Brains are constantly processing insane amounts of data, so it’s no wonder they sometimes get overwhelmed. Recently, tumblr user debrides shared one of their most embarrassing mind eclipses, and since most people own some brain, internet users started relating to it with equally crazy and hilarious stories of their own.
From wishing a fun funeral to calling employees “the inmates,” these brainfarts were so smelly, they will make you feel like a rocket scientist. Scroll down to read what happens when someone ‘s body computer experiences a 404 error and feel free to share your own personal examples below!
I’m a nurse at a hospital, and it was ingrained in us to knock on the patient’s door before entering (plus it’s just polite, people are barging in and out of patient’s rooms all day). So after working three twelves, I went through the motions of unlocking my door to my house, running upstairs to strip off my scrubs, and my husband just looked at me with the biggest smile on his face after I got my pajamas on. Little did I know, I knocked on my own door before coming in, knocked on my bedroom door, knocked on my bathroom door, and my closet door all without realizing what the hell I was doing.
Talk about being automatic!
Yesterday I went to Wendy’s and the girl said “Welcome to McDonalds” and then just sighed
I work retail full time and my script gets frequently messy – I’ll ask the same question twice, or say “$2.60 is your total” while handing back their change, or say “how are you doing today?” instead of “have a good day!” like name it I’ve bungled it
But anyway, this lady came thru my line buying a book and the review on the front said: “few books are well written, fewer still are important, and this book manages to be both”
As I handed her the bag I was trying to say “thanks, you’re all set” and instead my brain mashed up the review and I said “thanks, you’re important”
There was this short pause in which i tried to figure out what the f*ck Id just said. She blinked and then said “oh thank you! you’re important too!”
The real kicker was one of my coworkers. When I was relating this story later his response was “at least you said something NICE. Last week I accidentally combined ‘you’re welcome’ and ‘no problem’ into ‘you’re a problem’”
I have two jobs: one at a coffee shop, and one at a sex shop. Once while ringing our a someone at the sex shop i accidentally asked “for here or to go”. The look on their face was priceless. Thank god they didn’t choose “for here”!!
When I worked at Medieval Times occasionally I would slip in real life and call people “my lord”
I have a great conversation with a new client and at the end of the conversation realizing I hadn’t even said my name, meant to say “I’m Amber, thanks for the awesome conversation” but it just came out as “I’m awesome” as I’m shaking his hand.Coworkers started introducing me as that to new and old clients.
Somebody in the elevator asked me what floor I lived on, and I answered “please open your books to page eight”, and we just kind of stared at each other, blinking.
One time my dad went to the White Castle drive-thru and the lady (who was supposed to say ‘Welcome to White Castle, what’s your crave?’) asked, “Welcome to White Castle, what’s your problem?”
She apologized profusely while my dad proceeded to lose his shit laughing.
One time, since I used to work as a daycare teacher with preschoolers, I was on my college campus in my gym, and someone was running in the weight room and tripped over a machine and fell, and instead of offering to help, I just stared and said, “This is why we use our walking feet.”
We both sat there for a while until the guy nodded and said, “yeah, okay, I should’ve done that.”
I work for a company that’s basically like amazon for prisoners. I’m so used to speaking to jails, that I was talking to corporate yesterday and when referring to my employees, referred to them as “the inmates”
I worked in retail for a long time, and one day we were super busy and I was a little frazzled. The phone rang and I was half way between saying, â€œcan you holdâ€ and â€œcan I place you on hold,â€ and instead just said â€œcan I hold you?â€
I’m a supervisor and one day an agent needed help. He came to my office and said “Hey do you have a Sec?” Without even thinking I reply back with “I have all the Sec’s for you”. I turned bright red and tried to pull it back and say Time! I have all the Time for you!!
I used to babysit a lot, usually the parents were going out, doing something fun. One time i was sitting so the parents could go ta a funeral. As they were leaving, I said what I usually say, “Have fun!”
I used to work at a place where you had to greet people when the door chimed and YEARS after quitting i was in a gas station that had the same chime and as I was in line to buy my road trip snacks I found myself greeting random other customer. Pavlov wasn’t kidding.
One time during family prayer, dad began: â€œour father who art in heaven, American Airlines, how can I help you?â€
As a nanny I teach babies sign language. At home I will wave the pee sign to let others know I have to pee!
At work about a month ago, I was helping a customer, and when they thanked me, I combined ‘No problem!’ and ‘My pleasure!’
‘NO PLEASURE!’ I said, and then because my brain was broken, I just walked away.
Just last week a customer asked me if I was Rachel and I responded with â€œyes, this is Rachel.â€ It was not a phone call. He was right in front of me.
Hmmâ€¦I have to carry a gun for work. When I get into my car on my days off I frantically shift and grope at my waist because I didnâ€™t feel it dig uncomfortably into my side.
During work hours I will slow my pace so that no one is walking behind me. I hold doors open for people, not to be nice really, but so someone canâ€™t charge up behind me in a doorway. I went to a friendâ€™s parents apartment for thanksgiving, they have a door man. He opened the door for me, without thinking I grabbed it, making hard eye contact gesturing for him to enter first. He kinda shuffled in nervously. I took two steps once inside, before realizing what Iâ€™d done.
I think thatâ€™s all I got.
One time I was out walking and saw the sweetest little golden retriever puppy. I asked the owner if I could pet her and she obliged. I was so overwhelmed by the cuteness that my brain got all jumbled. I put my hands on the puppy’s face and said to her in baby-talk, “Oh my gosh you are just so cute I cannot handle it! I just want to KILL you!”
My brain simultaneously said the word “kiss” and “steal”. I took a beat and the immediate horror set in of what I had actually uttered. I stammered and wanted to apologize, but the woman picked her dog up and RAN away before I could explain.
I work in IT. One time, my wife complained that our toaster oven wasn’t getting hot and I instinctively asked her if she tried rebooting it.
Working in a grocery store and having customers complain about the price of organic fruit and telling them â€œitâ€™s more because itâ€™s orgasmicâ€
A lady at McDonaldâ€™s said â€œHereâ€™s your receiptâ€ and I said â€œThanks, you too!â€
I used to work in the jewelry department of a big department store. I had been hearing the manager answer the phone all day “Fine Jewelry, this is Cindy.” So later in the day the phone rings and I answer “Fine Jewelry, this is Cindy,” and it was Cindy calling to check on things. We had a good laugh over that one.
I once answered my cellphone â€œsubway in [city name], this is Amandaâ€ and my mom lost her shit.
I’m a cook, and in professional kitchens, you say, “Corner!” to keep someone from running into you with a full plate or tray, “Behind you!”, “Behind with a knife!” or “Hot Behind!” to make sure the person with their back to you doesn’t suddenly turn around and get injured, and “Heard!” to confirm you received an instruction. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been in a grocery story and called, “Corner!” as I come out of an aisle, “Behind you!” walking through crowded places, and “Heard!” to friends who were just telling me about their day or pretty much anyone asking me to do anything. I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing, but it’s definitely changed how I move about in the world.
I was at work and had to make a super important phone call but kept getting interrupted and I was afraid I was going to forget to do it so in my head I kept repeating â€œGotta make the call, gotta make the call.â€ Well then then this really hot guy walked up to the counter so I went up to him to say â€œHi can I help you?â€ But what came out was â€œHi can I call you?â€ He froze, I froze, we both wordlessly agreed that it never happened and went about with our interaction.
And then I forgot to make the call.
After spending the day teaching kids yoga, I was teaching an adult class and we moved into cat/cow. I proceeded to tell them to “MOOOOOOO” on the inhale and “MEOOOOOOWWWW” like a scaredy cat on the exhale. No one but me did it.
27 years ago, I worked in a tiny telemarketing firm. We were calling central Oregon, looking for people who would do a survey over the phone. I also worked at Toys R Us, in Bellevue, WA. So, I call this number in Oregon, the phone just rings as I chit chat with my roommate. Suddenly, a woman answers. My mind blanks and after a couple seconds I blurt out â€œThank you for calling Bellevue Toys R Us, we are open from 9:30 toâ€ and then I just hung up. I imagine some woman staring at her phone, wondering what the heck that was all about.
I worked for a company where my phone intro was,
â€œThank you for calling Healthy Start Heathy Families how can I help you?â€ One day I answered, â€œthank you for calling healthy Fart how can I help you?â€ I almost died on the phone! Luckily it was my supervisor checking in and she was like, â€œwell farts are heathy.â€
Me: Hi how are you today?
Customer: Not bad, you?
Me: Pretty good, yourself?
I used to work for a healthcare company that is frequently located in strip malls. Will never forget the time that I told a prospective employee that our offices are usually located in strip clubs.
One time I was in a really intense argument with my boyfriend and my phone rang and I was so upset that I answered it and said, “thank you for calling [place where I work], this is Anna speaking, how may I help you today?” and it was my bfs mom and she just paused for a minute and said, “do you know where you are, Anna?”
When I offered to help my supervisor with removing a mop head,several years back. It was stuck and she was making some weird movements when trying to remove it.
“Can I fist you?” I said.
What I MEANT was “Can I help? It’s really bad but you look like you’re fisting someone.”
Possibly the worst thing that’s popped out of my mouth…
As a former Disney Cast Member any time I see a small child I feel compelled to get down on their level and ask about their day. “How are you today, Princess?”
Didnâ€™t happen to me, but to my boss. He was going on a local morning news show to talk about an upcoming event. He got nervous about responding either â€œthanks for having meâ€ or â€œgreat to be here.â€ He ended up saying â€œgreat to have me.â€ That story cracks me up every time!
In my old job, I was trying to package something for a customer. But it wouldn’t fit.
“It’s too big, it won’t go in…”
Swiftly followed by “that’s what she said!â€œ
And then I remembered I was serving a customer and proceeded to accidentally put about 3 further innuendos in my apology. Luckily, he found it amusing and countered with some” that’s what s/he” saids of his own.
I worked an answering service for 10 years. One time I told a woman I’d page the vet on call for her sick child. She said, “you mean pediatrician? My dog is just fine.” And once my husband woke me to roll over because I was snoring. I asked him if he wanted me to page the on-call doctor. He said, “No, you’re at home. Go back to sleep.”
One time I had two jobs that required me answering the phone. One day I picked up the phone and said “Good Morning, thank you for calling….where am i?” (Lucky for me customer started to laugh and thanked me saying he needed a good laugh)
As a psychiatry resident we’d work nights doing emergency evals, and on a busy night would have a bunch of reports to dictate before we could go home and sleep. After droning through one, half asleep, I signed off with “In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
I was training a girl, who also worked at a taco bell, in a toll booth and she printed out a receipt and proceeded to tell the person who just paid their toll that if they fill out the (nonexistent) survey they could get a free taco. I was CRYING!
I use to work with in memory care at a nursing home so it was working with a lot of Alzheimer and demintia patients. Well some of them would need help with eating and drinking. Like putting the fork/straw to their lips. Well my mom asked for a glass of milk. I return with the milk and tried to put the straw to her lips, she just stared at me. We still laugh about it!
I work at a horse barn full time.
I make clicking or kissing noises to try to get people to move and kind of herd them around.
I tell them â€œquitâ€ in a stern, harsh voice when they are doing something slightly annoying.
Not work related but… My husband and I were walking around in our yard looking at the various plants. He noticed one that he didn’t remember planting and ask what that was. My reply – “I don’t know. Maybe some nut buried a squirrel there.”
My facial recognition skills are horrible when I’m at work! I’ll either say hello to the same customer 5 times or greet my coworkers thinking they’re customers. What’s worse is when my boyfriend comes to visit it takes me 5 seconds too long to realize it’s him
I waited tables in college and one night I left work and wasnâ€™t feeling well, so I went home, took some NyQuil, and went to sleep. One of my friends called me at midnight to invite me out for drinks, but apparently in my medicine haze Iâ€™d answered â€œThank you for calling Tejas Cafeâ€ and tried to take her salad order.
I was really sleepy one morning and went to the little corner market for coffee. I was in there pretty frequently but this time when I was saying bye to the older gentleman who owned it I said “Love You, Bye”. I didnt go in for two months from embarassment but once I did he gave me free coffee.
I work at CVS and we are supposed to greet customers who come in. More than once I’ve said “Hello!” to a customer leaving the store lol.
I used to answer the phone at work by saying “Good morning (or afternoon) (then name of the business) this is Ellen, may I help you?” One day I answered it and did fine until I got to the last phrase and instead said “may I hold you?” I lost it laughing but the guy on the phone was quick. He calmly replied, “Ok, but I barely know you.”
I told the girls at the nail salon I go to “nigh night” as I left. I’ve worked in a day care for the last 5 years and say that to the babies every night as I leave. Couldn’t even look back I had to keep walking lol.
In college, I worked at AAA (Emergency Road Service) & Victoria’s Secret. I once answered the phone at Vicky’s asking if the caller was in a safe location. It took about 3.7 seconds to realize what I’d said so I just hung up & didn’t answer when they called back.
I used to work with small children in before and after school care who needed supervision to go anywhere. Iâ€™m now working as a teacher in a high school setting. Occasionally, when a student asks to go to the washroom, I slip up and say â€œOk, donâ€™t forget to take a buddyâ€ to a 17 year old who just looks confused.
I’m a dog groomer, and I used to have a client named Penny who owned a dog named Noelle. One day, when they arrived for their appointment, I used my squeaky-happy-dog-greeting-voice, and called out, “HI, PENNY!” They both stared at me, and the lady said, “Uh…hi?”
My mother and my grandmother pulled up to a McDonalds to get something to drink. They were lost in conversation when the voice over the speaker asked what they wanted. They were going to order a large coffee and a Coke. Instead, they asked for “one large cock” much to the amusement of drive through worker and the rest of the passengers in the car.
After 5 years of studying computer science to get my Masters, I was quite used to hitting a button to the right of doors in order to enter or exit secure rooms. Then when I started working every time I walked into a room or left, I would hit the spot next to the door automatically….which is usually where the light switch sits. So basically, I would announce that I was entering the room by turning of the lights or leave the room and turn off the lights leaving my co-workers sitting in the dark.
A friend of mine was stay-at-home mom with toddlers. At a dinnerparty one night, while talking to the stranger next to her, she found herself cutting the meat on his plate. He looked rather surprised, but ate it…
Once worked as a cab driver, so my in-laws visited us at our new home for the 1st time after we got married, they arrived just in time for dinner and when they had just sat and tucked themselves in around the dinner table i said please fasten your sit-belt
I work at a newspaper and take classified ads over the phone. Unfortunately on more than one occasion, while reading the text of the ad back to the customer, and coming upon the phrase part-time/full-time I read it back as fart-time/pull-time…
I have 2 kids and I work in doctors offices. One time, I walked past a doctor and said “momma’s very tired”. He just looked at me, very confused.
I worked in a fancy restaurant for years. We always set up salad bar for dinner. Well one night I was a little behind.Everything was all set except nothing had tongs in it. So essentially it wasn’t ready for customers. Well the hostess was unaware of this and from what she saw it looked ready so she let this group of ppl through to start their salads. I came running through the line with tongs and had forgotten what they were called. Tongs or utensils…neither sounded right at the time. Anyway so I was hurridly placing them around the salad bar exclaiming ” Wait, they need thier tonsils! Tonsils!”
My classmates and I are bored to death, having a class. Suddenly someone knocks on the door. My classmate, bearing her most serious expression: “Occupied!” The silence was broken…
One time I was trying to say â€œI got yaâ€ and â€œIâ€™m on itâ€ but instead told my boss â€œIâ€™m on youâ€. I was so mortified!
I used to work as a customer service person answering the phone and I would answer the phone the same way every timeâ€”â€œ*business name*, Brittany speaking!â€ I also took notes on who called when and what they called about. At least twice, I answered by saying what time it was, but in the tone of what I normally said. Like, no hello, no greeting, just picked up and said â€œ2:46!â€
I also almost answered my personal phone this way on multiple occasions but thankfully never did. Haha
At my wedding, my father need to answer the traditional question, â€œwho gives this woman to marry this man?â€ with the phrase, my wife and I. Instead, he was so nervous he answered â€œmy mother and Iâ€. So basically my father and grandma gave me away.
I once walked up to the register at Paneraâ€™s to order and said â€œwelcome to Ritaâ€™s (Italian ice), how can I help you?â€ instead of ordering a meal… The manager was standing there and wouldnâ€™t stop making fun of me.
I work for red robin and when a guest orders chicken sometimes I ask “some pink, or no pink?”. They always look at me weird like, obviously I don’t want pink in my chicken
I work at a steakhouse, was at the host stand talking to a coworker about how we both used to work at MOE’s Southwest Grill when a guest walked in, we both simultaneously shouted ‘welcome to MOE’s!’ at the guest as he walked in and proceeded to the bar, he didn’t even realize what had happened but my coworker and I died laughing
I work with professors in university and they sometimes act like children. Most of the times I don’t get annoyed, but this one time one lady was unbelievably dumb and information that i gave her would come in one ear and then just wiggle out through the empty head of hers straight out the other ear…. Trough the entire conversation I was just smiling and nodding, but swearing on the inside. And then when it was the time to say goodbye my brain told my tongue to just go with “GO F*CK YOURSELF” instead of “GOODBYE”. Honestly tho, I hope she went and did exactly what I said… Still have to see her at least one a week.
As a teller I was unable to cash a check for someone due to them not having the funds to cover the balance if the check were to bounce (federal policy). They were polite and took the check back with a “thank you”. I started to say “You’re Welcome” but my brain switched to “No Problem”. I said “Your Problem”. I felt so bad, but the customer and my boss both laughed their asses off.
I work at a hospital in a diet office. Our job is to take patient orders over the phone, and also log in menu’s that patient’s fill out. One day I was working with my co-worker who had just finished logging in a menu for a patient. The phone rang, and instead of saying “Room service, this is (Insert name here)” she shouted “Meatloaf!” Apparently that was the last thing she logged from a previous order, before taking that call. She was so embarrassed. It didn’t help that I was laughing so hard I was crying. She had to put the patient on hold so she could collect herself.
I was working retail and I had just got off my shift and went across the street to a gas station . Itâ€™s almost midnight and I buy a drink hand the attendant my money, and out of sheer habit proceed to ask the cashier â€œDid you find everything you were looking for today. Do you have a rewards-?â€ He gave me the strangest look. I ran out of there as soon as I got my change.
I did something similar to the person who read the book review. My old waitressing job I had to greet every table and offer a cherry coke or a chocolate shake and a little boy had a book about squirrels on their table so instead I said “can I get you started with a cherry coke or a chocolate squirrel?”
I used to work with little kids with disabilities, and one of my kids with downâ€™s (non-verbal) calls ketchup â€œkehkeh.â€ And I just mindlessly told the dude at the McDonaldâ€™s drive thru i needed extra kehkeh packets and I want to Die
One time I was saying goodbye to someone and I was caught between saying “see you” and “keep well”. I ended up saying “seek well”.
I once worked at a construction company, but also worked at an auto repair shop (where the tow trucks bring us crashed cars and we try to fix it, or if the owner wants, do repairs on any salvageable part and sell it to help pay for a new car. Anyway, one day after no sleep, I got my current construction project, repairing a canal, and a car drop-off, where I would call, tell them where to get it, and wait until they got there. So I said I can give you anal, come out when possible. And my brain was confused more by them asking if I was ok, and I said wear a hard head (Ouch, I died at that moment since that is what I call hard hats) and told them to meet me there tonight. I then tried to apologise, they were ok with it. My manager asked later why I gave a different coworker the drop, and said the customer asked for the “Gay anal dude’s phone number”. I quit that day
I’m British but I live in China and speak Chinese. One day a woman stopped and said hello to my dogs when I was out on a walk. Its -30 here in the north in winter and I didnt wanna stay out long so I said in Chinese “sorry, but Ive got to go move house” (ban jia) instead of saying “go to work”(shang ban)… which launched into a very long conversation about me and where I live and my Chinese husband and how do I like China and what do I do and why am I moving house… and I was so embarrassed I had said it wrong I ended up staying outside talking for 30 minutes… until I really did have to go to work and then I said the originally intended Chinese correctly. Sigh.
When returning to the guy on hold on the phone at work I said, “Thank you for helping, may I hold you”.
Today, in College, my friend was telling me something exciting about her trip to Sri Lanka. I wanted to say “That’s Great!” but in my head i was going to say “Wow!”.
I ended up saying – “Chiwao!”
I worked customer-facing retail jobs for years, and once, in a job selling Apple product (i.e. high levels of professionalism required, customers spending a lot of money etc), I must have had my boyfriend on my mind, as I called a customer “babe” while handing him his change! I told myself at the time that he didn’t clock it, but it’s probable that he did.
I work at a zoo.
When friends tell me they’re pregnant I usually ask if they are having a “male or a female?”.
Back when I used to work in a call centre, I was spelling out an address and I forgot the phonetic for ‘W’. All I could think of was ‘Yankee’ so I ended up blurting out ‘Wankee’.
Miraculously, the customer didn’t even realise, so I didn’t get in trouble.
My colleagues in earshot all thought it was hilarious though.
I started a new job at a university and went out to dinner with a few colleagues. Unfortunately, this was around the time my daughter was potty training. One of the ladies excused herself to use the restroom and I said, “Be sure to wipe real good.” Luckily, everyone laughed. That colleague became a friend, and for years I tried to hold her hand whenever we were in a parking lot or crossing a street, just as I did for my daughter.
I went to togo’s (sandwich place) with my dad for lunch and i don’t normally get a drink or anything because its just a waste of cups and i dont normally need a drink for the kind of sandwich i get. so i order my sandwich and the guy (worker) asks if i want a drink. i say no politely. but he pushes and says “are you sure? just a cup for water?” and i say “no i am good thank you” but he keeps going “oh come on i can’t imagine eating without something to drink” at this point my brain was just completely out of polite ways to decline an over insistent person so this is what came out of my brain “no really im good i have a lot of spit” well that stopped him, i got my sandwich and sat down with my dad and he is just looking at me and shaking his head like (what in the world have i raised)
i didn’t want a drink, worker insisted, i told him i had a lot of spit…
So I work as a technical trainer for a large software company. We often teach classes online. At this time in my company’s existence, we used to pair students up to work on labs.
Now I also try to make it fun where possible. However, this time I had an odd number of students. So as i was going through who was assigned what lab, I did the following:
“John and Jake will work together”
“Sue and David will work together”
“Bill and Bobby will work together”
“And poor Peter has to play with himself”.
It took a few minutes before the laughter died down for me to realize what i had said…. Thankfully they were a good group of students.