It only takes a moment of following through with an ill-thought out plan to make someone question their intelligence. And who hasn’t felt like an idiot after putting the milk away in the cupboard and the cereal in the fridge?
We have all had moments where we lacked the common sense to do something that should be second nature, but these embarrassing moments really go above and beyond to show you that having a PhD doesn’t make you immune to being a real dummy.
Just Two Strangers Meowing at Each Other
“A couple of weeks ago, I heard my neighbors cat meowing, so I responded with a "meow" of my own. This went on for about 3-4 exchanges until I opened the door and found it was not a cat, it was just another dude meowing back at me. So many unanswered questions.
I did not initiate the first meow. It's unclear whether he did, although I realllly want to believe a real cat was involved. Also, when you look down expecting a cat and you see shoes, jeans and eventually a weirdo, you black out.”
Story credit: Reddit / jtroxx
Waiting For Traffic is a Thankless Job
“I was sitting in traffic, and I noticed that all the other lanes were moving while mine hadn't budged an inch. I craned my neck trying to see what the hold up was, and finally figured out that I wasn't in a lane at all, but had been patiently waiting behind a line of parked cars.”
Story credit: Reddit / pollypostmormon
Can He Hear the Rain?
“I frequently see a man cross a four-lane road near my home. We have a fairly similar schedule and I see him often. He's well-known in the neighborhood and he's deaf. No big deal.
I once slowed down as he crossed the four lane in driving, white-out, downpour rain and I thought to myself, aw man, he doesn't know it's raining because he's deaf.”
Story credit: Reddit / Sloots_and_Hoors
Light the Match After You Choose a Candle
“Wanted to light a candle. Struck a match. Changed my mind about which candle I wanted to light, and decided to light a Yankee jar candle instead. Couldn't get the lid off with one hand. Stuck the lit match in my mouth so I could use both hands to get the lid off.
Couldn't smell the scented candle.
Could only smell singed nose hair for days.”
Story credit: Reddit / blinky84
Wow, They Have the Same Truck as Us
“A couple months ago, my husband and I went on a walk. There are a lot of trails where we live and a couple of lakes. So we walked down a trail to the lake, turned left up another trail, and ended up at the top of a street. We start walking down the street and I realize there is a house that has a wishing well in their front yard like we do. I point it out to my husband and then I realize they have the same truck we do, too. I point out the truck and then I realize that we were in front of our own house. It wasn't my brightest moment.”
Story credit: Reddit / ritathecat
Porcupines Aren’t Animals, Right?
“I once had a brain fart and forgot that porcupines were animals. I was hanging out with my family and my niece mentioned that her favorite animal was a porcupine, and I laughed for a good long time before explaining to her that porcupines weren't animals. I'd gotten them mixed up with pine cones.
I have a graduate degree. My niece was maybe 6 at the time. She schooled me.”
Story credit: Reddit / Secretlysidhe
That’s How Sound Travels
“I have a key fob for my car. It’s set up so that if you hit the lock button once, it locks the car. If you hit the same lock button again, it locks it again and honks the horn so you know you’ve locked it for sure. The thing is, I always want to make super sure that it’s locked, but sometimes I come home to my condo super late, and my parking spot is right under someone else’s window. I noticed that if the key fob was farther away from the car when I hit the button twice, the honk was not as loud. So out of consideration, I would always wait til I was halfway up the stairs to do the double lock honk. What a great neighbor I am!
Anyway, after maybe 2+ years of doing this, one time my girlfriend and I were in my condo and I realized I needed something out of my car. So I go down there but when I get there I realize I had forgotten my keys. Well, I had my phone, so I called my girlfriend and asked if she would stick her arm out the window with the key fob and unlock my car. She mistakenly hit the lock button twice and my car honked. Really loudly! Even though she was all the way up on the third floor!
It was only then I realized...the honk was always the same. It only sounded softer when I was farther away...because I was farther away.
I have a master’s degree…”
Story credit: Reddit / MisterWonka
Craigslist is Full of Weirdos
“A few years ago I was with a friend going to pick up a couch from some craigslist people. We were looking around for the house when we started to hear some barking - pretty normal except for the fact that it sounded kind of like a person imitating a dog, not an actual dog. We soon realized the barking was coming from the address we were given to pick up the couch.
After staring at the door for a bit we apprehensively knocked, and then heard from inside "Oh it's the couch people" and then uproarious laughter as a girl opened the door.
Apparently she'd thought we were some neighbor friends of theirs and she was bored and trying to mess with them - she was very embarrassed and apologized profusely when it turned out we were some random craigslist strangers.
We later ended up being invited to/going to a very strange party at their house where I got into a drunken rap battle with her older brother (her mom was also at this college party for some reason).
We had the couch for years though, it was a great couch.”
Story credit: Reddit / Monstercake
I Think That’s How Newton Discovered Gravity
“I once threw a stone high in the air directly above me. Absolutely no reason for that, just because I could I guess. Instead of walking away, I kept standing there, looking at the stone falling down until it was too late to move. I still managed to put my hands up protecting my head, hurt a lot anyway.
I don't think I'll ever win a Nobel prize.”
Story credit: Reddit / HerrgottMargott
Wait, Where’s My Phone?!
“Yesterday I was waiting for a friend in a store, killing time Googling with my phone. I reached in my right front pocket, and noticed that my phone wasn't there...had a moment of panic. This is while I was looking directly at my phone, held in my left hand.
So the right literally didn't know what the left was doing.”
Story credit: Reddit / llewkeller
When Life Gives You Lemons, Just Squeeze Them
“While helping my girlfriend make dinner one night we needed some lemon juice and she asked me to squeeze a lemon. Now logic would dictate you cut the lemon in half before you squeeze the juice out of it, but not this brilliant man. No sir! I just squeezed the juice out of it, rolling and palming it in my hand until the peel finally broke, releasing the lemon juice into a bowl as requested. Needless to say, when she turned and saw what I had done she was amazed (probably by my impeccable ability to follow orders). She then asked how I ever managed to live alone, and I'm pretty sure that's why I'm not allowed in the kitchen anymore.”
Story credit: Reddit / robjo8
“I Drove Over a Mattress”
“I drove over a mattress. It was in an alley in a puddle, I thought I would glide right over it. Thing got stuck in my tire well, had to call a tow truck to lift my car and beat it out with a hammer. Next morning found that it had punctured my front left tire and had to get a new one. Did another dumb thing by thinking I get a whole new wheel not just tire so ditched my wheel by the dumpster and then drove to the garage on a flat spare only to be sent home to get my wheel also.
It was a bad day or two.”
Story credit: Reddit / doppz1
That’s One Way to Find Out
“A few years ago I googled "do the people upstairs have a cat?" and it has never left me.”
Story credit: Reddit / munstre
What’s so Funny?
“Went to a bank to withdraw money. Bank teller asked me how I would like it and I said: "in cash". Bank teller just stared at me, while my friend is dying of laughter. Meanwhile, I stand not understanding the issue.”
Story credit: Reddit / extrmden7
Step on a Rake, Total Disgrace
“When I was cleaning out my shed in the back, I stepped on a rake and the pole smacked me in the face. Literally, like the cartoons. It happened three more times before I came up with the bright idea to move the rake.”
Story credit: Reddit / Ceeman77
Which Came First, the Milk or the Egg?
“My coworker asked if there is lactose in eggs, I thought to myself "they both come from the same animal, so maybe". For 5 seconds, I thought milk came from chickens.”
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That’s One Too Many
“I wanted to make cookies for my mom that spelled "mom" and I ordered one "o" and two "m" cookie cutters.”
Story credit: Reddit / CichaelMlifford
That’s Gonna Make a Mess
“Fixing a clogged sink by removing the drain pipe and thoroughly rinsing it underneath the tap of the sink I just removed the drain from.”
Story credit: Reddit / Amhil
Don’t Bother to Ring the Bell
“I snuck out to do teenagerly things at around midnight and got back at around 4 in the morning. I very slowly, agonizingly slowly, took my keys out of my pocket, selected the correct key, inserted it into the front door lock at a speed of one tumbler per fortnight, rotated it counterclockwise while palming the rest of the keys so as to not let them jingle and successfully unlocked the door. I removed the key from the lock at the same snails pace and put my keys back in my right front pocket. I went to reach for the doorknob and rang the doorbell. That was when I died.”
Story credit: Reddit / HRHill
Beware the Microwave
“One time I microwaved a single mozzarella stick for 30 seconds. It seemed an appropriate amount of time. When it was done I popped it in my mouth to eat it. It was molton lava hot. As it seared the inner workings of my mandible my brain began screaming "get rid of it!" So I did. By swallowing it. I felt the burn travel down my esophagus and into my stomach. It hurt so bad. It was only made worse by my friend laughing hysterically at me and exclaiming that even dumb dumbs know to spit it out.”
Story credit: Reddit / MarilynMonroeVWade
Are Blue Eyes Real?
“one time i was thinking about aqua from Konosuba and i thought "natural blue hair isn't real, but what about blue eyes?"
i have blue eyes
i have blue eyes and i was questioning their existence”
Story credit: Reddit / AluminumSandworm
They Were Just Too Hungry
“Made some soup on the stove in a saucepan and poured it into a bowl and some of the soup dripped down the side of the boiling saucepan so I licked it”
Story credit: Reddit / Jayes123
The Ghost is Clear
“I went my whole life thinking the saying was "the ghost is clear" instead of "the coast is clear". Im 21 just found out yesterday at work lol”
Story credit: Reddit / JonAnimeRivera
The Most Embarrassing Way to Die
“A couple years ago I was moving out of my apartment, so I had the whole place packed up. I had a cold at the time, so I decided to take some alka-seltzer. With all my cups put away, I get the idea that I should just toss the meds in my mouth, and drink out of the sink to wash it down. Well the tabs get stuck in my throat and the water begins activating the meds. I'm sitting there alone in my kitchen, clutching my throat and foaming at the mouth into the sink. I was ashamed I was about to die in the least cool way ever. Luckily they dissolved quickly enough for me to catch my breath and not die.”
Story credit: Reddit / emerica1184
Breakfast is the Most Confusing Meal of the Day
“Made a cup of coffee, got out a cereal bowl, poured cereal into my coffee, then put the cereal box back in the fridge.”
Story credit: Reddit / sweetycool76
Outsmarted By a Piece of Cardboard
“First day of university I go out to explore the campus, only to find the same odd piece of litter in the corners of multiple buildings, almost seemingly strategically placed. even more oddly, it was the same exact piece of cardboard trash I kept seeing. Strange, but probably just leftovers from an event where the university handed out something stored in them. Upon seeing the 5th or so improperly disposed of piece of cardboard, I take it upon myself to be a good citizen and properly recycle the misplaced trash. A simple enough task that even I couldn't screw up! I casually walk to the corner, kneel down, pick up the piece of trash and...
I can only imagine what people must've thought after seeing me react to the piece of trash that had somehow outsmarted me, gluing itself onto my skin. I was like a cat with a piece of tape on its paw, flailing wildly, too afraid to scream, the only sound that could be heard was cardboard flippyflaps echoing down the halls.
After the 4th or 5th good swing at the air, the cardboard remained permanently affixed to my skin and I had finally begun to realise what was happening. I, a superior intellect, a student of a well respected university, had been caught.
By a mousetrap.”
Story credit: Reddit / Siracle
“One morning my vision was all blurry so I started freaking out and called my gramma to take me to the doctor. Then like 20 minutes later realized I just forgot to put my glasses on. I’ve worn them since 1st grade and totally forgot for half an hour.
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Must Be a Kangaroo
“I saw an animal in the woods behind my house and my immediate thought was KANGAROO!
I live in Indiana.”
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Don’t Put Super Glue in Your Mouth
“Three times now, I have taken the cap off of a tube of super glue and put it in my mouth to hold it. Three. Times.”
Story credit: Reddit / cn2092
A Nap So Good…
“So this happened a couple days ago, I got home from school so tired, so I decide to take a nap at around 5:00. Well it turns out to be really deep and when I wake up my clock says 7:50. This freaks me out because school starts at 7:20 and I quickly get changed and sprint out to my car to drive to school. As I'm driving there is surprisingly little traffic but I don't think anything of it and I pull up to the school parking lot. It is completely empty and I'm so confused so I walk over to two police officers and they inform me that it is actually 8 pm not am and I realize that I probably look like the biggest dummy around. I just yelled at myself all the way home about how dumb I am.”
Story credit: Reddit / hrd2beat
A Cookie in One Hand, Phone in the Other
“Had a biscuit in hand and the ear phone in the other. Put the biscuit in ear and ear phone in mouth. At work. Why must I be such a disappointment.”
Story credit: Reddit / Kuroyukihime_98
Lemons Don’t Bounce
“Once I picked up a lemon, wondered “do lemons bounce?”, and immediately threw it on the ground.
It was the last lemon.
They don’t bounce.”
Story credit: Reddit / evandolajakulater
A Locksmith Got Locked Out
“Locked myself out of the house and couldn't pick my locks
I'm a locksmith by trade”
Story credit: Reddit / BurntToast__
My Missing Car was Stolen
“Phoned the police to report my car stolen after being unable to find it after a shopping trip.
As I was on the phone I looked around idly, at which point I spotted my girlfriend's car. I'd borrowed it. Mine was in the garage for an MOT.”
Story credit: Reddit / thepollitt
Lost Phone Doesn’t Answer Texts
“Sent a text to my friend telling him he left his phone with me.”
Story credit: Reddit / Dark_Lord_Melkor101
What is this Strange, Archaic Language?
“Was folding laundry one afternoon.
Picked up a white shirt with some faded grey letters, looked very vintage. Had a black collar. I'm looking at this shirt and see the letters are some kind of weird font/ language.
It looks like the Elf language from LOTR in font and German lettering, with lots of diaeresis and vaguely familiar letters.
So I'm standing there for like 5 minutes, closely studying this shirt trying to figure out what language this is, even asking my boyfriend if he knows where he got this shirt (is it a band name? gift from someones vacation overseas?) I mean I'm going crazy trying to figure it out, this familiar yet never before seen language.
Turns out it was an American Eagle shirt inside out…”
Story credit: Reddit / PM-me-your-downvotes
Just Wait a Second
“Put some hot, boiling sauce into a shot glass to let it cool down for tasting. Do something else for ten seconds. Spot shot glass 'Ah right I wanted to check the taste'. Proceed not to gently suckle on it, but down the still almost boiling, fatty fluid into my mouth like cold vodka.”
Story credit: Reddit / TheBoldMove
Even Chefs Start Kitchen Fires
“Worked in kitchens for over a decade. Put a metal pan in the microwave to heat something up.”
Story credit: Reddit / AemenLeny
Do They Celebrate the 4th of July Here?
“Told my friend that the 4th of July celebrations must be beautiful at the place we were. We were in Linlithgow, Scotland and I was talking about the palace and loch. Friend is Scottish. For obvious reasons they do not celebrate the 4th of July.”
Story credit: Reddit / Nopefthis
Not the Brightest Bulb in the Fridge
“I suspected a roommate of stealing my food from the fridge, so I put a lock on the fridge and freezer door handles. Turns out you can still open both.”
Story credit: Reddit / Jermbroni