Human idiocy, just like our creativity, knows no bounds. Whether it's a temporary brainfart or something more severe, it seems that we always find a way to push the limit.

And you couldn't find better proof of this than the subreddit r/facecpalm. Created all the way back in 2009, this online community describes itself as "a gallery of inexplicable stupidity" and currently has over 6 million members constantly looking for new 'artworks' for its 'collection.'

Over the years, they have collected plenty of examples of people making a complete fool of themselves both online and in real life, so we thought it would be interesting to make an exhibit, featuring the most memorable ones. Continue scrolling and enjoy!

#1

Well You're Not Wrong

Well You're Not Wrong

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Buren
Community Member
4 months ago

Your brain doesn't work, why do you exist?

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#2

It Is Insane

It Is Insane

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Kiki
Community Member
4 months ago

Never though of it :O ! But they would still try to argue over that...

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We reached out to the people who look after r/facepalm and one of them agreed to tell us more about the community. 

"We moderate according to Reddit's content policy and that means that most of the comment moderation we do is to remove bigotry and racism," they told Bored Panda.

"The subreddit's community is fine, for the most part. A lot of people come here to have a laugh at whatever silly thing is being posted and that's ok."

#3

What About Nurses Who Wear Them 8 To 10 Hours A Day

What About Nurses Who Wear Them 8 To 10 Hours A Day

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October
Community Member
4 months ago

Did he stuff his mask down his throat?

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#4

N95

N95

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The Scout
Community Member
4 months ago

The trouble was that he was not a stock company. In that case he would have gotten a tax break instead of an FBI raid...

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#5

In Fact, It’s Happened 7 Times

In Fact, It’s Happened 7 Times

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Andy Acceber
Community Member
4 months ago

Good job, Andy. Speak up when a reporter forgets women exist.

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You can see a lot of different themes on the subreddit, and the mod said they can change quite fast. "[What's popular] really depends on what is on people's minds at the time. Currently, a popular topic is the insane lengths people go through to deny the facts about Covid."

But there's a way to determine what we can expect from r/facepalm. According to research, people see actions as stupid for three primary reasons: the actions reflect a foolhardy level of risk, an absent-mindedness and lack of practicality, or an impulsive lack of control.

So even though the word 'stupid' sounds subjective, scientists have discovered that people are very quick to identify it.

"People don't spend time on judging if something is stupid or not," study researcher Balazs Aczel told Live Science. "It comes instantaneously, and as our results showed, they have high agreement. If one person calls something stupid, there's a high likelihood others will do the same thing."

#6

The First Women In The Epitome Of Stupid

The First Women In The Epitome Of Stupid

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Sapna Sarfare
Community Member
4 months ago

This is inhumane on so many levels.... Please never ever say things like this... these days, even babies get raped... old women are getting rape... the fact is a sick mind can do such a thing and will think of any excuse possible...

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#7

You Can Still Breathe Idiot

You Can Still Breathe Idiot

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S.
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

We do have thicker masks — ones made of cotton or cloth. Wearing one right now.

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#8

"Let's Spend 10 Grand On Jewelry"

"Let's Spend 10 Grand On Jewelry"

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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
4 months ago

Some of us, yes.

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#9

Scientific Name = Poison

Scientific Name = Poison

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troufaki13
Community Member
4 months ago

She was Truly so confident! 😂😂😂

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It might seem unusual or even strange to investigate how people decide that something is stupid. But scientists love a challenge and researchers who study decision-making had no information, beyond anecdotes, as to how people decide whether an action is stupid.

So the team collected news stories and other online content that someone had described as stupid.

One example was a news story about a robber who set out to steal cellphones, but lifted GPS devices instead — and failed to switch the devices off, allowing the police to discover them (and him) immediately.

Next, the researchers invited 154 different students to gather examples of stupidity from their day-to-day life and read the stories, asking them whether each qualified as stupid.

The students (who were all Hungarian) then chose possible reasons from a long list as to why they'd decided each example would qualify for the label.

#10

Logic

Logic

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Buren
Community Member
4 months ago

The irony

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#11

Who Ever Runs That Station Is Dumb

Who Ever Runs That Station Is Dumb

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Ryan Deschanel
Community Member
4 months ago

"It harms everyone, but it harms some vulnerable people even more, so it is, worth it" is not stupid. Nobody is that stupid. That's just evil.

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#12

Now Your Own Decisions Belong To A Man You Haven't Met

Now Your Own Decisions Belong To A Man You Haven't Met

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Kimi Tomminello
Community Member
4 months ago

This makes me very mad. Even after I had 2 kids I still had to fight to get my tubes tied because "what if you and your husband wan't more kids?" Grrrrr

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#13

I Get It Now

I Get It Now

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Andy Acceber
Community Member
4 months ago

Ditto everytime I used the expression "avoid it like the plague." I was wrong. Shockingly, I've learned people don't avoid plagues.

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The reasons fell into three categories. The first, dubbed "confident ignorance," is when someone tackles something high-risk without the required skills. The cellphone/GPS caper was a prime example of this kind of stupidity.

The next category was "absent-mindedness," which applied to situations where people knew the right thing to do, but for some reason weren't paying close attention. Aczel said one example would be walking out of the store without paying for your groceries.

The third kind of stupidity was described by a lack of control. It occurred when people knew they shouldn't do something but couldn't resist their impulse to do it anyway. Reaching for the third slice of cake when you know you'll get a stomachache later is an example of this kind of stupidity, Aczel explained.

#14

Well Well Well... How The Turntables

Well Well Well... How The Turntables

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Shelp
Community Member
4 months ago

Good point but two wrongs don't make a right

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#15

I Wonder Why America Is So Unhappy?

I Wonder Why America Is So Unhappy?

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Julius Dias
Community Member
4 months ago

As an america we need to learn and evolve from other countries example

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#16

She Didn't Deserve It

She Didn't Deserve It

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J. F.
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Has anyone mentioned that police forces in countries with strict weapon laws don't operate like a trigger happy military unit?

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#17

Gun Ownership

Gun Ownership

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Otter
Community Member
4 months ago

And that's why the rest of us don't trust the gun nuts with guns.

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According to Aczel, stupidity is an interesting concept because it doesn't always track with intelligence.

Even people who possess a very high IQ can make extremely dumb moves. The research revealed that judging a behavior "stupid" reveals the observer's expectations of how someone should behave, he said. But the person doing the stupid thing might be operating according to a different set of expectations or goals.

#18

Apparently Canada’s Healthcare Is Bad

Apparently Canada’s Healthcare Is Bad

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Clare C
Community Member
4 months ago

Thankyou NHS!!!!

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#19

It Was Media Control All Along

It Was Media Control All Along

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Shelp
Community Member
4 months ago

If I become president, all my decisions will have names whose letters you can rearrange in ominous ways. Just to see how those tin-foil hat people will react

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#20

Checkmate

Checkmate

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Julius Dias
Community Member
4 months ago

Clearly you havent been burdened with an over abundance of brain cells

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#21

They’re Everywhere Man!

They’re Everywhere Man!

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Clare C
Community Member
4 months ago

I mean yeah, that's definitely what I spend my sweet asss atheist time doing!

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On a more practical level, you might be wondering if any of this matters. But understanding why people call something stupid might provide better ways to call out dumb behavior, Aczel highlighted. For instance, it might be more helpful to tell someone they're being overconfident than that they're being stupid.

#22

"Going Everywhere"

"Going Everywhere"

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Walking On Sunshine
Community Member
4 months ago

70,000 Covid cases came directly as a result of Donald Trump's rallies. We don't need propaganda, we have the votes.

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#23

They're Confused

They're Confused

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Nunya Business
Community Member
4 months ago

I have a TracFone, don't need an address for those.

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#24

Math Is A Myth

Math Is A Myth

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Rick
Community Member
4 months ago

Dodgy maths aside, I wonder why Carlson isn’t putting his ass available for “$365,000” a year if it’s so easy and not a big deal? 🤔

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#25

An 8 Year Old Shouldn’t Have To Do This

An 8 Year Old Shouldn’t Have To Do This

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Wilf
Community Member
4 months ago

Today I learned that in America "lunch debt" is actually a thing.

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After the research, the team said they plan to concentrate on the cognitive mechanisms people use to monitor others' behaviors. One mystery, Aczel said, is the question why people find stupidity so amusing, a fact that drives more and more people to become members of r/facepalm.

"People want to watch other people doing something stupid as a source of amusement," he said. And it's hard to argue with that.

#26

Yeah, How Dare He

Yeah, How Dare He

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Legen ( wait for it ) dary
Community Member
4 months ago

Yes, shame on him for kissing and probably saying "I love you, I'm proud of you" to his son.

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#27

Just Your Average Pro Life Hypocrite

Just Your Average Pro Life Hypocrite

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Kimi Tomminello
Community Member
4 months ago

She is apparently answering her own question. She is not pro life, just anti abortion.

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#28

Cops Pepper Sprayed Their Own Senator Without Realizing He's An Authority Figure

Cops Pepper Sprayed Their Own Senator Without Realizing He's An Authority Figure

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Brendan Roberts
Community Member
4 months ago

Black man = immediate threat.

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#29

For Me It Feels Weird To See 6:00 Instead Of 18:00

For Me It Feels Weird To See 6:00 Instead Of 18:00

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Shelp
Community Member
4 months ago

I am beginning to think that Americans are just that weird kid in school that does everything differently just to gain some attention. I mean, not using ''military time'', the way they say the dates, miles and pounds, not using A4, etc...

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#30

How Can People Break-Up For Such Stupid Reasons!

How Can People Break-Up For Such Stupid Reasons!

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Aran Lindvail
Community Member
4 months ago

"Risk ginger grandchildren" - wtf. But a boyfriend who dumps his woman on command of his mom is a bullet dodged, no matter what.

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#31

Hint Hint

Hint Hint

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Andy Acceber
Community Member
4 months ago

Ah yes, those colonizing cows. I forgot about those.

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#32

Having A Functioning Circulatory System

Having A Functioning Circulatory System

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
4 months ago

No, perverts are criticizing women for not having the photoshop boobs they usually jerk off to.

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#33

Hospital Bill

Hospital Bill

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Susie Elle
Community Member
4 months ago

Average European who is debt-free: "Dang, he got us there."

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#34

Sorry Buddy, It's Not Christmas Yet

Sorry Buddy, It's Not Christmas Yet

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Kiki
Community Member
4 months ago

"Me, me, me"....

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#35

It's A Great Time To Be A White Debt Collector

It's A Great Time To Be A White Debt Collector

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Kimi Tomminello
Community Member
4 months ago

Klepper's segments are hilarious

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#36

It Is Pride Month

It Is Pride Month

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Ryan Deschanel
Community Member
4 months ago

So... If I want a sweet caring man, does that make me straight?

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#37

Slayed

Slayed

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S.
Community Member
4 months ago

And social media.

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#38

“If Masks Were Necessary We Would Have Evolved One By Now”

“If Masks Were Necessary We Would Have Evolved One By Now”

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Otter
Community Member
4 months ago

Sometimes in biological terms, "survival" means getting the unfit out of the gene pool. We're seeing that happen right now, in real time!

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#39

But Nasa Uses The

But Nasa Uses The

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C. Wade
Community Member
4 months ago

Ah, anybody remember in 1998 when the Mars Climate Orbiter worth 200 million dollars crashed into Mars because one of the two American teams working on that project used metric and the other one imperial? Imperial system, Fahrenheit, MM/DD/YYYY - time to retire those.

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#40

Antivax Logic

Antivax Logic

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Julius Dias
Community Member
4 months ago

It dissapeared along a third of europe

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#41

Ya

Ya

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Helenium
Community Member
4 months ago

my parents would rather die than help me with their hundreds of thousands of pounds they have

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#42

The State Of The World

The State Of The World

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Otter
Community Member
4 months ago

Most people make decisions unconsciously, because of feelings or bias or whatever is floating around in the depths of the brain... and then they look around for facts to validate a decision that's already been made without benefit of facts. This is why sane people make decisions that seem irrational, and it's also why the Universal Basic Intelligence Test is seeing whether a person will change their mind about something when provided with information that proves a previous decision or opinion wrong. Intelligent people change their minds according to the best information available, stupid people cling to stupid decisions.

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#43

Technically The Truth

Technically The Truth

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KJ
Community Member
4 months ago

You need to headbutt the wall a couple dozen times to get to the same mentality as these people, then it might make sense.

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#44

High Iq Destruction

High Iq Destruction

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Demi Zwaan
Community Member
4 months ago

I know plenty of people who didn't learn a language, didn't read a poem and didn't memorize a fun fact ánd have no muscles to show for it.

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#45

Not A True Catholic!

Not A True Catholic!

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C. Wade
Community Member
4 months ago

I'm not even religious and I agree with Drew Livingstone.

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#46

It-It's Almost As If Services Become Easier With A Modernized World? And That Baby Boomers Laughing That Millennials Can't Use A Rotary Phone Is-Pathetic?

It-It's Almost As If Services Become Easier With A Modernized World? And That Baby Boomers Laughing That Millennials Can't Use A Rotary Phone Is-Pathetic?

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C. Wade
Community Member
4 months ago

Baby boomers have pathetic technology skills compared to millennials. Your dad fixes your car so you fix his computer. It's a fair trade if you ask me. You can't know everything.

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#47

What If We Made An App That Would Endanger Lots Of Women?

What If We Made An App That Would Endanger Lots Of Women?

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Aroace tiger (she/they/he)
Community Member
4 months ago

Thats just creepy

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#48

Apparently There’s Something Wrong With Using A Stock Photo

Apparently There’s Something Wrong With Using A Stock Photo

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J. F.
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

I mean he's not wrong with them being a joke, but this shark picture isn't the reason

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#49

Ah Yes, Chemistry

Ah Yes, Chemistry

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troufaki13
Community Member
4 months ago

She has exploding, vagina-smelling candles. And people buy them. People are stupider than I thought...

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#50

Yoga>homeless People

Yoga>homeless People

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Kiki
Community Member
4 months ago

Yoga classes makes money, homeless don't, that's why! That's so sad and infuriating!!

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