If you or anyone you know is a klutz, then you and chronic embarrassment are already way too familiar. So the following stories won’t be disheartening but rather an introspective experience or a reason to laugh at someone else’s pain for once.
For more embarrassing stories, you can find the original thread at the end of the article.
“In our college, students are not allowed to use the elevators.
One day, after lunch I was very late to class and had to go up five giant floors. So I was requesting the lift operator to allow me in. After some mild negotiations, he agreed. Just when the lift was about to close and climb, it re-opened.
*Boom*, it was the professor to whose class I was already late. ‘Don’t you know that students are not allowed to use the lift? Get out of the lift’. It was only the lift operator and my professor in the lift. But they sent me out.
The professor also said, ‘A minute late to the class after I’m in, and you’re out. Get it?’ I was badly in need of attendance. So I had an evil plan.
I started running like nobody’s business. After reaching every floor, I would press the elevator open button and run with an even higher speed which would delay the professor’s arrival time to the class as it would open and close on every floor.
On the third floor, as soon as I pressed the button, the elevator opened in some nano-seconds even before I could blink. And my professor was easily able to connect the dots.
‘Oh, so it was you clicking on every floor?’, he asked. ‘Sir, but you said…’, I was murmuring to myself. ‘Who do you think you’re fooling? I’m a forensic science analyst.’
And I was like,
‘Get inside the lift’, he said ‘Be early to class next time, got it?’
‘Thank you so much sir’, I said and ‘You too man’, I thought.
This is one of the most unforgettable embarrassing moments, where I was caught trying to be the smart-guy.”
“I have two really embarrassing moments:
1. In 2014, I had a major accident. Post the accident, I went through a period of check-ups, many of which were for my skull injury. A very young and extremely handsome came in and started going through my reports. I was all set to ask him out, but:
Doctor: I saw your reports and your skull is completely fine
Brother: Thats impossible! I have been living with her since childhood
2. I was getting my eyes checked and post check up
Doctor: Your eyes are pretty
I slowly left the hospital and crawled beneath my bed.
The truth is people usually compliment my eyes so I thought he was one of them.”
“This incident happened in our college.
There was a professor in our college, who used to boast that he knows everything that’s happening under the sun.’ He was the Head Of the Department too.
So on a fine day, the students were gathered in a lab in front of the professor.
The professor had a pen in his hand and was exclaiming, Students, now you are going to witness what’s in my head, what a genius I am and blah blah blah.’
He was repeating this again and again as if he was waiting for the perfect moment to perform some sort of magic trick or something.
Finally the moment came, he inserted the pen drive into the system and BOOM the screen displayed.
‘No File Found’
Everyone bursted into laughter. He tried for a couple of times but had the same result. He then without uttering any word, left the lab.
Embarrassment level: Infinity.”
“The particular lower deck of double decker express had no more than 20 passengers. All above the age of and 2 kids, a boy and a girl around 5-years-old. By the way they were communicating I assumed them to be a group from tourist travellers.
As always, I got hooked to my laptop watching my favourite series.
Shortly afterwards, I noticed the little girl crying and the old couple (her grandparents) consoling her by telling her something and pointing at me. I removed my ear phones and understood that she wanted to join me in whatever I was watching.
With the kindest smile I could throw on, I told them that I would take care of it and we started watching The Lion King on my tablet (I did not have anything appropriate for kids on my laptop so we switched to tablet).
After a good 45 minutes, I excused myself while she was still watching the movie. When I returned I found the kid crying sitting on her grannys lap. The old lady was genuinely furious; my laptop was on my seat and the tab two seats away.
She wouldnt tell me the reason behind the kids misery. She was simply frowning at me which was certainly rude.
I lifted my laptop and took my seat, to my pleasant surprise I caught Ygritte teaching something to Jon Snow in a cave full of natural hot tub.
Just before I left for the washroom, I opened my laptop to check an important e-mail, I was watching Game Of Thrones previously which was paused and kept minimized. I left the laptop open and the curious kid explored it.The whole compartment was like they have just spotted a nymphomaniac.I said to them that I knew nothing.”
“I was just 15-years-old.
I went to a convenience store to buy some snacks.
When I reached the cashier, there were about 8 people behind me, waiting in line.
As I was paying, my eyes scrolled past this fancy and cute looking small box.
It has a picture of fruit on it and was very bright, so naturally as a 15-year-old, I was curious.
I picked it up from the shelf, thinking it was a candy or chewing gum, and put it on the cashier.
Then the clerk looked at me with this dazed look on his face.
I looked at him back in confusion.
Clerk: How old are you?
Me: 15, why?
Clerk: Are you sure you want to buy that? *lifting the small box up*
Apparently the people behind me saw the box too and began to giggle like heck. I was thinking what the hell?
Me: Yeah, Im sure.
Clerk: Are you REALLY SURE?
Me: Yes! Am I not allowed to buy some candy?
Then everybody starring burst with laughter.
I just stood there, questioning the situation, what the actual fudge cake is happening here?
Clerk: Please read the description on the box carefully… *handing back the box to me while giggling*
Hmm, whats wrong with them seriously… I thought. This is just a strawberry flavored—
I freaked out!
Upon my expression, everybody laughed at me again. I quickly put the box back on the shelf and quickly asked the clerk to process my payment.
I left the store looking as red as a tomato.
Moral lesson: Always read the description.”
“This happened to one of the seniors at my college. It was examination day and my senior (say ‘P’) had hidden some things in his scientific calculator.
When he got the exam, he saw a question which he had solved a few hours back. He got excited and tried to solve it as fast as possible. Meanwhile, he required the calculator for that question.
But, in the excitement of getting a known question he completely forgot about the cheats hidden inside the calculator. He opened the lid of calculator in a hurry and everything floating in the air.
The invigilator rushed to him with the intention of seizing his answer sheet. P was known for his confidence and witty answers in our college. He pleaded the invigilator not to seize his copy as he had not used any of till then.
The invigilator blamed him but P denied these accusation and confidently asked the invigilator to check his pockets. But, this invigilator didn’t believe him and actually checked his pockets. To his surprise, he found more cheat notes in his pockets. Now, P replied, ‘Sir, those are of yesterday’s paper! I am innocent today.’
“I must tell you, I am a walking machine of embarrassment!
I have a one year old niece who I am crazy about. My family has a ‘whatsapp’ group chat where my sister sends my niece’s pictures on a daily basis.
Last week, I was attending an Astronomy meeting in Kashmir. During one of the boring talks, I got my nieces photos in the group chat.
My friend, who was sitting beside me, told me to show the photos so we started swiping through the photos and videos in the group. And suddenly, a video of my niece dancing played. The whole auditorium turned around to look at me. Some people started laughing, but you know professors, most of them were giving me grumpy looks.
I have an old Samsung phone and the worst part was it froze and I was not able to turn off the video. To reduce the volume I tried to cover the phone. But instead of helping me out my evil friends started laughing and we caught even more attention.
After some 4050 seconds, I realized that switching off the phone would also work (because of course my brain didn’t think of switching off the phone immediately…it must have been too main stream). But at that point, I had done enough to embarrass myself in front of all the renowned people of my field.
Points are edited for clarity.