After Redditor LaiqTheMaia asked the online community, "What's a really awkward situation that everyone can relate to?" people were quick to share––and yes, we can all relate.
Whether you wave enthusiastically at the wrong person (ouch) or fart in the middle of class (it happens to the best of us), you'll find something here to bring a painfully awkward situation back to the forefront of your conscience.
Wanted the Smash Mouth CD with All Star on it when I was a kid. My aunt wound up getting me the Len CD with Steal My Sunshine on It. Apparently I hadn't heard the song yet back then even though it was all over the radio. My disappointment was immeasurable and my day was ruined. I faked a half smile.
Decades later I love Steal My Sunshine and I should have been happy.
Ever drag your shoe across a tile floor and have it make a loud, wet, fart sound, so everyone in the room looks at you? Then you insist it was your shoe and try to make the sound again, but nothing happens?
"A few months ago..."
Visited my aunt and uncle seven years ago and we were hanging out watching TV. My uncle clicks through channels and stops on Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay. Within minutes it's the shaved pussy party scene. My aunt and uncle sit there in silence watching not saying anything until the scene is over while I sweat bullets. If you put an acorn between my butt cheeks I could have cracked it.
A few months ago I visit again. Uncle flips through channels. It's Starship Troopers. Within minutes it's a sex scene and the boobies are out.
I'm not visiting anymore.
I told a complete, long story to a big group of near strangers and received complete silence. I still cringe about that. It was a pretty good lesson: a new group of people are not your old group of friends. They don't know you and you don't know their humor yet.
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When you're finishing up at the checkout and the cashier puts the notes on top of the receipt and then coins on top of that. Then the next person steps up and you're fumbling, trying to disassemble the stack in your hand, gather your shopping, say thanks and move away at the same time.
"Not long ago..."
Not long ago at church we were asked to turn and greet people. I turned around and the guy said hi to me and stuck his hand out to shake. I went for it and realized he was talking to the woman beside me. She and I both ended up with a hand in his hand at the same time trying to shake it. They both looked at me and I quickly turned around and pretended it didn't happen, which made it more awkward. And then rest of the service I couldn't stop laughing about it. This is standard for me.
"When you're having a conversation..."
When you're having a conversation with someone and you don't hear what they say so you ask them to repeat and they do. But you still don't hear it and ask them to repeat again and they do. And you still don't know what they said. Do you ask them to repeat again (and maybe still not hear it)? Pretend you heard it and nod your head and hope it's an appropriate response? Stab yourself in the eye with a pen to create a diversion and change the subject?
That walk down a long hallway toward each other where you've clearly seen the other person, but they're too far away to say something, so you do the awkward look around until you get close enough to say "hey" and keep walking.
"I'm not sure..."
I'm not sure if everyone can relate to this, but one of the most awkward situation I've ever found myself in was being invited to meet my girlfriend's family and over dinner her parents got into a massive fight.
"When you're walking..."
When you're walking behind someone that has a slightly slower pace than you, so you start to pass them, but then have that awkward moment when you're walking next to them before you cut in front of them.