You know when you have a conversation so awkward that it just sticks in your mind forever?
I have plenty of those. Can’t recall a good chunk of my childhood – many joyous moments have been withered away by a subpar long-term memory in general – but my grey matter has done everything in its power to ensure that I will NEVER lose sight of what really matters; the embarrassing interactions that meant nothing but will haunt me to the end of my days.
Let’s celebrate that by reading the horror stories that others have to share.
10. Yee haw
To be fair, why are you greeting strangers in a bathroom?
Oh my god this guy in the bathroom wearing a cowboy hat just greeted me with a "howdy brother" and I panicked and said "yee haw"
— Ethan Doortree (@dank_polka_) November 9, 2018
9. Gonna have to pass
Good to know that our parents are so deeply involved in our lives.
My dad asked me for my phone I gave it to him, then he asked for the passcode, I said it’s my birthday. He gave me back my phone ???
— Abubakar ???? (@Abubakar_m0) March 1, 2020
8. A fresh take
As a person who knows nothing but also worked in a very upscale place, I can relate.
my bf told me when he was 17 he worked in a posh hotel and at breakfast some bloke asked him “is this crème fraîche?” and he replied “yeah we don’t serve out of date food” and I can’t stop thinking about it
— lilyanna (@lilyannatrnr) September 2, 2020
7. The proposal
Man, talk about salt in the wounds. And also probably on the table.
I broke up with my girlfriend at a restaurant and she started crying. Everyone thought I had proposed so they started clapping.
— Abhinav (@teeewari) May 20, 2017
6. Interfaith dialogue
Kinda wholesome though if you think about it.
my lab partner said “hi i’m christian” and i said “hi i’m muslim”
christian is his NAME
— n. sahar (@sahar_bear) September 17, 2020
5. Do the wave
Sometimes the best solutions are the most drastic ones.
I waved to a man because I thought he waved at me.
Apparently he waved to an other woman. So to get out of the awkward situation I kept my hand up and a taxi pulled over and drove me to the airport. I am now in Poland starting a new life.
— Just Sally (@MustardSally1) April 8, 2019
4. Silent waters
The age of social media is really something else.
Once I took a girl out and we were walking by a river in my city so we took a picture together with the water behind us. She cropped me out of the picture and captioned it "much needed alone time" ?
— kaasi stan (@Sriramch_) April 4, 2021
3. Nothing but the tooth
We’ve been through a lot together, you and I.
SCREAMING, just hugged my dentist thinking he was going in for one but really he was just taking off my dental bib. Don't think I can ever recover from this ??
— Emma | nichepornsites.com (@ILoveSkypeSex) January 8, 2018
2. Mic drop
If a girl did this to me I’d be intrigued, won’t lie.
3 years ago, a cute guy i worked with wanted to give me a fist bump…i thought he was pretending to hold an invisible microphone so i leaned forward and said hello
— IG @oh.selfcare (@ohhselfcare) June 28, 2019
1. Surgical precision
It’s no laughing matter, these things are life and death.
Surgeon: Did someone fart?
Surgeon: I need to know if someone farted. I may have perforated bowel.
Med student: I farted
— Sujay Kansagra, MD (@medschooladvice) September 29, 2015
Man, gotta love how the internet has preserved these gems for all time.
What’s the most awkward encounter you can remember?
Tell us in the comments.