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Has a joke ever backfired on you?

Postby Father Time » 06 Dec 2009, 23:01

Has anyone here ever tell a joke that just completely backfired on them in some way? If so tell a story about it.

It once happened to me, I was chatting with a friend of mine and she was telling me about a date she was on. She then refers to her date as 'she'. I figured it was a typo and joked about it. Turns out it wasn't a typo and I learned she was a lesbian. I'm glad it was text chat so she couldn't see my stunned face (nothing wrong with being a lesbian, it's just that I've known her for over a year or so and I never would've guessed). Fortunately for me she didn't pick up it was a joke (I forgot what I said or how I worded it) so it didn't derail the conversation
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Re: Has a joke ever backfired on you?

Postby Tim » 06 Dec 2009, 23:21

I don't know if other people do this, but it used to be a "thing" to sarcastically refer to an action with a "-job" suffix when someone screwed, like "Nice type-job" if someone had a lot of typos, or "Nice kick-job" if someone screwed up playing soccer.


Once, during high school, a female classmate of mine was erasing something, and went to blow the eraser bits off the desk, and failed, so I leaned over and said (entirely unintentionally), "Ha, nice blow-job!"

And then I was embarass.
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Re: Has a joke ever backfired on you?

Postby Gordon Fearman » 06 Dec 2009, 23:23

I think the "Three PS3s" joke backfired to an extent. Amazingly enough, nothing like this has happened to me. Guess I'm too comically in tune with the Univarse.
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Re: Has a joke ever backfired on you?

Postby zfubarz » 06 Dec 2009, 23:24

Every joke I ever tell.
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Re: Has a joke ever backfired on you?

Postby Dave-O_Boy » 06 Dec 2009, 23:28

Gordon Fearman wrote:I think the "Three PS3s" joke backfired to an extent. Amazingly enough, nothing like this has happened to me. Guess I'm too comically in tune with the Univarse.

Nice spell-job.
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Re: Has a joke ever backfired on you?

Postby Gordon Fearman » 06 Dec 2009, 23:31

Thanks. If there is something I do routinely fail at, it's handing people stuff. I tend to think they have it, and then I let go, it drops, and somehow I've ruined Christmas.

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Re: Has a joke ever backfired on you?

Postby Arius » 06 Dec 2009, 23:32

Yes. One backfired enough to really ruin a friendship. Not gonna share that here.

But, it seems any joke I make towards Graham is taken completely the wrong way. So, epic backfiring in this forum.
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Re: Has a joke ever backfired on you?

Postby Gordon Fearman » 06 Dec 2009, 23:35

I think one of the greatest joke backfires in history is the one that Alexander Hamilton made about Aaron Burr.

...yeah.
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Re: Has a joke ever backfired on you?

Postby Graham » 07 Dec 2009, 00:01

What the hell are you trying to say Arius? HOW DARE YOU!!?!
I... actually get most of them...


Yeah, I've had the classic joke-fail.
Nothing like when a Your Mom joke elicits the reply "My mom is dead."

Suuuper aaaaawkward...
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Re: Has a joke ever backfired on you?

Postby Gordon Fearman » 07 Dec 2009, 00:04

Oh wait, I remember a sort of backfired one. Well, not really. Anyway, apparently one of my classmates killed his twin whilst still in the early days of development. 17 years later he apparently was still kinda sensitive on the subject. Calling him a murderer touched a soft spot.
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Re: Has a joke ever backfired on you?

Postby Alja-Markir » 07 Dec 2009, 00:17

A physics professor and his assistant are working on liberating negatively-charged hydroxyl ions, when all of a sudden, the assistant says, "Wait, professor, what if the salicylic acids do not accept the hydroxyl ions?"

And the professor responds, "That's no hydroxyl ion; that's my wife!"


At which point my physics professor's wife walked into the room. Yeaaahhh.

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Re: Has a joke ever backfired on you?

Postby zfubarz » 07 Dec 2009, 00:17

that's not your fault G-man, it's just funny.
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Re: Has a joke ever backfired on you?

Postby Nevrmore » 07 Dec 2009, 00:22

Not really a "joke" per se, but I was catching up to two of my friends in the hallway last year at school, and I hear "So it's tomorrow at 6?" I scoot up and say sarcastically, "What's tomorrow at 6? Can I come? Why didn't you invite me, is it cause you hate me?"

Beat.

"My grandmother's funeral's tomorrow at 6."

Two beats.

"Oh."

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Re: Has a joke ever backfired on you?

Postby zfubarz » 07 Dec 2009, 00:23

coulda saved that by saying can i still come? I'm sure she was a super lady.
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Re: Has a joke ever backfired on you?

Postby sdhonda » 07 Dec 2009, 01:44

Graham wrote:What the hell are you trying to say Arius? HOW DARE YOU!!?!
I... actually get most of them...


Yeah, I've had the classic joke-fail.
Nothing like when a Your Mom joke elicits the reply "My mom is dead."

Suuuper aaaaawkward...


Slightly less awkward, is when its used a sibling. My brother has slipped on this peel many times.
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Re: Has a joke ever backfired on you?

Postby Machalllewis » 07 Dec 2009, 01:57

Graham wrote:What the hell are you trying to say Arius? HOW DARE YOU!!?!
I... actually get most of them...


Yeah, I've had the classic joke-fail.
Nothing like when a Your Mom joke elicits the reply "My mom is dead."

Suuuper aaaaawkward...


Its gonna be weird in like 40 years. Cos I know people who'll still be cracking "Your Mum" even then.
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Re: Has a joke ever backfired on you?

Postby Evil Jim » 07 Dec 2009, 02:17

This was an incident that occurred back when I was a young adult still living with my parents. It was Christmas Eve & my folks & I were relaxing at home after the evening festivities. Mom was snacking on Dad's can of Planter's mixed nuts & informed him, "I'm eating your nuts." To which I joked, "Isn't that usually the case?" implying the oh-so-humourous take on Mom's words, "I'm eating/you're nuts." Then I realized the double entendre I had forced instead. Then I wished the thousands of years of mankind's scientific achievements had culminated in the advent of time travel, just so I could prevent myself from having just blurted out those words.
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Re: Has a joke ever backfired on you?

Postby Cake » 07 Dec 2009, 02:26

Constantly. I'm not witty, my friends are. I'm constantly the butt of jokes because I can't retort immediately.
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Re: Has a joke ever backfired on you?

Postby easterberry » 07 Dec 2009, 02:38

I've had one that ruined a friendship but much like Arius that one's not getting told here.

What I got burned on a lot was back in my first year of college I used "that's what she said" far too much often without thinking so we'd have exchanges like "Oh man, this thing is TINY!" "That's what SHE said... god damnit"
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Re: Has a joke ever backfired on you?

Postby Machalllewis » 07 Dec 2009, 02:56

The proper way to deliver one of those is "Thats what SHE said ... to YOU!" and thats when you rofl.
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Re: Has a joke ever backfired on you?

Postby Brad » 07 Dec 2009, 02:59

Graham wrote:What the hell are you trying to say Arius? HOW DARE YOU!!?!
I... actually get most of them...


Yeah, I've had the classic joke-fail.
Nothing like when a Your Mom joke elicits the reply "My mom is dead."

Suuuper aaaaawkward...


That's why you have the ready reply along the lines of that being why her abilities in bed were lackluster.
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Re: Has a joke ever backfired on you?

Postby Father Time » 07 Dec 2009, 04:15

Graham wrote:What the hell are you trying to say Arius? HOW DARE YOU!!?!
I... actually get most of them...


Yeah, I've had the classic joke-fail.
Nothing like when a Your Mom joke elicits the reply "My mom is dead."

Suuuper aaaaawkward...


It could be worse, imagine the guy you tell it to is adopted and he replies with

"Wait, you knew my mother?!"
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Re: Has a joke ever backfired on you?

Postby theDreamer » 07 Dec 2009, 04:24

Graham wrote:Yeah, I've had the classic joke-fail.
Nothing like when a Your Mom joke elicits the reply "My mom is dead."

Suuuper aaaaawkward...



I actually stopped doing that. I think it is more of a dick move than saying the joke about a dead mom.

Plenty of times when I've made a joke and it just doesn't work, like crickets and jazz, and I just shut up.
I can put my hands in my head, and I can laugh it in the face.
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Re: Has a joke ever backfired on you?

Postby MrMoldy » 07 Dec 2009, 05:39

Graham wrote:What the hell are you trying to say Arius? HOW DARE YOU!!?!
I... actually get most of them...


Yeah, I've had the classic joke-fail.
Nothing like when a Your Mom joke elicits the reply "My mom is dead."

Suuuper aaaaawkward...


Could be worse. I was on vent with some guild mates and made a "your mom joke" and the guy's mom was in the same chat and a guild leader. I wasn't a guild member at the end of that day,
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Re: Has a joke ever backfired on you?

Postby Shahbaz » 07 Dec 2009, 05:43

Best reply is ''yeah she's dead alright.....dead sexy.''
Then swiftly about face and walk away.
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