Let’s just put it out there: pretty much everyone witnessed some unbelievable stuff during the pandemic. Like how some people saw toilet paper as the hottest commodity. How others believed 5G towers spread the disease. Not to mention dealing with anti-maskers, confronting anti-vaxxers, and generally worrying about the state of human idiocy.

Covid-19 life revealed the true colors of folks around us, and thanks to the r/FacePalm subreddit, we can see it in broad daylight. Titled as the "gallery of inexplicable stupidity", the moderators ask the members to share proof of human foolishness for everyone to enjoy.

We have selected some of the best examples of people doing cringe-worthy things in the midst of the pandemic and getting rightfully shamed for it online. Continue scrolling and upvote the ones you enjoyed most! And if you’re in the mood for some more stupidity goodness both online and in real life, check out our previous posts here, here, and here.

#1

You Can Still Breathe Idiot

You Can Still Breathe Idiot

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Caro Caro
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6 months ago

BURRRRRRN

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#2

Well You're Not Wrong

Well You're Not Wrong

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Jo Johannsen
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6 months ago

When it comes to safety, more is better.

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To learn more about why people do foolish and ludicrous things, we reached out to Balazs Aczel, an associate professor at ELTE University in Budapest, and author of the study What is stupid?: People's conception of unintelligent behavior. "In our research, we found that people use the label 'stupid' for three very different types of actions," he told Bored Panda.

"We call the first category 'confident ignorance'. In these actions, people's confidence tends to exceed what their skills or knowledge would allow," the professor said. "In other words, they think they know how to do risky things, and they do it. For example, they go bungee jumping with their home-made gear, such as a metal cord."

The second type of stupid action is due to absentmindedness. Aczel explained that in this case, people have sufficient knowledge to act rationally, except they don't monitor their actions. "Whenever we turn into auto-pilot, we risk doing something very irrational. A good example is a professor who was so engaged in a deep conversation with his colleagues at his home that when he went to his bedroom to get a book, seeing the bed he got into his pajamas and went to sleep."

#3

What About Nurses Who Wear Them 8 To 10 Hours A Day

What About Nurses Who Wear Them 8 To 10 Hours A Day

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KJ
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6 months ago

Does he realise your supposed to put it on over your mouth and nose instead of swallowing it?

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#4

I Get It Now

I Get It Now

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Chich
Community Member
6 months ago

I am just amazed that a group hasn't been protesting for the virus's right to live.

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#5

What A Madman

What A Madman

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Eric Law
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6 months ago

The rednecks got stuck at the word "studying" as they have no idea what it means.

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The third kind of stupidity is "lack of control". "Here, people know how to do things right and are aware of their actions, they still make that mistake," he continued. "Impulsivity and short-term emotions can make us act against our best thinking. In heated conversations, we can easily lose control. Overindulging in food or drinks can also seem stupid the day after."

The professor told us that if there’s one thing people can easily agree on, it’s to determine whether something is stupid or not. You see, there’s a common thing in foolish actions — "there is a risk or harm involved when the actor should have known better. The more we believe that the person had the knowledge that the action is risky, the more upset we get with making that mistake."

"It's likely that regarding and calling certain actions stupid helped our survival," he added. "We might speculate that by calling something (and not someone!) stupid, we tag a negative affective 'stamp' on actions that we believe better to be avoided. If we had to learn it by description, then we would certainly fail."

#6

It Was Media Control All Along

It Was Media Control All Along

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SoapMonkey76
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6 months ago

If nothing else anti-vaxxers are an endless source of entertainment

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#7

What's Yours?

What's Yours?

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Shelli Aderman
Community Member
6 months ago

🔥

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#8

When A Pandemic Becomes Political..

When A Pandemic Becomes Political..

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Eric Law
Community Member
6 months ago

"Letting people who know what they're talking about make decisions"... I'm from the USA and have no idea what this is. Can someone explain? ;^)

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When asked why so many of us enjoy witnessing others act silly, Aczel argued that while it may seem paradoxical, stupid actions can bring us sorrow and joy at the same time. "If we label actions that should be avoided 'stupid,' then why do we seek them?"

"In fact, the entire entertainment industry is built on people's desire to watch other people doing something very stupid. One possible answer is that when we watch others' stupid actions then we feel superior, we can easily think that we are not that dumb. Watching stupid actions also simplifies the complexity of the world temporarily: nothing is more obvious than the stupidity of a stupid act. Feeling superior and easing our brainwork is very pleasing for humans."

#9

They Can, They Just Won't Do It

They Can, They Just Won't Do It

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Annalise of the human species
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6 months ago

Exactly!!!

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#10

Where Can I Get A Purse

Where Can I Get A Purse

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Chich
Community Member
6 months ago

Several million non survivors say "No it is not"

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#11

Correct

Correct

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Summer Mason
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6 months ago

Oh.....but we do.

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You might think that when we see others act ridiculous and irrational, it should teach us to avoid repeating them. But, according to Aczel, the world would be very different if watching silly things others do would fully prevent us from doing them in the future.

"Nevertheless, it's reasonable to think that we don't have to gain personal experience in every stupid mistake in order to avoid them. One key to the success of the human race is that we can learn from others without experiencing it ourselves. Since the research of stupid-labeled actions is fairly new, we will need further studies to find out how watching silly actions influence our own behavior," he explained.

#12

The Founders Would Say The F Is An Ohio

The Founders Would Say The F Is An Ohio

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rspanther
Community Member
6 months ago

But reading a book might lead to learning, and that is just too dangerous.

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#13

Just... W H A T ?

Just... W H A T ?

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Chich
Community Member
6 months ago

One reason why I don't even try to argue with these clowns anymore.

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#14

Safety Precaution Is Not 100%

Safety Precaution Is Not 100%

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Rose Romano
Community Member
6 months ago

Has everyone forgotten that the mask we wear protects others and not ourselves? People who don't wear masks are selfish, immature, potential murderers.

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Aczel noted that doing stupid things seems to be part of human nature. "Often by mistake but sometimes by wish," he added. "Why is it so tempting to get silly sometimes? The writer John Steinbeck says: 'Sometimes a man wants to be stupid if it lets him do a thing his cleverness forbids.'"

"Perhaps, acting smartly is very tiring and, occasionally, we have to take our leave from the control of rationality. It might be even adaptive to do that but only if we find the line between being silly and doing something really stupid," Aczel concluded.

#15

I Think You Will Survive The Vaccine

I Think You Will Survive The Vaccine

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Leslie
Community Member
6 months ago

My favorite is the guy on video complaining he doesn’t know what’s in the vaccine, while vaping the entire time.

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#16

Stop Doing This!

Stop Doing This!

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Emily M
Community Member
6 months ago

I'd rather be a liberal pussy to some random guy on the street than be dead

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#17

What A Bellend!

What A Bellend!

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Leo Domitrix
Community Member
6 months ago

burn ointment, anyone?

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We also managed to get in touch with David M. Allen, M.D., a professor of psychiatry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and co-editor of Groupthink in Science. According to him, when it comes to people who spread misinformation and label the pandemic a hoax, that's almost always due to groupthink.

"In order to be considered part of a group, which has evolutionary survival value and so is, in my opinion, written into our genetic code (although we are able to choose to not do this and think critically, but there is usually a significant social cost), we often must go along with views that are held as central by our kin or social group," he explained.

Allen mentioned that groupthink also involves a lot of what one author called Willful Blindness — avoiding looking at any information that contradicts the group norms. "Paradoxically, in order to do this, one has to know where not to look, meaning that the individual has to know where it is, which in turn means that they actually have looked at it," the professor added.

#18

🤦🏻‍♂️

🤦🏻‍♂️

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Kimi Tomminello
Community Member
6 months ago

I love how they leave out the entire non sanctuary city Covid hotspots in the south.

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#19

Technically The Truth

Technically The Truth

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Eric Law
Community Member
6 months ago

Oh that's easy. 0.00009% chance of dying is way worse than 2% because it has more digits.

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#20

No One Could Competently Answer Questions About Health Care And The Covid Pandemic Without Cheating

No One Could Competently Answer Questions About Health Care And The Covid Pandemic Without Cheating

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Emmydearest
Community Member
6 months ago

We've been living in a world pandemic, with all the correlated problems such as unemployment, new poors, education, vaccines, etc...Mmm I wonder what should we ask the President about? His thoughts on who should win American Idol, maybe?

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#21

Doesn’t The Metal In The Vaccine Cause You To Be More Magnetic And Cars Are Pulled To You?

Doesn’t The Metal In The Vaccine Cause You To Be More Magnetic And Cars Are Pulled To You?

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Hex Gurls
Community Member
6 months ago

hehe

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"Trying to argue with people from a competing group is difficult because it usually involves negative ideas about your opponent — calling them stupid in one way or another invariably leads them to become defensive and start attacking back."

The professor wanted to share some advice with you, dear readers. "When it comes to interacting with people of opposite persuasions, learn how to be empathic with their positions before going on to challenge them. This is not easy to do when you feel they are attacking you, but it can be done."

Remember that "there is usually some aspect of the other fellow's position that you can agree with," he continued. "Being brave enough to engage in your own critical thinking about ideas cherished by your own groups can be useful in avoiding doing stupid things repeatedly with the same negative consequences."

#22

All The Beans At My Local Grocery Store Are Out Except This One...

All The Beans At My Local Grocery Store Are Out Except This One...

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Hadesdaughter
Community Member
6 months ago

Ppl are stupid. It was the beans, then the beer

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#23

Antivax Logic

Antivax Logic

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j_m m_j
Community Member
6 months ago

actually the plague still exists today

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#24

When You Believe Politicians Over Doctors

When You Believe Politicians Over Doctors

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Caro Caro
Community Member
6 months ago

Meh, let them die.

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#25

“If Masks Were Necessary We Would Have Evolved One By Now” Lmao

“If Masks Were Necessary We Would Have Evolved One By Now” Lmao

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
6 months ago

...or clothes?

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#26

I Had A Hard Time Believing People Were This Stupid... Until Today

I Had A Hard Time Believing People Were This Stupid... Until Today

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Leslie
Community Member
6 months ago

Booming economy lmaoooooooo

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#27

They Really Have Gotten To Us

They Really Have Gotten To Us

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Rijkærd
Community Member
6 months ago

School boards: Its NO for today and every other day.

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#28

People Still Wearing A Mask Below Their Nose Have Less Brain Cells Than A Baby

People Still Wearing A Mask Below Their Nose Have Less Brain Cells Than A Baby

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Brafne Heiwer
Community Member
6 months ago

Toddlers are fast learners.

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#29

Jfk During The Cuban Missile Crisis vs. Trump During A Global Pandemic

Jfk During The Cuban Missile Crisis vs. Trump During A Global Pandemic

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Buren
Community Member
6 months ago

This picture is a disgrace beyond my ability to comment

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#30

Did She Look At The Picture At All???

Did She Look At The Picture At All???

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James016
Community Member
6 months ago

It took a moment...

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#31

Good Job..

Good Job..

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rspanther
Community Member
6 months ago

Dodged a virus there.

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#32

The Four Covid Personality Types.

The Four Covid Personality Types.

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Got Myself 4 Dwarves
Community Member
6 months ago

My husbands mask always ends up like the bottom left, not because he chooses to but his beard seems to pull it down, I keep threatening to tit tape it to his nose, but then it'll like just move the other way

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#33

Ridiculous

Ridiculous

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Caro Caro
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

It's a pity they survived too. Would have done the world a favour ...

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#34

Grim Reaper Supporting Karens On Their Protest To Open Schools

Grim Reaper Supporting Karens On Their Protest To Open Schools

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troufaki13
Community Member
6 months ago

I'm pretty sure they didn't get the sarcasm...

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#35

It's Just A Flu, Bro! No, Wait...

It's Just A Flu, Bro! No, Wait...

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Caro Caro
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

Yeah and FU*K you Monica. Too late!

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#36

Absolutely Right

Absolutely Right

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KJ
Community Member
6 months ago

I wonder how long it took the notice writer to realise.

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#37

Went To The Shop Last Night. Every Aisle Had Been Picked Clean Apart From This... People Are Idiots

Went To The Shop Last Night. Every Aisle Had Been Picked Clean Apart From This... People Are Idiots

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Bored Seb
Community Member
6 months ago

the reason is because this beer tastes nothing and is just really bad.

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#38

This School Closed Down Commons So That They're Are No Mass Gatherings

This School Closed Down Commons So That They're Are No Mass Gatherings

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TKA
Community Member
6 months ago

I’m curious if this is true and if it held up

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#39

Corona-Challenge

Corona-Challenge

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Caro Caro
Community Member
6 months ago

Not only positive for corona methinks...

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#40

Yikes

Yikes

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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
6 months ago

Never even gave it a thought. Duh!

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