22 painfully awkward moments you can NEVER escape from

Everyone can relate to these cringe-worthy moments.

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  • Life is awkward.

  • These 22 awkward moments only cover a small smidgen of the awkwardness in your everyday life.

  • 1. The infamous sidestep

  • When you cross paths with someone on the street and you both try to go the same direction to get out of each other's way and then you just end up awkwardly laughing until you finally maneuver your way past them

  • 2. The washed-up pop star

  • When you belt out the words to your favorite song and then you sing the wrong words and it throws you completely off

  • 3. The evil twin

  • When you are out shopping for groceries and you pass someone who is wearing the same shirt as you

  • 4. The lonely jokester

  • When it's completely silent in a room and you suddenly burst out laughing because of something funny that happened to you yesterday

  • 5. The frog in your throat

  • That horrifying moment when someone asks how you are and your throat is croaky because you haven't spoken for a few hours

  • 6. The aspiring gymnast

  • When you are minding your own business, trying to look cool, and then you trip and fall on your face (No matter how hard you try, there is no recovering from tripping. Bonus points if you fall down the stairs.)

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  • 7. The mistaken identity

  • When you say hi to someone you know in the store but then that person ends up being a stranger and they look at you like you're a weirdo

  • 8. The "hugshake"

  • When you first meet someone and you go in for a handshake and they go in with a hug and it's just all sorts of uncomfortable

  • 9. The ignored high five

  • When someone accomplishes something you find amazing and you lift up your hand to give them a high five and they don't notice you so you have to awkwardly put your hand back down before anyone else witnesses your horrible mistake

  • 10. The wrong number

  • When you send an important text message to the wrong person

  • 11. The I-don't-even-know-why-I-said-that situation

  • When the waiter tells you to enjoy your meal and you answer, "You too!" even though you know the waiter is not going to enjoy his meal because he is the waiter and he isn't eating with you

  • 12. The unrequited reply

  • When you hear someone talking to you and you say "What?" and then you realize they are talking to someone else or they are on the phone

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  • 13.The illiterate

  • When the door clearly says push but you pull anyway

  • 14. The false shoplifter

  • When you go into a store but you don't buy anything so you act completely innocent just to assure the employees that you aren't shoplifting

  • 15. The "See you later"

  • When you say goodbye to someone but then you end up walking in the same direction to leave

  • 16. The hard of hearing

  • When someone is trying to tell you something and you can't hear them so you say "What?" three times and then you just nod and laugh because you have no idea what they are trying to say

  • 17. The misunderstood wave

  • When someone waves at you so you start waving back and then you realize they were waving at the person behind you and you just sort of run your hand through your hair and pretend like it never happened

  • 18. The awkward stare

  • When you are lost in thought staring into space and then you realize you've been staring at an actual person the whole time

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  • 19. The accidental Peeping Tom

  • When you accidentally walk into a bathroom and someone is already in there and you both scream in fear and refuse to talk about it ever again

  • 20. The traitorous sneeze

  • When you make a really terrifying pre-sneeze face and then you don't end up sneezing

  • 21. The one-sided conversation

  • When you have dental tools in your mouth but the dentist keeps trying to make small talk with you

  • 22. Life

  • Everyday life is full of the most cringe-worthy awkward moments, but those moments of blushing, uncomfortable laughter and embarassing memories are all a part of what makes us each human.

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Chakell Wardleigh has a Bachelor of Arts in English. She spends her days silently (mostly) correcting others' grammar. She adores all things nerd, such as Harry Potter, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Shakespeare, and anything else that whisks her away from reality. She currently works as an editor for the FamilyShare team. You can usually find her with her nose in a book, laughing too loudly, or belting out songs from Hamilton.

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