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
2 months 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
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2 months 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
2 months 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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2 months 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
2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months ago

Why is the candle still there?

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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
2 months 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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Jonathan
Community Member
2 months ago

I always find it so bizarre that so many Americans use stove top kettles when electric kettles are much more convenient. I'm British and can't imagine using anything other than an electric kettle! Coffee, tea, hot chocolate in an instant.

Katherine Boag
Community Member
2 months ago

Its because america has a lower voltage, so electric kettles take way longer than stovetop.

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Full of Giggles
Community Member
2 months ago

Omg! I accidentally did this in an Airbnb. Luckily, the property owner was very understanding and found it hilarious. He said brain farts happen and mine will leave an odor for weeks.

Emily Champagne
Community Member
2 months ago

I'm in the USA and I have an electric kettle that boils water in 2-3 minutes. Way quicker than the stove.

Exquisite Spam
Community Member
2 months ago

We discovered my grandmother had dementia when she did that.

Vicky Zar
Community Member
2 months ago

What a nice shape. No wonder they confused it with a stove top one. Most of ours look more like a pitcher. You can't really confuse those. Plus: We always had one at home. It's easier not to confuse something you knew all your life.

Kenny Kulbiski
Community Member
2 months ago

My tea kettle boils water in about 4 or 5 minutes on an electric range. I don't know how much faster an electric tea kettle is but I'm not in that big of a hurry that I'm gonna go buy a whole separate space taking appliance just to gain a few minutes. It sounds like these people would have anxiety attacks waiting for their tea to steep.

Remi Flynne
Community Member
2 months ago

It's about two or three minutes. As someone who let a pan of water boil dry when distracted by something more important I rather like a kettle as they switch themselves off. Honestly, personal preference, available space - each to their own.

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El Dee
Community Member
2 months ago

Who uses these anymore? Even my grandmother stopped using them before I was born, and I'm as old as dirt lol!

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
2 months ago

I do.. so do my grandchildren.. we were brought up using the electric jug.. now some very smart styles. Only one catch, if there is a blackout ( power outage) gas would always be at hand.

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Sakib sarar Ananda
Community Member
2 months ago

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

Malcontent
Community Member
2 months ago

My mother did the same thing a few years back- old people are forgetful, who knew?..

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

It's a cup of tea not a blood transfusion. The point being to relax and enjoy, not scintifically determine the most effective way to prepare. For the lady who cooked her teapot, drink milk.

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
2 months ago

hahahahhahhahaha

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Zena Marsh
Community Member
2 months ago

Old habits die hard.

Student Aaron Cunningham
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2 months ago

Euna Magbitang
Community Member
2 months ago

This isn't your fault though, right? It's the company's fault that they made their kettles too faulty?

Lily Mae Kitty
Community Member
2 months ago

omg, I commented to ONE person and my comment went onto every single other comment as replies. That's the 2nd time this has happened.

Carrie Laughs
Community Member
2 months ago

Refresh the browser and it will disappear. It's just a temporary glitch.

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Eva Bryson
Community Member
2 months ago

Sorry for the extra posts. I only wanted one post.

rgr8
Community Member
2 months ago

That will be something I do if I ever get an electric kettle.

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
2 months ago

Just remember this post..and pic..or never buy an electric kettle. Try using a billy (a special tin with swinging handle and a lid..over the open fire.. Google it!)

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Mohsie Supposie
Community Member
2 months ago

Did you say "UPGRADE to an electric kettle"? Who still uses gas kettles?

로희
Community Member
2 months ago

Many Asians households still do.

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somnomania
Community Member
2 months ago

i use a metal teakettle on our gas stove, never done it any other way for tea. and i'm proud of bored panda residents; this was, for the most part, the most polite and friendly discussion i've seen in a while here.

Leisa K
Community Member
2 months ago

ooops

backatya
Community Member
2 months ago

How did this guy make it through life without being dead by now?

Laura Jones
Community Member
2 months ago

something cosy about a stovetop kettle esp if they whistle

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
2 months ago

Yippeee one purchase not to be repeated..In Australia we have used the electric jugs since the post WW2 times..gas cooking, a whistling kettle, all very very different items!! To us!

Maria Persson
Community Member
2 months ago

I also accidentally placed my electric kettle on the stove once and it melted away the bottom :/

Marsha Sturgill
Community Member
2 months ago

LMAO. This is the best of the best I've seen in a long time.

Christel Nellemann
Community Member
2 months ago

Tbh, the design of it looks justlike a stove-kettle. I too would totally forget , that I haf switched to electrical at least a couple of times

Cathy Carey
Community Member
2 months ago

Lol

Paula Carr
Community Member
2 months ago

I don't drink tea, and we have a coffee maker (instant coffee is VILE), so need for another device cluttering up the kitchen.

Paula Carr
Community Member
2 months ago

That is "no need"...darn sister interrupting me.

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Mari Bryant
Community Member
2 months ago

My mother did that too. Lol 😆

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
2 months ago

GO TO YOUR ROOM. YOU ARE GROUNDED. This from a woman who never grounded her child.

Sheila Lewis
Community Member
2 months ago

My dad when visiting our house did the same to my brand new kettle! I do have a stove top kettle for emergencies to use on the gas hob

Annie Nelson
Community Member
2 months ago

This happened to me. Out of habit, i put the electric kettle on top of the stove.

James F. Wilson Jr.
Community Member
2 months ago

Why does your ward have no keeper ?

James F. Wilson Jr.
Community Member
2 months ago

Do they let you near the stove in that home.?

Mark Cofta
Community Member
2 months ago

I did this too. Melted plastic all over the burner.

Jo Choto
Community Member
2 months ago

I remember when electric kettles first came out and we had one. Force of habit, I put it on the stove to boil, and then the smell of burning plastic brought me to my senses. Eeek.

Joanne Haywood
Community Member
2 months ago

My kitchen is so small that never mind no room to swing a cat, you can’t even swing a mouse. With space for appliances being at a premium I used to keep my electric kettles on one of the back rings of the hob which I didn’t use. Unfortunately I melted 2 kettles by turning on the wrong hog ring. Duh!

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
2 months ago

How do you do THAT? :O

Spork420
Community Member
2 months ago

As an American, I can honestly say I have never used a kettle of any variety, nor have I ever had a reason to.

Barbara Baldwin
Community Member
2 months ago

Stovetop 220w electric kettle 120w

Remi Flynne
Community Member
2 months ago

A 120w kettle would take simply ages to boil - are you talking about volts? The US uses 100-120 volts, whereas the UK and many other countries use between 220 and 240 volts. Kettles in the UK are often 2.2kw and boil within a couple of minutes. Using a lower wattage kettle, say a 1kw kettle, will use less energy, cost less, be slower but work equally well on the US system as the UK. There would be no benefit in buying a high wattage kettle in the US. The stovetop also will not transfer it's own power value to the item on it, there will always be some loss though this depends on the method. Use what you prefer, honestly I don't mind, but you haven't quite got your information about electricity right.

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Samantha Mix
Community Member
2 months ago

No evidence of flames

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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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months ago

Noooooo!

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#23

Don't Ask Me

Don't Ask Me

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Ivo H
Community Member
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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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WilvanderHeijden
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2 months 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