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We all fail from time to time—it’s inevitable. Sometimes it happens at work, sometimes at home. We fail at making spreadsheets and creating pitches, when trying new recipes or changing up the old ones, we sometimes fail as friends, partners, and parents, too. That is why trying to do something new or especially challenging can be very hard.

But you know what’s the worst failure one can make? One that is captured and put on the internet for everyone to see. Nothing compares to getting your embarrassment immortalized on the web.

So here are a few of those embarrassments that people will never be able to shake off. They might be waking up in cold sweat remembering it right as you’re reading this. Enjoy!

#1

To Insult Women

To Insult Women

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So, if we all fail all the time, and it is sort of a prerequisite that it will happen sooner or later, why is it so hard to embrace failure? Well, there are few reasons behind it. One can be related to the way we were brough up. A lot of us grew up being praised for our successes only, leading us to believe that if we don’t succeed, there is nothing to be celebrated or appreciated there. 

We also tend to identify solely with our successes. We consider our jobs and our achievements the building blocks of who we are. We are doctors, engineers, physicists, librarians, competition winners, bonus collectors, and promotion earners. 

That’s what we ask about when we meet someone for the first time—their most prominent achievements. And we form our opinion about them based on that, often not taking into consideration things they have failed to achieve.

We also tend to compare ourselves to others, which is never a good idea. We see how our former colleagues or classmates are advancing in their careers and are creating families and we start to think we are lagging behind. We see and hear about their healthy or fancy lifestyles and we think we are not doing nearly enough, we’re lazy, and we’re failing at life. This is even further exacerbated by the perfection we see on our social media feeds. 

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#4

To Give Motivation

To Give Motivation

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#5

To Be Immune To Yo Momma Jokes

To Be Immune To Yo Momma Jokes

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Florapocalypse
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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My Vicious Mockery in my current D&D game is yo mama jokes. I've killed more than one enemy this way.

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#6

To Make This Student Think Before They Ink

To Make This Student Think Before They Ink

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Success is all around us. We see athletes winning medals, movie starts attending film premieres, and businessmen succeeding in their ventures. What we don’t see are the grueling training that athletes go through. We don’t see the hundreds of auditions that the actors failed. The multiple times that businessmen had to go back to the drawing board before coming up with something successful is also left behind the curtain. 

#7

To “Help The World Become A Better Place”

To “Help The World Become A Better Place”

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#8

To Say Jesus Didn't Use Pronouns

To Say Jesus Didn't Use Pronouns

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Peter H
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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Fun fact: the very first word in the Constitution of the United States is a pronoun.

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#9

To Cancel Alcohol

To Cancel Alcohol

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Libstak
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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So all that fruit falling to the ground and fermenting in the humid heat that some monkeys like to get drunk on came from where exactly? Oh that's tight, the fertile earth sprouted a seed, which fed on the soil and became a fruit tree...

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When you consider all that, it is no surprise that we are so hell-bent on not failing. It’s also understandable why we feel so crushed when things end up not going our way. The good things is, that you can learn to deal with it. And, with some practice, failure won’t feel like such a devastation anymore.

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#10

To Give Reasons For Not Using Facial Recognition

To Give Reasons For Not Using Facial Recognition

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#12

To Fire A Cat

To Fire A Cat

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Rayne OfSalt
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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There's a follow-up that got missed. The person who wanted the cat gone got voted out of office while the cat was still "employed" at the library.

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Firstly, it’s important to identify that you yourself aren’t a failure. Failure might happen to you, it might be something you experience, but you as a person are not a disappointment. Recognizing that is important. If you think of yourself as someone who has endured failure and still carried on, it might even give you a boost of confidence.

#13

To Secretly Use Grindr

To Secretly Use Grindr

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PrettyJoyBird
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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is it one distinct sound like a Tweet? Can you not change in ph settings to whichever notification tone?

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#14

To Start A Deep Conversation On Social Media

To Start A Deep Conversation On Social Media

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Another good way of dealing with failure is gratitude. Recognizing what you already have can help you gain perspective on things. Sure, you might have not succeeded when delivering a task at work, but it’s also showed you what a supportive team you have and how your boss will always have your back. You might have failed to make a delicious-looking recipe, but it’s nice to know that you have the time and the resources to experiment in the kitchen.

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#17

To Get A Girl To Send You A Sexy Pic🤣🤣

To Get A Girl To Send You A Sexy Pic🤣🤣

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PlatinumThe8-BitCat
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3 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Do people actually ask for pictures like this? I feel like it’s a breach of privacy, also feels rude

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An important part of moving on from failure is looking into it and seeing what you could take away from it. That is really what makes the difference between failure and failure that leads to success. Sure, no one wants to ruminate on a relationship that broke down, but examining it to notice if there were any patterns there that you can work on is really beneficial. It can make your future relationship more fulfilling.

#19

To Only Have 3 Kids

To Only Have 3 Kids

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Cindy Brick
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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I dunno... looks dazed and confused. Like he's trying very hard not to fall apart.

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So, all that is to say, that you shouldn’t be afraid to fail. Do it, examine it, and learn from your mistakes. This is what growth is like. Just make sure no one is there to capture your fails and put it on the internet as it might end up a list like this one.

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#22

... To Be Inclusive

... To Be Inclusive

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Bored&InSchool
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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

what I love about things like this is the amount of people that must have to sign off on them- that's the combined stupidity of many people, right up there.

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#25

To Make A Dance Class Academy Logo

To Make A Dance Class Academy Logo

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#26

To Share Her Location

To Share Her Location

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#27

To Get Away With A Wrongful Arrest

To Get Away With A Wrongful Arrest

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Lunaofthenest (She/they)
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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I hope this kid rakes these entitled tools over the coals in court & the city ends up setting him up for life.

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#28

To Follow Her Crush On Instagram

To Follow Her Crush On Instagram

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#29

To Stop Fluffy From Reaching The Cake

To Stop Fluffy From Reaching The Cake

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OmMi
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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I believe you woild put cake IN the fridge to prevent fluffy from sitting on it

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#31

To Define A Service Animal

To Define A Service Animal

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#33

To Stop His Mom From Going On Vacation

To Stop His Mom From Going On Vacation

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Lunaofthenest (She/they)
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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Kitty always knows! My cat sits on my cell phone while I get ready for bed, all of my attention should be exclusively on her!

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#35

To Make Fun Of Manspreading

To Make Fun Of Manspreading

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Ode
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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't know if the OP means that as a bad thing, just noting their surroundings with some humor? I would have nothing negative to say neither about a manspreader in recovery using these tactics or anyone doing so for medical reasons

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#36

To Understand What Color Is

To Understand What Color Is

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Bored&InSchool
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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was about to say orange but then realized that the color is named after the fruit.

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#37

To Ask The Internet For Help

To Ask The Internet For Help

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#39

To Take An ID Photo

To Take An ID Photo

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Lunaofthenest (She/they)
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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yeah, I'd demand a retake. Nobody wants to look like the villain in a straight to DVD kids movie.

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#40

To Secretly Have Sex Before Dinner

To Secretly Have Sex Before Dinner

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PrettyJoyBird
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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why are they getting daughter's boyfriend notifications? I dont have an apple product so confused...

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#41

To Stand With Israel

To Stand With Israel

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Lola Rogers
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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

To be fair, they probably chose this place precisely because of its history.

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#42

To Spin "Cars" As "Affordable Housing"

To Spin "Cars" As "Affordable Housing"

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#45

...to Learn A New Language

...to Learn A New Language

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Brainmas
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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is that French? Is this like that alternate world where Germany won the war?

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#47

To Win An Election By Donating An Ambulance

To Win An Election By Donating An Ambulance

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#48

To Trick You Into Thinking He's Not 5'8"

To Trick You Into Thinking He's Not 5'8"

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#49

To Predict What The Cast Of Friends Would Look Like In 2024

To Predict What The Cast Of Friends Would Look Like In 2024

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PrettyJoyBird
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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I cant believe whomever was in charge was like sure yeah good okay publish that.

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#50

To Think People Couldn't Tell Them Apart

To Think People Couldn't Tell Them Apart

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Lunaofthenest (She/they)
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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Look everyone! Generational trauma surrounding food and self image all neatly lined up in a photo!

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