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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6 months ago

🤣🤣🤣

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.Ms.M.
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6 months ago

Did it help you win the case?

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FÛŁŁ_ÊFFÊČT
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6 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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6 months ago

So you have hairy feet?🙂

Daria B
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6 months ago

Hobbits ♡

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Stille20
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6 months ago

...how long was the comb there? Like random pain, quick call the specialist before actually looking at your foot?

Spikey Bunny
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6 months ago

Sometimes those appointments are hard to get!

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Anxious Pansexual Nightmare
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6 months ago

"I realized there was a comb in my shoe." Excuse me, What?

ZombieGirl
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6 months ago

He's able to go to the doctor the second he feels pain? Man...I wonder what that's like!

Elsker
Community Member
6 months ago

just blame it on your kid. She must've left it there... usually works (A)

Spikey Bunny
Community Member
6 months ago

Or blame the nieces and nephews

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deanna woods
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6 months ago

At least you found out why your foot was hurting. Did you find out whose comb it was?

Trying so hard thinking
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6 months ago

"Hello ! Is that comb that you're looking for? I can see it in your eyes!"

JessG
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6 months ago

How and why?

glowworm2
Community Member
6 months ago

That is really weird--and funny!

BusLady
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6 months ago

Blame the dog. Or the 2 year old.

AzKhaleesi
Community Member
6 months ago

I laughed out loud at this one

MysticalMan
Community Member
6 months ago

The Shoe Fairy is a jokester?

Sam Petter
Community Member
6 months ago

HOBBIT FEET

Dolevaal
Community Member
6 months ago

So many uneypexted turns. Great storytelling, bro ;D

ZOE JONES
Community Member
3 months ago

Hello bald, I am confused and mildly concerned as to the state of your shoe elves' hair. Elven combs aren't cheap, you know, so I hope you gave it back.

Micah Pettit
Community Member
5 months ago

How does one not notice something is in their shoe? I notice if there's even the tiniest clump of fuzz between my sock and insole....

LadyAna
Community Member
5 months ago

LOL!

Christine Temple
Community Member
5 months ago

This is hilarious.

Anita Chapman
Community Member
5 months ago

Wish I could multiple upvote!!

Elizabeth Gardner
Community Member
5 months ago

A hint perhaps?

Larry McDonald
Community Member
5 months ago

Soooo funny

Lara Bird
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5 months ago

Bwhaahahahaha!! Awesome!

Ina Schweitzer
Community Member
5 months ago

What?

Debbie Archimedes
Community Member
6 months ago

Too funny!

Steve Cruz
Community Member
6 months ago

He didn't book an appointment with my podiatrist -- it takes 2–3 weeks to get in.

Tugg Ster
Community Member
6 months ago

Baaaahahahaaaa

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
6 months ago

Hahaha!!! I would have checked my shoe the minute I put it on...

ebony1k124 touch
Community Member
6 months ago

On the bright side, you are cured.

Regina Phalange
Community Member
6 months ago

omg lol how!?!

Kim Bush
Community Member
6 months ago

You didn't check your shoes or try wearing different shoes before making an appointment? Sorry but you deserve to be on the Duh list 😄

Anna Neemus
Community Member
6 months ago

Now thats incredibly stupid.

Suzanne Clark
Community Member
6 months ago

I put on my tennis shoes and walked around for a while, noticing one shoe felt funny. I took it off and found a peanut, in the shell, in my shoe. The squirrels that get in our garage must have thought it was a good hiding place. Continued on to the grocery store where I stopped to check the other shoe--yep, another peanut.

Aimee P.
Community Member
6 months ago

Well, no matter how it got there, you’re at least prepared for any situation 🤷🏻‍♀️

Meadow Hazdrová
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6 months ago

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Brian Leahy
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6 months ago

A friend's 90 year old mother saw a doctor for foot pain. They found a 3" long rock in her shoe.

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.Ms.M.
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6 months ago

Trying to pay with that really took balls

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Meeple13
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6 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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6 months ago

You are an insurance company nightmare..

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.Ms.M.
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6 months ago

I admit that I did that once 😳

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chi-wei shen
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6 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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6 months ago

Time to sleep more!

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kate h
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6 months ago

Hahahahaha - I'm certain you are!

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Veronica Sjöberg
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6 months ago

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

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Mainecoonsandhuskies
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6 months ago

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

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Vanta Black
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6 months ago

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

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mph seti
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6 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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6 months ago

This lady could do with a few kernels of wisdom.

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Debra Robinson
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6 months ago

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

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Dee Hunter
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6 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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6 months ago

And as they say, the rest was history..

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El Dee
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6 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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6 months ago

this is a good man :)

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Izuna Kazuki
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6 months ago

SOMEBODY PLEASE CALL 911!!

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ognistykamyk
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6 months ago

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

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Thinairgal
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6 months ago

Both nice boots, though

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El Dee
Community Member
6 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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6 months ago

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

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Kate Yeti
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6 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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6 months ago

But looking straight down at your feet they look the identicle

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Paizleypie
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6 months ago

Lovely

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GirlFriday
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6 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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