Life might be a mystery, but the universe still works in such a way that we can more or less imagine the consequences of our actions. However, we know from personal experience that the universe also has a weird sense of irony and likes to throw us curveballs once in a while.

To show you just how unpredictable things can be sometimes, we’ve collected some of the saddest examples of people getting the responses they were definitely not looking for from the Sad Cringe subreddit.

These responses might make you groan. They may make you cringe (and maybe even facepalm a bit). But most importantly, they’ll remind you that life isn’t all rainbows and sunshine. Remember to upvote the responses that left their mark on you and let us know in the comments if you’ve ever been in similar situations. And be sure to give the very popular r/sadcringe community a visit, too.

#1

When You Just Need Someone To Support You...

When You Just Need Someone To Support You...

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Scagsy
Community Member
6 months ago

Rofl

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#2

Life Stops Right At 35

Life Stops Right At 35

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Scagsy
Community Member
6 months ago

Knocking 'em out the park, one by one by one, BOOM!

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#3

Damn Feels Bad.

Damn Feels Bad.

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Malakai
Community Member
6 months ago

Zing!

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Reddit user Niceboihappy, one of the moderators at r/sadcringe, told Bored Panda that the community has seen an increase in members since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. However, the mod also pointed out that the subreddit is always growing in size. And the more members there are, the stronger the community becomes.

Niceboihappy also shared some advice about what to do if you receive bad news or an unexpected response. "I would say be confident, but not too confident. And, especially, for an unexpected response it is probably best to just own it and make light of it."

The Sad Cringe subreddit is practically ancient. It was created back in 2013 and now boasts over 882k members (that’s way more than I could count to). So what does this community of nearly-a-million do, exactly? Well, it’s dedicated to collecting examples of the most embarrassing and awkward situations that also make you feel sad inside.

#4

Kinda Sad

Kinda Sad

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Scagsy
Community Member
6 months ago

Bad when you're getting trolled by your local PD about not having any mates

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#5

More Sad Than Cringe

More Sad Than Cringe

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Malakai
Community Member
6 months ago

Oof-- :(

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#6

Sad Cringe

Sad Cringe

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Raine Soo
Community Member
6 months ago

I will assume that she is no longer your girlfriend.

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In other words, content that’s just cringeworthy isn’t worth a spot on r/sadcringe if it’s missing the ‘sad’ part. The community guidelines indicate that “pathetic loser sad” content doesn’t work and that the responses have to be “unhappy/depressing sad.”

“The content should make you go: ’oof, that hurts,’ not: ‘lol, what a moron,’” the moderators point out. They also stress that they’re not here to make fun of people. Which is why they ask everyone to avoid bullying and harassment. “Be nice,” they add.

There will always be times when we’re caught completely off-guard by bits of news or responses from people. However, there are ways to bounce back and make the best of a bad situation.

#7

Yikes

Yikes

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Steve Onyx
Community Member
6 months ago

Busted!

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#8

Please Excuse Me While I Search For A New Psychiatrist

Please Excuse Me While I Search For A New Psychiatrist

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Scagsy
Community Member
6 months ago

Whoops!

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#9

Ouch

Ouch

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Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
6 months ago

Holy crap...thats awful...

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LinkedIn Learning Instructor Tatiana Kolovou states that when we’re faced with bad news, we tend to react emotionally. So what you want to do is allow that initial emotional reaction to pass by giving yourself some time to process things.

“Calm yourself. Take a deep breath. Possibly look away momentarily to try and focus your thoughts. Exhale deeply. All these behaviors will help you bring your elevated heart rate down and physically center you,” Kolovou explains how to get yourself under control again. Keep that in mind the next time life throws a curveball at you and you might just hit a home run.

#10

That's Just Nasty

That's Just Nasty

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AntiNutjob
Community Member
6 months ago

You definitely need to ask that question face to face

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#11

Sad Cringe

Sad Cringe

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Raine Soo
Community Member
6 months ago

That must have really hurt.

Dana Grunwald
Community Member
6 months ago

This is really sad! 😨

sabocat
Community Member
6 months ago

Pedagogically not a very responsible thing to do. But as a teacher or parent you don't always know beforehand...

Zophra
Community Member
6 months ago

As a teacher myself, what was this teacher thinking? She/he didn't anticipate that happening?

Catlady6000
Community Member
6 months ago

Often, you may not be your best friend's best friend. I had one like that. At first it bothered me a little and then I realized we had different "people" needs. She was what I needed in a friend, I wasn't what she needed. Once I realized that and got over it, I appreciated her being there for me even more. I miss her

Kady Maree Mcgrath
Community Member
6 months ago

I felt that

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
6 months ago

oooh, the burn was so real AND in public.

Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
6 months ago

Awwww kids are fickle

Arctic Fox Lover
Community Member
6 months ago

We ain't all dat fickle 😁

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Nhaundar
Community Member
6 months ago

I had never a best friend. I have a few friends, and iam happy to have them, but iam not destined to have the one and only best friend.

Isabella Vega
Community Member
6 months ago

The feelings were not mutual apparently

Rebekah
Community Member
6 months ago

Oh Lord... the 10YO in all of us can feel this.

Catlady6000
Community Member
6 months ago

Good opportunity to learn that it's okay if other people don't necessarily share our feelings and that's okay. This was o e the greatest life lessons I have ever learned. It s ok if your best friend has a different best friend, Fi you and your significant other don't always like each other or if a parent of multiple kids has a favorite and if that favorite even changes. So long as everyone is willing to make the sacrifice of love for everyone in their life, and realizes we all have different "people" needs at different times, it is ok. Even if you personally are not the best friend or favorite at the time, you will be for someone at some point, and that person may not be your favorite or best friend

Pippa Runs
Community Member
5 months ago

Omg that would’ve been hurtful ☹️

Jane Petersen
Community Member
6 months ago

I feel this.

Marnie
Community Member
6 months ago

Stupid, thoughtless teacher!

Debster
Community Member
6 months ago

Ouchie

Edyta Z
Community Member
6 months ago

Ooooh yeah, I've been there, we had to do this as well.

Livvy-Rose Richards
Community Member
6 months ago

Ouch

wyndmere
Community Member
6 months ago

I feel for you : (. Did you change the name of your best friend before you read your story?

KT
Community Member
6 months ago

awwww man :(

zims
Community Member
6 months ago

Some teachers just live for the drama

Ritika Gupta
Community Member
6 months ago

Hawww that's so sad.

Jonny Dio
Community Member
6 months ago

Great life lesson, the more it hurts the more you learn, now you're stronger for sure.

Guinny
Community Member
6 months ago

ah well. people are allowed to have more than one bff

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#12

I Thought It Belonged Here

I Thought It Belonged Here

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ML
Community Member
6 months ago

It could be just 1 person has voted and happened to be no. Would be sadder if you could see the data how many people have voted.

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#13

Ouch

Ouch

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Guinny
Community Member
6 months ago

ooooo thats gonna hurt

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#14

Savage

Savage

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Charlotte Anderson [STUDENT]
Community Member
6 months ago

I have no words..

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#15

Sheesh

Sheesh

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tima
Community Member
6 months ago

hahaha why is this so me

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#16

Oh

Oh

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Raine Soo
Community Member
6 months ago

Oh, no...I'm so sorry.

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#17

Thanks For Sorting By New

Thanks For Sorting By New

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Guinny
Community Member
6 months ago

aww

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#18

Ooooof

Ooooof

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Danieletc
Community Member
6 months ago

How many hours did it take, before the kid got it that it's about him? Hmmmm emoji here.

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#19

You Know It's Bad When...

You Know It's Bad When...

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Scagsy
Community Member
6 months ago

Pretty much no then

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#20

Poor Brandon

Poor Brandon

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Daria Z
Community Member
6 months ago

hahaha 😂

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#21

42 Dollars...

42 Dollars...

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AntiNutjob
Community Member
6 months ago

Hmmm...

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#22

Ahh

Ahh

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Bella Langston
Community Member
6 months ago

What a little bitch

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#23

Smooth Operator

Smooth Operator

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Danieletc
Community Member
6 months ago

The cruelist cuttle of all.

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#24

The Truth Is Sad

The Truth Is Sad

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ML
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

That is just seeking attention. It usually have an opposite effect.

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#25

From R/Iamverysmart: Don't Tell Me I'm Wrong.

From R/Iamverysmart: Don't Tell Me I'm Wrong.

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Raine Soo
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

I read this exchange on another Bored Panda thread about not-so-bright people being corrected by experts. It still elicits a chuckle from me.

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#26

Sad Cringe

Sad Cringe

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Raine Soo
Community Member
6 months ago

Ouch!

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#27

That's Gotta Hurt

That's Gotta Hurt

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Guinny
Community Member
6 months ago

oof

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#28

I Need A Lowkey Girl

I Need A Lowkey Girl

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DramaDoc
Community Member
6 months ago

Ew.

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#29

From Awkward To Sad Real Fast

From Awkward To Sad Real Fast

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Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
6 months ago

Oh boy...

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#30

Sad Cringe

Sad Cringe

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Monday
Community Member
6 months ago

At least he was honest about it not going anywhere

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#31

Why Are People Doing These Kinds Of Things

Why Are People Doing These Kinds Of Things

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Scagsy
Community Member
6 months ago

You could always add "...does not exist" under it to keep it real

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#32

Yikes

Yikes

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Scagsy
Community Member
6 months ago

So sad

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#33

Yea Just Got Fired No Big Deal. Wanna Hangout Though

Yea Just Got Fired No Big Deal. Wanna Hangout Though

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Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
6 months ago

Wowch!!!!!

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#34

Oops

Oops

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Johnny
Community Member
6 months ago

Here's a more heartwarming version of texting dead people: https://mom.com/news/woman-texts-late-fathers-phone-gets-reply ""Hi sweetheart, I am not your father, but I have been getting all your messages for the past 4 years," the message read. It came from a man named Brad, who as it turns out, lost his own daughter in a car accident in 2014."

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#35

Yikes

Yikes

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MAL_Winchester
Community Member
6 months ago

Ah yes. The typical "nice guy." No thanks.

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#36

Opposite-Responses-Sad-Cringe

Opposite-Responses-Sad-Cringe

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
6 months ago

Awwww

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#37

They've Been Dating About A Month And Are In Their 30s

They've Been Dating About A Month And Are In Their 30s

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Malakai
Community Member
6 months ago

RUN WHILE YOU CAN, DUDE

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#38

Ouch

Ouch

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DforDorothy
Community Member
6 months ago

Brutal burn! 🔥

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#39

Sad

Sad

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
6 months ago

Lol

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#40

Poor Guy

Poor Guy

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Danieletc
Community Member
6 months ago

The thing attached to penis with fingers and skull is whatta mostly wrong with said penis.

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#41

Self Awareness

Self Awareness

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sabocat
Community Member
6 months ago

Maybe it helps if you stop referring to women as 'females'...

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#42

Oof

Oof

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Guinny
Community Member
6 months ago

ouch

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#43

Friend Zoned So Hard

Friend Zoned So Hard

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Scagsy
Community Member
6 months ago

Chin up Dan

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#44

This One Stung A Little

This One Stung A Little

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Scagsy
Community Member
6 months ago

The Premier League in April - no matches

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#45

That Hurts

That Hurts

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
6 months ago

Burn!

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#46

My Boyfriend And I Are Going On Vacation Tomorrow And I Was Trying To Set The Mood

My Boyfriend And I Are Going On Vacation Tomorrow And I Was Trying To Set The Mood

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Scagsy
Community Member
6 months ago

Timing

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#47

This Ain't Normal

This Ain't Normal

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Guinny
Community Member
6 months ago

boom

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#48

This Stings

This Stings

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Rissie
Community Member
6 months ago

Good riddance.

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#49

F

F

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Scagsy
Community Member
6 months ago

There's a special place in Hell for people who use the 'L' word without meaning it

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#50

Worst. Emoji Choice. Ever

Worst. Emoji Choice. Ever

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Danieletc
Community Member
6 months ago

How To Train a Drag.

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