Innocuous things that make you irrationally embarrassed

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because, for me, embarrassment is a much more common reaction than anger

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 26 November 2012 16:24 (six years ago) Permalink

e.g. when people respond to comedians' tweets or (especially) instagrams with "funny" comments

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 26 November 2012 16:25 (six years ago) Permalink

any type of performance that requires being HAPPY! in a really showy way (which means i can't watch any singing/dancing-based reality show)

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 26 November 2012 16:33 (six years ago) Permalink

eating in public

Shane Breen is a gigantic tool (Noodle Vague), Monday, 26 November 2012 16:35 (six years ago) Permalink

trying on clothes in department stores

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 26 November 2012 16:44 (six years ago) Permalink

being introduced to new people

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 26 November 2012 16:44 (six years ago) Permalink

"mingling" at parties

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 26 November 2012 16:45 (six years ago) Permalink

every single episode of breaking bad

ledge, Monday, 26 November 2012 16:45 (six years ago) Permalink

taking cyrus in to school in the morning. and its not just me, half the people in there could teach a master class on avoiding eye contact.

scott seward, Monday, 26 November 2012 16:47 (six years ago) Permalink

god yeah, i frantically hunt the playground for the 2 or 3 people i can talk to

Shane Breen is a gigantic tool (Noodle Vague), Monday, 26 November 2012 16:48 (six years ago) Permalink

being around my dad when he talks to anybody in a shop, pub etc

Shane Breen is a gigantic tool (Noodle Vague), Monday, 26 November 2012 16:49 (six years ago) Permalink

i could list these things all day but i am too embarrassed

passion it person (La Lechera), Monday, 26 November 2012 16:53 (six years ago) Permalink

i used to get embarrassed when my dad would ramble on and never listen to the person trying to talk to him but now i don't care. i'm just glad he's still alive so i just watch him and smile. its like watching a big demented baby talk to people. who is hard of hearing. and who listens to jazz all day long and reads the wall street journal. okay, that's a really weird baby...

scott seward, Monday, 26 November 2012 16:59 (six years ago) Permalink

guys trying to flirt on facebook, publicly

I have done bad. I love my pj's. (zachlyon), Monday, 26 November 2012 18:05 (six years ago) Permalink

People who comment on the food I am eating, or have just ordered. A truly irrational pet peeve.

One Way Ticket on the 1277 Express (Bill Magill), Monday, 26 November 2012 18:31 (six years ago) Permalink

People trying to impress their favourite musicians on facebook by posting fawning comments. It's even worse in real life. Note : I have done both of these things myself.

it's all fuck what sit says, we'll do our own thing (Matt #2), Monday, 26 November 2012 18:34 (six years ago) Permalink

i told kim gordon that i really liked the harry crews album when i was drunk years ago. #bigfatliar

scott seward, Monday, 26 November 2012 18:41 (six years ago) Permalink

eating chobani yogurt fills me with disgust and self hatred, but i like this one flavor so much that i will suffer through the shame to eat it.

passion it person (La Lechera), Wednesday, 5 December 2012 15:41 (six years ago) Permalink

why does it make you feel that way? also, which flavor?

xanthanguar (cwkiii), Wednesday, 5 December 2012 15:44 (six years ago) Permalink

passion fruit

1) the name is so focus grouped that it makes me ashamed to say it, or even think about it
2) yogurt is for woman, and i am a woman
3) stirring up the fruit from the bottom is the worst sound on earth
4) i have long had an aversion to watching people eat yogurt, it's at least 20 years old
5) do i need another reason?

passion it person (La Lechera), Wednesday, 5 December 2012 15:48 (six years ago) Permalink

all completely valid reasons! especially #1; that's one of those words i do anything to avoid saying, and if i absolutely must say it, i involuntarily shudder.
passion fruit is one of the best flavors, though. recently i've been buying cabot greek yogurt which is cheaper and way better, but doesn't come in the individual sized cups so i can't bring it to work.

xanthanguar (cwkiii), Wednesday, 5 December 2012 15:51 (six years ago) Permalink

i hate this brand of yogurt so much that i have thought about ways to create my own passion fruit yogurt by making the pulp myself and freezing it in little individual tubes so that it defrosts by lunchtime and i can enjoy my yogurt with peace of mind.

passion it person (La Lechera), Wednesday, 5 December 2012 15:55 (six years ago) Permalink

empty shops/restaurants that are clearly struggling for business

Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 5 December 2012 15:55 (six years ago) Permalink

people baby-talking to their kids, especially if it's about their faeces.

people pronouncing things wrong. my favourite is when people ask for the beer "bombardier" (pronounced in the ww2 spiffing way) and say "bombard-e-ay" in the french way, just a perfect failure. (i definitely pronounce things wrong myself, obv, sometimes, and then get even more embarrassed)

Heterocyclic ring ring (LocalGarda), Wednesday, 5 December 2012 16:47 (six years ago) Permalink

i heard a mom at the grocery store ask her toddler "do you wanna do oj or peach mango?"
kid in the cart: "let's do oj"

me: shame at having overheard that, it was just too personal and also since when did little kids say "let's do _____" when they want something?!?!

passion it person (La Lechera), Wednesday, 5 December 2012 16:54 (six years ago) Permalink

live theatre :-/

Still S.M.D.H. ft. (will), Wednesday, 5 December 2012 16:54 (six years ago) Permalink

i think you mean bad live theatre

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Wednesday, 5 December 2012 16:58 (six years ago) Permalink

there is *a lot* of bad live theatre though, so yeah

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Wednesday, 5 December 2012 16:58 (six years ago) Permalink

Cartoon characters on generic products.

xanthanguar (cwkiii), Wednesday, 5 December 2012 16:59 (six years ago) Permalink

hockey players in advertisements

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Wednesday, 5 December 2012 16:59 (six years ago) Permalink

overheard conversations

Heterocyclic ring ring (LocalGarda), Wednesday, 5 December 2012 17:01 (six years ago) Permalink

generally

Heterocyclic ring ring (LocalGarda), Wednesday, 5 December 2012 17:01 (six years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOrvdvczpEA

mookieproof, Wednesday, 5 December 2012 17:02 (six years ago) Permalink

improv

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 5 December 2012 17:03 (six years ago) Permalink

People who comment on the food I am eating, or have just ordered. microwaving.. A truly irrational pet peeve.

"ooh, that smells nice..."

DO YOU WANT SOME?????

Mark G, Wednesday, 5 December 2012 17:05 (six years ago) Permalink

there is *a lot* of bad live theatre though, so yeah

painfully true. but i do tend to be irrationally embarrassed by people ~acting~ in a live setting, regardless of the quality of performance/ production. the closer they are to me physically, the more embarrassed i get.

Still S.M.D.H. ft. (will), Wednesday, 5 December 2012 17:05 (six years ago) Permalink

improv comedy or improv anything?

passion it person (La Lechera), Wednesday, 5 December 2012 17:05 (six years ago) Permalink

comedy i guess? i'm not sure what other kinds of improv i'd run into

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 5 December 2012 17:06 (six years ago) Permalink

omg hahaaaa, mooks knows what i'm talking about
that clip is practically canadian
xps

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Wednesday, 5 December 2012 17:06 (six years ago) Permalink

http://youtu.be/vDggoBZ2A48

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Wednesday, 5 December 2012 17:17 (six years ago) Permalink

though the wayne gretzky ones of the 80s/90s were prob worse and more ubiquitous...

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Wednesday, 5 December 2012 17:18 (six years ago) Permalink

Everything I say and everything I do.

Just noise and screaming and no musical value at all. (Colonel Poo), Wednesday, 5 December 2012 17:31 (six years ago) Permalink

irish politics

bill paxman (darraghmac), Wednesday, 5 December 2012 17:41 (six years ago) Permalink

Oh man. When I correct someone, or answer a question earnestly, and then immediately realise they were only joking. I guess it's rational to feel some embarrassment about that, but probably not rational to feel so much shame I just want to leave work straight away, get the train home, run upstairs to a cupboard, turn out the light and hide under every bit of linen I can find.

Ismael Klata, Wednesday, 5 December 2012 17:58 (six years ago) Permalink

stop correcting ppl, it's ama awful habit, even when they're wrong. get home.

bill paxman (darraghmac), Wednesday, 5 December 2012 18:00 (six years ago) Permalink

*points out typo*

*kills self*

Ismael Klata, Wednesday, 5 December 2012 18:12 (six years ago) Permalink

witnessing people bragging

homosexual II, Wednesday, 5 December 2012 18:42 (six years ago) Permalink

good one

mookieproof, Wednesday, 5 December 2012 18:43 (six years ago) Permalink

I probably embarrass people when I temporarily bond with sales people (usually at the cosmetics counter).

homosexual II, Wednesday, 5 December 2012 18:45 (six years ago) Permalink

empty shops/restaurants that are clearly struggling for business

I end up never even going into these places since I know that if I go in and start browsing I will feel obligated to buy something because I feel bad about their business not doing well.

I don't really feel embarrassed or anything though, this is just expensive sympathy.

silverfish, Wednesday, 5 December 2012 18:48 (six years ago) Permalink

i sort of feel that way about all attempts to be funny on the internet -- but i actually came here to post that i basically feel embarrassed posting anything personal on social media, or attempts at humor, or anything that directs attention toward myself. i am not embarrassed of myself, i find the act of drawing attention to myself embarrassing.

this thought brought to you by labor day, one of several genuinely meaningful holidays marred by their parades that i had to endure being in as a young person. imagine being forced to smile and wave at hundreds of strangers multiple times a day.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 3 September 2018 16:41 (five months ago) Permalink

https://i.imgur.com/WVxwkr4.jpg

pplains, Monday, 3 September 2018 17:34 (five months ago) Permalink

that was actually funny

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Monday, 3 September 2018 17:36 (five months ago) Permalink

lmao

princess of hell (BradNelson), Monday, 3 September 2018 17:44 (five months ago) Permalink

haha

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 3 September 2018 19:19 (five months ago) Permalink

pplains mvp

faculty w1fe (silby), Monday, 3 September 2018 19:20 (five months ago) Permalink


Walking into a bathroom that the previous occupant has stunk to high heaven and then vacated, taking a perfectly mild and harmless whiz yourself, then walking out of the still stunk-up bathroom just as one of your coworkers is walking in.

― how's life, Friday, April 20, 2018 2:24 PM (four months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

The lunchtime equivalent of this just happened in one of the office pantries. I walked in ready to reheat my relatively inoffensive chicken and potatoes. The whole pantry stunk like fish or fish-sauce mixed with cheese or something? I don't know, it was bad. But I'd have to travel to a completely different floor to use another microwave. The guy eventually came in and took his horrible-smelling food out. I had to sit there for two minutes microwaving my dish and it did nothing to dissipate the smell in the room. Meanwhile, all these people I don't quite know but see around the building all the time keep walking in, getting this sour look on their face and walking out.

how's life, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 16:48 (five months ago) Permalink


The cafeteria staff at my workplace have started playing music recently to liven the place up. Honestly, it's made all the difference in making another bland Sodexo trough feel more comfortable and relaxed. They usually play older r&b hits, so one morning we'll get Stevie Wonder, another morning we'll get Michael, sometimes we'll get a smattering of Motown hits. Today it was Marvin Gaye and I ended up purchasing my oatmeal to the sounds of Sexual Healing.

― how's life, Wednesday, May 2, 2018 8:13 AM (four months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

And another follow up! I just bought a bag of popcorn in the cafeteria to the tune of I'll Make Love To You by Boyz II Men.

how's life, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 17:47 (five months ago) Permalink

Apple keynote speeches / Nintendo directs are excruciating for me. They aren’t entertainment, news, or public speaking of any value whatsoever.

rb (soda), Wednesday, 12 September 2018 18:14 (five months ago) Permalink

you can't just declare memes, wholesale, as being unfunny. like saying comics are unfunny.

rip van wanko, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 18:38 (five months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

pedestrians trying to cross the street who INSIST on waiting for the walk sign even when the path is completely clear, omg who hurt you

the dutiful and the banned (rip van wanko), Tuesday, 30 October 2018 14:08 (three months ago) Permalink

A car that came from out of nowhere?

pplains, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 14:12 (three months ago) Permalink

I always do this unless there's absolutely no traffic visible. Some of us don't think it's so very 'hip' and 'cool' to scoff at the law, sonny.

a butt, at which the shaft of ridicule is daily glanced (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 30 October 2018 14:16 (three months ago) Permalink

I did this just this morning. The last intersection I cross has heavy traffic coming from across a bridge from around a curve. Today for some reason, all four lanes were quiet. I looked left and then right, and then left again. Repeated L-R-L. No cars. So I start going across and yeah, from around the curve across the bridge came a car. I had to walk really fast to the curb, like I had to pee.

pplains, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 14:34 (three months ago) Permalink

one time a high school kid called me a "good citizen" because he saw me waiting patiently at the walk sign as he and his bros plowed through. I must be doing something right!

ghood ghravie (unregistered), Tuesday, 30 October 2018 15:19 (three months ago) Permalink

I do this when I'm not well - I can't concentrate enough to trust my judgement.

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Tuesday, 30 October 2018 22:30 (three months ago) Permalink

I had to walk really fast to the curb, like I had to pee.

whenever this happens i always find myself saying "woop, woop, woop" to myself

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 22:32 (three months ago) Permalink

When there were station wagons with rear-facing back seats, I dreaded getting stuck at a red light behind one with kids in the back staring at me. I suddenly find something very interesting on the dashboard to keep me from making eye contact.

Except one time when there were 2 brothers watching me while I stared slightly to the left pretending not to notice them. Brother #1 turned his head but #2 was still looking at me, so I grabbed a pen out of my pocket, stuck it in my nose and let it hang there. As he smacked his brother's arm to get him to turn and look, I yanked the pen out and went back to staring disinterestedly off to the left.

Hideous Lump, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 03:22 (three months ago) Permalink

innocuous things that make u irrationally rad

self (alomar lines), Wednesday, 31 October 2018 03:30 (three months ago) Permalink

If this were fb I'd Haha that, HL.

nickn, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 04:53 (three months ago) Permalink

This might sound particularly sad and pathetic but I always try to do this if there are any young children waiting to cross - I don't want them to get the wrong ideas about how to cross a road. Otherwise, I'm walking backwards, moonwalking, walking on my hands etc.

Alma Kirby (Tom D.), Wednesday, 31 October 2018 10:38 (three months ago) Permalink

French here. People not crossing the road despite there being absolutely no cars in sight and streets not being littered with dog poop and cigarette butts were two of the most shocking things when we went to Montreal a few years ago.

Dinsdale, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 11:57 (three months ago) Permalink

tbh I wait in the USA cos I'm paranoid I'll get fined for jaywalking. I'm not really sure how likely that is, I guess because I haven't grown up with it being illegal to cross the street I don't really understand when you can and can't do it, like if I'm walking down a suburban street, what am I supposed to do then if there's no crossing? Is it OK to cross the road anywhere then? I really have no idea tbh.

Colonel Poo, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 12:09 (three months ago) Permalink

I've never heard of anyone getting fined for jaywalking. A good rule of thumb is, do you see a cop standing there issuing tickets to pedestrians? No? Then you won't get fined.

If there's no crosswalk just cross with caution, at a corner preferably.

I first encountered people not crossing despite zero traffic in LA. They'd be standing there on tiny side streets waiting for the light to change, no cars anywhere. I found it completely baffling. Being from Boston, I got it drilled into my head that pedestrians always have the right of way.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Wednesday, 31 October 2018 12:21 (three months ago) Permalink

Apparently being subservient to your new automobile overlords is popular in Germany, we got loudly tutted at by some locals at a pedestrian crossing in Cologne once for not waiting.

Toss another shrimpl air on the bbqbbq (ledge), Wednesday, 31 October 2018 12:24 (three months ago) Permalink

xp I have heard of people getting fined for jaywalking, and this was in LA, so maybe that's why

Colonel Poo, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 12:24 (three months ago) Permalink

I wouldn't assume if I couldn't see a cop that there isn't one lurking somewhere, that's just the kind of thing they'd do

Colonel Poo, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 12:26 (three months ago) Permalink

That was just Jay Leno, and he deserved it
xp

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 13:14 (three months ago) Permalink

walking while jay

coetzee.cx (wins), Wednesday, 31 October 2018 13:21 (three months ago) Permalink

got a jaywalking ticket in Seattle 20 years ago but I still cross like a boss.

Yelploaf, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 13:45 (three months ago) Permalink

Jaywalker for life

I’ve got places to be, like sitting alone in my car

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 14:33 (three months ago) Permalink

LA occasionally does jaywalking stings, where they do hide and give tickets, and that includes starting to cross after the "walk" starts flashing red but it's still a green light.

nickn, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 16:45 (three months ago) Permalink

for the lawful citizens, let me make sure i have this straight

https://i.imgur.com/4hu39Jr.jpg

assume you park at 1, and you want to cross the street to visit a shop at 2. assuming there's no traffic, you would walk to one of the crosswalks (arrows) rather than just crossing the street?

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 17:57 (three months ago) Permalink

Nobody does that. Not even in Germany.

Alma Kirby (Tom D.), Wednesday, 31 October 2018 17:58 (three months ago) Permalink

I'm sure the crosswalks in Pyongyang get a lot of action

Rhine Jive Click Bait (Hadrian VIII), Wednesday, 31 October 2018 17:59 (three months ago) Permalink

When I stay in the crosswalk and obey the lights, it's not so much that I'm worried about getting a jaywalking ticket. The reason is more because if I get hit by a car in the crosswalk, my liability is pretty much zero.

pplains, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 18:02 (three months ago) Permalink

brb, gotta go walk into that car parked in the crosswalk in the picture above

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 18:02 (three months ago) Permalink

I'm ever crossing ~*sighs heavily~* a one-way street with no traffic in Prague, sure, I'm going for it.

pplains, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 18:03 (three months ago) Permalink

it's a slippery slope from that to edward 40-hands, you ready for this?! wooooo!

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 18:05 (three months ago) Permalink

Prague seems cool for pedestrians.

Alma Kirby (Tom D.), Wednesday, 31 October 2018 18:05 (three months ago) Permalink

i'd catapult from streetlight to streetlight, no law against jayleaping

princess of hell (BradNelson), Wednesday, 31 October 2018 18:07 (three months ago) Permalink

what if it was 2-way, in any city, though? (i didn't mean to choose a 1-way street as an example. i just had a strangely difficult time find a pic showing a long street parked cars and crosswalk options at the far ends)

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 18:08 (three months ago) Permalink

i usually slither on the ground like a worm and hope no one runs me over

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 31 October 2018 18:08 (three months ago) Permalink

OK, back to the topic.

There's a fella in town running for the city board. His name is Bryan Frazier.

Seems like an all right guy.

But

pplains, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 18:09 (three months ago) Permalink

This is his campaign sign.

https://i.imgur.com/JFacyRJ.jpg

pplains, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 18:09 (three months ago) Permalink

I mean, I guess I should be glad his name isn't Bryan Seinfield.

pplains, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 18:11 (three months ago) Permalink

hope he doesn't get pelted with scrambled eggs or salad at a campaign event

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 31 October 2018 18:13 (three months ago) Permalink

This might sound particularly sad and pathetic but I always try to do this if there are any young children waiting to cross - I don't want them to get the wrong ideas about how to cross a road

I relate v strongly to this tweet/think about it a lot

To little kid eyeing my McDonalds: thats right i can eat this any time i want... Dont ask about any of the other parts of my life please.

— we (@kanwetwitty) July 20, 2015

except instead of eating McDonalds I'm crossing a road without waiting for the green man

still wackford after all these squeers (DJ Mencap), Wednesday, 31 October 2018 18:44 (three months ago) Permalink

i get the Bryan Frazier might be a mf'er with some dark secrets

the dutiful and the banned (rip van wanko), Wednesday, 31 October 2018 18:51 (three months ago) Permalink

(feeling)

the dutiful and the banned (rip van wanko), Wednesday, 31 October 2018 18:52 (three months ago) Permalink


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