One moment a person is advising others to give themselves time off and ignore voicemail, the next he's saying they should burn their house down. Things can go from 0 to 100 in a heartbeat. And when they do, they end up on the subreddit r/ThatEscalatedQuickly.

Inspired by a classic meme, this online community might not be the biggest (it has 16K members) but 9 years after its creation, these folks are still active and constantly share new, surprising content. Below you will find some of their all-time most upvoted posts. Enjoy!

#1

I'm Sorry, What?

I'm Sorry, What?

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Caffeinated Hedgehog
Community Member
1 month ago

And then in another room, the TV kept changing channels for no reason at all

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According to the famous internet culture catalog Know Your Meme, the quote "That escalated quickly" was originally heard in a scene from the 2004 comedy film Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, in which the main character and his colleagues discuss their previous encounter of a violent midday brawl with the rival KQHS Channel 9 evening news team.

Along with many other memorable lines from the movie, Ron Burgundy's afterthought quickly spread to various comedy and movie forums, as well as comment sections under news articles and other places as a general notion that something has gone out of control quickly.

We reached out to the subreddit's moderators and one of them, u/zzcolby, was kind enough to have a friendly chat. They said that what makes a 'quick escalation' captivating are "mainly something wholesome or innocent becoming the complete opposite within a very short amount of time."

"Usually, said twist is morbid or sexual in nature," u/zzcolby told Bored Panda. "One example I remember is a post about bread hamsters that starts off focusing on how cute the designs are, before quickly devolving into graphic detail about eating them. Another popular post type are situations that start off completely normal, then instantly turn chaotic."

#2

Top 5 In The World...

Top 5 In The World...

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Katie Lutesinger
Community Member
1 month ago

I wonder what game the second uncle was playing?

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#3

This Sign

This Sign

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River Webb
Community Member
1 month ago

how many goats for that packet of chips?

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#4

That Took A Turn... Masks Required

That Took A Turn... Masks Required

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Caro Caro
Community Member
1 month ago

I love this one.

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Psychologist and relationship consultant James Creighton, Ph. D., agrees that people tend to blow things out of proportion, and said there is even a predictable pattern to this phenomenon in our interaction.

"Escalation is triggered when someone feels poked, threatened, or put down," Creighton wrote in Psychology Today, adding this may be something very small when you look back at it.

"Almost immediately people go to the first escalating behavior: blaming and accusing," he continued. "One thing that starts escalation is a lot of 'you messages' — 'you did this,' 'you did that.'"

Blaming and accusing usually don't solve the conflict but leads to the second stage of escalation, which is name-calling. "In addition to calling her lazy for leaving the cap off the toothpaste, Dennis may say that Theresa is irresponsible. Theresa may call Dennis a 'bastard,' a 'jerk,' and [so on.]"

#5

In 30 Days You Will Be Unrecognizable

In 30 Days You Will Be Unrecognizable

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River Webb
Community Member
1 month ago

no sugar is a bit excessive, but everything else is manageable in my opinion

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#6

Give Yourself Permission

Give Yourself Permission

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Jayne Kyra
Community Member
1 month ago

*Vigorously taking notes.*

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#7

0-100 In Record Time

0-100 In Record Time

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Nixxy
Community Member
1 month ago

Slwo and steady wins the race, this just backs me up. Unless he was actually TRYING to kill them, in which case go as fast as possible

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As I mentioned before, r/ThatEscalatedQuickly isn't the biggest of subreddits. However, its members revisit it regularly. "I think people like to come back because it's such a small community that's generally free of off-topic reposts," u/zzcolby explained. "The reason it's small is that it's very similar to much bigger subs like r/WhatCouldGoWrong. Strange considering the sub's name is directly taken from a famous Anchorman quote."

The moderator said that "due to it being such a small sub, the community is pretty serene and doesn't get into much in-fighting." So if that sounds like a fun setting to click around (honestly, why wouldn't it?), consider joining r/ThatEscalatedQuickly yourself!

#8

Son Is Taller Than Dad

Son Is Taller Than Dad

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Michelle M
Community Member
1 month ago

Kinda looks like the dad. Same nose, hair, smile and squint. That doesn't prove paternity of course. I bet the 'geneticist' is a party pooper.

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#9

Wait... No, That's Not What I Meant

Wait... No, That's Not What I Meant

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Marcellus II
Community Member
1 month ago

Guillotines-R-Us went bankrupt long ago, tho.

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#10

Finger

Finger

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Fred the rat king
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh

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#11

End It

End It

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Fred the rat king
Community Member
1 month ago

Farther son bonding

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#12

Damn You Think She’d Know How By Now

Damn You Think She’d Know How By Now

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Caro Caro
Community Member
1 month ago

Waahaha. The dirty flirty went hurty.

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#13

Relationship Goals

Relationship Goals

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cybermerlin2000
Community Member
1 month ago

I too, have played The Forest

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#14

Sing Us A Song You're The Piano Man

Sing Us A Song You're The Piano Man

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River Webb
Community Member
1 month ago

haha should try this on my crush, maybe they'll get enough brain damage and actually like me

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#15

How Am I Driving?

How Am I Driving?

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Michelle M
Community Member
1 month ago

Very funny. I wouldn't drive on the same lane with this person 😅

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#16

That Was A Steady Escalation If I’ve Ever Seen One

That Was A Steady Escalation If I’ve Ever Seen One

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Michelle M
Community Member
1 month ago

Eviiil!!!

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#17

Steal Of A Deal

Steal Of A Deal

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Vorknkx
Community Member
1 month ago

"Cutting your losses and moving on" level > 9000

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#18

Jack Sparrow House

Jack Sparrow House

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HalfFinnishedAustralian
Community Member
1 month ago

Wait, what?

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#19

Isn't This A Little Excessive For Losing A Pen?

Isn't This A Little Excessive For Losing A Pen?

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Michelle M
Community Member
1 month ago

We note typers be like: ; -)

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#20

Comment On A Hamster Video

Comment On A Hamster Video

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BasedWang
Community Member
1 month ago

Im with ya my guy. Or gal

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#21

Oh No

Oh No

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River Webb
Community Member
1 month ago

what if I'm a girl?

Katie Lutesinger
Community Member
1 month ago

They take your ovaries instead.

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Sky Render
Community Member
1 month ago

Where is this place exactly? Bet they get a lot of MTFs!

Nope
Community Member
1 month ago

Thats not a threat, its a promise

404 Panda Not Found
Community Member
1 month ago

Hey Galls! New Bottom Surgery Just Dropped!

Paul Wairegi
Community Member
1 month ago

👇😂😅😂😅😅😂😅😂🔥🔥💯

Bill Karp
Community Member
1 month ago

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Fabian S
Community Member
1 month ago

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Nicky
Community Member
1 month ago

My dog needs to get fixed.

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#22

Grover Takes Food Very Seriously

Grover Takes Food Very Seriously

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River Webb
Community Member
1 month ago

broth

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#23

I Don't Think He Understood The Question

I Don't Think He Understood The Question

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Luther von Wolfen
Community Member
1 month ago

I want to meet her. We might not work as a couple, but I bet she'd be fun.

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#24

Some Heavy Metal Right There

Some Heavy Metal Right There

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Fred the rat king
Community Member
1 month ago

W-W-what the f—k I fight over people being racist,sexist,homophobic but this is nuts

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#25

I Too Enjoy Collapsing The Universe

I Too Enjoy Collapsing The Universe

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Marcellus II
Community Member
1 month ago

Since when it the universe infinite though? Unbounded, but not infinite.

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#26

This Amazon Review For Cookies And Cream Pocky

This Amazon Review For Cookies And Cream Pocky

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Brandy Gray
Community Member
1 month ago

What's pocky?

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#27

Just A Regular Day At The Saloon...

Just A Regular Day At The Saloon...

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Hilary Mol
Community Member
1 month ago

"What's new at your local saloon? You can now watch wildlife up close while you sip your Old-Timey Western Movie Whiskey and enjoy a haircut. We'll have more about that tonight at eleven."

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#28

M8 Sold An Xbox

M8 Sold An Xbox

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DuchessDegu
Community Member
1 month ago

"I still have a roll of duct tape available, £10+pp"

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#29

Thought This Would Also Fit Here

Thought This Would Also Fit Here

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Ember
Community Member
1 month ago

LMAO!

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#30

At Least Buy A Guy Dinner First

At Least Buy A Guy Dinner First

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BasedWang
Community Member
1 month ago

woah there. Woulda been better if thats when Ollie finally responded

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