We all know very well that things in this world tend to backfire. Call it a law of nature, a frequent twist of fate, or destiny. “Look who’s laughing now” is a phenomenon that has happened to virtually every one of us, and no matter what you do, it repeats again and again, and again.

The Reddit community “There Was An Attempt” is dedicated to precisely the comic absurdity of all the attempts in life that went against the plan, or turned in the wrong direction. Created in August 2015, the subreddit now has 1.9m members that are not immune to the funny attempts that “were there.”

“People enjoy the slapstick comedy of it. At the end of the day, everyone is laughing,” the subreddit’s moderator told Bored Panda in the interview that you can read in full below. And now we leave the stage to the ensued hilarity.

#1

To Make The Special Olympics Look Bad

To Make The Special Olympics Look Bad

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The Cute Cat
Community Member
2 months ago

Superb reply, Arnie..

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#2

To Complain About A Child Selling Hot Dogs

To Complain About A Child Selling Hot Dogs

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Jihana
Community Member
2 months ago

Well played, Minneapolis, well played.

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#3

To Clean Up After Himself

To Clean Up After Himself

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Gin. No tonic
Community Member
2 months ago

Good boi!

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Bored Panda spoke to redditor u/F4T4-M0RG4N4, the moderator of the r/ThereWasAnAttempt subreddit, who said that the community has evolved a lot since it was created 5 years ago.

“When I first joined the team, it was mostly a screenshot sub. A few months back, there was some drama about how there were only three mods who ran the subreddit (which at the time had around a million members).” As a result, they invited more people to join the moderator team and removed the screenshot posts.

#4

To Get Drinks

To Get Drinks

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Brett
Community Member
2 months ago

*insert slow clap*

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#5

To Make Speaking 2 Languages Sophisticated

To Make Speaking 2 Languages Sophisticated

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El muerto
Community Member
2 months ago

my dotter spoke three :) proud dad

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#6

To Sound Literate

To Sound Literate

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Bernd Herbert
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

what kind of poop is this? Well, I'm going to the loo....

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For those who’re wondering what, precisely, “there was an attempt” refers to, u/F4T4-M0RG4N4 explained that it’s basically about “someone attempting something but ultimately failing.”

Conceptually, it’s similar to “if someone tried jumping off a trampoline into a pool but when they tried to jump, the trampoline tore. In that case, you could say, 'Well... there was an attempt, at least' and that’s where our subreddit comes into play.”

The posts are mainly about “some people having a dumb idea, trying out that idea, and failing.” This misery is what makes it so funny. 

#7

To Prevent The Homeless From Sleeping Here

To Prevent The Homeless From Sleeping Here

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로희
Community Member
2 months ago

Hahaha~ Clever.

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#8

To Start Cat Racing

To Start Cat Racing

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Jihana
Community Member
2 months ago

That is just adorable 🤣 Also: why would you think a cat would get out of a box?

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#9

To Prove That Patton Oswalt Is A Failed Comedian

To Prove That Patton Oswalt Is A Failed Comedian

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

I love him! He is the narrator on the Goldberg's.

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Today, the moderator team only allows video submissions and cross-posts, “which are posts that were in one subreddit but were reposted to another (kind of like retweeting.” This format works better for r/ThereWasAnAttempt, since screenshots can more easily become reposts, for one.

Especially when there’s one similar subreddit that’s specifically for social media clapbacks and comebacks, but its content mainly features screenshots.When it comes to their 1.9 million member count, the moderator said that “I don’t think we have the exact same post frequency as, say, a meme subreddit.”

Partly, it’s because it isn’t easy to repost something from r/ThereWasAnAttempt. “I could probably look at the new section for r/memes and see quite a few frequent reposts.”

#10

...to Photograph Birds

...to Photograph Birds

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Steve Barnett
Community Member
2 months ago

Sizing up their toilet options.

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#11

To Be Responsible And Uber Home

To Be Responsible And Uber Home

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L B
Community Member
2 months ago

Epic!🤣

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#12

To Scare Your Boyfriend

To Scare Your Boyfriend

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JustCallMeKat
Community Member
2 months ago

aww

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#13

At Going Outside

At Going Outside

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rgr8
Community Member
2 months ago

This looks so perfect.

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#14

To Shame Atheists And Take Away Their Holidays

To Shame Atheists And Take Away Their Holidays

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
2 months ago

I'm very comfortable with xmas trees and gifts and food, thanks.

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#15

I Mean... You Tried..?

I Mean... You Tried..?

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Steve Barnett
Community Member
2 months ago

'Having Voldemort trying to kill him at every opportunity finally took its toll on Harry Potter'

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#16

To Be An Animal Activist

To Be An Animal Activist

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Fabrice
Community Member
2 months ago

with a "sauce bordelaise"

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#17

To Arrest A “Drug Dealer

To Arrest A “Drug Dealer

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
2 months ago

The important question here is, does it work?

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#18

To Make Fun Of A Bird

To Make Fun Of A Bird

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DforDory
Community Member
2 months ago

At least he realised it. If you can't laugh at yourself, you're doomed.😁

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#19

To Shame Men

To Shame Men

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Brett
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Duh we have our slaves do it (that’s a joke)

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#20

To Sound Intellectual

To Sound Intellectual

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Kristoffer Rahbek-Jensen
Community Member
2 months ago

Jaden Smith, is that you?

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#21

To Take A Cute Picture

To Take A Cute Picture

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XxInstantKarmaxX
Community Member
2 months ago

Same XD

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#22

To Convince People To Be Pro-Life

To Convince People To Be Pro-Life

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Hans
Community Member
2 months ago

If you got a tiny Voldemort in your womb, abortion might not be the worst idea.

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#23

To Defend God

To Defend God

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Hello it Smee
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Or when he flooded the earth, you know the whole Ark thing.

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#24

.... To Find Buried Treasure

.... To Find Buried Treasure

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Helen Haley
Community Member
2 months ago

Florida?

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#25

To Be Racist

To Be Racist

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Queen fhk
Community Member
2 months ago

Am proudly a Muslim just like a Christian proudly a Christian and also like an atheist who is proudly an atheist!!!!!!! It's our believe when people think about freedom of speech, they forget about hurting other people's religion, but when we stand for our rights we are themed as paranoid. Just leave us alone, stop looking for trouble which you wouldn't get and exercise Human Rights fairly not partially degrading other people's religion. I quote everyone is different yet you try to make everyone the same religion, race, tribe all " Differences matters, yet that makes us who we are, denying our differences is denying the truth " I am A PROUD MUSLIM, it's me not you allow me to practice my religion in peace and stop popnosing on my affairs, everyone deserves right to religion just as u think!

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#26

To Suggest A New Idea

To Suggest A New Idea

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Hans
Community Member
2 months ago

Flawless! And you should be able to make a audio contact with other people in real time so you can tell them, instead of typing a message for them.

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#27

To Glorify The President

To Glorify The President

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Helen Haley
Community Member
2 months ago

Accurate

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#28

To Eat A Mozzarella Stick

To Eat A Mozzarella Stick

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rgr8
Community Member
2 months ago

I wish I had that much persistence!

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#29

To Motivate

To Motivate

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로희
Community Member
2 months ago

My life motto.

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#30

To Betray Coca Cola

To Betray Coca Cola

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Queen fhk
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow

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#31

There Was An Attempt To Run For Mayor

There Was An Attempt To Run For Mayor

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Brett
Community Member
2 months ago

Ouch

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#32

To Replace I'm Sorry With Thank You

To Replace I'm Sorry With Thank You

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Charlotte
Community Member
2 months ago

But actually this is a technique I used in customer service. For example when you put a customer on hold to go get more info, you ask them if they’re happy to wait. When you get back you thank them for waiting. If you say “sorry for the wait” it suggests you did something wrong, when really you were just doing your job. It leaves a different impression on the customer and genuinely impacts satisfaction.

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#33

To Prove How Unfashionable These Jeans Were

To Prove How Unfashionable These Jeans Were

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Pamela24
Community Member
2 months ago

What a great mum! :D <3

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#34

To Be Neighborly

To Be Neighborly

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Anne
Community Member
2 months ago

oh.. keep locking..

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#35

To Provide Front, Side, And Rear Photos For The Car Insurance Rep

To Provide Front, Side, And Rear Photos For The Car Insurance Rep

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Tara Brooks
Community Member
2 months ago

😂🤣 I bet she was mortified.

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#36

To Virtue Signal...

To Virtue Signal...

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Vanta Black
Community Member
1 month ago

Diversity is more than just hiring women.

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#37

To Get A Cardi B Tattoo

To Get A Cardi B Tattoo

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Some Cool Guy
Community Member
2 months ago

I never realized that there is a level of messed up that someone would want to get an Anne Frank tattoo on your damn FACE

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#38

To Be Deep

To Be Deep

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Hans
Community Member
2 months ago

Apparently, styles always come back.

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#39

To Display Plus Size Clothes Without Causing Offence

To Display Plus Size Clothes Without Causing Offence

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Roger Haywood
Community Member
2 months ago

Considering that there are no plus sized mannequins, I think its good improv. (I'm on the larger size myself, and I'm nowhere near offended)

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#40

To Stand Up For The Joker

To Stand Up For The Joker

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Hans
Community Member
2 months ago

Welcome to the Internet, where you can be offended by literally everything,

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#41

To Get A Heartwarming Tattoo

To Get A Heartwarming Tattoo

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rgr8
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh No! That is really sad!

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#42

To Fuck The Police

To Fuck The Police

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Helen Haley
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow, that really sums up lawrence nicely in one picture.

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#43

To Keep A Streak Going

To Keep A Streak Going

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Some Cool Guy
Community Member
2 months ago

I like big butts and I cannot lie

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#44

To Befriend A Porcupine

To Befriend A Porcupine

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Hans
Community Member
2 months ago

Ouch. Poor pooch.

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#45

To Pass Security

To Pass Security

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Jihana
Community Member
2 months ago

That is just sad

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#46

To Sound Tougher

To Sound Tougher

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Papa Emeritus IV
Community Member
2 months ago

Kim Jon-Gun !!

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#47

To Criticize A Garbage Man

To Criticize A Garbage Man

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Sanne H.
Community Member
2 months ago

Don’t know how it’s in other countries, but here in NL apparently it’s one of the best paid low-education jobs available. A friend of mine did it as a student job while in university and apart from the smell he was quite happy with it.

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#48

To Be A Professional Company

To Be A Professional Company

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Pamela24
Community Member
2 months ago

All that's gonna do is make more people drive drunk. If Uber is so concerned about people throwing up in their cars or being violent (which is understandable) they should charge a deposit and/or allow the drivers to have pepper spray or something to defend themselves if necessary (not guns!).

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#49

To Create 3 Mexican Countries

To Create 3 Mexican Countries

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로희
Community Member
2 months ago

Fox News is just as smart as Trump.

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#50

To Hide

To Hide

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Brett
Community Member
2 months ago

Don’t be suspicious

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