We all fail to communicate things to each other on a daily basis. And you may think it comes down to cultural or personality differences, but it doesn't. Family members, couples, school friends, and colleagues fail to communicate their intentions as if they met yesterday.

So when you tell your sibling it’s OK to eat half of your grapes, don’t be surprised to find their other halves chilling in the fridge. Sometimes it’s intentional and results in "malicious compliance," other times it’s purely accidental.

Bored Panda has put up a compilation of the most absurd and hilarious incidents of people taking stuff too literally⁠. Maybe those who gave these instructions will watch their words next time—better clear than sorry!

#1

This Is Why My Kid Is Going Places

This Is Why My Kid Is Going Places

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Foxxy (The Original)
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5 months ago

Hahaha love it.

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#2

Asked My Daughter To Lean Against The Pole For A Picture

Asked My Daughter To Lean Against The Pole For A Picture

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Dianna Siever
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5 months ago

I like her already

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#3

Best One Today

Best One Today

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
5 months ago

How else would one 'motivate' an answer?

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It’s no secret that some people communicate their thoughts and motives way better than others. But much of the miscommunication happens due to inability to express what we really want to say. So how do we make others understand us better? Well, there are some things we could work on.

First of all, think first and only then speak. According to Psych Central, before starting a conversation, you should ask yourself what its purpose is and make it clear to yourself. Only when you know what you want to say will the other person be able to get you.

#4

I Asked My Wife To Send Me Some Underwear Pictures, This Is What I Got In Return

I Asked My Wife To Send Me Some Underwear Pictures, This Is What I Got In Return

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chi-wei shen
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5 months ago

You should be proud to have such a witty wife.

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#5

A Friend’s Daughter-In-Law Was Told To “Cover Up” While Feeding Her Baby, So She Did

A Friend’s Daughter-In-Law Was Told To “Cover Up” While Feeding Her Baby, So She Did

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Well, I Tried
Community Member
5 months ago

Why was she asked to cover up? Stupid people. If you can't handle breast feeding, than just don't look

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#6

Some People Just Want To Watch The World Burn

Some People Just Want To Watch The World Burn

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Hans
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5 months ago

Save those birds!

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Another practical tip is to say less and mean more. Too many phrases, descriptive words, jargon, and clichés tend to take you further away from the point you’re communicating. Psych Central suggests that you “use active verbs and keep sentences short” to get “others to listen to you and actually absorb what you’re saying.”

No good communication has ever happened without listening. If you want to develop better understanding of others, you must be an active listener who focuses on the information you’re being told. Empathetic listening is also key in building closer relationships, making friends, and forming long-lasting connections.

#7

Name This Plant

Name This Plant

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
5 months ago

George is so generic, how about Tellulah.

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#8

Oh Susan

Oh Susan

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Nea
Community Member
5 months ago

The car insurance lady is still so polite, i would laugh

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#9

Told My 3 And 4-Year-Olds To Put The Toilet Paper Under The Sink. Must Be More Specific Next Time

Told My 3 And 4-Year-Olds To Put The Toilet Paper Under The Sink. Must Be More Specific Next Time

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Jody Brown
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5 months ago

Nice stash! Don't reveal your location.

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#10

My History Prof Wanted Us To Write A Paragraph From Any Historical Figure’s Point Of View And Urged Us To Be As “Realistic As Possible”

My History Prof Wanted Us To Write A Paragraph From Any Historical Figure’s Point Of View And Urged Us To Be As “Realistic As Possible”

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Heather W
Community Member
5 months ago

I want to know what the professor thought of this and the grade received. It’s creative!

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#11

Asked For "Nothing" As Dessert On A Disney Cruise. Got This Masterpiece

Asked For "Nothing" As Dessert On A Disney Cruise. Got This Masterpiece

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Tabitha L
Community Member
5 months ago

That nothing is something.

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#12

After A Huge Meal (Schweinshaxe) In Berlin I Asked For Just A Small Beer. This Is What The Waiter Brought Me

After A Huge Meal (Schweinshaxe) In Berlin I Asked For Just A Small Beer. This Is What The Waiter Brought Me

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Dee Hunter
Community Member
5 months ago

That was one of our go-to pranks whenever the customer behaved like a jerk. Hope this one was just the waiter having a laugh.

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#13

This Person, Who Took His Girlfriend To All The World-Class Cities Of Ohio

This Person, Who Took His Girlfriend To All The World-Class Cities Of Ohio

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KittyComics
Community Member
5 months ago

daaaaaamn.

Rick
Community Member
5 months ago

The irony being that I know hardly anyone in Europe that would actually DRIVE that far and long to get anywhere. I was talking to a couple from Austin and they were planning on driving from London to Edinburgh. We were all horrified.

Cindy Crowell
Community Member
5 months ago

*laughs in Texan*

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bored autumn
Community Member
5 months ago

You have both London AND New London?

Jon S.
Community Member
5 months ago

I'm loving the fact the people of ohio contracted the name 'Worcester' to 'Wooster'. Makes much more sense!

Erynne
Community Member
5 months ago

They also pronounce Versailles like "ver-sales". um...no.

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Roxy Eastland
Community Member
5 months ago

Honestly every bloomin' British town and city has it's equivalent in the US. I've learnt to always put 'UK' when trying to find out something about a local place.

Juanita Hahn
Community Member
5 months ago

Not "every" town. I don't think there's a Chipping Campden or Shipston-on-Stour. ;-)

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AutumntheLeaf/RainWing
Community Member
5 months ago

Hey I tried to do this with my girlfriend. She was not amused.

FloC
Community Member
5 months ago

And the tour even went through Peru and Australia !

smash17
Community Member
5 months ago

Wooster is probably just a simpler spelling of Worchester too!

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Mark
Community Member
5 months ago

While it isn't in Europe should have still popped to Springfield ;)

Richard Head
Community Member
5 months ago

I'm more surprised anyone went anywhere in Ohio on purpose.

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Bee Diaz
Community Member
5 months ago

He still failed. He did not take her to Europe.

Caroline Starr
Community Member
5 months ago

Newark, Mansfield and Portsmouth are all in England too.

Sarah Schmidt
Community Member
5 months ago

I would have actually enjoyed that, creative idea!

Olivia Miller (Livie)
Community Member
5 months ago

he got dumped for this

Maggie Smith
Community Member
5 months ago

Indiana has towns named Chili, Peru, Lebanon, Oxford, and more I can't remember. I'm not from there, my husband is, but it seems like people want to be anywhere other than Indiana.

Narfy T. Barfy
Community Member
5 months ago

Do you not know what bae means in danish? Cause i dont think you know what that means

Jette Wang Wahnon
Community Member
5 months ago

Do you mean puh bae? what are you? 4 years old?... and also completely besides the point

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Catlady6000
Community Member
5 months ago

Honestly, I would have loved this. On a nice day, a road is a lot of fun. Hmm, wonder if a road trip would count as self quarantine, you can easily pack your lunch.

Lucas
Community Member
5 months ago

Long car journeys seem to be discouraged right now though - what if you break down? Involves other people who might wish to stay at home if they had the choice. What if you have an accident? That would definitely involve people who would rather you'd stayed at home.

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Jovita A
Community Member
5 months ago

We have Paris here by DWF area :)

Bacony
Community Member
3 months ago

stop stealing our cities

Zarih Sundberg
Community Member
3 months ago

Whoever gave them names didn't have any imagination.

Azure Adams
Community Member
3 months ago

the mayor used the term "bae." Recall immediately

Brandy Grote
Community Member
4 months ago

London AND New London? Such swank!

Barbara Ilma Eva Westwood
Community Member
4 months ago

He missed out on visiting Newark, Portsmouth , Richmond (in England) and Florence (in Italy) around that area, so many more souvenir postcards could have been posted.

ebony1k124 touch
Community Member
4 months ago

Are y'all still together?

SF Angel
Community Member
4 months ago

Brilliant!

Cookie
Community Member
4 months ago

This rocks!

Cara Leith
Community Member
4 months ago

Could have stopped at Richmond too, it’s a lovely area of London!

Gail Hicks
Community Member
5 months ago

I love this!!

Victor Manteca Hierro
Community Member
5 months ago

He missed Toledo.

Anna Bender
Community Member
5 months ago

don't forget Antwerp

Trevlig08
Community Member
5 months ago

You still together??

Letitia DenHartog
Community Member
5 months ago

And I thought it was just Missouri that had city names from other countries. This is fascinating!

Susan
Community Member
5 months ago

Well... he's NOT wrong

May Day
Community Member
5 months ago

I live in Europe and this is... strange.

Fred and George Weasley
Community Member
5 months ago

i dont get it

Sam Thorne
Community Member
5 months ago

A side trip to China would have been easy, between Wooster and Berlin.

Josh Tall
Community Member
5 months ago

Toledo, Spain...duh

Anja Schmidt
Community Member
5 months ago

did she like it?

Sparky
Community Member
5 months ago

Cold have added in Parma!

Linda Petersen
Community Member
5 months ago

Hilarious. Who named those towns?

Kat Hague
Community Member
5 months ago

The pioneers who moved into Ohio in the 17 and 1800s more than likely from Europe and brought the name of the town they moved to, to the one they left

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Jayne Sargent
Community Member
5 months ago

Now that's an honest boyfriend. :)

Pamela E Brueckner
Community Member
5 months ago

One lucky gal with a very thrifty beau

Kim Joiner
Community Member
5 months ago

He missed Toledo, and he was RIGHT there!

Kim Joiner
Community Member
5 months ago

Missed Toledo, and he was RIGHT there!

1337
Community Member
5 months ago

Wow, didn't know these names existed outside Europe..

Mark Penrice
Community Member
5 months ago

That's quite a lot of shade to throw on Portsmouth, Mansfield, Newark and Florence when all of those would have been easily reached with only small tweaks to the route and possibly no more than a few minutes extra drive time.

Silja Hare
Community Member
5 months ago

He's single now, right?

Seabeast
Community Member
5 months ago

He missed Parma, up in the upper right corner. Who doesn't want to go to Italy?

Caroline Driver
Community Member
5 months ago

He missed Florence

Jo Ellen Washburn
Community Member
5 months ago

This! More upvotes for this!

Patricia Kasprowski
Community Member
5 months ago

Cheap!

Amy Hufford
Community Member
5 months ago

There’s a crapload of famous world cities and countries (Russia pronounced as rooshy) in ohio.

Masaya Ichikawa
Community Member
5 months ago

Marvelous!

Donald Holder
Community Member
5 months ago

And they say America and England are two separate countries!?

katboxjanitor
Community Member
5 months ago

Ecologically responsible world travel.

Sharon Nicoll
Community Member
5 months ago

VERY clever!!

Patzpie
Community Member
5 months ago

He wins!!!!!!!!!🤦🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

Nicole Wise
Community Member
5 months ago

They left out Paris Ohio

Todd Hollfelder
Community Member
5 months ago

Amazing! How much research did it take to put this whole trip together... and all in one state.

Vanta Black
Community Member
5 months ago

Not to be "that guy", but we have a Cleveland in England, as well. Also Mansfield and Portsmouth. Why aren't they included?

Lisa Chambers
Community Member
5 months ago

Might be fun if there are things like world's largest frying pan or something to see.

Anna roberts
Community Member
5 months ago

Do you like her new boyfriend?

Louise L
Community Member
5 months ago

What, you couldn’t give her Florence since you were RIGHT THERE?!

Meami
Community Member
5 months ago

That is the most disappointing world tour I have ever seen.

Dagmar Christie
Community Member
5 months ago

Love it.

Buchan van Veen
Community Member
5 months ago

Visiting Lima and Sidney, but missing Parma, Galipolis, Portsmouth and Delphos.

Maggie Barber
Community Member
5 months ago

That’s funny

Ana Miranda @ Lisbon, Portugal
Community Member
5 months ago

They would be welcome. After Covid Pandemic.

RitaGG
Community Member
5 months ago

Are we there yet?

Shelby McClain
Community Member
5 months ago

The map drawing looks like a dog

John Doe
Community Member
5 months ago

She throwin' him them hands for that.

Shart
Community Member
5 months ago

If your the mayor of Pittsburgh bro..you wouldn't have anything to do with ohio

Łukasz Mirosław
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

He skipped Florence and Portsmouth. Oh, and Parma.

Donna Reynolds
Community Member
5 months ago

Excellent. Bet that was fun.

Yvette Desmarais
Community Member
5 months ago

That would be fun, especially in a sorts car. You could do that in a lot of states.

Adam C
Community Member
5 months ago

Well played.

JessG
Community Member
5 months ago

This is just as impressive as actually taking her to Europe. Lol

Kate Arnett
Community Member
5 months ago

Also missed Mansfield, Newark, Richmond, Portsmouth & Parma, tho technically Cleveland & Richmond are small English boroughs. Mansfield & Newark are both in the County of Nottinghamshire (UK)

Elijah Snow
Community Member
5 months ago

This is one of the reasons I hate the U.S.

Sherbaan Naab
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5 months ago

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Cute, but not accurate. So not that funny.

Gin
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5 months ago

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He missed Portsmouth and Parma :(

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#14

I Asked My Wife To Pick Up Some Frozen Fruit At The Grocery Store

I Asked My Wife To Pick Up Some Frozen Fruit At The Grocery Store

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Aidan Schirra
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5 months ago

Oh no! These are frozen 2!

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#15

This Girl Waiting Here

This Girl Waiting Here

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Lauren Caswell
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5 months ago

Aw that's adorably compliant!

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#16

Anarchist Here. My Uncle And I Are Cut From Different Cloth

Anarchist Here. My Uncle And I Are Cut From Different Cloth

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Lauren Caswell
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5 months ago

I love it!

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#17

My Wife's Grandma Likes To Buy Us Snacks Whenever She Goes To The Store, So We Asked Her For Some Sour Cream And Onion Chips. We Were Amused By What She Came Back With

My Wife's Grandma Likes To Buy Us Snacks Whenever She Goes To The Store, So We Asked Her For Some Sour Cream And Onion Chips. We Were Amused By What She Came Back With

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Caged Beer
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5 months ago

Loving this Grandma!

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#18

Don't Hesitate When Telling David Your Name

Don't Hesitate When Telling David Your Name

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Raine Soo
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5 months ago

I really laughed at this one - for some reason.

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#19

Went Through The Taco Bell Drive-Thru With A Friend. When Asked If We Wanted Sauce, I Said: "As Much As You're Allowed To Give Me". I May Have Made A Mistake

Went Through The Taco Bell Drive-Thru With A Friend. When Asked If We Wanted Sauce, I Said: "As Much As You're Allowed To Give Me". I May Have Made A Mistake

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Heaven Lee
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5 months ago

That is like a years worth of sauce sachets.

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#20

My Wife, A Venezuelan Smart-Mouth

My Wife, A Venezuelan Smart-Mouth

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Heaven Lee
Community Member
5 months ago

Who cares? I think most people including English speakers would understand that jajaja is the same as hahaha.

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#21

Not What I Meant, But Ok

Not What I Meant, But Ok

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Nea
Community Member
5 months ago

Cute conversation

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#22

Probably

Probably

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Evelína Zlá
Community Member
5 months ago

Am I the only one excited that her name is actually Sand(i)man(n)? Big Neil Gaiman fan here :)

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#23

Picture On The Credit Card

Picture On The Credit Card

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Hans
Community Member
5 months ago

This is excellent. Theft protection!

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#24

I'm Done

I'm Done

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Rose the Cook
Community Member
5 months ago

This reminds me of when a teacher told a migrant child who spoke little English to, "do a hundred lines", as punishment for some petty offence. The girl delivered a sheet of art paper with 100 straight lines ruled on it.

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#25

Spoons

Spoons

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
5 months ago

I have seen a few products where the designer/agency etc has written the description. Do they not have common sense?

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#26

When You Ask For A Golden Retriever For Your Birthday And Your Boyfriend Gets You This

When You Ask For A Golden Retriever For Your Birthday And Your Boyfriend Gets You This

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
5 months ago

A giant eyelash curler?

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#27

I Asked My Brother To Take A Picture Of Me In Spain And This Was The Actual Picture He Thought Was Fine (P.S. I’m Not Wearing A Hat)

I Asked My Brother To Take A Picture Of Me In Spain And This Was The Actual Picture He Thought Was Fine (P.S. I’m Not Wearing A Hat)

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Jenna Lanham
Community Member
5 months ago

the man kind of looks like Anthony Hopkins "Hello, Clarice"

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#28

These Guys Always Have The Best Signs

These Guys Always Have The Best Signs

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Mollie Sue Coons
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5 months ago

Good job! Here's a raise!

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#29

Boss Said I Wasn’t Using Enough Wet Floor Signs While Mopping

Boss Said I Wasn’t Using Enough Wet Floor Signs While Mopping

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

You should put out a sign to warn people not to trip over the signs. Safety first ^-^

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#30

My Husband Asked Hardees To Put Extra Frosting On His Cinnamon Biscuit

My Husband Asked Hardees To Put Extra Frosting On His Cinnamon Biscuit

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M Adams
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5 months ago

Oh, this is a win!

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#31

I Think My Barista Is Trolling Me

I Think My Barista Is Trolling Me

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Craig Lee
Community Member
5 months ago

Why would you have to say "With a Y"? You're waiting for them to call your name, if it's a common name, just use a random weird name or your full name.

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#32

And You Even Can't Be Mad At Him

And You Even Can't Be Mad At Him

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
5 months ago

This is definitely something my brother would do, simply just to annoy me.

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#33

My Friends' Kid Asked For A 3DS For His Birthday

My Friends' Kid Asked For A 3DS For His Birthday

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Tabitha L
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5 months ago

I hope the kid got a real gift too.

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#34

I Told My Students To "Include The Word Count In Your Essays"

I Told My Students To "Include The Word Count In Your Essays"

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
5 months ago

I would hate to be the teacher reading this, would do my head in.

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#35

Asked My Husband To Put The Pillowcases On The Pillows

Asked My Husband To Put The Pillowcases On The Pillows

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Full Name
Community Member
5 months ago

The time honoured classic "I'll screw this up so bad she'll get annoyed and just do it herself next time".

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#36

Was Worried About Privacy, So I Asked If They Could Put A Door Up To The Men's Change Room. Problem Solved

Was Worried About Privacy, So I Asked If They Could Put A Door Up To The Men's Change Room. Problem Solved

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Amanda Sherland
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5 months ago

Whoever numbered those lockers in the back like that.... sociopath.

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#37

Coffee Shop Compliance

Coffee Shop Compliance

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Camilla Gonzales
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

you did it all wrong you drew ON a sign you didn't make one yourself SMH edit: this is a joke, don't take this seriously lmao

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#38

Asked For A Small Frosty But In A Medium Cup "I Wasn't Sure, But Hope This Is What You Were Asking For"

Asked For A Small Frosty But In A Medium Cup "I Wasn't Sure, But Hope This Is What You Were Asking For"

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
5 months ago

Why get a frosty in a medium cup if your ordering a small in the first place?

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#39

Taking Advantage Of A Poorly Worded Question On A Music History Test

Taking Advantage Of A Poorly Worded Question On A Music History Test

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Dee Hunter
Community Member
5 months ago

Though some call him the "inventor of jazz"

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#40

My Cousin's Friend Ordered A Chicken Burger And Asked For Mayo On The Top And Bottom, This Is What She Got

My Cousin's Friend Ordered A Chicken Burger And Asked For Mayo On The Top And Bottom, This Is What She Got

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
5 months ago

Surely this was done out of spite.

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