How Well Do You Know The American Flag?

Learn the facts about Old Glory.

Each element of the stars 'n stripes represents something important about the USA.

Each element of the stars 'n stripes represents something important about the USA.

Do you know what they all mean?

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The 13 stripes represent America’s 13 colonies minus the doomed 14th colony, New Atlantis.

The 13 stripes represent America’s 13 colonies minus the doomed 14th colony, New Atlantis.

Sadly, the experimental colony sank off the coast of Rhode Island under the weight of its steam-powered Democracy Generator.

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• Man shall not kill man.
• Offerings of wheat must be accepted under all circumstances.
• Disputes are to be settled by feats of competitive tunnel digging.
• Sundays are for football and that's it.
• Never, ever go into the Mystery Shack! What's in the Mystery Shack, you ask? Don't even think about finding out!
• Everything else is legal.

The seven red stripes represent America’s Official Beer Sponsor™, Red Stripe. Red Stripe–Hooray Beer!

The seven red stripes represent America’s Official Beer Sponsor™, Red Stripe. Red Stripe–Hooray Beer!

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19 Drivers Who Pimped Their Car Way, Way Too Hard

Warning: Contains spoilers… lot’s of godawful spoilers. H/T r/Shitty_car_mods

The owner of this vehicle, who took the term pimping a little too literally.

The owner of this vehicle, who took the term pimping a little too literally.

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Whoever modified this exhaust.

Whoever modified this exhaust.

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This earth-friendly driver who's growing a garden on their car.

This earth-friendly driver who's growing a garden on their car.

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The creator of this PT Camper.

The creator of this PT Camper.

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15 Happy Meal Toys From The '90s That Actually Blew

Let’s be honest, not all Happy Meal Toys were created equal.

The Lion King II: Simba's Pride Plush Toys

The Lion King II: Simba's Pride Plush Toys

Year released: 1998

Appeal: Duh, they were Lion King toys! Plus you were probably watching The Lion King sequel on a constant repeat -- even if deep down you knew it sucked.

Why it blew: Aside from the fact that they were plush and not actual figures, these toys looked NOTHING like the characters from the Lion King (looking at you, Timon) and more like something from a direct-to-video rip-off movie.

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McFurbys

McFurbys

Year released: 1999

Appeal: They were cuter and cheaper Furbys.

Why it blew: They were cheap for a reason: ‘cause they did NOTHING.

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Halloween Pails

Halloween Pails

Year released: 1991, 1992, 1994 (previously released in the mid-‘80s as well.)

Appeal: This ~unique~ pail was a way to set yourself apart from everyone else who was carrying the standard plastic pumpkin pail.

Why it blew: The pail's smaller size only allowed you to collect about a quarter of the candy you would normally get. Also the cheap plastic handle could not support the weight of the bucket and would break mid-way through trick-or-treating.

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101 Dalmatians Figures

101 Dalmatians Figures

Year released: 1996

Appeal: Aside from the Disney movie tie-in, there were 101 of them to collect!

Why it blew ‘Cause there was 101 of them!!! It was practically impossible to collect all of them.

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16 Hilariously Awful Disney Knockoffs

These treasures happen when you wish upon an unlicensed star.

I guess Bambi is teaching kids about ~nature~ -- although he's male, so I really don't know what the hell is going on here!

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Um. I don't what princess this is supposed to be?

Um. I don't what princess this is supposed to be?

Is there a direct-to-video adult Disney movie I missed?!

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Seriously, what horrors did they suffer before being thrown into this claw machine grave?!

Seriously, what horrors did they suffer before being thrown into this claw machine grave?!

Is Goofy crying?

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This Pooh looks like he belongs on Faces of Meth:

His addiction to honey is REAL.

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9 Videos You Can't Miss This Week

Featuring a Bad Lip Reading of The Avengers, a singing cat, a heartwarming gesture from a group of high school seniors, and the one and only Dancing Man!

Baby Goats Wearing Sweaters!

Baby Goats Wearing Sweaters!

Your recommended daily allowance of squee, right here. These baby goats will warm your heart in their fuzzy sweaters! (0:24)

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Redneck Avengers: Tulsa Nights

Redneck Avengers: Tulsa Nights

Bad Lip Reading meets The Avengers and all is right in the world. The hilarious team at BLR turned The Avengers into a redneck TV drama, and it is perfection. (4:14)

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Can We Guess Your Age Based On Your Opinions About "American Horror Story"?

It’s not all about Jessica Lange, we promise.

Here Are The Three Coolest New Things From Google's Experimental Lab

Touchscreens in midair, touchscreens on clothes, and a build-a-phone.

Advanced Technologies & Projects, a division within Google, is a lab that traditionally works on really cool, futuristic projects. Today's presentation was a look at what the company is developing.

It didn't disappoint.

First up: Sensors.

First up: Sensors.

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The product of Google's Project Soli, they detect movement from a hand that's above the watch, and can interpret incredibly detailed gestures.

Basically, Google is creating an alternative to the touchscreen.

Basically, Google is creating an alternative to the touchscreen.

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Which Male British Actor Should You Date Based On Your Zodiac Sign?

It’s written in the stars.

I Want To Remember My Father's Life, Not Just His Death

My father was killed in the 1994 Rwanda genocide against the Tutsi when I was only 5. It’s getting harder to remember what he was like when he was alive.

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A year ago, a friend of mine, a journalist, asked me if I could write a piece about my father — what memories I have and that sort of thing. When I think about it now, I think maybe he wasn't asking me to write about my father, but really about his death.

Writing about his life is more important for me. Because I will remember his death forever. But being able to remind myself of his life is becoming harder and harder. Memories fade much faster than you expect; that's why writing this is urgent and necessary for me. Maybe that sounds a bit dramatic. Sometimes I think I get that from my father. He used to perform theater in his spare time.

My father was born in 1957. He was the eldest of seven children. He was raised by my grandmother, because his younger brother, Ngabo, was born shortly after he was and his parents couldn't take care of two small children. After Ngabo, his parents and my grandparents had Ida, Olive, Mudeli, Mutesi, and Cyemayire. From this family of nine, only my Aunt Ida survived. The rest were killed in the genocide exactly 21 years ago.

The genocide in Rwanda began on April 6, 1994. Within 100 days, nearly 1 million Tutsis along with moderate Hutus were killed by Hutu militias. No family in Rwanda was left untouched by the genocide. Families like mine were torn apart. I grew up without a father, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. The children of Hutu militias grow up without parents because theirs are in prison. And all that time the world watched idly and intervened not at all or not enough. Best known is the failed blue-helmet mission as well as France's involvement in the genocide.

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The One Way You Should Be Making Pancakes

It’s basically a giant fresh cookie.

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El Niño Came For Texas, And It May Be Coming For California, Too

Vehicles are left stranded on Texas State Highway 288 in Houston Monday.

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The origins of the devastating floods that swamped the southern Plains over Memorial Day weekend lie half a world away.

Over the weekend, torrential rainfall and flooding destroyed roads in Oklahoma and Texas and a deadly tornado swept through a Mexican town. A dam failed. More than 30 people across two countries are dead. But it began with something much more subtle and much more wonky: a warm band of air north of the equator known as the subtropical jet stream.

Satellite imagery shows sea-surface heights in the Pacific Ocean. The heights are used to calculate how much heat is stored in the water below.

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The subtropical jet stream normally carries moisture to Central America, producing rain on the lush forests of southern Mexico. But over the last three to four months, particularly warm water along the equator has nudged it further north, climatologist Bill Patzert told BuzzFeed News. When the jet stream moved into the Texas and Oklahoma region, it mixed with more warm air from the Gulf of Mexico and clashed with cold air from Canada, producing severe storms.

"Did El Niño get Houston?" Patzert, who works at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said. "In a way, because it did push that subtropical jet stream farther north. And it zeroed in on Houston."

El Niño is a phenomenon in which warmer-than-normal water along the equator in the Pacific Ocean alters the wind patterns that carry moisture to North and South America, as well as other parts of the globe. An El Niño can range from weak to strong, and one effect can be intensified storms that move into California directly from the west. Perhaps most famously, El Niño fueled storms that walloped Southern California in 1997 and 1998.

In the Great Plains, spring storms are common. But several meteorologists from the National Weather Service who spoke with BuzzFeed News agreed that the severity of the recent storm systems appeared to have been amplified by a developing El Niño event.

"In an El Niño year we tend to get into that pattern where we have a stronger subtropical jet," Josh Lichter, of the NWS Houston-Galveston office, said.

The result has been astonishingly powerful storms. In Texas, May was the wettest month on record statewide, besting the previous rainfall total by nearly an inch. Texas State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon cited El Niño as a contributing factor in the storms and noted that areas near Dallas received 20 inches of rainfall this month.

“It has been one continuous storm after another for the past week to 10 days in several regions of the state," Nielsen-Gammon reported. "It has rained so much that the ground just can’t soak any more moisture into it, and many creeks and rivers are above flood stage.”

Records have similarly been smashed in Oklahoma, which also just had its wettest month ever. So far in May, the state has received an average of 12.95 inches of rain — more than two inches above the previous record that was set in 1941.

Jeff Evans, also of the weather service office, and Kurt Van Speybroeck, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, further pointed to a low pressure trough that contributed to the storm's location and severity.

"It’s not atypical to get a lot of rain," Evans said. "It’s atypical that it’s been so persistent."

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The origins of the storms matter because much of the West is suffering from severe drought, with many hoping El Niño will offer some relief.

A year ago, a quarter of Texas was experiencing exceptional drought, the most severe of five categories. Nearly all of the rest of the state was seeing some level of water shortage. Conditions were even worse in the years before.

But as of last week, 70% of the state isn't experiencing a drought at all. None of Texas is currently in the two most severe drought levels, and the end of the drought altogether may be near for the Lone Star State.

“About 15% of Texas was still in drought as of last week,” Nielson-Gammon said, “but at this rate it won’t be long before even the driest parts of the state are drought-free.”

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So could something similar happen in California?

Patzert described the Golden State's odds of a substantial storm event later in the year as "pretty good." But he also pointed out that along with badly-needed rainfall, Texas is being slammed with flooding.

"El Niño is a double edged sword," Patzert observed, adding that during the last major event in the late 1990s Southern California also saw flooding, mudslides, and property damage.

The ability of storms during El Niño events to alleviate the drought may also be limited. The upside of the recent rainfall in Texas is that depleted lakes, ponds, and water storage facilities have been filling up. But rain has fallen so quickly that much of it will also wash out to sea before soaking into the ground and replenishing the water table.

Domingo Molina, right, paddles with his granddaughters down a flooded street in Houston Tuesday.

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Another problem with El Niño as drought relief is storms are more likely to track into Southern California, but the state's water supply mostly comes from the northern half and is replenished by colder storms that move south from Alaska.

The result is that while the West may be headed for a wetter winter, the effects of that precipitation on the drought are very much up in the air.

"Those are the kinds of storms that we dream of," Patzert said, "but those are not El Niño storms."

26 Times Marilyn Monroe Taught You A Thing Or Two About Romance

“If you’ve nothing more to say, pray, scat.”

When she showed you that a great eye roll can work wonders in any situation:

When she showed you that a great eye roll can work wonders in any situation:

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When she taught you that life goes on despite bumps in the road:

When she taught you that life goes on despite bumps in the road:

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When she taught you to dump that person that's not good for you:

When she taught you to dump that person that's not good for you:

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When she demonstrated that sometimes things don't work out exactly like you'd imagined, and that's OK:

When she demonstrated that sometimes things don't work out exactly like you'd imagined, and that's OK:

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Can We Tell If You’re Hot Or Cute?

So…which is it?

22 Dogs That Are More Human Than You

What up, dawg?

"I give up on life."

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"Do I need another one? Uhh, let me...yeah, yeah. Thanks, man."

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"I'm just taking a breather. You guys go do the swings for a bit."

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"When I said I wouldn't make this easy for you, I wasn't kidding."

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Poke Your Screen While Watching This Video And Become Instantly Hypnotized

Entertained for hours on end.

Play Namie Amuro's video in fullscreen mode and put your finger in the middle of the screen. It's the perfect way to kill some time before that boring meeting you're waiting for.

Right on, Namie! We also recommend blasting your volume, because this is also a music video for "Golden Touch" by the Japanese pop artist Namie Amuro. And it's AWESOME!

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Did you see that goldfish kiss your finger?

Did you see that goldfish kiss your finger?

?

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You're very talented with balls...

You're very talented with balls...

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This Mashup Of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" And Florence's "Shake It Out" Is Hauntingly Beautiful

Taylor and the Machine.

Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" is one of the best feel-good songs ever.

Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" is one of the best feel-good songs ever.

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And Florence and the Machine's "Shake It Out" is one of the most haunting anthems you'll ever hear.

And Florence and the Machine's "Shake It Out" is one of the most haunting anthems you'll ever hear.

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YouTube star Evynne Hollens has answered that question:

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29 Unforgettable Things All '90s Teenage Girls Did In The Summer

::Sprays Sun-In in hair and prays for highlights.::


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What Style Of Humor Do You Prefer?

Are you more sarcastic or punny?

17 Photos That Will Make You Want To Visit North Carolina

So, what are you waiting for?

It's beautiful in the summer.

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It's gorgeous in the fall.

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It's even pretty in the winter.

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There's city life.

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27 Graduation Caps That Totally Nailed It

“Master has given Dobby a diploma…Dobby is free!”


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This Woman's Amazing Sign Language Version Of "Lose Yourself" Is On Fire

The interpreter’s video is suddenly blowing up online.

But Mitchusson got a surprise when her video went viral eight months later, getting over half a million views this week.

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The Only Way You Should Be Drinking Water

H2-Oh so good!

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Things I Wish I Could Tell My Mom

I need you to have my back.

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21 Pictures That Were Taken At The Best Possible Time

Because timing is everything.

This amazing sneeze from dad.

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This volleyball superstar.

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This lovely group shot.

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This incoming frisbee attack.

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The One Thing You Never Knew About Your Makeup Packaging

This handy icon has been hiding there all along.

If you are a consumer of beauty products, you know how easy (and fun) it is to accumulate them.

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But you also know that all your beauty products have an expiration date, and eventually you have to get rid of them.

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The problem is you might not always know how long a certain product is good for, and maybe you've wondered if some brands expire quicker.

The problem is you might not always know how long a certain product is good for, and maybe you've wondered if some brands expire quicker.

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You can of course, study up on expiration guidelines. But there's actually also a very easy way to find out how long your specific product is good for...

You can of course, study up on expiration guidelines. But there's actually also a very easy way to find out how long your specific product is good for...

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11 People Who Felt The Burn

Can’t touch this.

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Men Share Awkward First Kiss Stories

“My eyes were closed, and I was scared.”

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21 Oddly Satisfying Moments All Foodies Understand

Guaranteed to make you hungry.

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Can We Guess Your Personality Based On Your Taste In Books?

Be the hero of your own story.

25 Colorful Cake Creations That Are Truly Next-Level

Rainbow sprinkles and hot pink chocolate galore!

Instagram user Katherine Sabbath posts some of the coolest baked good creations you'll ever see.

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A Sydney native and a high school teacher, she spends her free time baking cakes and making a variety of flavored chocolates. Sabbath is completely untrained, which makes all her creations even more impressive.

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Women Share Awkward First Kiss Stories

“It was like this little turtle creature coming toward me.”

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Which Zodiac Sign Is The Best To Date (Air And Earth)

What do people think about your zodiac sign in a relationship?

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One Easy Ponytail Hack Everyone Who Has A Ponytail Should Know

Your ponytail game will never be the same.

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American Kids Taste Test Aussie Bickies

American biscuits are actually scones, and Aussie biscuits are Aussie bickies.

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What Are The Pee Shivers?

It does sound perfectly pleasant.

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Which Zodiac Sign Is The Best To Date (Fire And Water)

What do people think about your zodiac sign in a relationship?

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19 Valuable Life Lessons Kathryn Merteuil From "Cruel Intentions" Taught Us

Everyone should strive to be the Marcia fucking Brady of the Upper East Side.

It's perfectly OK to be picky:

It's perfectly OK to be picky:

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Never be afraid to ask for something that you want:

Never be afraid to ask for something that you want:

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Always have a plan:

Always have a plan:

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It's important to strive to have a strong bond with your siblings, even if they're your stepsibling:

It's important to strive to have a strong bond with your siblings, even if they're your stepsibling:

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This Baby's Reaction To Meeting His Mom's Twin Is Hilarious

That face when you’re seeing double.

Ten-month-old baby Felix was in for a surprise when he met Aunt Steph, his mom's identical twin.

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23 Ways To Throw Your Kid The Best Star Wars Birthday Party Ever

Now, witness the power of this fully operational party station.

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Use pool noodles and duct tape to create lightsabers.

Use pool noodles and duct tape to create lightsabers.

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Make simple no-sew Jedi robes to get kids into character.

Make simple no-sew Jedi robes to get kids into character.

All you need is brown and white craft felt and a pair of scissors. Learn how to make them here.

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And DIY some Princess Leia buns, too.

And DIY some Princess Leia buns, too.

You'll need craft headbands, brown yarn, brown fun foam or cardboard, a hot glue gun, masking tape, and basic braiding skills. Get the instructions here.

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What Does This One Question Say About The Way You Think?

Choose carefully.

Can You Help Me Name My Son's Little League Team?

Please help!

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Thank you!!!

Thank you!!!

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Facebook Now Supports GIFs And Life Will Never Be The Same

WHAT A GIF(T).

Guess what?

Guess what?

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See???

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