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) link

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) link

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) link

eating in public

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

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) link

being introduced to new people

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

"mingling" at parties

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

every single episode of breaking bad

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

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) link

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) link

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) link

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) link

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) link

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) link

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) link

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) link

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) link

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) link

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

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

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) link

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) link

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) link

empty shops/restaurants that are clearly struggling for business

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

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) link

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) link

live theatre :-/

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

i think you mean bad live theatre

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

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) link

Cartoon characters on generic products.

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

hockey players in advertisements

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

overheard conversations

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

generally

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

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

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

improv

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

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) link

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) link

improv comedy or improv anything?

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

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) link

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) link

http://youtu.be/vDggoBZ2A48

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

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) link

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) link

irish politics

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

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) link

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) link

*points out typo*

*kills self*

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

witnessing people bragging

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

good one

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

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) link

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) link

If you live in a city, your dog will never crap unobserved by you, so when they find you enthroned on the can it is merely fair-play turnabout.

coup de twat (suzy), Tuesday, 3 September 2019 05:32 (two weeks ago) link

Just to be clear, moving out of the way of ambulances is fine and good, obviously. Driving your car across the cycle lane and onto the verge when there is already loads of room for it to get through, as if this is some sort of competition as to who can get most out of the way, this is embarrassing.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 3 September 2019 06:17 (two weeks ago) link

I doubt they’re thinking about how they look to other drivers

brimstead, Wednesday, 4 September 2019 19:55 (two weeks ago) link

deep state, deepfakes, deep web. I feel like an edgelord referencing these things

fremmes with neppavenettes (rip van wanko), Wednesday, 4 September 2019 20:03 (two weeks ago) link

a local theater is running the original Matrix, and I'm remembering just how into this movie a certain time of person was in the early 2000s

fremmes with neppavenettes (rip van wanko), Wednesday, 4 September 2019 20:04 (two weeks ago) link

*type

fremmes with neppavenettes (rip van wanko), Wednesday, 4 September 2019 20:04 (two weeks ago) link

One of my cats is obsessed with going into the bathroom with me. I don't exactly find it embarrassing, but it certainly is weird.

When I was sitting down on the toilet, our old cat used to wander in and curl up in my lowered underpants, which was unhelpful.

And according to some websites, there were “sexcapades.” (James Morrison), Thursday, 5 September 2019 01:47 (two weeks ago) link

loool

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 5 September 2019 01:57 (two weeks ago) link

It was probably so warm and snuggly for your cat though

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Thursday, 5 September 2019 01:58 (two weeks ago) link

my best beloved and dearly departed lyle

https://i.imgur.com/aD2nNDO.jpg

mookieproof, Thursday, 5 September 2019 02:05 (two weeks ago) link

sorry for your loss, but lol

Dan S, Thursday, 5 September 2019 02:07 (two weeks ago) link

Have had the orange cat, have had the blue and white tiles, even have had a few pairs of the Hanes.

pplains, Thursday, 5 September 2019 02:21 (two weeks ago) link

lyle looks cozy as hell down there

I am also Harl (Karl Malone), Thursday, 5 September 2019 02:22 (two weeks ago) link

Somebody's asking for a teabagging...

Hideous Lump, Thursday, 5 September 2019 02:28 (two weeks ago) link

will never unsee

The Ravishing of ROFL Stein (Hadrian VIII), Thursday, 5 September 2019 03:24 (two weeks ago) link

<3 Lyle (and also sorry for your loss), but those must have been some itchy boxers with all the cat hair.

There's a new café near my work; it seemed nice and I know it's hard to get business in the spot they're in so I said I'd bring some flyers into work. The flyers say "Formally <previous name of business or business in same location>" rather than "formerly" and I feel weirdly like if I'd seen that before I talked to the café lady I'd never have volunteered to bring them round.

Which is weird because it doesn't really matter, and it's not like I have anything to do with the café or its advertising.

(For max irony value I am not 100% sure whether "flyer" or "flier" is correct, so it will also be embarrassing if that's wrong! I did check the OED, which prefers "flyer", but also talks like it's some obscure American word that nobody ever said outside US crime novels of the 1960s, so, eh.)

a passing spacecadet, Wednesday, 11 September 2019 11:19 (one week ago) link

my orange cat does that same thing fairly frequently. he also usually accompanies me into the bathroom in the morning and sits on the bathmat while i shower

Seany's too Dyche to mention (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 18:34 (one week ago) link

Do all of y’all just go to the bathroom with the door open? Or perhaps you have cats with opposable thumbs?

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 18:57 (one week ago) link

if I'm in the apartment alone yes (and if I'm just showering or whatever also yes). the door in my bathroom now is a sliding door (space saving measure because my apartment is tiny) which he can open, but when i had a normal door i would tend to let him in anyway before going to the bathroom because otherwise he would scratch at the door

Seany's too Dyche to mention (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 18:59 (one week ago) link

Do all of y’all just go to the bathroom with the door open? Or perhaps you have cats with opposable thumbs?

yes (if i'm home alone), and it is related to a cat. my cat has a big issue with closed doors of any kind. he cannot resist clawing and scratching at them. this is unnerving when using the bathroom by myself, so i usually crack the door so that my eye can maintain weird eye contact with me.

(when someone else is home, he usually doesn't freak out about the doors. he's a weird cat.)

I am also Harl (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 19:17 (one week ago) link

my eye cat can maintain weird eye contact with me.

I am also Harl (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 19:18 (one week ago) link

My cat rushes in if he's given more than a split second. If he gets stuck outside he'll sit there and meow very loudly.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 19:30 (one week ago) link

Dogs always need to watch, because turnabout is fair play: most dogs never have a crap without being supervised.

coup de twat (suzy), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 19:42 (one week ago) link

i'm fine with that, but i wish my dog would clean up after me too

I am also Harl (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 19:52 (one week ago) link

and perhaps pat my head

I am also Harl (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 19:52 (one week ago) link

my workplace has a new sponsorship deal with supercuts

this is being celebrated with the offer of a free haircut, on site, for every employee, today

it is being called 'tour de cuts'

mookieproof, Wednesday, 18 September 2019 16:54 (two days ago) link

Sounds like a trick to cut the hair of some particularly shaggy/unfashionable person without embarrassing them.

Bidh boladh a' mhairbh de 'n láimh fhalaimh (dowd), Wednesday, 18 September 2019 16:58 (two days ago) link

RE: Tour de Cuts

We are now offering a $20 cash bonus to anyone in Finance who will take advantage of the free haircut offer. Particularly those who sit on the 4th floor's North suite.

Sally Jessy (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 18 September 2019 17:01 (two days ago) link

fuck being told to get a haircut in such a passive aggressive way
that would make me want a free haircut even less than i did before

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 18 September 2019 18:21 (two days ago) link

I would take the convenient bang trim tbh

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Thursday, 19 September 2019 04:11 (yesterday) link

I'd bring in my dog.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Thursday, 19 September 2019 05:56 (yesterday) link

haircuts in general make me IE - having to tell the barber what I want, giving my opinion on it once it's finished. once a month for the past 35 years and i still don't really know what to say. i don't even like having it done in places where I'm visible from the street; in the office is almost too much to bear.

fetter, Thursday, 19 September 2019 12:35 (yesterday) link

omg it's only turkish hairdressers round here, i've been to two different ones and despite only wanting a #3 all over and saying 'make it quick i'm on my lunch break' i've been subjected to the full hot towel treatment, head massage, multiple products needlessly rubbed into my barely there anymore hair; once i mistakenly asked for a shave too and for some reason this meant i also got to have my face covered in clay before being swaddled and then ignored for five minutes. absolutely mortifying, never again.

The Pingularity (ledge), Thursday, 19 September 2019 12:55 (yesterday) link

haircuts in general make me IE - having to tell the barber what I want, giving my opinion on it once it's finished. once a month for the past 35 years and i still don't really know what to say. i don't even like having it done in places where I'm visible from the streetp

this is why my hair is horribly unkempt right now, don't even wanna have to talk to a barber, don't wanna be rude just don't have it in me

a wagging to the furious (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 19 September 2019 13:02 (yesterday) link

just been in Aldi and the staff were in super cheery friendly mood and i'm in my head like "that's great, everybody's enjoying themselves, please don't talk to me please don't talk to me"

a wagging to the furious (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 19 September 2019 13:04 (yesterday) link

haircuts make me IE.

most barbershops (serving white clientele) make me RA.

pplains, Thursday, 19 September 2019 13:14 (yesterday) link

just back from lunchtime haircut (my own pate obv not requiring much attn bar clearing scrub) and it was grand rly

provisional ilx (darraghmac), Thursday, 19 September 2019 13:51 (yesterday) link

i like the physical bit of it tbf

a wagging to the furious (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 19 September 2019 13:52 (yesterday) link

I usually let my hair grow long, like shoulder-length, then buzz it to about a quarter inch. its such a weird physical sensation stepping outside for the first time afterwards

frogbs, Thursday, 19 September 2019 13:55 (yesterday) link

haircuts in general make me IE - having to tell the barber what I want, giving my opinion on it once it's finished. once a month for the past 35 years and i still don't really know what to say. i don't even like having it done in places where I'm visible from the street; in the office is almost too much to bear.

― fetter, Thursday, September 19, 2019 2:35 PM (one hour ago) bookmarkflaglink

Never had a clue either, and it was trial and error but I finally found a woman who understands "short but not too short" exactly the way I mean it.

Then again I only have to go once every 6 months or so. My fresh short do will evolve into an ok longer-ish do over the course of six months.

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 19 September 2019 14:03 (yesterday) link

The most IE feeling of all time is definitely that moment when the haircut is finished and you have to look in the mirror and the give your judgment as the haircutter smiles at you in the mirror

Sally Jessy (Karl Malone), Thursday, 19 September 2019 14:09 (yesterday) link

It’s like “get meeeee outta here!” yeeeeek

Sally Jessy (Karl Malone), Thursday, 19 September 2019 14:10 (yesterday) link

When he wasn’t ranting on a public platform, Enoch Powell was a man of few words. Asked by Stephen, the notoriously gabby House of Commons barber, how he’d like to have his hair cut, the ice-cold Tory replied: “In silence.”

Let them eat Pfifferlinge an Schneckensauce (Tom D.), Thursday, 19 September 2019 14:15 (yesterday) link

haircuts are definitely embarrassing. the worst was the couple of times i went to this hipster revival barbershop with heavily bearded dudes with slicked-back hair talking about game of thrones while they cut your hair in a room covered in vintage cigarette ads and motorcycle paraphernalia.

na (NA), Thursday, 19 September 2019 14:21 (yesterday) link

Incidentally I had a haircut just last week, and again noticed how awful and IE I find it to look into a barbershop mirror. It's like they're completely different and way more warped (or way closer to the 'truth' :-/) than other mirrors. You'd expect those mirror to be 'nicer' to look in, but the contrary applies. ymmv

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 19 September 2019 14:24 (yesterday) link

truth bomb

mookieproof, Thursday, 19 September 2019 14:27 (yesterday) link

really nothing worse at the end of a haircut than giving the barber a little wink-wink while unbutting your pants before realizing it's not *that* kind of barbershop

The Ravishing of ROFL Stein (Hadrian VIII), Thursday, 19 September 2019 15:50 (yesterday) link

.. what?

maffew12, Thursday, 19 September 2019 15:51 (yesterday) link

you heard me

The Ravishing of ROFL Stein (Hadrian VIII), Thursday, 19 September 2019 15:53 (yesterday) link

for a second I was wondering why your barber gave you pants in addition to the cape

maffew12, Thursday, 19 September 2019 15:55 (yesterday) link


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