In the year 2018, you'd think that people would be experts at the internet. It's where everything happens: social media, banking, correspondence. If you have the wherewithal to, say, create a Facebook account, logic dictates you'd understand how to actually use it. Right? Turns out: WRONG. Internet fails still happen at an alarming rate. Not great news for people who use the internet. But excellent news for those of us who enjoy laughing at them. Please to enjoy some of our favorite internet fails, from people who just can't figure it out.
The thing about internet fails is that they are failures at the most basic level of internet use. They're hilariously bad, from people posting accidental nudes to using Facebook as some kind of family chat. A lot of these internet fails seem to come from people of a, um, certain generation. Older people can't seem to wrap their brains around how to internet, bless their hearts. Those ones are funny, but forgivable! But it's the internet fails from young people that really kill us. Presumably, they couldn't get through high school or college without being able to use the internet. Assuming some of these people actually WENT to high school and college. These fails are just that bad.
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Jane, honey, George Takei is awesome but he doesn't control your feed. See, how it works is, you like a page, and that "like" puts that page's posts into your Facebook feed! Get it? No? OK, let's try it this way. It's like when you go shopping and sign up to receive emails, and then those emails show up in your inbox! That makes sense, right? You look confused. Hmmmm, OK. How about this? You know how when you're getting the mail and you say hi to your neighbor, and then they say hi back and maybe say hi each time they see you? It's like that.
"Yer a wizard, Frodo!" Now, this is one of those internet fails that's almost acceptable. Because here's the thing: if you're not a Harry Potter fan or a Lord of the Rings fan, you probably think those movies are interchangeable. THEY ARE NOT, but some people probably think they're the same thing. And I can totally see people confusing Daniel Radcliff and Elijah Woods. They're smallish, men, brown hair, accents (Woods in the movie, at least). They're heroes in each of their films. They have a thing they have to protect. So sure, I can see this happening. It's till completely wrong and a major fail (Frodo isn't even a wizard, he's a damn hobbit), but still.
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Pokemon hunting>gainful employment. Grandmas are the absolute best, aren't they? Like, she didn't even direct her question to the specific Walmart location her grandson was supposed to be interviewing with. Just ... Walmart in general. As a whole entity. Walmart, with their 11,200 stores and 2.2 million employees worldwide. Dear, sweet Phyllis just wants to make sure her grandson gets a damn job and stops wasting all his time chasing and catching those poke bugs! Hopefully he made it to his interview and didn't completely bomb it. And if he did bomb it, hopefully he was able to find some cool Pokemon characters to catch on his way out.
Tbh, I would be allllll over a food delivery service through Facebook. Just imagine the possibilities! Log on to Facebook, find the page for whatever you're craving, and just type your wants like this adorable Facebook user. This guy really wants some corn, and dammit no one on Facebook is responding to his message! Hello? Hello? Corn please? Can someone please take my order for some corn? We are really curious how he thinks he's going to actually get his corn. Like is he imagining it will be delivered? From ... a buffet? No one even takes your order at an actual buffet.
Granny Thumbs and Midget Butts would make excellent band names. But man, to be the person who actually posts "midget butts" on the Google Facebook page instead of typing it into the Google search bar. That's gotta be so awkward. "What is another name for hell?" Well, the Google Facebook page is looking like a pretty good option. We hope the person searching for signs of a punctured lung is OK. Seems like the kind of thing you'd call your doctor about? And not, you know, ask Google on Facebook. And now we're super curious about what happened to Barbara on channel 9 news. Maybe she punctured her lung.
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Bless you, Stephen D. This internet fails entry is adorable and hilarious for several reasons. First, chicken casserole supplies, as if he's planning on constructing a chicken casserole and not searching for ingredients to make one. Also, a grocery store? Any grocery store. Hell, even Walmart and Target will carry what he needs. This guy's poor son is just so embarrassed by his dear old dad. He told him where to search his query, and still, STILL, he asks Facebook. If it wasn't for that last guy, this dad would probably still be trying to figure out why asking his Facebook friends where to buy chicken casserole ingredients isn't working.
Don't try to hoodwink me, spammer! I am up to speed on this here internet and all the doohickeys and gadgets you can find on it! People who somehow think Facebook is free from spam and whatnot because it's not the actual internet are the best kind of people. They're probably the same people who think global warming is a hoax because it snows. But we can see how it would be a little bit confusing. The internet is filled with everything imaginable. Facebook is just people you know and fake news. So sure, it's easy to see that they're not the same thing. It's almost like the old chicken or the egg conundrum.
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Have a nice bowl of the blue box goodness and calm the hell down, Sally. We wonder what was SO offensive that Sally would feel the need to ALL-CAPS tell Kraft to fuck off. Was it the powdered cheese? The directions on the box that always get thrown away before you read them? The clever safety message that someone still managed to tie in mac and cheese? Sally is the kind of person who yells at the automated message at the call center when she calls to ask where her package is. She's got no time to unlike a page or press 0 for the operator.
Such a lovely shade of WHERE DID MY MONEY GO? People like this do not deserve to use the internet. It is a PRIVILEGE to access all these wonderful gifs and memes and videos. You should not be able to benefit from the glory that is the internet if you cannot manage to use it wisely! So glad she loves the blue of the card - she'll be feeling really blue after someone drains whatever money was in her account. And kind of her to answer everyone's followup question! We really hope this one was fake because it would be concerning to be this ... unaware.
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Moooooooooooom! You're embarrassing me!!! Now, this entry on the list of internet fails is funny, but it's also kind of sad! Like, why would you ask YAHOO ANSWERS a question like this about your own kid? Why don't you just, oh we don't know, ask your kid? "What do I do?" For starters, lady, you get the hell off the internet and have a face-to-face chat with your daughter. Or if that's not something you're ready for, at least discreetly Google "how to talk to teens about sex". Yahoo Answers is one of the worst places to ask any question, but hey at least she did it anonymously! Oh wait.
If only the keys were labeled clearly... We happen to enjoy a carefully placed ALL-CAPS word for emphasis. But yes, being screamed at in all-caps would get to be pretty annoying. Unfortunately for this guy, once he hit the caps lock key, it apparently disappeared from the keyboard! And he would be able to look for it, you see, if it wasn't for the fact that the power went out and it's dark. He's typing this from his laptop, so we have to assume he can see using the screen light. But maybe the caps lock key is very small and he is very dumb. So many possibilities.
Gotta keep them likes, we get it. "Urgent pls help". What could possibly be so urgent about maintaining likes on a picture? And how does this person know so little about how Facebook works? Their mind would be absolutely blown if they ever saw how many different little photo albums there are on their Facebook page. Whaaaaaaaaat? An album for every type of picture?! Well, maybe they wouldn't be as excited. Because then they have to somehow figure out how to transfer all those precious likes. Like Gollum and his ring.
This lady is PISSED. Like she is incensed at the BLATANT disrespect shown to our country by the President! She lost all respect for him, but probably didn't have much to begin with! And before you go and question what the hell she's talking about, she has a link to prove her point. Well let's just take a look he... oh. Oh wait. Uh, Christina? Hmmmm. This is awkward. How does one explain the concept of satire to someone who genuinely believes that a piece of news like could, in fact, be real? The Onion is the best, and we could have an entire article of Onion fails.
Seriously, just look at those lines! Such detail, such precision. It's crazy to think how centuries of wind and rain could create ACTUAL FUCKING FACES IN A ROCK. You guys, why are people like this? Just ... why. I would be mortified if this was my kid. Or former student. Or friend! I do not know this person and I am mortified on their behalf and for anyone who knows them. But this is also one of the funniest things ever. And someone liked his comment! Someone liked that he thought nature created Mount Rushmore. This entire thing is amazing and so embarrassing.
Misquoting famous people or scholars is one of our favorite things ever. It never ceases to amaze us the words that people will attribute to philosophers or writers or whoever. But this is incredibly funny if only because of the absolute disconnect it would take to think Marilyn Monroe knew what texting was. Or cell phones, even! But she probably read this "Marilyn Monroe" quote somewhere else and was like, awwwwwwww, and wanted to share. First rule of sharing anything you find on the internet: Google that shit first. Google can tell you if it's real, and it won't even laugh at you for asking.
LOL, this is the kind of mistake that you read and have to read again because you're just not quite sure how they got to where they are. This lady is excited for her new niece or nephew! She can't wait until she finds out if she's an aunt or an uncle. Because apparently, she thinks that someone else's baby will change her gender. That is one powerful baby. But also she doesn't seem at all concerned that she could turn into a man tomorrow, which is sort of sweet in a weird way. We hope Aunt or Uncle Jenn is enjoying her new role.
The internet is a gift. And so are the people who use it incorrectly. When it seems like it's all a raging garbage fire, someone comes along with some internet fails and restores our faith. I hope some people NEVER figure it out.