Having a PhD or being a well-known expert in your field doesn’t make you immune to embarrassment. Even the best of us get into awkward situations that make us blush, no matter if we’re rocket scientists by day or brain surgeons by night—we’re all human, after all.

That’s what Twitter user Herne_TheHunter, aka Dean, wanted to show the world by sharing their facepalm-worthy story. Their embarrassing situation inspired other intelligent people to share their own awkward and cringy situations that you’re bound to relate to just like us, dear Pandas. Scroll down, upvote your fave tweets, and share your most embarrassing experiences in the comments.

Bored Panda spoke to Dean about their embarrassing sock incident and went into detail about how best to react to awkward situations. "Did I mention it was a Boba Fett sock? It was a Boba Fett sock…” Read on for the full interview!

Image credits: Herne_TheHunter

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Vic
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11 months ago

🤣🤣🤣

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.Ms.M.
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11 months ago

Did it help you win the case?

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FÛŁŁ_ÊFFÊČT
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11 months ago

Oooooooooooof

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Dean is a 39-year-old doctor with two degrees, is a member of a Royal College, and had a sock up their shirt sleeve all morning. This is so relatable that the thread went viral on Twitter, getting over 113k likes and 7.3k retweets and comments.

“I certainly didn’t expect such a big reaction. Most of my tweets get a handful of likes and I’m frankly grateful for that much of a response. I’m not really sure why this one seemed to resonate with people. I’d guess it was because it gave everyone an opportunity to share their own silly oversights/mistakes,” Dean told us.

“Social media can often involve trying to look cool, or woke, or knowledgeable so maybe it was refreshing to be able to present the other side of things for a change?” they wondered about why the thread became so popular.

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Vic
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11 months ago

So you have hairy feet?🙂

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.Ms.M.
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11 months ago

Trying to pay with that really took balls

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Meeple13
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11 months ago

I bet he's not the first person

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“I’m mainly working from home at the moment as most of my job is as a psychotherapist and we’ve been able to switch to remote working during the COVID-19 situation. As such, it was a little unusual for me to have to actually put full work clothes on and pop into the hospital for a bit,” Dean said.

“Clearly, I was out of practice at getting dressed as when I reached for my coffee later on that morning, I felt a strange, furry sensation around my elbow. I had to undo a couple of shirt buttons to retrieve what turned out to be a stray sock (having double-checked all Teams calls had ended). I didn’t actually mention it to anybody at work directly: we’re socially distanced at the moment so I would have had to actively seek them out, which might have felt a bit weird."

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Vic
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11 months ago

You are an insurance company nightmare..

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.Ms.M.
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11 months ago

I admit that I did that once 😳

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chi-wei shen
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11 months ago

You've entertained them.

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Dean and everyone else’s stories illustrate that even the mightiest and most accomplished adults who have 200+ IQ and play 5D chess can make blunders. Making mistakes is a part of life, however, it’s also important to know how to react to embarrassing situations.

According to Dean, embarrassment can be tricky to handle. “I immediately thought of a couple of situations that still make me squirm from my past. If it’s something inconsequential, like a sock up your sleeve, then it might be a useful opportunity to remember you’re human and to puncture any pomposity that might have snuck up on you. For more serious or significant situations, I think the best advice I can give would be to talk about it when you feel safe and ready to do so.”

Dean added that he wants to use the opportunity while he has the internet’s attention to do some good in the world and point people towards his friend’s social enterprise that employs survivors of domestic abuse to make flowers out of recycled paper.

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Martha Meyer
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11 months ago

Time to sleep more!

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kate h
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11 months ago

Hahahahaha - I'm certain you are!

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Veronica Sjöberg
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11 months ago

Thats when you rock it and say you wanted it that way

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Mainecoonsandhuskies
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11 months ago

I think this is what Clint and Natasha were talking about Budapest

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Vanta Black
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11 months ago

"Care to explain why you're waving a thong around?"

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mph seti
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11 months ago

It's wise to invest in a daylight balanced LED lightbulb for your bedroom/closet (wherever you keep your clothes and get dressed). Then, you'll be unlikely to mix up dark blues and blacks.

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Vanta Black
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11 months ago

This lady could do with a few kernels of wisdom.

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Debra Robinson
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11 months ago

"What's that clickin' noise?"-Henry Cho

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Dee Hunter
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11 months ago

Aaah, the famous gift mouse. My cat once brought me half a mouse. She kindly left it out on the (dark) balcony. Came home after work, kicked shoes/socks off, went to the balcony for a smoke ...

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Vic
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11 months ago

And as they say, the rest was history..

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El Dee
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11 months ago

I have done something similar. I was having a breast lump removed as an outpatient and I arrived in plenty of time, got to the right department and 'checked in' at reception. The receptionist said they had no record of an appointment for me. I knew I was there on the right date/time etc and luckily had the original letter with me to prove it. I showed her the letter, she read it and pointed out I was at the WRONG HOSPITAL. They were very good though, they phoned through and asked them to give me a later appointment so I could travel the 20 miles and be seen that day. What an idiot I am lol!

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Wistre Vist
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11 months ago

this is a good man :)

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Izuna Kazuki
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11 months ago

SOMEBODY PLEASE CALL 911!!

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ognistykamyk
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11 months ago

What did do a large leaf of lettuce in bra? Any clue?

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Thinairgal
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11 months ago

Both nice boots, though

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El Dee
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11 months ago

Both as stupid as each other, why wouldn't you notice a complete stranger coming in and working for you??

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kate h
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11 months ago

So that's the story you're telling? ;)

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Kate Yeti
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11 months ago

Coworker of mine once did that with every changing room mirror in our store. 409 instead of Windex. It was a nightmare.

SaraFromHell
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11 months ago

Idiot!😂 omg how did they not notice 20 mirrors back!?😂 my son is a wonderful, brilliant 21 year old. Had a job at mc d's. He was making the egg for breakfast sandwiches. The manager told him..if you get a shell in the egg, put the Whole she'll on that egg so you know to toss it later. My son somehow interpreted this into...put a shell in every egg. All dozen! Needless to say he was fired midway through his first shift. When I asked him why he didn't question this cooking method as he perceived it, he says...well..I thought it was weird but it was my first day and I didn't want to look stupid!😂 iq 149. Zero common sense!😳

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ElusiveIntrovert
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11 months ago

At least there will be no grease

beja flor
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11 months ago

I was supposed to go on horseback through the Mongolian half-desert and put some oil on my face and neck to to protect from the cold. Turned out it was shampoo when I finally wondered about the consistency and managed to read the Cyrillic letters haha

Mark Kelly
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1 day ago (edited)

I mean, it would work.

Robertson Shinnick
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1 week ago

I once very nearly sprayed ant and roach killer spray under my armpits instead of deodorant...

Isabel Care
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10 months ago

Got all the body oils off the equipment

Tugg Ster
Community Member
11 months ago

In a hurry to freshen up my house for surprise house guests, I “Febreezed” The entire walk in-closet of my guest room with a product containing bleach. Needless to say... I completely changed the look of about 50 items of clothing, but only on one side. And the beige carpet had tiny little orange-ish spots all over it 🙇🏼‍♀️

Odette Greyling
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11 months ago

Slip and slide gym! :)

Bettye McKee
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11 months ago

Okay, I've never done that. Probably because I don't have a bicycle.

SaraFromHell
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11 months ago

Haha! Well...it won't be greasy!😂

Gosiulka Bloem
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11 months ago

Oh no...

Cat Nip Gal
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11 months ago

Nononono

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Ellen Daniels
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11 months ago

After my first workout, I took off my glasses, rinsed my face, combed my hair, & spayed it. With powdered aerosol deoderant.

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Flisey
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11 months ago

But looking straight down at your feet they look the identicle

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Paizleypie
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11 months ago

Lovely

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GirlFriday
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11 months ago

How do you spend 90 minutes on make up? I am a fully formed adult female and when not in quarantine I wear make up daily. I don't know how to make a make-up routine last 90 minutes. Even if I move at a sloth's pace, it would still only 15 minutes.

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