The 100 Most Important Fails Of All Time

This is it. The big one.

100. The lost 710.

Why it matters: Because what is fail if not a quick response to a problem that deserved just a little more contemplation?

99. The woman who’s unlucky in love.

Why it matters: Because it only goes to show the age-old lesson that fidelity is a two-way street.

98. The artist.

Why it matters: Because it might just explain why Zayn felt compelled to leave the band.

97. The reporter and his chicken.

Why it matters: Above all, the important thing to take from this is that you should always unmute Vines.

96. The classic Instagram food snap.

Why it matters: Because it’s a crucial piece of evidence that we need to live in the moment more.

95. The mirror.

Why it matters: Because mere acknowledgment of the fail doesn’t negate the fail. Rather, it amplifies it.

94. The hall of cost.

Why it matters: Because as we’ll see elsewhere, it’s the thought that counts. And also the lack of thought.

93. The rooftop surfer.

Why it matters: It contains many of the crucial elements of a classic fail – mystery as to why this person is attempting whatever it is he’s attempting, a spectacular failure to accomplish it, and a heavy blow to the testicles.

92. The pizza complaint.

Why it matters: Because the very fact it’s made this list is a crucial illustration of how the public nature of social media is a double-edged sword.

91. The volleyball practice.

Why it matters: Because it shows how adequate training facilities are crucial if you want to master a sport.

90. The curious cat.

I just laughed so hard over this photo that I started a coughing fit

— Jacqui Kassulke (@kassulke)

Why it matters: The disappointment. Both at oneself, and at life. One of those fails that quite simply encapsulates existence.

89. Bobby Norris and his knob sock.

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Why it matters: Because some are born to be trendsetters. Some have being a trendsetter thrust upon them. And others wear a knob sock.

88. The time Clint went to Starbucks.

Why it matters: Because sometimes when corporations try to make things personal, they make things a little too personal.

87. The worst thief.

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Why it matters: Because crime doesn’t always pay, but fail certainly does. For anyone watching.

86. The best teacher ever.

Why it matters: Because it’s not always the thought that counts.

85. The soldiers who took on a tyre and lost.

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Why it matters: Because even in war the most dangerous threats are the ones you least expect.

84. The grown-ass man and his menu fort.

A grown ass man is mad at his girlfriend at Olive Garden & has made a menu fort

— Adam Howell (@ahow)

Why it matters: Because in so many other fails we will see adults attempting to recapture their childhood. This man wasn’t even trying.

83. The (literal) iPhone 6 release.

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Why it matters: Because however much hype there is, somehow people only ever remember the fail.

82. The master chef.

Why it matters: Because it’s not the fail. It’s the long stare into the distance. The stare is life.

81. The hoverboard catastrophe.

Why it matters: Because there can be only one hoverboard catastrophe on this list, and this is it.

80. The Harry Styles vomit shrine.

Why it matters: Because it’s important to understand exactly how strongly the youth of today feels about these things.

79. The bottle rocket.

Why it matters: Because it’s an important reminder of the daily risks that journalists take every single day.

78. The smell of incest.

Why it matters: Because the most terrifying fails are the ones that might, just might, not be fails at all.

77. The sign.

Why it matters: Because sometimes things tell you to slow down for a reason.

76. The lesson learned while travelling.

Why it matters: Because travel doesn’t just broaden the mind. It opens up new and exciting fail possibilities.

75. The Madonna and Drake.

Why it matters: Because it’s an important lesson that affection, while often appreciated, should always be telegraphed in some way.

74. The handshake that never ended.

Why it matters: Because there’s showing political solidarity, and there’s trying too hard.

73. The dove.

Why it matters: “Ooh!”

72. The Guardian in 2003.

Why it matters: Because there but for the grace of God go we all.

71. The “knowledge is power” tattoo.

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Why it matters: Because as Francis Bacon also said, “There is no greater window to a man’s soul than a really terrible tattoo.” Except he didn’t. But he probably thought it.

70. The grown man in the playground.

Why it matters: We spend much of our adult lives hankering for our youth and hoping to recapture it. Here’s essential evidence that once it’s gone, it can never come back.

69. The acronym.

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Why it matters: Because sometimes trying to make things clearer only makes them more confusing. And then you just give up.

68. The ice bucket challenge.

Why it matters: Because sometimes it doesn’t matter how much you raise for charity; true altruism comes in the form of a monumental fail.

67. The Jenga loss.

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Why it matters: Because even when playing the simplest games, the stakes can be raised higher than you can possibly imagine.

66. The man who couldn’t control his dog.

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Why it matters: Because, as Melville had it, “there is no folly of the beast of the earth which is not infinitely outdone by the madness of men”.

65. The kiss.

Why it matters: Because sometimes being polite can be so much harder than it looks.

64. The cake maker.

My mum ordered a cake for my sisters bd n asked for a blond girl on top but it autocorrected to blind n we got this

— emily (@emilyseggie_)

Why it matters: Because we often underestimate the importance of linguistic precision, when it’s vital to the core of our being.

63. The lack of chill.

Why it matters: Because there’s a little bit of Kevin in all of us.

62. The matching onesies.

Why it matters: Because love like this is true, sincere, heartfelt, and should, therefore, never be seen in public.

61. The hockey incident.

Why it matters: Because it’s a reminder that protective equipment can come in useful when you least expect it.

60. The forthcoming album.

Why it matters: Because it’s an important lesson in reading carefully before offering a take of your own.

59. The awful tattoo.

Why it matters: Because it’s not even the worst tattoo on this list.

58. The hooligan.

Why it matters: Because one of the purest forms of fail is instant karma from inanimate objects.

57. The man who tried to recreate “Wrecking Ball” at home.

Why it matters: Because there is nobility in the futility. And in the injury.

56. The Belieber.

JUSTIN BIEBER I GOT HIT BY UR CAR TWICE TODAY BUT ITS OK BCUZ I LOVE U 💖

— Sarah Thompson (@sthompson618)

Why it matters: Because sometimes there is a question of where, exactly, fail begins.

55. The wedding dance.

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Why it matters: Because there’s a reason for the “in sickness and in health” line in the vows.

54. The security measure.

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Why it matters: Because sometimes it pays to just stop and think for a moment.

53. The romantic gesture.

dad bought my mum asparagus for valentines day thinkin they were daffodils nope I am done

— megan (@_meganwhite_)

Why it matters: Because the path of true love never did run smooth.

52. The window backboard.

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Why it matters: Because there’s something impressive in this strength of commitment to a sporting pastime.

51. The wine opener.

Why it matters: Because alcohol can do terrible things to hitherto competent people.

50. The bow and arrow.

Why it matters: Because the most painful fails seem to encapsulate life better than most.

49. The student that wasn’t.

Why it matters: Because it’s a clear illustration of the pressure our educators are under every single day.

48. The high five that wasn’t.

Why it matters: Because everyone in this fail wanted everyone else to be happy, and that’s why it was a fail. There’s a lesson there.

47. The guy and his chairs.

Why it matters: Because some pranks can escalate far more than you ever thought possible.

46. The day at the beach.

Why it matters: It’s an important reminder, as if one were needed, that seagulls are jerks.

45. The fear of triplets.

Why it matters: Because when people say you should always stay in school, they’re saying it for a reason.

44. The hatastrophe.

Why it matters: What were they actually trying to do? How is it possible to do this? How badly injured was the person on the right? So many questions, and that’s often the key to a vital fail.

43. The delivery man.

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Why it matters: Because what might seem like a cunning plan at the time often isn’t. At all.

42. The volleyball disaster.

Why it matters: Because the important part of a fail is often the amount of story that’s left out.

41. The mini baller.

Why it matters: Some fails are unexpected. Others are completely expected, yet that doesn’t diminish them.

40. The photo op.

Careful where you place your guests! #bbc #threecountiesradio

— Chris Cook (@chrisckmedia)

Why it matters: It’s a crucial illustration of the importance of framing a picture meticulously.

39. The filet mignon.

Why it matters: Because, to quote Nenia Campbell, “Men who thought of themselves as gods fell the farthest, and the hardest.”

38. The martial artist.

Why it matters: What is fail? It’s a question we’ve attempted to answer throughout this post, and it’s proven taxing to pin down. But one thing we can say it is, is a man getting kicked in the balls.

37. The Jon Bovi.

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Why it matters: Because some fails bear more scrutiny than it might first appear.

36. The chocolate disappointment.

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Why it matters Because life is like a box of chocolates. Except when you’re actually eating a bar of soap.

35. The breakdancer.

Why it matters: Because there’s a time and a place for artistic expression.

34. The caption writer.

There's not a day goes by that I don't think about this caption.

— Dan Berry (@thingsbydan)

Why it matters: Because it is possible to give too much information.

33. The lil’ badass.

Why it matters: Because it’s a harrowing indictment of just how hard it has become to tame the next generation.

32. The cat’s dinner.

Toddler was asked to feed the cat. http://t.co/nRzDRiyiuq

— Imgur (@imgur)

Why it matters: Because some would say the basis of societal evolution is our tendency to put too much faith in the young.

31. The inevitable goat incident.

Why it matters: Because sometimes it’s the anticipation rather than the fail itself that matters. Also, this Vine must be unmuted.

30. The salad.

Why it matters: See also “synonym toast”. Seriously, stay in school.

29. The Ikea chair.

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Why it matters: Because sometimes, in your quest to succeed, you can lose sight of the bigger picture.

28. The exercise routine.

Why it matters: Look at her face. Just look at it.

27. The Elvis tattoo.

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Why it matters: Because the King is never dead. Long live the King.

26. Sue’s chicken.

Fucking hell, Sue.

— cluedont (@cluedont)

Why it matters: Because it’s a reminder that humanity’s quest for convenience carries with it terrible peril.

25. The thoughtful card.

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Why it matters: Because reality often contains just as much fail as fiction, or in this case, an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

24. The hedge jumper.

Why it matters: Because sometimes we just have to accept our limitations in the face of our peers’ strengths.

23. The literal birthday cakes.

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Why it matters: Because there’s following orders, and there’s exercising self-judgment, and somewhere on that spectrum there is this incredible fail.

22. The student who got trapped in a giant stone vagina.

Why it matters: Because it combines two rare and powerful fail elements: Freudian symbolism and an excruciating emergency services call.

21. The photoshop disaster.

Why it matters: Because whatever your mastery of technology, the truth will out. It always does.

20. The horny dog.

Why it matters: Because as we all know, it’s the taking part that counts.

19. The man who took a photo and ruined a news report.

Why it matters: Because, once again, we see the importance of living in the moment.

18. The job application.

Applied for a job and got this email back

— Leonardo DiCaprisun (@Heathernab)

Why it matters: It’s one of many reminders that one man’s fail can be another man’s win.

17. The rhetorical question.

Why it matters: You know why it matters by now.

16. The paintballer.

Why it matters: Because tragedy can strike when you least expect it.

15. The firework disaster.

Why it matters: Because it’s never a good idea to make a spectacle of yourself.

14. The panty dropper.

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Why it matters: Because the top tier of fail is the kind of fail that would be funny even if someone didn’t unexpectedly lose their underwear.

13. The summer’s here.

Why it matters: Because, as TS Eliot almost had it, somewhere between the optimism and the excruciating pain, there is fail.

12. The dog that ended up at an alpaca orgy.

Some days you just feel like a dog at an alpaca orgy.

— Ryan Nelson (@RyanJohnNelson)

Why it matters: Because sometimes life gives you lemons. But other times it gives you three alpacas having sex with each other.

11. The pornographic disaster.

I WAS WITH MY MOM AND MY BROTHER WAS WATCHING PORN UPSTAIRS AND HE ACCIDENTALLY PUT IT ON AIRPLAY ON THE APPLE TV

— emily xcx (@YasBeyonce)

Why it matters: Because technology carries with it terrible risks, even to the young.

10. The barraco barner.

Why it matters: Because sometimes fail is like a long skid, and you just have to drive into it.

9. The furious frog.

So I found a frog and I liked him and then he attacked me

— aves (@__avess)

Why it matters: Because nature, however adorable it might be, is forever red in tooth and claw.

8. The sunbather.

Why it matters: Further evidence re. nature.

7. The hotel guest.

Why it matters: Because true despair lies not in the error itself, but in the pain that is to come.

6. The tragic child.

Why it matters: Because the greatest fails generally carry their own internal elegance.

5. The worst tattoo ever.

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Why it matters: Because it’s the worst tattoo ever.

4. The pizza chef.

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Why it matters: Because it’s always worth remembering that our culinary ambitions, however modest, can still get ahead of us.

3. The mess.

Why it matters: Because life is nothing but a chaotic muddle, all too often punctuated by excruciating pain in the genitals.

2. The man who fell off a trampoline and then had his head humped by a dog.

Why it matters: It’s hard to say what the definitive fail would look like. But it’s a reasonable statement that a man falling off a trampoline before having his head humped by a dog is, at the very least, something resembling a definitive fail.

1. The grown-ass man with his finger stuck in the wall at Chipotle.

Why it matters: Because what is failure, when boiled down to its essential elements, other than a grown-ass man, with his finger in a wall, at Chipotle? Little else.

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Alan White is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
 
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