No matter how cool we are, we’ve all been awkward situations. Maybe you addressed an acquaintance by the wrong name, maybe you waved back at someone when they weren’t waving at you, maybe you decided it would be cool to blow up balloons with your nose on stage at the Grade 8 talent show and only realized halfway through that it would make you a social pariah…The point is, we’ve all gotten into situations we’d have preferred not to be in.
But sometimes, people are able to turn that embarrassment around and get something good out of it.
Here are twenty-five tales of awkward situations turned awesome.
1. Kiss Kiss Fall In Love: “My best mate invited his close childhood friend along to the beach with me and my girlfriend. They secretly had been crushing on each other for years, unbeknownst to me and each other. Long story short, I was taking pictures of them at sunset and jokingly told them to kiss. They did. That night they spilled their guts to each other and now they’ve been dating for 4 months with plans to marry. I have a beautiful shot of their first kiss on my computer.” (HumbleSuperGod )
2. Lucky Break: “I played coed soccer when I was 10. Collided with a girl and broke her arm in an accident. She had a piano duet the next week. Felt horrible. Turns out her partner also broke her other arm. They ended up playing their recital together on the same bench. (slingithajime )
3. Four’s A Crowd: “I wound up interrupting a threesome on my way home from work. They were in the car next to mine with one of their windows down, so I could hear everything that was going on. As I open my door, the girl freaks out and gets everyone to stop for a second. I get in my car, one of the guys pops out and gives me a nervous smile. I told him it’s all cool. Later that week, I was working until closing and had a party of 8 come in for a reservation. One of them recognized me as that guy who made things really awkward. They ended up buying me dessert at work, which was pretty nice of them.” (stevexr1p)
4. I Guess So?: “I was hanging out an awful lot with a girl I fancied. One night her sister looked at the two of us and asked, “Are you two dating, or what?” We both looked at each other. I said, “Would you like to be?” She said, “I guess so, you?” I said “Sure!” And, eight years later, we are happier than ever.” (Simbamatic)
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