyone thinks it’s rainy and gloomy all the time and everyone there suffers from Seasonal Affective Disorder doesn’t make it true. And rumors about the suicide rate are way overblown.

In fact, Seattle doesn’t even make the top 15 cities with the highest suicide rate.

That dishonor goes to Las Vegas.

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41. False(ish): Florida is a hotbed of bizarre crimes and stories

While “Florida man…” makes a great meme, the state isn’t quite the hotbed of strange crime that the cherry-picked items on websites would have us believe.

It’s actually just a lot easier to access information about crime in Florida, so people troll websites for the weirdest stuff they can find. Florida’s unique open government laws let anyone acquire police reports and mug shots as soon as they are taken.

Of course, that doesn’t mean the stories coming out of Florida are false, just that weird stuff happens everywhere.

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42. False: New York City is full of sketchy alleys

New York City actually has very few alleys, despite what you see on TV. In Manhattan, in particular, there is simply no room for them, so they’re few and far between (though Queens and Brooklyn do have some).

When you’re watching crime shoes and something takes place in that dark Manhattan alley, take a closer look. Most of those scenes are actually shot in one place – Cortlandt Alley in Chinatown.

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43. False: Marijuana is legal in the Netherlands

While they have their fair share of cannabis coffee shops, marijuana is not legal in the Netherlands.

It was merely decriminalized for recreational use, not legalized. You can still get it confiscated and get in a lot of trouble if you have large quantities.

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44. False: Immigrants had their last names “Americanized” when they arrived on Ellis Island

Island officials didn’t record names at all – they simply cross-checked given names against the ones on ship manifests. And those names were recorded in Europe.

But they did give people the ability to correct spelling mistakes if they needed to.

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45. Toilets flush in the opposite direction in the Southern Hemisphere

We’ve long loved to make up “facts” about people who live far away.

And while the Coriolis effect does tend to push things to the right in the Northern hemisphere and to the left in the Southern hemisphere, it’s not strong enough to work on something as small as a toilet.

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46. Old Faithful faithfully erupts at regular intervals

Old Faithful isn’t really so faithful when it comes to the time between eruptions of the famous geyser.

It erupts every 35 to 120 minutes for anywhere between one-and-a-half to five minutes.

It’s not even the biggest or the most regular geyser in Yellowstone.

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47. False: Everyone in Paris is rude to Americans

To be fair, Americans can be wildly rude tourists that would evoke some strong feelings from just about anyone. But there’s nothing especially rude about Parisians, despite their reputation.

After all, how can you say everyone in a city acts the same way? That’s silly.

However, Paris has confronted this reputation head-on in recent decades, trying to be more understanding of tourist behaviors. If only tourists could change their attitudes!

If you’re ever been on the other side of tourist season, you know just what it feels like to have people crawling all over your backyard and just how frustrating it is to hear that you should be grateful for their tourist dollars.

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48. False: Bagpipes were invented in Scotland

Not even close. Bagpipes have been played for over a millennium throughout Europe, northern Africa (especially Egypt), Anatolia, the Caucasus, and the Persian Gulf.

The first time a bagpipe appears in Scottish literature was in 1400, long after it was already a popular instrument in other parts of the world.

In fact, bagpipes were actually banned for a while in Scotland after the uprising of 1745 because they were considered an instrument of war.

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49. False: The Great Wall of China can be seen from space

Just because it’s long doesn’t mean it’s large enough to be visible from space. For that, something has to be either huge or enormously bright.

While the Great Wall has been photographed from space (zoomed in), it simply can’t be seen with the naked eye.

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50. False: The “red” in Russia’s Red Square refers to the country’s ties to communism

Just because we associate the color red with communism doesn’t mean it’s an accurate translation or comparison to make every time.

In fact, Moscow’s Red Square, or “Krasnaya ploshad,” which sits adjacent to the Kremlin, is derived from the Russian word for beautiful (which is now translated as “red”).

Many believe it’s called the beautiful square because of the view of St. Basil’s Cathedral.

The name actually predates the Bolshevik Revolution.

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51. Probably false: The Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock

Never trust an elementary school play to teach you history.

When the Pilgrims first landed in North America, they most likely came ashore in what is now Provincetown, Massachusetts, which is also where the Mayflower Compact was signed.

There’s no mention of Plymouth Rock in any early documents of those settlers. The first person to mention it was an acquaintance of the original pilgrims who remembered hearing the story as a boy.

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52. False: China still has a one-child policy

Not anymore. In late 2015, China eased the policy because of its aging population and shrinking labor force.

Now, most married couples are encouraged to have two children.

However, this isn’t working out quite as planned. Births only increased by 7.9% in 2016 according to China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission. And the birthrate fell by 3.5% in 2017, partly because the number of first-child births dropped.

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53. False: All Australians are descended from convicts

While Britain did send more than 160,000 convicts to its colony in Australia between 1788 and 1868, there are plenty of other residents who are not descended from those men and women, first and foremost all the indigenous people that live on the continent.

These days, about 1/4 of Australians were born overseas anyway, so the stereotype just doesn’t hold up.

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54. False: The Verrazano Narrows is the longest suspension bridge in the world

The Verrazano Bridge connects the boroughs of Staten Island and Brooklyn. It was the longest suspension bridge in the world until 1981 when it was bested by the UK’s Humber Bridge. But still remains the U.S.’s longest suspension bridge (take that, Golden Gate Bridge!).

These days it’s not even close to what China is building though. They have 5 of the 10 longest suspension bridges in the world.

As of right now, however, the winner of this contest is the Akashi Kaikyō Bridge in Japan, built in 1998.

When the Çanakkale 1915 Bridge of the Dardanelles in Turkey is completed in the next few years, it will take the title.

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55. False: Mexico is in South America

It’s amazing how easily people forget where continents begin and end.

It appears that plenty of people think that the only countries in North America are the U.S. and Canada.

But walls or no walls, Mexico is part of North America as well.

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56. False: Orlando is the capital of Florida

Just because it’s the theme park capital of Florida doesn’t make Orlando the official capital.

Regardless of what you think about the roller coaster that is politics, Florida’s capital is actually Tallahasee.

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57. False: L.A. is a concrete jungle

Sure, traffic is terrible, but the idea that L.A. is simply highways and parking lots is totally false.

From tree-lined neighborhoods to the 4000-acre Griffith Park, you can get your fair share of nature in this city.

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58. False: All of India is hot and humid

India is a HUGE country with climates that vary from one end of the spectrum to the other.

Thinking all of India is sweltering throughout the year would be like saying the weather is the same all year round in Minnesota and Texas.

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59. False: Lederhosen is traditional dress in Germany

Sorry, Fräulein.

These outfits might be popular when you’re celebrating Oktoberfest in the U.S., but both Lederhosen (for men) and Dirndl (or women) originate in Austria as well as Italy’s South Tyrol, and southern Bavaria.

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60. False: All Middle Eastern people are Arabs

Just as all Middle Easterners aren’t Muslim, not everyone who lives in the Middle East is of Arab descent.

Arabs are a Semitic people, originally from the Arabian peninsula.

Meanwhile, people in Iran and the Kurdish parts of Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Syria tend to be Persian (an Indo-European people) while Afghanistan is home to many non-Arab peoples as well.

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