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

Mike Crow
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3 months ago

And that you have another pair that is opposite

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Dave P
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3 months ago

very patriotic, red and blue sandals and white spots on the pants

ThreeOfAKind
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3 months ago

To be honest it doesn't look too bad...

Martha Meyer
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3 months ago

I see more than one error actually.

SassyFrass
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3 months ago

Where?

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Kenny Kulbiski
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3 months ago

Pants may have distracted you.

Chris Arlott
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3 months ago

At least you weren't wearing socks with them :D

Gipsy Kings fan
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3 months ago

Tell everyone you have another pair just like it at home!

Charlene Viera
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2 months ago

I love the Gipsy Kings, too!! ☺️

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Ristina Nielsen
Community Member
3 months ago

Hey, that's "Captain's sandals". Red for portside, green (ok: blue) for starboard ;)

GirlFriday
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3 months ago

It's called fashion. Look it up.

Yugan Talovich
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3 months ago

On the bright side: you got them on the right feet.

Steve Cruz
Community Member
3 months ago

The mistake is wearing Birkenstocks to the office.

DforDorothy
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3 months ago

I just wonder..besides the fact they are totally different colours, don't people put aside their shoes/sandals, etc. in pairs in the shoe rack or wherever they keep them???

Catlady6000
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3 months ago

May have even getting dressed in a hurry, dark or dim light.....

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Renate Stargardt
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3 months ago

This is not a mistake ... this is a new trend !!

Raine Soo
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3 months ago

I've done that purposely before. Mind you, I was a teenager at the time.

Isabel Care
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2 months ago

You have a similar pair at home

Tova Rafuse
Community Member
3 months ago

karen ?

Madison Sweeney
Community Member
3 months ago

was it 4th of july/labor day?

Mia Shinbrot
Community Member
2 months ago

Were they comfortable? That's what really counts. Saying you like it that way is also a good idea. I know someone who deliberately wears mismatched socks.

katz up!
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3 months ago

Looks stylish anyway...

Tricia Flynn
Community Member
3 months ago

Wore to dk blue shoes differnt ones 1 heal was marginally higher didnt realize till 3pm

Sharon Hahn
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3 months ago

And you've got another pair at home just like them!

Lynne Stankard
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3 months ago

....and I bet you have another pair at home!!!!

Denise Pont
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3 months ago

I don’t believe this is true

Celtic Pirate Queen
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3 months ago

I used to do that intentionally with my Converse High Tops in high school. I probably had 20 pairs in all different colors/patterns.

Imperfekt
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3 months ago

Oh, Own it! My granddaughter would happily go her merry way wearing this combo.

Suzanne Gannon
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3 months ago

Punky Brewster applauds this fashion choice.

Sharon Attwood
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3 months ago

Funny, I’d bet you have another pair like it (with the colors reversed) at home!

nancy pearson
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3 months ago

just being patriotic ~ red, white & blue (& black for black lives matter) day!!!

Annamay
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3 months ago

I went to a party with shoes like that

Tuesdays Child
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3 months ago

If the shoe fits, buy it in every color. Or if the heel is the same height, it's easy to do this. I know from experience.

Tuesdays Child
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm known for this. If the shoe fits, buy it in every color. It's easy to do.

Soo Bogusi
Community Member
3 months ago

Are you talking about wearing ugly shoes in error or about 2 different ugly shoes at the same time?

Debbie Archimedes
Community Member
3 months ago

I’ve done this myself🤔

Shelley Kapach
Community Member
3 months ago

The kids are wearing socks that don’t match-these shoes with those socks, would be perfection! High fashion! Lol.

Steve Cruz
Community Member
3 months ago

Just say you have another pair almost identical at home.

Ingrid Collender
Community Member
3 months ago

That looks so comfy though...say your one foot is bigger than the other.

Kathryn Jetter
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3 months ago

I would just call it anew style and Ya have another pair at home just the same only opposite

Carole Hamilton
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3 months ago

just tell them you have another pair just like them a home

Mustafa Khan
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3 months ago

Once my younger sister had accidentally wore her brightly colored slides to school while wearing mismatched socks in middle school on gym day.

Regina Phalange
Community Member
3 months ago

eh...

Patti
Community Member
3 months ago

This may be serious. A coworkers husband actually wore different shoes to work one day, it turned out he had early onset Alzheimer's and eventually had to live away from home

Edgar Rops
Community Member
3 months ago

My late great-grandfather, a heroic wartime submarine commander, once went to a victory day parade in his full dress uniform, fuzzy slippers and an old hat.

Hara Harding
Community Member
3 months ago

How many people actually noticed!! Say you were looking for purple, couldn't find it so mixed red and blue trying to get to purple.

Jen Sha
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3 months ago

In the morning, waiting for the bus to go to work... A colleague laughed a lot when I send her the photo as the reason why I would be a little late shoes-5f16...122b58.jpg shoes-5f16b54122b58.jpg

Captain Awesome
Community Member
3 months ago

That shit funky af

crazy_cat_notAlady
Community Member
3 months ago

it actually looks great. and if i remember correctly, it was the fashion back in 2010 in India.

G Oezoe
Community Member
3 months ago

👁️👄👁️

Biljana Malesevic
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

This usully happens to me with socks, this is another level. You can present it as new fashion, it's how you wear it.

Suzanne Clark
Community Member
3 months ago

When my daughter was in preschool she made me a necklace out of old thread spools painted in primary colors. She insisted I wear it and i forgot to remove it when I arrived at work. I told everyone it was a custom necklace made by an artist friend...they wanted to place orders for one.

Eva the Ravenclaw Bookworm📚💖
Community Member
3 months ago

Red and blue are literally opposites. HOW did you mess that up??

Dyallen Efendi
Community Member
3 months ago

at least they are Birkenstocks!

Bunzilla
Community Member
3 months ago

haven't we all

Debra Robinson
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

She must have been thinking of Punky Brewster.

deanna woods
Community Member
3 months ago

I think this is actually pretty cool.

gpc1965
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3 months ago

that's not an error. It's a fashion statement. fashion-bl...ood_fa.jpg fashion-blogs-slaves-to-fashion-2011-01-27-0127helena-bonham-carter-vivienne-westwood_fa.jpg

Robyn Wilson
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3 months ago

I've done that...lots

JJM
Community Member
3 months ago

But it's fashion forward these days.

Ellen Daniels
Community Member
3 months ago

I did that just the other day, & didn't notice until evening. Also the same exact shoe, but a different color. People wear different earrings to be "edgy," right? ;-)

Tom Brooks
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3 months ago

I'm sure you have a pair just like these at home!

Kim Bush
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3 months ago

She'd be rocking it with a French manicure

Iva Kazalova
Community Member
3 months ago

That’s fuckin cool, i’d wear it that way on purpose

anotherboredpanda
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3 months ago

When I was 17 I did that with chucks.. on purpose.

kitk4t
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3 months ago

I like it!

Dolevaal
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3 months ago

But its kinda stylish.

Gemma Saleh
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3 months ago

Definitely the red ones.

smash17
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3 months ago

You wore sandals.

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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 :)

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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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