We’re all guilty of having done something dumb in the past. Things that sometimes keep us awake at night or make us cringe in the middle of the workday. Remember that idiotic thing that you did way back in middle school that made everyone laugh at you? Yeah, let’s spend the next four hours obsessing over it and imagining how things couldn’t have gone worse and how everyone’s probably still laughing at you. However, getting some perspective can set us free.

That’s where the r/TerminallyStupid subreddit, an online community with just over 121k members, comes in. The group documents the times when “terminally stupid” people were “dumb in a way that threatens their safety or someone else’s.” And the things they post are most likely miles worse than anything we’ve ever done.

We’re featuring some of their best pics, so grab yourself some popcorn and get ready to dive deep into the abyss that’s known as human stupidity. We hear that, much like the universe, it’s thought to be infinite.

#1

I See You're As Intolerant As You Are Stupid

I See You're As Intolerant As You Are Stupid

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Andy Acceber
Community Member
11 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Still, the fact that someone is writing in a foreign language is no reason to alert security. This was dumb on so many levels...

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#2

How Could Someone Even Begin To Think This Is How It Works?

How Could Someone Even Begin To Think This Is How It Works?

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Chich
Community Member
11 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

IIRC, the protest was led by a retired science teacher. Explains a lot really.

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#3

We Make Changes That Don't Need To Happen:

We Make Changes That Don't Need To Happen:

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Michelle M
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11 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

🎶I be riding and sliding. Haters be hating🎶

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The subreddit is fairly fresh. r/TerminallyStupid was founded in late February of 2019 and will be celebrating its third birthday in less than two months.

If you’re planning on becoming a member of the community, then you should keep the rules the moderators set out in mind. First things first, the content that you post has to match the spirit and direction of the subreddit itself. “Any post that does not have some terminally stupid person in them will be removed. This does not include posts about the subreddit itself,” the moderators explain that things have to be relevant.

#4

*facepalms*

*facepalms*

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#5

Flat Earth

Flat Earth

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#6

To Destroy A Giant Snowman

To Destroy A Giant Snowman

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Meanwhile, even though at the core of the subreddit lies the desire to poke fun at people who do really dumb stuff, the moderators still care about those people’s privacy. On that note, all names have to be blurred or scratched out so that they’re not readable. The same thing applies to license plates.

The only exceptions are public figures and famous people who we, obviously, know and can comment on their behavior openly as much as we like. However, this doesn’t mean that the focus should be on politics. “Please, No politics. This subreddit is not going to devolve into a fight between the left and right. Users found to be in violation of this rule will be banned,” r/TerminallyStupid’s mods warn.

#7

We Are Always Eating Things We Shouldn't

We Are Always Eating Things We Shouldn't

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#8

This Employer

This Employer

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Previously, I interviewed Vanessa Bohns, an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at Cornell University. We spoke about embarrassment, knowledge blind spots, and how we should react when we make big blunders.

"We spend a lot of time and effort presenting an ideal version of ourselves to other people. When something happens that contrasts with the image we’ve been projecting—when we say or do something that shows we actually aren’t as graceful or as smart as we’d like people to believe—we feel embarrassed," Vanessa explained to Bored Panda what happens when our perception of how great we think we are doesn’t match reality.

#10

Am Does Not Exist In The English Language!

Am Does Not Exist In The English Language!

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#12

Wow, Just Wow

Wow, Just Wow

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
11 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Believe me this happens it really does - stupid but very entertaining!

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"Discovering you were wrong about something most everyone else around you has long known to be true is one of those moments. In that moment we learn, 'Wait a minute, maybe I haven’t been presenting the image of being smart or worldly that I thought I was presenting all this time,' which is embarrassing,” the expert said.

It’s not all doom and gloom when it comes to embarrassment. In fact, it can be a very positive force. That is if we react accordingly.

#13

Many Of Us Are Still Figuring Out This Whole Reproduction Thing

Many Of Us Are Still Figuring Out This Whole Reproduction Thing

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#15

Grown Adult Doesn’t Understand How Rainbows Work

Grown Adult Doesn’t Understand How Rainbows Work

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“One thing that’s interesting about embarrassment is that, for as much as we might experience it as painful in the moment, it’s actually very socially adaptive. Being embarrassed signals to other people that you care about what they think. And that actually draws people in to you,” Vanessa said.

“So blushing, burying your head in your hands, laughing, acknowledging how embarrassing something was, are all totally healthy ways to react,” Vanessa said that we shouldn’t feel embarrassed about feeling embarrassed. In fact, trying to hide our embarrassment can actually backfire on us.

#16

I Love Reptiles, Too...

I Love Reptiles, Too...

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#17

Just Give It A Snorkel

Just Give It A Snorkel

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Ray Martin
Community Member
11 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How are people like this just left to fend for themselves.

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#18

Just Don’t Buy It?

Just Don’t Buy It?

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PupperPanda
Community Member
11 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Free healthcare should be a human right, not a way to profit from misery.

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“The unhealthy way to react is to pretend you’re not embarrassed, that you didn’t make a mistake, or to get angry. Those things undo the positive effect of embarrassment typically has on other people by conveying insincerity and pushing people away rather than drawing them in,” she said. In short, owning up to having done something downright dumb and incredibly stupid by embracing our embarrassment is the mature, emotionally healthy way to react. Trying to hide the fact that we messed up, however, won’t win us any friends.

#19

Brexit At A Whole New Level

Brexit At A Whole New Level

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Chich
Community Member
11 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am all for democracy and all but some people really are too stupid to be allowed to vote and especially hold office.

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#23

Wow. Just Opened Themselves Up For All The Jokes

Wow. Just Opened Themselves Up For All The Jokes

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troufaki13
Community Member
11 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I swear, every time I read these kinds of things, some of my brain cells commit suicide :(

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#24

Excuse Me Ma'am...that's Not How That Works...

Excuse Me Ma'am...that's Not How That Works...

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#25

Dumba**

Dumba**

"Just sitting here.....eating popcorn....cell phone in hand with 9-1-....already punched in..."

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#26

15 Idiots Decided To Park On A Frozen Lake During 45 Degree Weather

15 Idiots Decided To Park On A Frozen Lake During 45 Degree Weather

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#27

Damn Bumbledoofus

Damn Bumbledoofus

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#28

Free

Free

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ilikeplants
Community Member
11 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would like to think that behind the grey boxes it says "ninjas". Damn ninjas stealing condoms. Yep. I'm going to go with that.

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#29

No Matter How Unsafe It Sounds

No Matter How Unsafe It Sounds

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#30

Oh America

Oh America

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Tobias Rieper
Community Member
11 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

we in the UK celebrate the 4th of July as the day we banished you from the empire

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#31

This Idiot Who Was Going Over 80mph With They’re Dog Not Secured To The Back Of The Truck. I Called The Nhp On Them. It Was Scared To Death. I Was Afraid I Was Going To See A Dog Smear On The Side Of I-80

This Idiot Who Was Going Over 80mph With They’re Dog Not Secured To The Back Of The Truck. I Called The Nhp On Them. It Was Scared To Death. I Was Afraid I Was Going To See A Dog Smear On The Side Of I-80

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Caro Caro
Community Member
11 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What kind of a$$hole does this ffs? Poor doggy.

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#32

Everything Is Food To Us:

Everything Is Food To Us:

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#33

This Guys Asking The Important Questions!

This Guys Asking The Important Questions!

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
11 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No sir you must upgrade to a compatible windows ten mouse pad which costs 50% more!

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#34

Just So Wrong In So Many Ways....

Just So Wrong In So Many Ways....

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#35

We Take Dumb Risks

We Take Dumb Risks

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J. F.
Community Member
11 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Don't put anything in a place where you wouldn't put "Richard" in - Security rule 101

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#36

I Have No Words

I Have No Words

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Theoretical Empiricist
Community Member
11 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And thank God the rest of us have freeways to hold the diseases at bay! /s

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#37

We Have No Idea How To Stay Healthy

We Have No Idea How To Stay Healthy

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troufaki13
Community Member
11 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Some anti-vaxxer once said to a friend of mine "I won't take the vaccine. I'd rather die healthy" like wtf!!

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#38

Kids And Their Cell Phones

Kids And Their Cell Phones

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Rachknits
Community Member
11 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You know that as we get more and more technologically advanced some of us are getting proportionately more stupid?

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#39

Mind Blowing

Mind Blowing

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James016
Community Member
11 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Trying to be efficient but not quite getting it

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#40

We Are Powerless To Things That Look Like Chocolate

We Are Powerless To Things That Look Like Chocolate

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#41

Grown A** Man Got His Finger Stuck In The Wall At Chipotle

Grown A** Man Got His Finger Stuck In The Wall At Chipotle

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#42

My Brother Put A Chopping Board Under The Pizza To Catch The Stuff It Drops

My Brother Put A Chopping Board Under The Pizza To Catch The Stuff It Drops

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Miriam L
Community Member
11 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sensible thought, poorly executed. Next time, try a baking sheet and for goodness sake use oven mitts when you pull it out!

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#43

Friend Of Mine Started Their Day Off Poorly

Friend Of Mine Started Their Day Off Poorly

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#44

We Confuse Syrup And Sanitizer

We Confuse Syrup And Sanitizer

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
11 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wondered why I had the urge to lick my fingers after sanitizing my hands!

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#45

We Are A Little Too Eager To Play With Mysterious Substances

We Are A Little Too Eager To Play With Mysterious Substances

"I accidentally broke my thermometer and this liquid came out. It's so fun to play with !"

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Ray Martin
Community Member
11 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm calling shenanigans on this one. That's far more mercury than you'd get in the average thermometer.

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#46

Where Is Gordon Ramsey When You Need Him

Where Is Gordon Ramsey When You Need Him

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#47

Ice Isn’t Real And Snow Is Made Of Chemtrails

Ice Isn’t Real And Snow Is Made Of Chemtrails

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#48

Painted Himself In A Corner

Painted Himself In A Corner

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Miriam L
Community Member
11 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

'Nope boss, can't move on to the next site, if I move it'll disturb the paint. I just have to wait here for a while..." All he needs is a chair

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#49

Wasn't Paying Attention While Painting And Drinking Tea, Guess Which One I Just Took A Sip Of?

Wasn't Paying Attention While Painting And Drinking Tea, Guess Which One I Just Took A Sip Of?

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Caro Caro
Community Member
11 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yep, done that. It was late, Saturday evening, glass of rosé and I sipped the water for my paintbrush and didn't even notice so I guess I'd had enough rosé already Haaaahaha.

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#50

Never Bake Cookies In A Crop Top

Never Bake Cookies In A Crop Top

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Ray Martin
Community Member
11 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't see how this one belongs here. It's an accident, and the poster is fully aware of the silliness of it.

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