Some plans just don't play out. They may even sound good in our heads but when it's time for action, all that we're left with is our intentions.

About a year ago, we did a piece on the subreddit r/ThereWasAnAttempt. But since then, the community has featured so many amusing fails, we just had to do an update. So here it is.

From hugging a bodybuilder to texting teenagers "in their languages", here are some of the funniest hiccups that recently appeared on the sub.

#1

To Give The Worst Land

To Give The Worst Land

"In 1913, Sarah Rector, a 10-year-old black girl received a land allotment of 160 acres in Oklahoma. The best farming land was reserved for whites, so she was given a barren plot. Oil was soon discovered there & she became the country's first black millionaire."

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simpsonsfan888
Community Member
9 months ago

this is probably one of the worlds best plot twists

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#2

To Trick The Allied Forces

To Trick The Allied Forces

"During WW2, the Germans built a fake wooden airfield with wooden aircraft, vehicles, and hangars in order to trick the Allies. The RAF, having known of the secret project for months, patiently waited for them to finish and then dropped a single fake wooden bomb on it"

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Simon Clarke
Community Member
9 months ago

Total class.

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One of the subreddit's moderators, F4T4-M0RG4N4, told Bored Panda they think what sets it apart from other similar communities "is how the posts within the subreddit are usually direct posts, whereas r/fail, [for example,] has mostly links to YouTube, and most Redditors prefer to stay on Reddit than to be redirected to another site altogether," they explained. "Besides, I also think that because of the size of r/ThereWasAnAttempt, it's a lot easier to get a post to be seen (plus, the algorithm helps)."

F4T4-M0RG4N4 said the mod team tries to be as impartial as possible, allowing the members to shape r/ThereWasAnAttempt however they see fit. To a certain extent, of course. "The most common problems are [the same that are] seen throughout all subreddits that I mod/have modded in the past, but it's mostly spam and hate speech (which we always remove), though hate speech is mostly in the comments."

#3

To Spread Anarchy

To Spread Anarchy

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Caro Caro
Community Member
9 months ago

Haaahaha. Perfect respons.

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#4

To Comfort A Foster Kitty By A Deaf And Partially Blind Pup

To Comfort A Foster Kitty By A Deaf And Partially Blind Pup

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mulk
Community Member
9 months ago

The cat face on the right! ahahahahah

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#5

To Protest

To Protest

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Caro Caro
Community Member
9 months ago

Hahaha those faces. Great.

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"As for the community of the subreddit, I don't think I could really summarize it," the moderator said. "This is another thing I see throughout most subreddits, but the communities are made up of many different people, with different stances on ideas and different personalities. That's also what I love about Reddit, everyone is on here using the platform, be it for better or worse, you get a little bit of everything."

F4T4-M0RG4N4 also wanted to use the opportunity to express their gratitude to everyone involved. "I would like to thank everyone on the subreddit for my unique modding experience!"

#6

To Take A Family Beach Photo

To Take A Family Beach Photo

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Ginny Weasly
Community Member
9 months ago

No. Grandma no!

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#7

To Steal Snacks

To Steal Snacks

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Some Cool Guy
Community Member
9 months ago

Busted!

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#8

To Rob A Store

To Rob A Store

"On April 19th, 1995, a man robbed a bank disguised with lemon juice on his face. Since he knew lemon juice could be used as invisible ink, he thought it would make his face invisible on camera."

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Chris Wade
Community Member
9 months ago

Stupid is an understatement.

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Psychotherapist Amy Morin, LCSW, who is the Editor-in-Chief of Verywell Mind and the author of the bestselling book "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," believes that failure is something we all endure and it's important to know that there are things we can do to feel better about it.

First off, embrace your emotions. Morin highlighted that failure is often accompanied by a variety of emotions, including embarrassment, anxiety, anger, sadness, and shame, just to name a few. Those feelings are uncomfortable, and many people will do anything they can to escape the discomfort they cause but according to research, allowing yourself to feel bad is actually motivating. It can help you work harder to find better solutions so that you'll improve next time.

#9

To Be A Good Kitten

To Be A Good Kitten

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River Webb
Community Member
9 months ago

smart kitty, first tried electricity to get rid of your human, and now a snake

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#10

To Make A Poster

To Make A Poster

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KJ
Community Member
9 months ago

Sounds like a pain in the a**e.

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#11

To Steal Food

To Steal Food

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Jane Florence
Community Member
9 months ago

I get palpitations every time I see this picture! Gah, poor thing wouldn’t survive in my house - too many clumsy people rushing about slamming doors…

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Next up, we should make an effort to recognize our unhealthy attempts to reduce pain. "You might be tempted to say, 'I didn't actually want that job anyway,' but minimizing your pain won't make it go away," Morin explained. "Distracting yourself or filling the void you feel with food, drugs, or alcohol won't heal your pain either. Those things will only provide you with some temporary relief."

After that, we can start focusing on healthy coping skills instead. "Calling a friend, practicing deep breathing, taking a bubble bath, going for a walk, or playing with your pet are just a few examples of healthy ways to deal with your pain," the psychotherapist explained. "Not every coping skill works for everyone, however, so it's important to find what does for you."

#12

To Escape The Vet

To Escape The Vet

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KJ
Community Member
9 months ago

Cat? What cat!

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#13

To Face Swap

To Face Swap

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Ginny Weasly
Community Member
9 months ago

Nightmare fuel

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#14

To Sell Bigger Burgers

To Sell Bigger Burgers

"A&W created the third-pounder. It was the same price as McDonald's quarter-pounder. It bombed massively. When they tried to find out why, it was discovered that Americans thought they were being cheated because three is a smaller number than four. A&W — realizing they can't explain grade school fractions to fully grown adults without coming across as condescending assh*les — quietly took the burger off the menu"

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River Webb
Community Member
9 months ago

they should take advantage and make a fifth-pounder

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A review published in Clinical Psychology Review that looked at 46 studies examining reactions to failure found that a "more positive attributional style" was a strong factor in how resilient people were to the emotional distress caused by failure. In other words, they saw failure as a result of something specific and external rather than something internal.

"When you find yourself thinking that you're a hopeless cause or that there’s no use in trying again, reframe your thoughts," Morin suggested. "Remind yourself of more realistic thoughts about failure such as: a) failure is a sign that I'm challenging myself to do something difficult; b) I can handle failure; c) I can learn from my failures."

However, you will probably need to repeat a phrase or affirmation more than once in order to ward off negative thoughts or to reinforce to yourself that you can bounce back.

If you've spent most of your life avoiding failure, it can feel really scary when it finally catches you off-guard. However, facing your fears can really improve your quality of life.

Practice stepping outside your comfort zone, and over time, you'll learn that messing up isn't as bad as you thought.

#15

To Wrap A Gift For Christmas

To Wrap A Gift For Christmas

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Riverina
Community Member
9 months ago

I applaud the effort though

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#16

To Catch A Live Mouse

To Catch A Live Mouse

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Cactus McCoy
Community Member
9 months ago

They start using technology!

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#17

To Car Safety

To Car Safety

"A concept design for car safety belts from the 1960s"

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Ginny Weasly
Community Member
9 months ago

Oh… oh my…

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#18

To Champion "Straight Pride"

To Champion "Straight Pride"

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K. Lange
Community Member
9 months ago

the left guy isn't happy

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#19

To Go Outside

To Go Outside

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Chris Wade
Community Member
9 months ago

haha just a delayed NOPE

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#20

To Drink The Milk

To Drink The Milk

"He thought he could get to the milk by licking the outside of the bowl"

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River Webb
Community Member
9 months ago

cute, but cats are lactose intolerant don't let them drink milk

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#21

To Make A Cute Panorama Picture

To Make A Cute Panorama Picture

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Dodo
Community Member
9 months ago

It's like a kid's drawing of a cat came to life

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#22

To Lie About Traffic

To Lie About Traffic

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Cactus McCoy
Community Member
9 months ago

Maybe she's first in line in the traffic jam...

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#23

To Promote The Use Of Machinery

To Promote The Use Of Machinery

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River Webb
Community Member
9 months ago

"want to get rid of your wife but don't know how? Electricity will do it!"

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#24

To Stop Google Eyes

To Stop Google Eyes

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Saint Thomas
Community Member
9 months ago

Oh come on, why did they not place them on "googly"...

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#25

To Have Fun With A Halloween Decoration

To Have Fun With A Halloween Decoration

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Chris Wade
Community Member
9 months ago (edited)

When the police actually show up you know you won the neighbourhood decoration contest haha

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#26

To Protest

To Protest

"Not sure if she's anti-gun or pro-domestic violence"

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Chris Wade
Community Member
9 months ago

"Not sure if she's anti-gun or pro-domestic violence" - Or kinky.

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#27

To Open Door

To Open Door

"Door was jamming from inside so phoned for a guy to repair it. He managed to open it, left his tools outside, came in and shut the door. Now we both stuck."

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Stephanie IV
Community Member
9 months ago

Well. Bother.

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#28

To Be Encouraging

To Be Encouraging

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River Webb
Community Member
9 months ago

believe me, I happily will

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#29

To Hide An Illegal Marijuana Farm

To Hide An Illegal Marijuana Farm

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Demi Zwaan
Community Member
9 months ago

Yup. They even fly police helicopters around when it snowed, to bust people like this.

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#30

To F**k With A Cat

To F**k With A Cat

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Ryan Deschanel
Community Member
9 months ago

Consent matters.

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#31

To Hug The Bodybuilder

To Hug The Bodybuilder

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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
9 months ago

I guess someone learned an important lesson about not touching people without their consent.

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#32

To Advertise For A Photo Studio

To Advertise For A Photo Studio

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Juliet Hadaway
Community Member
9 months ago

no way this wasn't intentional

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#33

To Take A Family Photo

To Take A Family Photo

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Call Me Mars
Community Member
9 months ago

The cat on the bottom reminds me of the Chesire cat from Alice in Wonderland.

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#34

To Live Forever

To Live Forever

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Hans
Community Member
9 months ago

Ouch, that one hurts.

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#35

To Make A Nice, Wholesome, Jesus Themed Light Switch

To Make A Nice, Wholesome, Jesus Themed Light Switch

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Chris Wade
Community Member
9 months ago

Nah, they knew what they were doing lol

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#36

To Formulate An Interesting Question

To Formulate An Interesting Question

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Caro Caro
Community Member
9 months ago (edited)

This person also didn't want a 1/3 burger ;)

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#37

To Put A Hat On A Frog

To Put A Hat On A Frog

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River Webb
Community Member
9 months ago

froggy nopes out

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#38

To Give Jfk A Memorial

To Give Jfk A Memorial

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Sum Guy
Community Member
9 months ago

They actually nailed it

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#39

To Handcuff This Man

To Handcuff This Man

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Miguel justino C
Community Member
9 months ago

I laughed way too hard

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#40

To Be Handicap Inclusive

To Be Handicap Inclusive

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Chelsea Poole
Community Member
9 months ago

Grandma's wild ride!

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#41

To Build A Nest

To Build A Nest

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Vorknkx
Community Member
9 months ago

Pigeons aren't exactly known as skilled nest builders, so this doesn't surprise me much.

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#42

To Make Kids Learn Angles

To Make Kids Learn Angles

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Shelli Aderman
Community Member
9 months ago

Oops

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#43

To Create A Novelty Drinking Device

To Create A Novelty Drinking Device

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River Webb
Community Member
9 months ago

want to drink? you first have to get stabbed in the eyes

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#44

To Make An Anti-Drug Ad

To Make An Anti-Drug Ad

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Ginny Weasly
Community Member
9 months ago

What is this even meant to say?

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#45

To Make You Feel Safe

To Make You Feel Safe

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Stefan
Community Member
9 months ago

Life metaphor ?

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#46

To Make A Positive Statement About Law Enforcement

To Make A Positive Statement About Law Enforcement

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Chris Wade
Community Member
9 months ago

How did the people involved not realize what it looks like?! Shocking lol

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#47

To Outsmart The Police

To Outsmart The Police

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KJ
Community Member
9 months ago

WTF dude, read my shirt!

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#48

To Get $1,000

To Get $1,000

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River Webb
Community Member
9 months ago

what are you talking about? she typed some of the lyrics to waka waka she's obviously Shakira!

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#49

To Save The Teens

To Save The Teens

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River Webb
Community Member
9 months ago

so I should yeet my seatbelt out the window?

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#50

To Solder

To Solder

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Some Cool Guy
Community Member
9 months ago

Ouchie

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