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
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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
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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
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2 months ago

i cant even..

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postboredom
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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