People Share The Dumbest Things They've Done That Have Made Them Question Their Own Intelligence

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Sometimes you walk through life thinking, "I got this!"

This is not one of those times. This is one of those times where you walk through life going "How the eff did I make it out of bed today?"


u/d3dni asked:

Hey Redditors, what's something that you've done that's so dumb that you question your own intelligence?

Here were some of those answers.

Spelling And Cooking Don't Mix

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I wanted to make cookies for my mom that spelled "mom" and I ordered one "o" and two "m" cookie cutters

CichaelMlifford

Water Under The Sea

I realized this year that pufferfish fill themselves with water when they expand instead of air... I'm 25

Dane_Gleessak

Smoosh

Once I picked up a lemon, wondered "do lemons bounce?", and immediately threw it on the ground.

It was the last lemon.

They don't bounce.

evandolajakulater

Too Many Keys

I've lived at my house for half a decade and I still get mixed up on which way the key goes in the front door. I'm starting to wonder if I should get tested.

ShoddyBiscotti1

Just Can't Stop

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I've stapled my thumb at least once a year from grade six to second year university. The first stapling was because I was showing my friends how my classmate stapled his thumb and the rest of the staplings were from demonstrating to various people how I had previously stapled my thumb.

punkterminator

Hot N Painty

I have 2 stories.

When I was 7 I went outside to play and noticed a blueberry in the front lawn. Of course I pick it up and eat it. It was a paint ball and I instantly regret everything.

When I was 6 I made a bowl of ramen noodles but didnt notice it was a spicy flavor. I put the bowl in the fridge and came back to it a few hours later. It was still spicy and I was very confused. Hot =/= spicy

xXDevious

Hooked

Granted I was young, but in the fifth grade I recall being stung by a wasp and my mother got out an epi-pen just in case I had an allergic reaction to the sting. I didn't and I was fine, but my curiosity got the better of me. Later that night I knew where the epi-pen was, and I wanted to know how big the needle was in case I ever had to actually use it (I had a big fear of needles, guess I just was hoping it was a small needle lol). Anyway, I went to take a look (not knowing how an epi-pen worked) and when I clicked the button the needle when straight into my thumb, bone and everything.

(For anyone that doesn't know, epi-pens shoot adrenaline basically into you which helps combat allergic reactions, and the "button" I pushed is what actually deploys the needle and it's spring loaded so it's pretty powerful). So here I am screaming because there is a NEEDLE THROUGH MY THUMB (and also the junk in the needle is making my heart go crazy.)

I asked my sister to help me get it out but it was so far in that she could not pull it out no matter how hard she tried. When I found my parents outside my dad was able to yoink it outta my thumb bone, it couldn't come out because it bent like a fish hook in the bone of my thumb. In the end I was fine, but it freaked the hell outta me and my parents.

ErythematousRat

Not Far Enough

In 5th grade we watched a video in class about this kid who carved an elaborate wooden boat, and he burnt a message on the side that asked whoever finds this boat, please return it on its journey to the ocean. He places boat in a creek. It drifts off down stream. The video follows the boats journey where a boy finds it stuck in branches hanging in water. He puts it back into the current. It goes to a river. Bigger river and eventually after a few human encounters, it makes it to the ocean. So....


I was inspired. But didn't live near a creek. My brilliant idea was to make a few paper airplanes. I had just learned a cool new design. I finish one. I write on the side... "If anyone finds this, please throw it back into the sky so it can reach the ocean." Went to front porch and reared back and threw it.

It went 6 feet and nose dived onto the driveway. Picked it up. Threw it again. It looped and fell 2 feet from me. I grabbed it, crumpled it up and remember saying to myself, what the heck were you thinking?

Cyrano55

Whoopsie Daisy

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So I was standing outside of a bar in the middle of winter (a little tipsy) and I went to kick the snow off my boots. Because of the icy ground I ended up kicking my feet out from under myself. My legs shot up over my head like I was a cartoon character. Lots of laughs were had. I hate the snow.

revelinravel

All The Same

Just today

I'm in control of ordering and stocking medical supplies for my clinic

I unstacked 20-25 cases of saline with the intent to rotate stock so it won't expire

Once I finished stacking the new delivery (40boxes) and began stacking the older stock on top I realized they all had the same expiration date Oct/2020

I'm an idiot

Brownale78

Going Up?

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At my apartment complex, the doors are all different. When you're opening the door in the garage, the key goes up, when you're coming in from the street, the key goes down. It drove me so crazy for a while, I felt like I was going literally insane because I couldn't remember which was which.

Reddit

Calc Damage

I wrote [2+2] to my calculator during a statistics exam and before I pressed [=] I uttered "oh."

Not because I found out the answer, but because of the realization that I may have some kind of brain damage.

AUGUSTBRANDISH

Funny thing is i had a problem once on an exam that was similar to this, I knew the answer because it was obvious, but I still used the calculator because I ain't trusting my brain lol...

LukeTheGroundwalker

Stupid receipt.

Bought a can of coke, walked out of the store with the receipt in my other hand. Immediately tossed the coke in the deepest trash can ever. Stupid receipt. :(

digmalick

This reminds me of a video I saw once where a woman was feeding ducks by a dock with the bread in one hand and her phone in the other. You can see where this is going.

TheNightSentinels

Hand Seared

One time I didn't want to dirty a plate to heat up my doughnut in the microwave, so I thought for a moment with myself I should try and just hold it in my hand while it cooked in there.

icexdragon

Beyond the SIlence

Searching for my phone when getting out of the car while on the phone. Then telling your phone on the wire you can't find you phone..... The silence was deafening.

CanIGetAPaycheckBuff

If it helps you feel better, my friend did that once, while I was next to her, and I helped her look for her phone. Her mom was laughing at us on the phone.

ScreamingPotoo

Protein Add ON

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Very nearly tried to stop a blender blade with my fingers.

Owlmoose

You mean to say you nearly added too much protein to your smoothie.

Forikorder

High Time

I once was going to microwave water to make tea, I put an empty mug in the microwave with no water in it and I microwaved it.

Comrade_Wolfissimo8

Same! But I remembered to add a tea bag...the smell of that burn will never go away!

StrangeConnection

A walk off

I once opened the washer to get the clothes, but got sidetracked by my dogs wanting to go out. When I came back in, I turned the dryer on and went about my business. Came back an hour later to fold them and the dryer was empty.

BustAMove_13

Give me Light!!

Spent almost 10 minutes looking for my phone. Using it's light because it's dark. As if it wasn't bad enough to realize I was using my phone to look for my phone, I'm alone at the house. Why didn't I turn on the lights??

a_bizz

u/Mando_calrissian423 commented the same thing below.

A lot of people make that kind of mistake once in a while. Just recently my phone 'disappeared', because I put it under a piece of paper for absolutely no reason and I spent way too much time looking for it everywhere except my room.

Once I also left it in one of the cabins of my bathroom for some reason.

Zeddeling

Damn Auto

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I argued with an English teacher that it was spelt 'expresso' purely because I spelt it wrong once and autocorrect never corrected me.

Pengusta

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Wire Crossing

I threw an entire glass of milk in the recycling instead of the empty carton I just poured it out.

killerjags

Having trash in one hand and freshly prepared food in the other is never a good recipe to start with. Just... the wires in your brain switch for a moment.

Melodramallow

Why Am I Like This?

I spent a good 5 minutes looking for my soccer bag that was in my hand the entire time.

Reddit

Every so often when I'm driving, I'll siddey check my pockets for my belongings. And for a moment I'll think, "crap do I have my keys?" Then I feel really dumb for a bit.

Waldolito

Finger Navigation

When I'm at a gas station I usually take a minute to grab trash out of my car, except that I'm always holding important things in my hands too. So I have to navigate which fingers to move to throw away the Red Bull can, receipt, business card, straw paper and not my keys, phone, and wallet.

lucifer2990

Volume Drop

I turn the the music down in my car when sometimes when I'm trying to turn on the air.

gratefooldread

Your brain has a processing load limit, like a computer. So turning off music when you need to focus on something else frees up processing power.

Reddit

Avocado Danger

Once when I worked at a Chipotle I was making guacamole. I had been employed there for about 2 years at this point, so I was going through the motions, tired as all hell, get about half way through scooping the avocados out of the skin, (about 24 of them), and looked down to see all the skins in the giant bowl in front of me, and all the avocado in trash can directly to my right. Covered in the blood from all of the steak and chicken I had marinated about 30 minutes prior.

༎ຶ‿༎ຶ

Atlas_is_my_son

Knob Control

I am a baker at a local cafe' today I burnt the same thing 3 times because I had the oven set to 350 instead of 300. Whoops.

ihadtopoop-

My roommate was making bacon in the oven.

  • Set the heat to broil instead of bake. Which wouldn't be a problem except broil defaults to 650 degrees.
  • Set the timer to 3 hours instead of 30 minutes.
  • Forgot to actually turn the oven on.

This is the same thing that decided to use my very nice teflon pan to actually fry a grilled cheese and then forgot to turn the heat off.

It's so damn hard to get burned carbon off teflon without scratching it to hell.

PolloMagnifico

Back to 8

Google the definition of a simple word. It's like when in maths exam I check in the calculator if 3+5 is still equals 8. I keep doing this all the time.

Pipelin12

Well come January 4th, from 10:32 am to 10:43 am, 3+5 will temporarily equal 7. So keep that in mind for any exams. Afterwards it will go back to 8.

It's due to something called temporal balancing.

KalegNar

Thank you Sonicare....

I was 16 and had a Brand spanking new Sonicare toothbrush. I was going about my daily, morning brush and was getting VERY aggressive in my side to side brushing to REALLY get in deep and in a moment I opened my mouth just a little too wide...

I proceed to aggressively brush my left eyeball in one swift movement.

I remember trying to put the toothbrush back in my mouth before the searing hot, BLINDING (literally) pain made me drop my toothbrush in unison with my VERY loud yelp.

After my dad stopped crying from laughter for what felt like 10 minutes, I washed my eyeball with clean cool water for about half an hour and though my eye was red for a week, I suffered no permanent long term damage

Except for my pride.

Morganithor

Keep It

Pulled into McDonald's, ordered my food, paid for my food, then promptly drove off without my food. I've done this twice. Having to go in to get my food after that is embarrassing. It's my walk of shame.

BustAMove_13

My mom has done this a few times lol. She gets embarrassed having to go in and tell them too. Thank goodness she realized it very soon after she drove off.

Fireyredheadlady

Eat Up

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I once prepared a sandwich to pack in my lunch for the next day. Then I immediately absentmindedly ate that sandwich.

BaudelaireHeHoo

Dial

I was browsing through my phone when I asked myself something and thought "I'll just check on my phone" and, then, reached for my pocket. My heart skipped a beat as I couldn't feel my phone in my pocket (which obviously couldn't be there because I'm holding the freaking thing in my hand!) and then I realized how surprisingly dumb we, humans, can be in just a few seconds.

redditbutdidntgetit

Seasonal Van Issues

During the winter I'll leave my car running while I run inside to grab anything, then spend an extra 5 minutes looking for my car keys before I go outside.

lthmsg

Depends on ventilation around where the car is and weather conditions.

I work with vans, and we had to remind drivers to switch off the engines of their vans as soon as they came in because where we loaded them was under a canopy with really bad ventilation.

The carbon dioxide would very quickly build up and some of the staff would complain about being light headed.

So yeah, if your car is in a garage or something, I can totally believe this (not to mention that that is literally a method used to kill yourself).

IndigoMichigan

Do What?

While attempting to microwave something, the screen kept saying "do or". I spent about 5 minutes questioning " do or what???" Before realizing it was telling me to close the microwave door.

Truly my lowest point.

LillyUpsideDown

To Me

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I once sent a Fedex, priority, to myself.
I wrote my info in the 'to' section.

kbutters9

Jump and punch it full force....

I was cooking some fish when the smoke detector in my apartment went off. I was cooking on one too many pans at once so I was flustered already, but then I wasn't able to locate the smoke detector because I had just moved in. I was frantically looking for the thing with pans boiling over in the background. When I finally found it in the hallway my gut reaction was to... jump and punch it full force.

It didn't go quiet but my knuckles got bloodied up quite nicely. I looked at my hands in amusement and just stood there dumbfounded at myself for a few seconds before finally doing the logical thing and pressing the button which shuts off the alarm.

HonkForTheDong

being 13

One time when I was 13, I held my phone over a well just because I could, then I accidentally bumped it against something and it fell in. I felt like a complete dolt and an absolute cretin.

conaar

Your phone died thinking it was murdered.

ClathanNank

Squish

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Squeezing a squeaky toy in one ear to see if the sound would go out the other.

echothemage

Ready to Save You... Eventually

My boss told me to register and pay for a CPR class online and then take a photo of the front and back of the card and submit to her. She meant the certification card, not my credit card. I was brand new! I chalk it up to nerves and anxiety. My brain wasn't ready. I was promoted eventually.

deuce1028

Zoom In

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I was reading a magazine the other day and wanted to see a picture more clearly and tried to pinch-zoom with my fingers... this was not the first time I've done that.

Jedisolid

Still

Got trapped once because the button to open the automatic door wasn't working.

Forgot that you could still manually open the door.

Stood there like an idiot for 5 minutes and texted a friend (who was nearby) for help.

IaniteThePirate

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Enflamed

Had a roommate deep frying some chicken tenders in a saucepan. It was boiling out of control and I grabbed it and ran outside, where it was raining to dump it out. It burst into flames and I almost caught myself on fire.

Reddit

Braking Along....

I tried to tow my friend's truck using my truck and a towing strap. Hooked everything up. I got in my truck and he got in my passenger seat and off we went. The first moment I had to brake, which was like 20 feet I realized he should of been in his truck, braking along with me.

bullhead_red

Teawise

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I put my tea into the microwave for 2:00. The handle was on the right at the beginning. I became pissed that the handle ended up facing away from me every time. It took 8 or 10 tries before I wised up... sigh.

KitKeating

Less Than

Reject something because it's less than I expected, leaving empty handed when I could have at least gotten something partial.

It's even worse because I've done it several times already, it's like I just can't figure out that something, even if small and insufficient, is better than absolute nothingness.

elSenorMaquina

Ashes & Pop

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Once poured a can of soda into the kitchen garbage can, and emptied my ashtray into a glass of ice.

jahnudvipa93

Cycled Back

I left my brother's new house, we both live on exits to the same canal but 13.5 K apart. I cycled out to him had three or four beers and left to go home. I start cycling and it seemed to be going on forever but it was a nice evening and I was tipsy listening to music. Next thing I see is Leixlip station and realize I've gone 8 K in the wrong direction. By the time I made it back to my brothers exit I had cycled 16 K of a 13.5k journey and still had 13.5k to go.

Doogie34

Debt Collector

I took a loan on a car at the age of 19. Then traded that car for a new one and increased the loan. Now I'm in debt and can't go into school until my loan is paid off. I've been trying to sell the car for almost a year but since (not US or UK or any 1st world country) we are having very good economic times, nobody is buying used cars that are newer than 3 years. Yay.

botnarin

to ascend

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We were Christmas shopping at the mall and the escalators were out of order. We spent ages hunting around for a fire escape or elevator because we forgot you can just walk up them.

manlikerealities

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