If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again… though in some cases it’s best to stop, take a deep breath, and have a good long think about what you’re actually trying to accomplish. It takes a lot of guts to admit that, hey, maybe you were the supervillain here or that maybe it’s best to cut your losses and move on.

Some of the most hilarious and groan-worthy fails end up being shared on the majorly popular ‘There Was An Attempt’ subreddit. A community that unites over 3.25 million redditors, r/therewasanattempt is a celebration of bad luck, incompetence, and plain old attempts at mustache-twirling villainy. We’ve collected their best and freshest viral posts to share with you, Pandas, so scroll down, enjoy, and upvote your fave pics.

When you’re done, drop by the comments and tell us about the biggest ‘There Was An Attempt’ style fails you’ve ever seen. If you love the subreddit and what it stands for (aka all the humor), then go give them a follow and check out Bored Panda’s previous articles about them here: Part 1 and Part 2. And remember, Pandas, don’t ever give up on your dreams… but only if what you’re doing is objectively good.

Redditor u/F4T4-M0RG4N4, one of the moderators helping run the entire r/therewasanattempt subreddit, was kind enough to answer our questions. Check out what they told Bored Panda below.

#1

To Help

To Help

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Grey the gendaflooid guy
Community Member
1 month ago

This is so cute!

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We were curious to get the moderator's opinion as to why r/therewasanattempt has been as successful as it is. "Pertaining to the success of the community, I think it really came down to the shear flexibility of the topic," u/F4T4-M0RG4N4 told Bored Panda.

"Across the globe, there are constant instances of attempts which go horribly (and funnily) wrong. r/therewasanattempt is a subreddit that brings these moments in time to one place," they said.

Bored Panda really wanted to get to grips with what it's like to be a Reddit moderator. u/F4T4-M0RG4N4 gave us a glimpse at what goes on backstage.

"When working as a moderator, the time you spend volunteering hours depends on your position and what you’ve established. If you are a top mod, you can expect more time to be used modding," they explained that how time-intensive the job is will heavily depend on where in the hierarchy you fall.

#2

To Be A Smart Cop

To Be A Smart Cop

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Cecilia Herrera
Community Member
1 month ago

So everyone's cover was blown, and no valid arrests were made. I pity the people that had to document how this mess occurred.

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#3

To Give The Dog A Pool

To Give The Dog A Pool

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Ms.M.
Community Member
1 month ago

Going in the pool was not on dog's bucket list.

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"As far as how difficult it is to mod, I think it is difficult starting out, but you quickly get the hang of things! The more you participate, the more you can make decisions that are generally well received," the mod told us.

"When I initially joined r/therewasanattempt, I think the other two mods added me due to me being generally active in other communities. But subreddits are constantly opening mod applications which is the best way to show interest in the position," u/F4T4-M0RG4N4 said that the best way to become a moderator yourself is to just go for it and apply.

According to u/F4T4-M0RG4N4, moving on from incredibly embarrassing moments in life comes down to realizing that these things happen to everyone. "It's best to acknowledge that and laugh about it with friends in the future."

The ‘There Was An Attempt’ subreddit has carved out a sizeable niche for itself since its founding in the late summer of 2015. It’ll be celebrating its 7th birthday in just a few weeks’ time. It just goes to show that quality humor and a good meme format go a long way when it comes to laying the groundwork for a flourishing online community.

If you’re planning on being an active member of the community, then any posts you make have to show unsuccessful attempts. There’s no room for victory on r/therewasanattempt, nope.

#4

To Look Dangerous

To Look Dangerous

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Kusotare
Community Member
1 month ago

Dangerous, all right. Dangerously adorable.

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#5

To Scare Away A Prankster

To Scare Away A Prankster

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Slinkman
Community Member
1 month ago

Who did this is a real OG

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#6

To Make Sure Everyone Knew They Were Religious

To Make Sure Everyone Knew They Were Religious

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Kusotare
Community Member
1 month ago

At least THOSE guys can find it!

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Meanwhile, every single post has to follow the same format that everyone else uses. The title that you use ought to be a continuation of the phrase, ‘There was an attempt…’, and then you just fill in the rest with what someone tried and failed to do.

The team running the subreddit explains it all in detail right over here. If you don’t follow this rule, your post will end up being removed, so don’t let others miss out on your awesome content just because you forgot how to word the title properly.

#7

To Eat A Muffin

To Eat A Muffin

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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
1 month ago

YEARN!

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#8

To Find A Good Excuse

To Find A Good Excuse

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R D
Community Member
1 month ago

Well, that's good pot!

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#9

To Win

To Win

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Ember
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh, bless his heart ❤️

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Previously, my colleagues spoke about the subreddit with one of its many moderators, redditor u/F4T4-M0RG4N4. According to them, what sets r/therewasanattempt apart from other subreddits "is how the posts within the subreddit are usually direct posts, whereas r/fail, [for example,] has mostly links to YouTube, and most Redditors prefer to stay on Reddit than to be redirected to another site altogether.”

"Besides, I also think that because of the size of r/therewasanattempt, it's a lot easier to get a post to be seen (plus, the algorithm helps).”

#10

To Stop Allie From Sitting On The Cake

To Stop Allie From Sitting On The Cake

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Paula Pattison
Community Member
1 month ago

Maybe the cat is not Allie, maybe Allie is a weird cake sitting co-worker

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#11

To Use A Pickup Truck

To Use A Pickup Truck

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Ember
Community Member
1 month ago

Idiots everywhere…..

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#12

To Draw A Front Facing Horse

To Draw A Front Facing Horse

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Ozacoter
Community Member
1 month ago

Me in my house mirrors vrs me in stores mirrors. Seriously why we look so bad in there? It makes me want to buy less no more...

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The team running everything behind the scenes trips to be as impartial as they can be. They prefer to let the members of the community shape the subreddit how they see fit.

"The most common problems are [the same that are] seen throughout all subreddits that I mod/have modded in the past, but it's mostly spam and hate speech (which we always remove), though hate speech is mostly in the comments,” mod u/F4T4-M0RG4N4 said.

#13

To Be Prepared For Parenting

To Be Prepared For Parenting

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Cecilia Herrera
Community Member
1 month ago

Poor Mama Cat, but what cute kitties!

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#14

To Hide His Face

To Hide His Face

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Hannah Edwards
Community Member
1 month ago

Busted

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#15

To Make Things Complicated

To Make Things Complicated

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River Webb
Community Member
1 month ago

ive got it! tell me what country your from using NO words

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"As for the community of the subreddit, I don't think I could really summarize it. This is another thing I see throughout most subreddits, but the communities are made up of many different people, with different stances on ideas and different personalities. That's also what I love about Reddit, everyone is on here using the platform, be it for better or worse, you get a little bit of everything,” they shared with Bored Panda.

According to the redditor, people really enjoy the slapstick comedy element of the sub. “At the end of the day, everyone is laughing,” u/F4T4-M0RG4N4 said.

#16

To Cook Smiley Buns

To Cook Smiley Buns

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Louplou
Community Member
1 month ago

"Torturrised" - adding that to my vocab :)

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#17

To Stop Thieves

To Stop Thieves

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Monday
Community Member
1 month ago

This was successful! They put out a lovely invitation and someone rose to the occasion.

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#18

To Remain Anonymous

To Remain Anonymous

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River Webb
Community Member
1 month ago

he asked, we said no

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“When I first joined the team, it was mostly a screenshot sub,” they told Bored Panda that after some drama about how there were only three moderators keeping things in check, they invited more people to join the team. They also removed the screenshot posts.

#19

To Ban This Image

To Ban This Image

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Slinkman
Community Member
1 month ago

Someone has putin a lot of efford in taking this of the web.

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#20

To Not Pay The Painter

To Not Pay The Painter

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That other Panda
Community Member
1 month ago

I dang Terry to heck!

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#21

To Make A Holy And Pure Stained Glass

To Make A Holy And Pure Stained Glass

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Ember
Community Member
1 month ago

This is……unfortunate

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Very recently, Bored Panda spoke about embracing failure and how to react to embarrassment with Suzanne Degges White, Ph.D, a Licensed Counselor and a Professor at Northern Illinois University. 

"A sense of humor and flexibility are key traits to successful adulthood and being able to laugh at our missteps allows us to go easy on ourselves when we do something potentially embarrassing,” she told us.

#22

To Inspire Graduate Students

To Inspire Graduate Students

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Nathaniel
Community Member
1 month ago

Totally safe.

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#23

To Hack A Smartphone

To Hack A Smartphone

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Emmydearest
Community Member
1 month ago

Seems legit... There's a tiger.🤷

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#24

To Make A Sign

To Make A Sign

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Ozacoter
Community Member
1 month ago

Its understandable. If not your dog will get used to delicious roasted children; and its just too expensive too feed them that.

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“No one likes to 'lose face,' and that is engrained to varying degrees across cultures. Unfortunately, our brains may be especially prone to catastrophizing events and so we might make something more out of something no one else really noticed and no one else will recall later on," the professor explained to Bored Panda.

#25

To Make A Cute Panorama Picture

To Make A Cute Panorama Picture

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Chocolate llama
Community Member
1 month ago

A cat's perception of the self when scheduled feeding times happens 0.01 seconds late

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#26

To Spell The Word ' Trust '

To Spell The Word ' Trust '

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Sian Edwards
Community Member
1 month ago

The license plate kind of backs up the spelling mistake!

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#27

To Send A Text

To Send A Text

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Ms.M.
Community Member
1 month ago

Sadly, I actually know someone who texts like that.

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"For decades, magazines have been publishing those 'Boy! Was my Face Red!' type of columns where people shared their embarrassing moments. When we are able to 'get it off our chest,' we actually feel better about the event. That's a healthy response to an embarrassing moment. When our personalities are wired to feel that we must be 'perfect' in all that we do, we internalize negative feelings about the mistake we made and mistakenly assume that everyone else is judging us due to that one moment," she said.

#28

To Talk To Teenagers

To Talk To Teenagers

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River Webb
Community Member
1 month ago

omg this is sooo sus/cringe. TBH this soo needs to be banned or IDK, like actually no teen speaks like this, everrr. bye bye fam, Slay queens!!!!!

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#29

To Hatch Some Eggs

To Hatch Some Eggs

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Kyle Zhao
Community Member
1 month ago

Mind your own business human.

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#30

To Sound A Little Fancy

To Sound A Little Fancy

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Nathaniel
Community Member
1 month ago

We should all be afraid. They are coming.....

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"Fortunately, our brains are designed to protect us from pain and many of us may suffer horrible humiliation at some point in our lives, but we can benefit from a brain that allows us to 'selectively forget' the incident or else we're able to rationalize it by reminding ourselves that 'everyone makes mistakes,' 'it was just one time and no one will remember it,' or similar healthy responses."

#31

To Support The “Canada First” Rally

To Support The “Canada First” Rally

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Nathaniel
Community Member
1 month ago

Nope, take me out for a meal and drinks first, then we'll discuss it.

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#32

At Wholesome Positivity

At Wholesome Positivity

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Nathaniel
Community Member
1 month ago

I am currently living in my turnip, playing truant, and eating ecstasy tablets.

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#33

To Be Healthy

To Be Healthy

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Argle Bargle
Community Member
1 month ago

Bananas for existential scale

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#34

To Produce Tears During The Act Of "Crying"

To Produce Tears During The Act Of "Crying"

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Raven Sheridan
Community Member
1 month ago

A performance worthy of a "Razzie".

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#35

To Create A Children's Game

To Create A Children's Game

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Monday
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm less concerned with the game and more so with the illustration.

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#36

To Be Inspirational

To Be Inspirational

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Hard as pumpuli
Community Member
1 month ago

It really isn’t. I’m (not) doing it right now!

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#37

To Find A Roommate With Benefits

To Find A Roommate With Benefits

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Grey the gendaflooid guy
Community Member
1 month ago

🚩🚩🚩

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#38

To Fly To New York

To Fly To New York

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Wilf
Community Member
1 month ago

F**k Russia!

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#39

To Translate A Business Sign

To Translate A Business Sign

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Kyle Zhao
Community Member
1 month ago

This makes me laugh, hahaha

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#40

To Prevent Employees From Discussing Wages

To Prevent Employees From Discussing Wages

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MonkeyInTheMiddle
Community Member
1 month ago

I can't decide if that's very comrade of them or not...

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#41

To Register The Pet

To Register The Pet

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Enuya
Community Member
1 month ago

Seems about right

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#42

To Appreciate Your Employees

To Appreciate Your Employees

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Ivo H
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh, thank you, this will go perfectly with my “unworked time on” I prepared for you ❤️

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#43

To Look Tall

To Look Tall

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Nathaniel
Community Member
1 month ago

Even with those heels? What are their heights? Anyone know?

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#44

To Get Dressed

To Get Dressed

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Paula MV
Community Member
1 month ago

At least he got underwear on

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#45

To Support Embryos

To Support Embryos

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Argle Bargle
Community Member
1 month ago

Not sure McEmbryos will catch on

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#46

To Reduce The Amount Of Homeless People

To Reduce The Amount Of Homeless People

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Ember
Community Member
1 month ago

Won’t that double the amount of homeless people?

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#47

To Beat A Breath Test

To Beat A Breath Test

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MonkeyInTheMiddle
Community Member
1 month ago

I lost half of my brain cells after reading this

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#48

To Score A Goal

To Score A Goal

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Grey the gendaflooid guy
Community Member
1 month ago

🎵I came in like a wrecking ballllll🎶

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#49

To Help Wheelchair Users

To Help Wheelchair Users

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River Webb
Community Member
1 month ago

just get up and walk, duh

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#50

To Be Very Very Human

To Be Very Very Human

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General Anaesthesia
Community Member
1 month ago

A failed attempt to be human. Metastasis or Fecesbook, Mark Zuckerberg is a sociopathic cancer.

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