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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3 months ago

🤣🤣🤣

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.Ms.M.
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3 months ago

Did it help you win the case?

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FÛŁŁ_ÊFFÊČT
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3 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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3 months ago

So you have hairy feet?🙂

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.Ms.M.
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3 months ago

Trying to pay with that really took balls

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Meeple13
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3 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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3 months ago

You are an insurance company nightmare..

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.Ms.M.
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3 months ago

I admit that I did that once 😳

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chi-wei shen
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3 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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3 months ago

Time to sleep more!

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kate h
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3 months ago

Hahahahaha - I'm certain you are!

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Veronica Sjöberg
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3 months ago

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

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Mainecoonsandhuskies
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3 months ago

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

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Vanta Black
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3 months ago

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

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mph seti
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3 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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3 months ago

This lady could do with a few kernels of wisdom.

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Debra Robinson
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3 months ago

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

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Dee Hunter
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3 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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3 months ago

And as they say, the rest was history..

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El Dee
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3 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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3 months ago

this is a good man :)

Tabitha L
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3 months ago

Is this really embarrassing?

Catlady6000
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3 months ago

To twenty yr old me, intensely, fifty year old me would be rolling on the floor and hiccuping jokes

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Luna Lovebug
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3 months ago

I always leave one out with my workbag when it's that time of the month. This is the spare I tuck into my jeans before I leave home. One day it appeared to be missing when I was ready to leave for work. But I swore I had placed one on the counter next to my bag and keys. But since I was running late I just grabbed another one and quickly forgot about the missing tampon. That was until my new boyfriend brought his parents over that night for dinner. We only met once before. So everything was still very awkward. Later that night my cat came walking into the room with the tampon hanging from its mouth. He somehow managed to steal it from the counter, got it unwrapped. And proudly showed it the my new in-laws as to say I killed his for you.

Something
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3 months ago

This shouldn't be considered embarrassing. It's not like it was a used one.

Meghann Davies
Community Member
3 months ago

I had an inside zipped pocket in my school blazer where I kept my keys, money and an emergency tampon. I had forgotten to take out the tampon before putting the blazer in the wash and the next time I wore it I took out my keys to show a group of friends a new keyring and the tampon had unwrapped and expanded in the wash and just hung there on my keys as I held them up. So basically it looked like I had a used tampon attached to my keys. Or an away in shame before I could explain which didn't help.

Blackheart
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3 months ago

Our coach uses tampons cut in half to plug bloody noses. I asked if he cut of the string. He said no.

Catlady6000
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3 months ago

Makes it easier to pull out of whatever orrifice it's in. I keep a couple in my first aid kit. Also works for small bullet and arrow wounds- advice from an old Hunter

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Lorraine R
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3 months ago

Yet another argument for more pockets in women's clothes.

Caroline Overill
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3 months ago

At which point you turn around to your class with a face like thunder and say "OK which one of you did this?"

Claire Armstrong
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3 months ago

Lol, this is one of the funniest ones lol

Analyn Lahr
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3 months ago

That was kind of him to do for his wife though.

Hamster Undercover
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3 months ago

That's so sweet

H.L.Lewis
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1 month ago

Not many men would put a tampon in their pocket. I think that must be a very sweet man.

Steve Cruz
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3 months ago

"Sir, why is there a string on your chalk?"

Ingrid Collender
Community Member
3 months ago

I was on a train back from school and tried to light my cigarette with a tampon...I gave up smoking long after that.

Elly Clifton
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3 months ago

so good

Ellen Daniels
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3 months ago

Every woman on the office likes him better now.

ewadora
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3 months ago

just state of the art eraser

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Izuna Kazuki
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3 months ago

SOMEBODY PLEASE CALL 911!!

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ognistykamyk
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3 months ago

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

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Thinairgal
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3 months ago

Both nice boots, though

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El Dee
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3 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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3 months ago

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

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Kate Yeti
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3 months ago

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

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Flisey
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3 months ago

But looking straight down at your feet they look the identicle

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Paizleypie
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3 months ago

Lovely

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GirlFriday
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3 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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