Not everyone was born Steve Jobs. In a world ruled by technology and social media, many people find themselves struggling to keep up with increasingly elaborate electronics. The elderly are taking tips from their “tech-savvy kids,” and our moms are figuring out how to upload Instagram stories, which is both a bless… I mean, a curse, really.

But hey, who am I to judge when there are still some people who are so clueless about seemingly basic tech things like chargers, ad blockers, and electric kettles? Bored Panda has compiled a painfully cringy list of some of the most absurd fails in the land of electronics that will make tech ed classics great again.

After you're done reading this post, be sure to check out our previous lists with the worst software fails, older people struggling with technology, and tech support people sharing the nightmare fails they've encountered.

#1

“The Printer Isn’t Working”

“The Printer Isn’t Working”

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Mohsie Supposie
Community Member
1 month ago

Printers should be smart enough to peel off the wrap!

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#2

This Is How My Auntie Blocks Ads From Her Computer Screen

This Is How My Auntie Blocks Ads From Her Computer Screen

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LC Greenwood
Community Member
1 month ago

I like it!! Well done Auntie

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#3

Oh, Dear, Dad Tried To Print A Video

Oh, Dear, Dad Tried To Print A Video

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troufaki13
Community Member
1 month ago

I wonder how he thought this was gonna go... like how does it come out if you print a video? Is it like when you draw a sequence of pictures at the bottom corner of a book and then flip through so it seems like it's moving?

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With so many people still struggling with technology and electronics that have all become part of our daily lives in recent decades, we can’t help but wonder what went wrong. Should we blame technology education classes nobody looked at seriously? Or is it really a lack of patience when it comes to learning new things? Maybe society itself has left out the older generation, which has become separated due to its failure to employ new technological modes of communication and life?

Experts have many reasons for the phenomenon, but most agree that by creating innovation and pushing tech to its very potential, we have created new problems on the way. For example, Larry Masinter, an internet pioneer, said: “Technology and social innovation intended to overcome the negatives of the digital age will likely cause additional negative consequences. Examples include: the decentralized web, end-to-end encryption, AI and machine learning, social media.”

Meanwhile, Peter Lunenfeld, a professor of design, media arts, and digital humanities at the University of California, Los Angeles, predicts that solutions to these newly emerged problems will create new issues, and we may end up in a vicious loop. “We will use technology to solve the problems the use of technology creates, but the new fixes will bring new issues,” he stated.

#4

End User Had A Heater Next To The PC Which Was Randomly Shutting Off And She Thought She Had Smelled Burning A Couple Of Times. It Is Literally Screaming

End User Had A Heater Next To The PC Which Was Randomly Shutting Off And She Thought She Had Smelled Burning A Couple Of Times. It Is Literally Screaming

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Sakib sarar Ananda
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1 month ago

The horror of the ports!

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#5

My Girlfriend's Grandma Thought The iPad Was A Cutting Board

My Girlfriend's Grandma Thought The iPad Was A Cutting Board

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Sakib sarar Ananda
Community Member
1 month ago

Wait, aren't all iPads new generation cutting boards from Apple?!

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#6

Technologically Superior

Technologically Superior

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Linus Nilsson
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1 month ago

That's ... a lot

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According to the chief technology officer of RAD Data Communications, Yaakov J. Stein, the problem lays in our total dependence on the tech world. “The problem is that we are becoming more and more dependent on machines and hence more susceptible to bugs and system failures.”

There are other things inherently flawed in technological advancements, and it has to do with concerning amounts of their exploitation for the wrong purposes. According to a Pew Research report, “Numerous experts described misinformation and fake news as a serious issue in digital spaces. They expressed concern over how users will sort through fact and fiction in the coming decade.”

Yet, many experts believe that it's simply too late to take a step back in the tech world. Our lives have changed beyond recognition thanks to the internet and technology, in many ways for the better. It has made our time more efficient, our jobs more productive, our lives somewhat easier and more intuitive. And in accepting its good features, we may well have to accept its flaws.

#7

Some Karen Raged Into The Apple Store And Asked For A Refund For Her iPhone 5. I Didn’t Listen To The Convo But When I Walked Past I Heard The Manager Asked Her If She Charged It, She Said No

Some Karen Raged Into The Apple Store And Asked For A Refund For Her iPhone 5. I Didn’t Listen To The Convo But When I Walked Past I Heard The Manager Asked Her If She Charged It, She Said No

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Dorothy Parker
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1 month ago

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Paid cash did she then. Stop using Karen. It's bullying!

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#8

Asked My Dad Why He Was Reading Through The Camera App On His Phone. He Said He Wanted To See What It Would Be Like If I Had A Kindle

Asked My Dad Why He Was Reading Through The Camera App On His Phone. He Said He Wanted To See What It Would Be Like If I Had A Kindle

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Sum Guy
Community Member
1 month ago

HAHAHA... that's very clever though. I think he's just checking if he would be able to read using a device instead of an actual book before buying the thing.

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#9

My Dad Says, “Google Is Doing This Stupid Thing Where The Blur The Top Left Part Of The Results. Facebook Is Doing It Too Actually.” He Melted The Top Left Corner Of His Screen

My Dad Says, “Google Is Doing This Stupid Thing Where The Blur The Top Left Part Of The Results. Facebook Is Doing It Too Actually.” He Melted The Top Left Corner Of His Screen

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Sum Guy
Community Member
1 month ago

Why is the candle still there?

로희
Community Member
1 month ago

Gotta take a pic for the internet!

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OoNijNoO
Community Member
1 month ago

Finally found the group I belong to 🙃

Leo Domitrix
Community Member
1 month ago

I suddenly feel less tech-stupid... And it doesn't make me feel better.

Lorrie Rothstein
Community Member
1 month ago

was it the gwyneth paltrow candle? It burns your house down

Student Aaron Cunningham
Community Member
1 month ago

this is why we can't have parents

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
1 month ago

Who puts a candle behind a laptop that's lit!?!?!? It's not going to improve the back lighting...

PapillonOne
Community Member
1 month ago

Was probably just for scent.

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gracefullikeagazelle
Community Member
1 month ago

You can't spell either. ~'

Louchebert
Community Member
1 month ago

Nothing to see here... move along folks! 😑

Ted Smith
Community Member
1 month ago

Fire proof 😱 I guess Apple needs an upgrade 😅

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
1 month ago

Ouch, that's gonna cost :P

James016
Community Member
1 month ago

One of my colleagues did this recently to her work laptop.

Amy Frank
Community Member
1 month ago

LMAO

backatya
Community Member
1 month ago

The laptop still works except for that side? Wow

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
1 month ago

OOOORERRRR .. no that was a big booboo. a lit candle or any heating near any computer..yikes that did it Dad!

Tracy Wolfe
Community Member
1 month ago

Just going to say dieing

Dan 57man (dan57man)
Community Member
1 month ago

I think this is BS.

Laura Roney
Community Member
1 month ago

🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

Starlee87
Community Member
1 month ago

Smh

Barbar Stewart
Community Member
1 month ago

Yikes

Mari Bryant
Community Member
1 month ago

😳

Ashley Wright
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh, dad. 💖

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 month ago

No I will not hire you to babysit.

Rich Ellis
Community Member
1 month ago

Sadly, that looks like something I would do and then spend the rest of my life wondering how I could be that stupid.

Slune
Community Member
1 month ago

....like a schon candle in the Wind......sing Elton Sing!

Patty Leaton
Community Member
1 month ago

I smell burning but can't see it ha ha

FABULOUS1
Community Member
1 month ago

So this person took a picture first before telling them whats happening?

Laura Johnston
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh, my! So okay, we have Karens, what are men called?

Zena Marsh
Community Member
1 month ago

Why a candle at all?

Kjersti Valberg
Community Member
1 month ago

Omg, i have literally done that once. Luckily the computer still worked

Siddharthkrishna Kodathala
Community Member
1 month ago

"dang it man, why is google so stupid!"

Beezel Palomar
Community Member
1 month ago

The laptop is burning! -takes pic- uploads it - tags dad . . Did my part.

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#10

Student Uses Light On Phone To Charge Portable Solar Battery So That He Can Charge His Phone

Student Uses Light On Phone To Charge Portable Solar Battery So That He Can Charge His Phone

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Linus Nilsson
Community Member
1 month ago

He solved the energy crisis! This is amazing! Here, have my nobel prize!

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#11

I Decided To Upgrade To An Electric Kettle This Week, A Detail I Remembered As It Burst Into Flames On The Gas Stove

I Decided To Upgrade To An Electric Kettle This Week, A Detail I Remembered As It Burst Into Flames On The Gas Stove

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Sakib sarar Ananda
Community Member
1 month ago

That's an hot a**e kettle :3

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#12

Should I Tell My Mom She's Supposed To Take The iPad Out Of The Box?

Should I Tell My Mom She's Supposed To Take The iPad Out Of The Box?

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Linus Nilsson
Community Member
1 month ago

Nah, increases the second hand value

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#13

I Set Up A Lock Screen App That Takes A Photo If You Put The Password In Wrong Trying To Catch My Daughter On My Phone. I've Only Caught Myself So Far Mostly First Thing In The Morning

I Set Up A Lock Screen App That Takes A Photo If You Put The Password In Wrong Trying To Catch My Daughter On My Phone. I've Only Caught Myself So Far Mostly First Thing In The Morning

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N G
Community Member
1 month ago

So, radical thought, maybe your daughter isn't using your phone? (Or she knows your password better than you do - better get her to unlock it in the mornings!)

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#14

I Couldn’t Find My Phone But It Was Connected To The Bluetooth So I Figured It Was Somewhere In... Or Out Of The Car

I Couldn’t Find My Phone But It Was Connected To The Bluetooth So I Figured It Was Somewhere In... Or Out Of The Car

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Wendillon
Community Member
1 month ago

but...how?

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#15

iPhone X That Came Into The Shop Today. Customer Said “I’ve Never Dropped It In Water”

iPhone X That Came Into The Shop Today. Customer Said “I’ve Never Dropped It In Water”

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Hello it Smee
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

It is rustier than the Titanic, it like they activity drowned it.

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#16

My Dad's Way Of Transferring Pictures

My Dad's Way Of Transferring Pictures

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Sandra Vianey
Community Member
1 month ago

I love the hand trying to stop this from happening lol

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#17

Saw My Mom's Phone, And Investigated. She Used The Screen Protector's Throwaway Film Instead Of The Actual Screen Protector

Saw My Mom's Phone, And Investigated. She Used The Screen Protector's Throwaway Film Instead Of The Actual Screen Protector

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Ivo H
Community Member
1 month ago

Lots of people do this. One of my friends used the original throw-away foil despite it was covered in slogans like 'even longer battery life!' or 'more powerful than ever before' etc.

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#18

I Need Somewhere To Set This Candle. Oh Here’s A Good Spot

I Need Somewhere To Set This Candle. Oh Here’s A Good Spot

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Gábor Bordás
Community Member
1 month ago

If it still works at least it's insulated. Who needs IP67 anyways when you have candle wax?

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#19

My Mother-In-Law Keeps Complaining That Her Kindle Wouldn’t Charge

My Mother-In-Law Keeps Complaining That Her Kindle Wouldn’t Charge

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Mohsie Supposie
Community Member
1 month ago

If it fits, it must be right!

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#20

Dad Accidentally Turned Off Keyboard Backlighting And Couldn’t See The Keys

Dad Accidentally Turned Off Keyboard Backlighting And Couldn’t See The Keys

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Sakib sarar Ananda
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

m&n's are small :3

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#21

My Professor Got Bored In Class So She Went On Facebook. She Really Didn't Seem To Notice Her Laptop Was Still Connected To The Projector

My Professor Got Bored In Class So She Went On Facebook. She Really Didn't Seem To Notice Her Laptop Was Still Connected To The Projector

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Zlaxcat Youtube
Community Member
1 month ago

While I was doing online school my teacher said us to get on with the work, but forgot to stop presenting her screen and started typing to some people over Messenger.

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#22

Nothing Like Pulling Out A Warm Pillow Out Of The Dryer Right Before Bedtime

Nothing Like Pulling Out A Warm Pillow Out Of The Dryer Right Before Bedtime

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Ivo H
Community Member
1 month ago

Noooooo!

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#23

Don't Ask Me

Don't Ask Me

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Ivo H
Community Member
1 month ago

Ok, now I'm curious.. How the hell this happened?

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#24

Customer Brought In This iMac For Not Powering On. This Is How He Apparently Uses It

Customer Brought In This iMac For Not Powering On. This Is How He Apparently Uses It

For further context: I'm 99% sure the customer has been running his iMac with the shipping plastic in place since 2015, including on the bottom covering the vents, as there's airflow patterns of dust and certain areas where the plastic has melted/deformed; note the scotch tape ON the plastic covering the camera.
EDIT: Just called the customer and asked/confirmed the plastic has been in place; "I guess that's why I hear the fans ramp up!" And he wants to keep the plastic in place, lol. But I got him to agree to at least let me clip the bottom portion so it no longer wraps around the vents.

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Sum Guy
Community Member
1 month ago

That's why most computers now come with vented plastic

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#25

Wondered Why One Of My Earbuds Wasn't Going In The Charging Case

Wondered Why One Of My Earbuds Wasn't Going In The Charging Case

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Paizleypie
Community Member
1 month ago

Who is that?

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#26

My Sister Was Putting On Her Make Up In Front Of A Window And The Mirror She Was Using Burnt A Hole In Her Screen

My Sister Was Putting On Her Make Up In Front Of A Window And The Mirror She Was Using Burnt A Hole In Her Screen

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Ivo H
Community Member
1 month ago

IMHO this is not like most of the others. Accidents like that can happen, I really doubt that ANYONE would think of this.

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#27

Ripped Off What I Thought Was Protective Plastic From A New Monitor. It Was The Polarizing Film

Ripped Off What I Thought Was Protective Plastic From A New Monitor. It Was The Polarizing Film

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Linus Nilsson
Community Member
1 month ago

Now put it on your glasses. Makes it impossible for others to read over your shoulders

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#28

I Was Really Pleased To Find That My Left-Behind Charger Had Arrived In The Mail. Because I Am My Own Worst Enemy, I Hastily Opened The Package With Scissors

I Was Really Pleased To Find That My Left-Behind Charger Had Arrived In The Mail. Because I Am My Own Worst Enemy, I Hastily Opened The Package With Scissors

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Mohsie Supposie
Community Member
1 month ago

It's a standard USB cable. You can replace it.

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#29

My Dad Photocopied His Phone To Use A Money Off Voucher

My Dad Photocopied His Phone To Use A Money Off Voucher

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PhybreAwptic
Community Member
1 month ago

OG Screenshot

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#30

Candle Was Super Fragrant Last Night. Now I Know Why

Candle Was Super Fragrant Last Night. Now I Know Why

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Mohsie Supposie
Community Member
1 month ago

Hi-resolution OUCH!

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#31

Customer Came In With His iPhone, His Glass Cracked, He Thought He Could Peel Off The Glass So He Wouldn't Notice The Crack Anymore

Customer Came In With His iPhone, His Glass Cracked, He Thought He Could Peel Off The Glass So He Wouldn't Notice The Crack Anymore

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Sakib sarar Ananda
Community Member
1 month ago

Where's the crack btw? 🤔

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#32

Found Out My Toaster Can Work As A Timer, Even When Not Plugged In. Now I Have To Wait Another 20 Minutes To Find Out How Good These Fish Sticks Are

Found Out My Toaster Can Work As A Timer, Even When Not Plugged In. Now I Have To Wait Another 20 Minutes To Find Out How Good These Fish Sticks Are

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Konpat
Community Member
1 month ago

There's many more things wrong with this picture than just the missing plug-in

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#33

"But I Like It This Way, It's Convenient" - My Tech Savvy Aunt

"But I Like It This Way, It's Convenient" - My Tech Savvy Aunt

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Mohsie Supposie
Community Member
1 month ago

Every phone should actually have this feature. Take notes, smartphone makers, and learn from this Aunt!

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#34

Thermostat Had Hardly Worked All Winter, A Friend Suggested I Open It And Look For A Switch

Thermostat Had Hardly Worked All Winter, A Friend Suggested I Open It And Look For A Switch

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Hans
Community Member
1 month ago

This really is a slip only, not a lack of understanding as in most other pictures here. Very annoying, though.

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#35

Xerox Fault Error 072-210

Xerox Fault Error 072-210

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Angela B
Community Member
1 month ago

But you said to put a full pack of paper in the tray

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#36

Obviously Scatterbrained Today, I Put A Laundry Detergent Pod In The Dishwasher

Obviously Scatterbrained Today, I Put A Laundry Detergent Pod In The Dishwasher

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Mohsie Supposie
Community Member
1 month ago

You can make up for it by putting a dishwasher tab in the laundry. Job done!

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#37

Brother Couldn’t Figure Out Why His Wi-Fi Signal Was Terrible

Brother Couldn’t Figure Out Why His Wi-Fi Signal Was Terrible

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Sum Guy
Community Member
1 month ago

That's literally a faraday cage

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#38

Just Found Out Why My Mom's Laptop Wasn’t Charging

Just Found Out Why My Mom's Laptop Wasn’t Charging

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1 month ago

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I hate to see what she does with cucumbers....

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#39

Broken Clip? No Problem

Broken Clip? No Problem

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Mohsie Supposie
Community Member
1 month ago

Judging by the holes in the desk, this has been done a few times.

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#40

If You Spill Acetone On Your Table, Make Sure You Clean It All Up

If You Spill Acetone On Your Table, Make Sure You Clean It All Up

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Mohsie Supposie
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1 month ago

Why do you even have acetone on the table?

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#41

"It's Hard To Hear People Unless I'm On Speakerphone"

"It's Hard To Hear People Unless I'm On Speakerphone"

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Marette
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1 month ago

I'm more concerned about the amount of unread emails you have!

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#42

My Mom Using A Magnifying Glass To See My Phone Better. Love Her To Death But She's Not The Best With Technology

My Mom Using A Magnifying Glass To See My Phone Better. Love Her To Death But She's Not The Best With Technology

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Konpat
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1 month ago

Mine either...

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#43

Girlfriend Turned The New Iron On Without Checking The Bottom. She Turned It Into A Boiling Plastic Spreader

Girlfriend Turned The New Iron On Without Checking The Bottom. She Turned It Into A Boiling Plastic Spreader

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Paizleypie
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1 month ago

Just why do they need to put protective plastic on an iron??

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#44

Spent 10 Minutes Looking For The Drip Tray For The Forman Grill, After I Turned It On

Spent 10 Minutes Looking For The Drip Tray For The Forman Grill, After I Turned It On

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Hello it Smee
Community Member
1 month ago

Found it!

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#45

I Can’t Figure Out How To Get On To Netflix

I Can’t Figure Out How To Get On To Netflix

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Mohsie Supposie
Community Member
1 month ago

I thought that button was to turn Netflix OFF!

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#46

My Sister Unplugged My 3D Printer With Only A Few Layers Left On This 20 Hour Print

My Sister Unplugged My 3D Printer With Only A Few Layers Left On This 20 Hour Print

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 month ago

You didn't have a sign "Do not disconnect this plug"? ( Wouldn't have changed a thing though...)

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#47

My Wife Washed My USB Drive Because It Was "Sticky"

My Wife Washed My USB Drive Because It Was "Sticky"

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Wendillon
Community Member
1 month ago

It might still work...I've put one of mine through a washing machine by accident before and it was miraculously okay.

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#48

My Mom Didn't Know How To Take A Screenshot So She Improvised With The Scanner

My Mom Didn't Know How To Take A Screenshot So She Improvised With The Scanner

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WestWorldEmployee7
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1 month ago

How does anyone not know how to do somwthing in the Age of Google?

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#49

My Dad Didn’t Realize You Could Screen Record Videos

My Dad Didn’t Realize You Could Screen Record Videos

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troufaki13
Community Member
1 month ago

That's creative though!

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#50

iPhone 12 Pro Cracked In Under 6 Hours Of Owning

iPhone 12 Pro Cracked In Under 6 Hours Of Owning

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Linus Nilsson
Community Member
1 month ago

Put was it stupid? Or an accident? Or manufactoring problems?

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