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51 Epic Fails

From Holiday Portrait Fails to Haute Couture Fails

— February 1, 2010 — Pop Culture
Epic fails abound. We’ve all experienced failure (most of us, I assume), we all try to avoid it and some of us actually find it funny when others fail. Whether it’s a portrait that didn’t work out or bad luck on an ambitious venture, failure reminds us that we are not invincible.

This cluster is a look at the blunders that some innovators have made in the past. Some are funny and some make you ponder on just what went wrong.
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Stimulus Check Fails
Stimulus Check Fails
Social Security Administration Sends Money to the Deceased
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Blackmail Fails
Blackmail Fails
Late Show Producer Tries to Profit From David Letterman Affair
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Phone Fail Compensations
Phone Fail Compensations
T-Mobile Sidekick Customers Receive $100 for Microsoft Error
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Creative Failures
Creative Failures
The Telephone Tree
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Viral Mom Fails
Viral Mom Fails
Video Demonstrates How Not To Use a Leash for your Child's Safety
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Compound Word Fails
Compound Word Fails
Brunch Plus Lunch Does Not Equal Blunch
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Hilarious Print Fails
Hilarious Print Fails
'Regret the Error' Helps You See Humor in Newspaper Gaffes
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Colossal Crowdsourcing Fails
Colossal Crowdsourcing Fails
Kraft Abandons Vegemite iSnack 2.0 Name
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Soccer Robot Fails
Soccer Robot Fails
Hajime Sakamoto Puts a Ball in Front of a Robot & Hits the Walk Button
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Legal Writing Fails
Legal Writing Fails
Texas Makes Massive Error That Accidentally Bans All Marriage
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Test Flight Fails
Test Flight Fails
Triboelectrification Prevents the Ares I-X Rocket Launch
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Live Television Fails
Live Television Fails
The Nintendo Wii Owns the Shopping Channel Host
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Algorithm Fails
Algorithm Fails
Facebook Reconnect Feature Suggests Contacting Ex-Lovers & Dead Friends
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3G iPhone Failure to Launch
3G iPhone Failure to Launch
Retrospective of Jobs' Epic Fail
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Publicity Stunt Fails
Publicity Stunt Fails
Balloon Boy Saga Becomes the Falcon Heene Hoax
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Viral Commercial Fails
Viral Commercial Fails
Ask.com Ad Asks Who Wants a Deal, and the Answer is No One
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Failed Chandelier
Failed Chandelier
'Always Wanted to be a Chandelier' Hanged Floor Light
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Shoes Inspired by Failure
Shoes Inspired by Failure
The Reebok Struccess Sneaker
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Cross-Promotional Fails
Cross-Promotional Fails
Burger King Un-Friends Facebook Over 'Whopper Sacrifice' Snafu
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Supercar Modification Fails
Supercar Modification Fails
RicedExotics.com Proves Money Can't Buy Taste
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Failed Kitsch
Failed Kitsch
Ninja Disco and Kitty Snow Globes Rejected For Their Tackiness
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Selling With Failure
Selling With Failure
Oprah Winfrey Dishes On Her Dramatic Weight Gain
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Celeb Endorsement Fails
Celeb Endorsement Fails
Designers Get Michelle Obama's Vote (But Not the Public's)
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Funny Commute Fails
Funny Commute Fails
The 'Modes of Transportation Science Forgot' Photos Are Hilarious
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Intelligent Ad Fails
Intelligent Ad Fails
'Bad Contextual Ads' Captures Tragic Pairings of Ads & Context
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Marriage Proposal Fails
Marriage Proposal Fails
Shimansky Jewelers Ad Campaign Caters to Gold-Diggers
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Television Caption Fails
Television Caption Fails
Computer Mistakes Make for Viral Laughs
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RED Failure
RED Failure
Massive Hype for (RED) Products Yields Only $11 Million?
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Pregnancy Privacy Fails
Pregnancy Privacy Fails
London Fog Admits to Nixing Gisele's Baby Bump Out of Fall '09 Ads
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Search Engine Fails
Search Engine Fails
Gmail, Google Ads & Google News Down Worldwide, Panic Ensues
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Viral Facebook Fails
Viral Facebook Fails
Lamebook Brings Epic Wall Posts 'From Lame to Fame'
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Abbreviated Fail Branding
Abbreviated Fail Branding
Companies Named WTF, OMG & STD Could Give the Wrong Idea
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Retro Innovation Fails
Retro Innovation Fails
Life Magazine Gallery Shows Inventions That Didn't Make the Cut
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Fast Food Ad Fails
Fast Food Ad Fails
Pizza Hut Seafood Print Ad Has People Confused
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Paternal Fashion Fails
Paternal Fashion Fails
The Dads in Short Shorts Blog is a Faux Pas Flashback
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Internet Advertising Fails
Internet Advertising Fails
Nonsensical Facebook Advertisements will Make You Laugh
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Heinous Hair Fails
Heinous Hair Fails
The Comb-Over Gets Its Own Site
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Smuggling Fails
Smuggling Fails
The Creative Ways Dealers Import Their Substances
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Epic Tanning Fails
Epic Tanning Fails
Ridiculous Sunburns That Makes You Want to Reach for Aloe Vera
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Futuristic Auto Fails
Futuristic Auto Fails
10 Cringe-Worthy Concept Cars
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Failbooking
Failbooking
A Blog That Dedicates Itself to Mocking Social Media Mishaps
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Photoshop Cover Fails
Photoshop Cover Fails
The Vogue November 2009 Cover is Poorly Put-Together
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Fix-It Fails
Fix-It Fails
Unsuccessful Attempts at Resourcefulness at 'There, I Fixed It'
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Warning Sign Fails
Warning Sign Fails
These Signs Beg More Questions Than They Answer
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Failed Sexvertising
Failed Sexvertising
Matthew McConaughey's Film Made $36,497, Despite Gratuitous Nudity
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Freaky Facettoo Fails
Freaky Facettoo Fails
Kimberley Vlaminck Sues Tattoo Artist for 56-Star Mistake
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Haute Couture Fails
Haute Couture Fails
10 Memorable Celebrity Wardrobe Malfunctions
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Holiday Portrait Fails
Holiday Portrait Fails
These Awkward Family Christmas Photos are Just Plain Ugly
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Epic Ink Fail Comparisons
Epic Ink Fail Comparisons
Bad Tattoo Pictures are Funny for Us
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Photoshop Fails
Photoshop Fails
Complex Magazine Forgets to Digitally Touch Up Kim Kardashian
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Professional Photoshop Fails
Professional Photoshop Fails
Bodies Butchered, Contorted & Given the 'Twilight' Treatment
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