Ah, schadenfreude! So universal is our tendency to laugh at the misfortune of others that the Germans invented a term for it. Not to be left behind, the internet coined its own term: “Fail.” Let’s witness the best (or worst?) of these.
Well, let’s be clear, this isn’t the worst of the web. Fails are all about genuine attempts that went horribly wrong. Fails encompass everything from unintentional slapstick to hilarious arguments. And they don’t discriminate between sites, whether you are Facebook, Google Maps, or something else.
As long as there is a fail to be seen, you will find it on one of these sites.
1. Lamebook: The Best Facebook Fails
People try to project their ideal selves on Facebook, which can make you sad. But sometimes, this attempt leads to hilarious fails. Lamebook captures them all in one place.
The site works through user-submitted screenshots of funny things they see on their wall. You can even sort it by categories like parents/family, fights, “lamesters,” and so on.
Lamebook isn’t your only source for this though. In fact, if you like it, you can go to the sources of several of its best fails, which come from Reddit. Check out /r/oldpeoplefacebook, /r/indianpeoplefacebook, /r/LiterallyUnbelievable, or /r/terriblefacebookmemes.
2. Funny Street View: Crazy Sights From Google Maps
Speaking of Reddit, there’s an entire community dedicated to Google Maps fails. After sending their cars all around the world, the Street View feature has captured some interesting sights over the years.
From people falling over to funny camera problems, it’s everything that Google never intended to capture. As usual, I’d suggest you browse through the subreddit’s top posts.
3. Epic Fail: Photos, GIFs, and Videos
Epic Fail, as the term indicates, is all about the most epic fails. Updated daily, the site posts photos, GIFs, and videos of the best schadenfreude on the internet.
The site has oddly specific categories too, like automobile fail, sports fail, ouch, and so on. But though they seem odd at first, you’ll soon realize that they are the most frequent occurrences of things going wrong. Simply put, this is one of the funniest humor websites.
Pro Tip: Try the “owned” tag for amazing instant justice or revenge stories, like the incredible takedown in the image above.
4. The Best Fails: Never Miss a YouTube Fail Again
Videos are the best way to watch fails, as 25 years of weekly show America’s Funniest Home Videos would prove. So let’s expand that to feature video fails from anywhere in the world.
The Best Fails is a YouTube channel that compiles such videos from different places. People might have uploaded it on YouTube, Facebook, Reddit, or anywhere else, but you’ll get a glimpse in one of this channel’s compilations.
The channel posts five videos every week. And these aren’t the most disliked YouTube videos of all time. Some are category-based compilations, but there’s always a “Fails of the Week” video that will catch you up.
5. Failblog by Cheezburger: The Buzzfeed of Fails
You know how Buzzfeed gathers and groups things in a single article? If you like that, Failblog mimics the formula for the internet’s blunders.
Mainly, these are listicles about a certain topic, like bad vacations, pet fails, cringe-worthy bridezilla moments, and so on. Once in a while, a fail is awesome enough to warrant a single post. But that’s rare, so you usually get a collection of text, screenshots, photos, and videos, collected in one article.
Dive into the site, there’s a bunch of stuff here that will tickle your funny bone. A long time ago, it even was a place to find the best viral images on the net.
Follow Fail Curators on Social Networks
The best way to get a regular dose of fails is through your social networks. All the above sites have accounts on the major networks, and there are plenty of others.
Which other curators of fails do you know?