Come on, we all love a little schadenfreude. This word is fairly new in mainstream culture, but it basically describes the feeling of joy or pleasure derived from someone else’s misfortune or bad luck.
Have you ever laughed at a video of someone falling down? Yeah, that’s schadenfreude.
We’ve collected some of the funniest fails that were caught on camera. Don’t worry, no one was seriously hurt during these photos – only their pride was a little bruised! Let’s take a look at some of these fails.
A Truly Outdoors Experience
We imagine this is the same feeling as ‘did I leave the oven on?’ This unfortunate couple returned to their car one snowy day with half the storm in their car. Ouch.
It looks as though the guy in this photo can see the funny side of this, whereas the woman is less than impressed. We reckon it’s probably not his car! Let’s hope the snow was cleared away or that it didn’t cause too much damage once it melted.
A Watched Kettle Never Boils
They often say that even if people can’t cook, the least they can do is boil some eggs. After all, how hard can it be? Well, for this chef, things look rather rotten. He was probably wondering why his eggs weren’t ready at the usual time!
A watched kettle never boils, especially if it’s not turned on. Well, the same can be said for eggs that never boil. Next time, be sure to double check and see what does what in the kitchen!
Cutting The Cord
We all know how hard it can be to open products that are wrapped in that hard plastic. Weirdly, you always need a pair of scissors to open them – which is particularly annoying if that’s exactly what you’ve bought!
Anyway, this buyer was clearly a little too excited about her new USB cable. She quickly grabbed a pair of scissors but cut directly through her brand new product! Looks like she’ll have to order a new one right away. Bad luck!
Wait, What Did You Say?
When taking instructions, always make sure you hear the words correctly! This unfortunate student misheard some instructions making for some wasted time indeed! Still, we’re very interested in a report on ‘Youth in Asia’ – perhaps John will finish it?
Actually, this summer student was supposed to write about ‘Euthanasia’. Ironically, once he found this out he probably wanted to end his own life! Here’s an important lesson: always make sure you take the right notes!
Always Read Instructions
In the same way you should always listen when taking notes, the same goes for reading instructions! Anyone who has ever worked in customer service is acutely aware of some of the burdens of dealing with annoying customers.
When looking at this product complaint, we can see why! What kind of person doesn’t read the instructions, or appreciate the feature? Next thing you know, she’ll complain about inconsistent speeds!
Need A Hand?
Anyone who is familiar with raising gas prices will surely panic at this view! It turns out that pumping gas isn’t for everyone, and this girl is walking proof. Does she think this is how you are supposed to fill a tank? Any man can attest that sometimes it’s pretty easy to miss or spill your spray.
Next time, she might want to get someone else to fill her tank for her. Who knows how much money she will save?
Talk About Bad Parking…
Talk about bad luck: this looks like something from a cartoon. We’re kind of expecting the Road Runner or Coyote to run past! We wonder how this even happened – a piano falling straight onto a car! We hope the insurance covers this extremely weird accident.
What do you think happened here? We truly have no idea. What we DO know is that this driver must have had a seriously bad day. Let’s hope he wanted a new car (or a new piano!).
Admiration For Amazon
You’ve gotta give it to Amazon: they really know how much your package means to you. After going through extreme measures to keep it safe, it looks as though it’s never leaving the box! The real question is how it got in there…
Let’s hope there’s nothing too delicate in there. But as they say: what goes up must come down. Well, what goes in must come out! Do you think it was removed safely and carefully? We’re not too sure.
It’s pretty safe to say that the person who owned this bike probably doesn’t own it anymore. Did they really think this was a clever thing to do? Do they realize the power of, you know, lifting? We wonder who did this and whether they actually thought it stood a chance.
We reckon this was an experiment to see if anyone would steal the bike. Why else would it be placed like this? Either way, we have faith in people that they wouldn’t take what doesn’t belong to them.
This person learned the hard way that dough rises. Apparently, it’s a lesson you only need to learn once. This chef must have forgotten one of the basic rules of baking – or perhaps he never knew them to begin with?
This looks like a professional kitchen, so maybe this is proof that somebody lied on their resume? Either way, they won’t be doing this again anytime soon! It’s about gaining the life experience while collecting the hilarious photo along the way.
Missed A Spot
Whoever told this fella that rolling sunblock was a good idea has clearly never used it. We’re all familiar with spray or cream, and there’s little chance that spots are missed. But a roller block? Well, here’s evidence it doesn’t work…
It looks as though the person who did this guy’s back did a better job than he did on his own chest, but it’s still not good enough. Remember to always apply suncream, folks! Better luck next time, hopefully!
This looks like one of our previous images, except this is definitely not sand. This poor driver seems to have driven straight into some wet concrete – causing more than just a headache. Not only has he lost his car, but now the community has lost a road!
We have no idea how this person managed to get their car out of this tight spot, but we do know that it makes for a hilarious photo showing some seriously bad luck. Sadly, this damage is a little worse than sand on the beach.
I Think I Forgot Something…?
For some reason, most Americans don’t fill their own gas tanks. And while the rest of the world is completely capable of doing it themselves, sometimes Americans slip up. As we saw previously, mistakes can be made. It’s even more embarrassing if you’re a state trooper.
This officer clearly forgot to take his pump out before paying up and leaving. Thankfully, we managed to catch a snap of the action here in this photograph. Just in time for them to stop off in a drive-thru!
That’s Not What You Think It Is…
We get it. Sometimes you’re in a rush and take the nearest available trolly or basket in the supermarket. But ever feel like something is a little off? This woman has hilariously mistaken her trolly for her basket! She even has it wrapped around her shoulder which is admirable…
We’re wondering how she hasn’t realized that her basket has a full metal armband and, you know, wheels? Well, as long as it works. Maybe it’s a good luck charm?
I’ll Only Be A Few Minutes…
There’s lack of self-awareness, and then there’s this guy. He’s driving what is quite literally the opposite of a ‘small car’, and yet he thinks he can squeeze in between the lines. Even if he’s only there for a short time, he probably blocked the whole driveway!
Signs can be annoying, but there’s usually a reason why they exist. It’s time to listen to what they have to say and take their free advice! It’ll usually end up better for everyone.
Watch Out For Wood
When driving home with large items, it’s always important to secure them safely. Otherwise, you might end up with a windscreen like this guy. All it takes is one sudden brake for your large pieces of wood to slam into the glass and cause a few more headaches. Talk about bad luck…
Now he can’t even get home since it’s illegal to drive with a shattered windscreen. Now is probably a time when the guy ordered an Uber to get him home safely.
To Charge Or Not To Charge?
Ok, we’ve all done this. Who hasn’t plugged their phone into the cable, only to realize the cable isn’t plugged in? One daughter has found her mother’s phone and noticed that it’s plugged into a completely different section!
This problem is now obsolete since iPhone removed the headphone jack. Today, no one can make this error. Maybe it’s because of this viral image? We may never know what inspired Apple to remove the jack. Either way, we bet this mom is happy about it! Finally, some good luck!
Caught In A Spin
We can tell you right now that helicopters and human hair should NOT go together. Well, this father found out the hard way after his young boy flew his new toy right into his head! We wonder how long it had been out the box for?
Let’s hope he didn’t need to cut the helicopter out of his hair. At that age, it takes a bit longer for hair to grow back like that! His poor eyes say it all.
Don’t Touch The Fire!
This is a lesson you only need to learn once. Don’t play with fire! Here, we can see how this little guy maybe got a little too close to a bonfire. He may have been surprised, but by his lack of eyebrows you would never know it!
After getting himself cleaned up, it probably isn’t a mistake he will be making again anytime soon! Thankfully, based one his cheeky grin, he wasn’t too seriously injured and he was happy to try again – albeit more safely.
“How Do You Think They Caught Us?”
It’s pretty amazing that these folks thought that they could get away with stealing a whole light pole, but here we are. These Floridians clearly wanted to know what would happen if they put it on their car and drove far away – but did they expect to be caught?
We don’t feel bad that they got arrested: they were stealing public property! Not to mention, it’s dangerous to drive with such a long pole on the highway like that! Looks like their luck ran out.
Difficulty Following Instructions
We get it: it can be nerve-racking to answer questions in a court of law. However, it’s essential that you answer the questions out loud for the record to exist! As this lawyer and transcriber can attest, it can be hard for folks to follow instructions!
Little do they know how their verbal testimony can literally be the difference between guilt or innocence. We suggest you speak up next time, or you might end up back in the jail cell!
Twists and Turns
How many bottles do you think these folks had before trying to open one more like this? The screw top bottles were probably invented to make things easier for everyone, but no one thought this could happen!
Even though they managed to get the bottle open and enjoy a glass of the good stuff, we can’t help but laugh at how silly they are! Let’s hope the opener survived to open a new bottle on another day.
We’re Going To Need A Bigger Van
I mean, this is definitely one way to transport a broken down car! It looks as though these folks didn’t want to call a mechanic to pick up and tow their busted car. As luck would have it, they called their friends who had a *slightly* bigger vehicle which resulted in this!
It’s a pretty amazing accomplishment, to be honest. Look how they managed to get it into the van without sparing a single inch. Let’s hope they got it out and repaired back to normal.
Not Planning Ahead
If you’re not too careful, you might find yourself stuck in a situation like this builder. We’ve heard the expression ‘paint yourself into a corner, but what about ‘box your drill into the ground’? We can’t imagine his face once he realized what he did.
Then, he was faced with a choice: either cut the cord on the drill or destroy his latest work. In the interest of safety, we hope he just took the wood off to free his device. Cutting the cord would be deadly!
Missing The Mark
Talk about bad luck: we all like Christmas trees, but living high up on a balcony might cause a few problems. Especially if you hang it outside on a windy night! This poor couple missed out on a Christmas miracle after noticing that their tree had fallen off their balcony one night.
Of course, when explaining it to the kids, they explained how Father Christmas had attempted to take the beautiful tree home with him to the North Pole. What would you say?
Not Thinking It Through
This is an ACTUAL example of ‘painting yourself into a corner’ that we saw earlier. This poor woman was so focused on shining her wood that she didn’t think about the consequences of her direction at all. What we can see now is an unfortunate end to her project.
Do you think she waited for it to dry or risked ruining the polish with her footprints? We have no idea: only that it must have felt terrible to realize what had happened! Bad luck, there…
Follow Safety Protocols!
For this religious man/hipster, not wearing a safety net has cost him years of hard work. After failing to keep it covered in the appropriate manner, he seems to have accidentally shaved it off! We can’t imagine his face when he saw what happened!
Still, we’re thankful that it didn’t cause him any pain, aside from the shock of the whole thing. Remember, there’s a reason why builders and chefs cover their hair at all times!
Don’t Take THESE Camping!
For some, a pack of wet wipes is an essential part of any camping trip. Unfortunately, this unhappy camper found out the wrong way that he had accidentally brought, and used, the wrong kind of wipes. Yup, those are surface wipes!
We can’t imagine just how he found out, and what he felt when he did, but we imagine it’s not pretty. Folks, next time always be sure to read the instructions! It might just save your butt!
Talk About Bad Luck…
Cooking with a hangover can be deadly, if not hilarious. What you’re looking at here isn’t dripping icing sugar. Instead, this confused cooker accidentally placed his plastic chopping board into the oven to cook his portion of chips. Oh dear.
This is one messy situation, made worse by having to clean all of this up on an empty stomach. It’s not like he can eat this now, right? We bet he won’t be testing his luck by making this mistake again!
Trash Or Gas?
This can be a costly mistake for anyone willing to save a few bucks on some cheap gas. As we can see, they’re clearly trying to collect a lot of gas up at one, perhaps during a sale or while in a cheaper state.
The fact it’s open in a pickup truck can only lead to disaster in the long term. Eventually, he’s probably going to spill it all and wonder why he didn’t do it smarter, earlier. Oh well, until he learns his lesson there’s always this funny photo!
Designed To Protect Screens…
Um, if your whole existence is in order to do one thing, you better do it! Here, we can see how a screen protector is actually doing the very opposite – making the screen difficult to use and hard to see. But how did this happen?
Judging by the way the oxygen is up in the corners and in the middle, we can assume that the person in charge of applying this ended up making quite a big mistake. It’s always better to leave it to the professionals!
Patience Is A Virtue
We all know the excitement of wanting to wear a brand new shirt after its first wash. However, and we can’t stress this enough, YOU SHOULD NEVER PUT IT IN THE MICROWAVE! You’re better off leaving it to dry on its own. Here’s why you won’t have much luck with it…
This poor shirt owner has lost his favorite item after losing patience and trying to zap his shirt dry. Well, now he’ll have to go to the store to buy a new one. Here’s a mistake he probably only made once.
We’re kinda half-impressed with this guy! He tried to print something from his iPad by just placing it in the photocopier and pressing the button. What he didn’t realize was how it was turn off and fail to get printed.
However, what he DOES have is a photocopy of his impressive iPad, and isn’t that something? It’s probably not what he wanted, but we reckon it got a nice chuckle along the way. Can’t help but lament the waste of ink, though!
Everything Is Fine…
Whatever you do, don’t close these doors – you’ll get stuck indoors! Literally. You will be stuck in the doors. For whatever reason, this contractor thought that he could get away without putting any knobs or handles on these new doors. He thought he could test his luck and hope no one noticed.
Better yet, the closet doors open going IN instead of OUT. This means that the new homeowner won’t even be able to use them. Time for a second opinion, we think! Do you think they got a refund or a discount?
Just A Little Touch Up
Um… What? We have a feeling this carowner got in a little too deep when it comes to redecorating the vehicle. What started as a yellow car is slowly becoming black, in a very unbecoming way!
Either she’s trying to save money on a new paint job or she’s trying to quickly change the car after committing a crime. With any luck, we will be far away from this lady and her stained black car!
Stuck In The Ice
Let’s hope she’s wearing comfortable shoes after this bad luck! Here we can see how one owner had to walk all the way though this ice cold snow to reach her car. Judging by the look of it, she’s about to give up. Will she make it?
Amazingly, it looks like the cars are protected from an overhead barrier. Perhaps she thought of that when parking? Either way, she didn’t anticipate the walk through the new snow that has just settled.
We Hope These Are Fake…
Oh god. If you’re curling your eyelashes, make sure you know what you’re doing! If not, you might end up with a handful of clomped lashes in your device. We truly hope this is a row of fake eyelashes that this girl just wanted more curly that their origins.
Remember: you need to either buy curled lashes or curl your existing, curled, lashes. If you try to force these things then you’ll end up with a mess on your hands (or eyes!).
You’re Not Doing What You Think You’re Doing
Yeah, we get it. It can be a sad moment to look across the carriage in public transport and see everyone on their phones. But taking your photo out and publishing it to social media? You’re just doing what they are!
Even though we think it’s funny she obviously doesn’t notice what she’s saying, we can appreciate that she probably WASN’T on her phone until she wrote this. Still, at least it was a quiet journey!
That Sinking Feeling…
We all get that sinking feeling when something bad happens. Unfortunately for this car, that is quite literally what is happening. It looks as though these folks didn’t consider the tide when they parked their SUV on the beach one day. Well, we can all see what happened!
Since tides change every six hours, we imagine these folks were stuck there for a few hours. They can try pull or push all they want – it’s not going anywhere! At least they had themselves to share the experience and (hopefully!) laugh along the way. Bad luck loves company!