If you've ever played Chinese Whispers (also known as the telephone) you know that communication fails, sometimes with funny results too.

And what better way to spend your Internet data than to enjoy people running into hilarious everyday situations? From a husband failing to buy the groceries his wife asked for to a diner unable to respond to the waiter, here are some of the best misunderstandings people have shared online.

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AntiNutjob
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2 months ago

*quacked her head

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However, we must be careful as these kinds of misunderstandings can lead to conflicts as well. I mean, just think how many times couples have started fighting after one person misinterpreted what the other said or done.

Heidi Grant Halvorson, a social psychologist at Columbia Business School who has researched how people perceive one another, said people don't realize they are not coming across the way they think they are.

"If I ask you about how you see yourself—what traits you would say describe you—and I ask someone who knows you well to list your traits, the correlation between what you say and what your friend says will be somewhere between 0.2 and 0.5. There's a big gap between how other people see us and how we see ourselves," Halvorson told The Atlantic.

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
2 months ago

The symbol for you’re not getting fed properly tonight.

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According to her, this gap often arises from what psychologists call 'the transparency illusion'—people's belief that what they feel, desire, and intend is crystal clear to others, even though they have done very little to communicate clearly what is going on inside their minds.

"Chances are, how you look when you are slightly frustrated isn't all that different from how you look when you are a little concerned, confused, disappointed, or nervous. Your 'I'm kind of hurt by what you just said' face probably looks an awful lot like your 'I'm not at all hurt by what you just said' face. And the majority of times that you've said to yourself, 'I made my intentions clear,' or 'He knows what I meant,' you didn't and he doesn't."

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Scagsy
Community Member
2 months ago

Who doesn't want super salad?

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The answer to these problems lies within us. "If you want to solve the problem of perception," Halverson added, "it’s much more practical for you to decide to be a good sender of signals than to hope that the perceiver is going to go into phase two of perception. It's not realistic to expect people to go to that effort. Can you imagine how exhausting it would be to weigh every possible motivation of another person? Plus, you can't control what's going on inside of another person's mind, but you can control how you come across."

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postboredom
Community Member
2 months ago

i cant even..

Vic
Community Member
2 months ago

Of course you can, 710 is even.. 711 on the other hand is odd.. :-p

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Kesam
Community Member
2 months ago

0Ɩㄥ

kjorn
Community Member
2 months ago

OMG! i'm looking for 710 too! can't find that anywhere!!!

Tiggy Darling
Community Member
2 months ago

Um...I once set a spray gun to "NO". When it accidentally went off I was shocked, then realised I was reading upside down.

ElusiveIntrovert
Community Member
2 months ago

On things that never happened :D

Ben Young
Community Member
2 months ago

Used to work at HP. Woman calls in and says “I’m a doctor. So I’m not stupid. But I can’t get this laptop to open” “does it say HP when you look at it?” “Yeah?” “Spin it 180 degrees” and then she hung up on me lol

Leroy Fong
Community Member
2 months ago

Why are people that dumb? Just... Just why?

Raine Soo
Community Member
2 months ago

710 is a special blend made just for his car.

Guy MacGregor
Community Member
2 months ago

That's an old joke

XianJaguar
Community Member
2 months ago

SO OLD! I remember it from Reader's Digest decades ago. But it's still funny!

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manon M
Community Member
2 months ago

something that I could totally do

Kalista Moonwolf
Community Member
2 months ago

This is from an ooooold blonde joke

Pauline Bennett
Community Member
2 months ago

Even I ain't that dumb.

Flopsy
Community Member
2 months ago

I don't know about this one. How did this person know they need 710? What were they told or what light turned on on their dashboard they would conclude they need more 710?

Casey Herman
Community Member
2 months ago

It's obvious that the 710 temperature (or pressure?) gauge must have inadvertently been installed upside down in their car!

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Monique Maître
Community Member
2 months ago

He must be an ID10T

Pasion Jones
Community Member
4 weeks ago

old joke.... smh

Randy Klefbeck
Community Member
1 month ago

And somehow he knew he needed it badly??? Uhhhhh..owners manual much?

Daniel Clarke
Community Member
2 months ago

Nonsense. If he doesn't know what oil is why would he go to a garage for a refill thereof?

Tim Skeens
Community Member
2 months ago

AH! 710 oil

David Kim
Community Member
2 months ago

OIL

Walter Brameld
Community Member
2 months ago

This sounds made up.

Fieke Engelen
Community Member
2 months ago

no comment possible, laughing too much

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
2 months ago

This is an old blonde joke & I seriously doubt it has any factual basis.

Ditty Bop
Community Member
2 months ago

This joke is at least 20 years old.

elfin
Community Member
2 months ago

Well, it is in writing.

CARMEN FLORES
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh - My - Goodness!! and I am sitting here wondering what a 710 was even after the picture...I need to get some air..

Connie Martin
Community Member
2 months ago

Amazing that someone would know how to check the oil level and not know that this cap said oil??

80 Van
Community Member
2 months ago

That would make a good oil brand name though.

SweetCee
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh buddy.....

Dawn Thomas-Cameron
Community Member
2 months ago

ID 10 T

Mshauri Mazuri
Community Member
2 months ago

🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

Darwinist
Community Member
2 months ago

It say ˥IO

Anamaria Mazer de Toledo
Community Member
2 months ago

Jesus rollercoaster Christ....

Linda HS
Community Member
2 months ago

🤦‍♀️

Guy Levin
Community Member
2 months ago

Obviously fake

blugeagua
Community Member
2 months ago

could very well be true

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J.B.
Community Member
2 months ago

It was on CarTalk, back in 1760s.

Stephanie
Community Member
2 months ago

I'd died on the spot!

Paul Punzer
Community Member
2 months ago

to the "710" guy: please do not procreate!

Lola
Community Member
2 months ago

Good god, these people vote!

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postboredom
Community Member
2 months ago

They are nice

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postboredom
Community Member
2 months ago

The potatoes are 2020

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postboredom
Community Member
2 months ago

This guy comes in a LOT of posts

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Scagsy
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh Jessica! How red is your face after that exchange lol

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postboredom
Community Member
2 months ago

teehee, atleast she didnt go there and start petting it

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AntiNutjob
Community Member
2 months ago

He didn't know shit

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Monday
Community Member
2 months ago

Well it's their fault for asking a 5 year old to watch a baby....

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Scagsy
Community Member
2 months ago

ROFL - that's actually pretty funny

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manon M
Community Member
2 months ago

It must have been a mixture of stress and the urge to kill, at this point...

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Squee
Community Member
2 months ago

Hmm, how did they not notice?

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Diana Eriksson
Community Member
2 months ago

Well, at least you got a date night :)

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postboredom
Community Member
2 months ago

How much is an ounce for us metric people?

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Joonscrab
Community Member
2 months ago

Boys can wear dresses too :)

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Mike Crow
Community Member
2 months ago

Tip: for those days you want pasta and don’t have much time, pre boil the water before hand and then put it in the freezer. That way it is ready to go when you need it :p

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Cactus McCoy
Community Member
2 months ago

How in the seven hells?

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postboredom
Community Member
2 months ago

looks like a butt on an ice cream cone tbh

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
2 months ago

Or did he do that on purpose so she’d never ask again?

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Vic
Community Member
2 months ago

The real question is, how many missed the bowl..

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postboredom
Community Member
2 months ago

I am sorry but ???

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Emily Geels
Community Member
2 months ago

At first I thought he meant the kids got incinerated and I was like I thought this was supposed to be funny?

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MantisGirl13
Community Member
2 months ago

Amelia Bedelia?

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Hans
Community Member
2 months ago

At least no vampires were guests.

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AntiNutjob
Community Member
2 months ago

mmm four cheese pizza

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postboredom
Community Member
2 months ago

tofurky.. like a tofu turkey? i would rather say the entire thing than call that tofurky

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rspanther
Community Member
2 months ago

But was it hot?

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Scagsy
Community Member
2 months ago

Did you divorce her over CHIPS?

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