People can say strange, witty, or hilarious things in the heat of the moment. These folks shared their stories of clever comebacks. Some used wordplay to get back at an enemy, and others were tricksters in strange situations. You might want to save some of these comments in your back pocket for later.
1. Zero To Hero
Once upon a time, my girlfriend and I were casually strolling down a backstreet in a midsize town. Ahead of us, a car sat parked, its front end facing our direction. I spotted two individuals inside, maybe late teens or so. I had an instinctive feeling that something wasn't quite right.
As we approached, I suspected they might say something inappropriate given how stunningly beautiful my girlfriend was. And sure enough, as we passed them, I heard one say, "Hey darling, forget about the loser, join the champion here".
Feeling a surge of anger, I worked hard to keep my emotions in check and responded calmly, "Apologies, mate, but I'm not interested... And don't disrespect my girlfriend, she's no loser". The guy's friend erupted in laughter at his buddy's expense and my girlfriend made playful crying faces. We both couldn't help but join the laughter.
2. Ask The Colonel
This happened in my high school US history class. We had a bunch of rowdy and noisy students in our class. They wouldn't miss a chance to give our teacher, a cheerful man in his sixties with perfectly tidy white hair, a hard time. However, he always took it in stride as he had a great sense of humor.
One particular instance was when one of these loud students shouted out, "Hey, Mr Morgan, has anyone ever told you that you look just like Colonel Sanders?" Without missing a beat, he retorted, "Perhaps that's why your mom finds me so irresistibly tasty?"
3. Office Frogger
An impressively large ex-marine, fresh from duty in Iraq, was once part of our office team. The man was just short of a giant. We happened to bump into each other in one of the office's skinny hallways, a situation where one of us would have to make way. Neither of us budged, causing a standoff.
Now, I'm a reasonably big guy standing at just over 6 feet and 260 lbs, but even so, he loomed over me like a skyscraper. He was a good bloke, but he still seemed somewhat... "wired", or perhaps a bit mentally unpredictable. He locked eyes with me and asked me the most hilarious question, "Feeling froggy?"
It really felt like a scene straight out of a movie. Maintaining eye contact, I shot back, "Then you better leap". We both burst into laughter and made way for each other, as the entire office exhaled in shared relief.
I teach fourth grade and once I found myself in front of the class unable to recall the correct spelling for a specific word. I joked about it, explaining to the kids that adults can have spelling difficulties as well. One student responded, "It's because your education wasn't great. But don't sweat it, our education isn't great either".
5. Taking Out The Trash
During my college years, I used to work at Target, handling stock and unloading shipping trucks around the crack of dawn. One day, I overslept a touch, landed on the unloading platform ten minutes late, and was nibbling on a breakfast bar. Seeing the manager marching my way, I figured some trouble was brewing.
He started scolding me quite vocally for my tardy arrival right in front of the entire team. Exhausted as I was, I found myself quietly listening to his rant, taking occasional bites of my breakfast bar to maintain my energy.
My calm, almost indifferent, chewing during his lecture seemed to get under his skin, and he abruptly paused his spiel, extended his hand, and demanded, "Hand that over!" As fate would have it, I only had a tiny bite of the bar left.
Deciding to finish what I started, I bit it off, handed him the now-empty wrapper, and mumbled, "Thank you," with my cheeks crammed with food. He was taken aback momentarily, then burst into laughter at my unexpected reaction to his venting, changing our working relationship for the better from that point onward.
6. Warranty Woes
For a few years, I was a salesperson in a mobile phone store. Among our range, we still stocked flip phones in 2018. One day, a lady walked in holding a relatively new flip phone, distressed because one side of the screen was hanging off. She insisted she didn't cause any damage and that it had mysteriously snapped on its own. She approached me, demanding a replacement.
I calmly explained to her, "This appears to be a case of physical damage, and since you didn't opt for an insurance plan for your device, replacement isn't available". She didn't take this update lightly.
She was adamant that it wasn't her fault and blamed the phone for its inferior quality. She started to get agitated, yelled at me in dissatisfaction, and waved her phone close to my face. Suddenly, the top half of the device snapped off, landed on the counter right before my eyes.
I held her gaze and firmly stated, "This, undeniably, is physical damage".
7. Comfortably Numb
When I was about 17 or 18, I went to the dentist for my first filling. They gave me nitrous oxide to help ease the pain and calm me down for the procedure. The dentist returned and asked, "How are you feeling?" My response was simply, "I don't," and he just couldn't contain his laughter.
For what felt like half an age, he laughed so hard, he struggled to recompose himself. I joined in on the laughter too, spurred on both by the giggling gas and his contagious chuckles. We sat there, in uncontrollable fits of laughter. His assistants who popped their heads in were left baffled by our giggling session.
8. Check The Calendar
During a family holiday, my grandma was teasing me for forgetting her birthday—I've always struggled with remembering birthdays—which, as it turns out, was the unlock code for her iPhone. She needed me to snap a picture, hence why I had to know the code.
When she wasn't paying attention, I sneakily changed the phone's password to my own birthday, then put her phone back down. Fast forward to about 15 minutes later, she couldn't get into her phone. Immediately suspecting foul play, she cornered me to ask, in front of everyone, if I had altered her phone's password.
I confessed straight away. "So, what's the new code then?" she asked, sounding quite irritated. "My birthday," I replied. Her face morphed into a surprised expression, reminiscent of a deer caught in headlights. For the next 15 seconds, she was speechless, trying hard to recall my birthday.
Our family burst into laughter at the spectacle. Those are some fun-filled memories.
Once upon a time, as a cash-strapped college student, my car was hit by a rather wealthy lawyer. His car was fine, but mine was not, becoming a financial burden I had to deal with. Considering I was only going 11 km/hr in a parking lot, it was clear as day that the fault was all his.
We went through the motions, exchanged insurance information, and in the interim I had to get a rental car until mine was repaired. However, for about two weeks, he avoided any contact with the insurance company, and I was forced to cough up around $600 for the car rental—money that was nowhere in my limited budget.
Knowing this lawyer was no ordinary man—thanks to my dad who's also an attorney—I had to drop what I saw as my ace card. I asked my dad to intervene and have a word with him. Close to 15 minutes later, I got a call confirming that the insurance claim would progress.
Fast-forward eight years. I was now a bartender at a high-end lounge, providing service during a Chamber of Commerce event. This gathering was a chance for local business people to connect and network. Enter: the lawyer, who was enjoying his moment and charming the room. He looked strangely familiar.
As I was serving him his drink, he paused, looked at me and asked, "Hey, miss, have we met before?" So, with all the confidence I could muster, I loudly replied, "Not really, but you once hit my car in a parking lot while I was a struggling college student and left me with the bill. Will you be keeping a tab open for the drink or should we settle up right now?"
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10. The Joker
So, I dabble in writing and perform stand-up comedy on the side. Therefore, I often find people introducing me to others as a "comedian," or "writer," and so on. This one time I was at a bar, hanging out and having a smoke with an acquaintance.
He wanted to introduce me to his mate who, interestingly, was dressed a lot like Liam Gallagher from Oasis and carried a rather arrogant air about him. Here's how the introduction unfolded—the acquaintance said, "Mr Gallagher, meet our resident comedian".
Mr Gallagher, sizing me up, responded with, "Comedian, huh? So you think you're funny?" Without skipping a beat, I retorted, "No, it means everyone else thinks I am". Believe me, I have no idea where that came from. The response was spontaneous, I didn't even have to think about it. But boy, it was by far the BEST comeback I've ever given.
11. Vertically Challenged
In my line of work, I deal with waste management. I'm also quite petite—so petite, in fact, that finding my size at Old Navy could be a treasure hunt. One day, I was rolling a pile of drums onto our loading platform. Since I couldn't see past the drums, I mainly relied on my gut feeling to navigate.
Surprise, surprise! There was someone there, engaged in small talk with the shipping staff. And guess what? I collided straight into him. After the crash, I was in the spotlight among the burly shipping guys. Feeling my cheeks burning with embarrassment, I sneaked a peek around the drums to examine the dude I'd bumped into.
Before I could censor myself, the words slipped out: "Did you expect me to see right through these drums?" The joke clicked and laughter erupted from everyone. The guy even had a good laugh and opened the dock door for me. Nowadays, whenever he catches sight of me, he always makes a show of ducking humorously.
12. Watch Your Fingers
Years ago, I started my career as a trainee manager in a large grocery store chain. The training program required us to spend some time in every department to understand how things worked. Essentially, during those rotations, I was like a volunteer in the department where I was assigned. One particular week, I was placed in the meat department.
A team member had recently taken a couple of days off after accidentally slicing his finger on the bone saw. As a result, he was still wearing quite a hefty bandage on the wounded finger. He was assigned to teach me how to use the meat cuber/tenderizer to prepare cubed steak. He approached me and casually asked, "How's your hand-eye coordination?"
Without missing a beat, I replied, "Probably better than yours!" This caused a round of hearty laughter throughout the department.
13. Sent By Mail
I remember this incident from my third year in college. The semester had just begun, and I was meeting my biochemistry teacher for the first time. The professor was a clever person but very strict.
The students usually hesitated to question him as he was well-known for his rigorous probing. And if he deemed that they didn't display sufficient effort, he'd command them to leave his office and study independently.
The moment I entered his office, he was deeply engrossed in sorting out some boxes. Surprisingly, he made an ironic joke about packing me up in the box and sending it off to an unknown destination.
Curious to see my reaction, he glanced up at me, and without any forethought, I instantly replied, "If the destination's pleasing, why not…" My response got him laughing so uproariously that it took me by surprise.
From that day onwards, we developed a comfortable rapport throughout the semester, making it quite a successful tenure. I learned that day how the simplest laughter can break any kind of tension.
14. Art Project
When I was about 12 or 13, I was in art class busy at work on our painting assignment. My buddy and I were seated side-by-side, and we were finding the class to be a bit of a snooze, so we decided to liven things up a bit. So, out of nowhere, we started to play with the paint, and I found myself dunking my hand in a pot of red paint.
Just as we were starting to find amusement in our mischief, our teacher wandered over, curiously asking, "What on earth is going on here?!" I glanced at my friend who was on the verge of cracking up, then turned to the teacher and nonchalantly gave her the perfect response, "Looks like you've caught me red-handed".
The pun sent my friend into a fit of uncontrollable laughter, much to my delight. The teacher simply stared at me, completely taken aback for a solid ten seconds. Likely questioning her career choices at that moment, she finally regained her composure and instructed us to clean up.
15. Bar Banter
Back in 2015, I was a bartender in probably the most hectic bar in Boston. On an ordinary, immensely busy Saturday, I found myself manning the service bar which was bustling as usual. I was swiftly concocting and serving handmade cocktails for the waiting staff, while also dealing with clients.
Amidst the chaos of ice, juice, fruit crushing, syrup squeezing and drink garnishing, I found my rhythm. It felt like I was on a roll, creating drinks at an epic level. In the middle of this, I tried to get an order from a young woman and she said, "Hey, you should give my friend a free drink".
Even while juggling my tasks, I managed a "Why?" Her answer was, "Because you got my friend wet". Apparently, a little splash from my flurry of activities had landed on her friend, another inadvertent casualty of a chaos-filled bar night.
Without missing a step, I retorted, "Yeah, happens to every girl who comes in here," and returned to my mixology. The thrill of that self-assured moment hasn't been matched since then. She never retaliated. She knew I had her beat. My only regret is that no one else got to witness what may have been the pinnacle of my life.
16. Clergy Concessions
My granddad used to be a pastor in the Anglican church. One time, he was helping out at a hockey rink's snack counter for some reason. Suddenly, a man demanded to be served first, despite there being another customer ahead of him. My granddad calmly asked the man to maintain his spot in the queue, and helped him when it was his turn.
Despite the man swearing and being very rude, my grandfather remained composed. Finally, he turned to the man's buddies, delivering this pearl of a punchline: "My job as a man of the cloth limits the things I can say to folks, but just for your reference, if your pal here kicks the bucket, I'll be more than happy to arrange his last rites".
17. Gender Non-Conforming
Roughly a quarter-century ago, I was just a ninth grader when my folks splurged on buying me a pair of Air Max trainers. Although I'm a girl, I chose a 'boys' pair of Air Max simply because I fancied their color. I was enormously excited to have these shoes, considering our tight budget, it felt like quite a lavish gift.
Fast-forward and I'm at our neighborhood mall when I bump into a group of guys from my high school. Unfortunately, these guys were the sort who took pleasure in belittling others. One of them, who was touting the identical pair of shoes, smirked and said, "Do you realize you’re wearing men’s shoes"? But I had an instant comeback up my sleeve.
I shot back with, "Then why are you sporting them?" His comrades burst out laughing. That moment has stayed etched in my memory to this day, even after all these years.
18. A Hard Job
A colleague of mine was having troubles with a difficult piece of machinery, so I inquired, "Why not just do (insert simple solution) instead?" To which she responded in exasperation, "I don't know! I just like making things harder".
I playfully responded, "Well, isn't that unusual considering you're a lesbian?" Yes, she identifies as a lesbian, and she found this so amusing that she nearly toppled over from laughter. For the rest of the day, she couldn't resist sharing the jest with everyone else.
19. The Grown Ups’ Table
While on vacation in Bulgaria with my mom and dad, they began to communicate with another pair at an adjacent table. I found them quite grating, but mom and dad seemed content to have companions to converse with—they even welcomed them to our table.
Out of nowhere, the woman seated herself close to me. After some time, she turned to me and queried, "Would you object to me lighting up?" I responded, "I wouldn't mind even if you were lit on fire". I was just seven years old... and apparently not very nice.
20. The Man In Black
Believe it or not, I didn't say a word at all. I was simply riding my motorcycle in heavy city traffic, cruising on a slick overpass dotted with low Jersey barriers. All of a sudden, a guy behind me got a bit too comfortable on the gas, rocketing towards me a little too swiftly.
He hit the brakes too late and ended up sideswiping me—thankfully, he wasn't going excessively fast. He only nudged me forward about a meter and a half, or around five feet, before his car sputtered to a stop. By sheer luck, the collision's angle shot me straight ahead instead of off-kilter, so I didn't topple off my bike.
If he was any faster, I could’ve easily been catapulted over the overpass to my certain demise below, which is certainly less than ideal, to say the least. Feeling heated, I cut my engine, dismounted, and made my way on foot towards the guy who'd just rammed into me.
I took approximately a meter-long journey towards him, and seeing me approach must’ve struck fear into his heart—he was rapidly cranking up his manual window for all he was worth. As he desperately struggled with the winder, I reached him.
Calmly, I knocked on his window, pointed my finger at him in a glare of silent fury, and turned back to leave without another word. He seemed scared stiff by my approach. It didn't occur to me until later that I must’ve cut quite an intimidating figure.
Picture this: you've just jostled a motorcyclist who's now heading towards you. Decked out from head to toe in a black helmet with a tinted visor, heavy duty jacket and trousers, metal-studded gloves, and towering black leather boots. And to top it off, he knocks on your window and singles you out as the reason behind this mess.
All I wanted was to confront him, allow myself to vent out a little frustration, reassure him I was alright, and give my bike a once-over to confirm there was no damage.
21. The Crush
I was totally smitten by this guy. He was intelligent, attractive, hilarious, and a tad older. After some weeks of seeing each other, he confessed he wasn't prepared for a serious relationship. So, I asked him to swing by my place to retrieve his book and also asked him not to contact me anymore because it was just too painful. I was really into him.
So, he showed up at my place, I tried to hand him his book and was about to close the door. But he stopped it with his foot and uttered, “I’m not certain what to do. I'm not ready, yet I can't get you out of my mind". I took my hand off the door, gave him the book anyway and responded with, “Then be here at seven".
Well, the rest is history because now we’re hitched.
22. Manufactured Products
As a little tyke of about six, I recall hearing my mom and big sister chat about how factories churn out something called "pollution". Based on their conversation, I assumed it was a type of product they produced, just like chlorine or silica.
A few weeks following this, a representative from a massive local industry paid a visit to our school to enlighten our class about their operations. As part of their presentation, they mentioned items they manufactured such as soap and bleach, and then posed the question, "Does anyone know what else we produce?"
Quick as a flash, I put up my hand and made the most confident statement: "Uh, pollution?"
I still remember how the representative chuckled nervously and looked rather sheepish, responding with, "Uh, we strive not to…"
23. Kids Say The Darndest Things
When I was a little kid, not even ten yet, my father's best buddy told us he was soon to tie the knot with his present gal. Remarkably, this would be round three for him walking down the aisle. Naturally, I wondered if I was on the guest list for the ceremony. His response was, "Sorry sweetheart, it's only for grown-ups". My comeback was quite a zinger.
With all innocence, I answered, "No worries, I'll just show up at your next wedding". I wasn't really aware of the biting hint my words carried, all I knew was this gentleman had a record of getting hitched quite often. Interestingly, he did later part ways with wife number three, but the grapevine tells me they're now back together.
24. All In Due Time
Once upon a time, my girlfriend and I were debating about her return to school. Every semester, she would delay it, and one fine day, she became upset with me for urging her to actually apply, rather than just discussing it. In frustration, she exclaimed, "Rome wasn't built in a day!"
To which I instantly replied, "True, but it was indeed built". A full ten years later, this conversation still resonates in my mind.
25. Unlikely Hero
A couple of years ago, at a party, someone made off with my buddy's handbag. Her beau managed to track down the culprit and retrieved the purse, but his booze-fueled anger hadn't subsided. It looked as if a brawl was brewing even though he was clearly outmatched.
My friend came up to me, panic in her eyes, and pleaded, “My boyfriend's about to throw down. I need your help. Please reign him in!" In reassurance, I rose from my spot and said, "You know, I may not be able to prevent a scrap, but I can assure you, if one starts, I won't let him get beaten".
Then, I set off to locate him. In the end, no fists flew and everything calmed down. Only later did I comprehend, from my friend's remarks, the powerful impression my words had made. Now, my intention wasn't to sound overly heroic. I just wished to convey that I'd guard her boyfriend against harm.
The last thing I intended was to seem as if I'd annihilate three guys single-handedly like I was some sort of movie superstar.
26. Planet Protector
A while back, I used to work at the Hard Rock Cafe, and we'd often have our server meetings outside on the patio just before starting our shifts. One day, my boss wasn't happy with our sales of the pricey plastic cups and was rambling on about it.
Meanwhile, I was distracted by the revolving globe atop the building with "save the planet" inscribed on it. Suddenly, I found myself cutting my boss off. I blurted out, "If Hard Rock is all about saving the Earth, why are we squandering so much paper?"
Actually, my comment was meant for my managers who had this odd habit of printing out unnecessary circulars. They didn't realize I was calling them out, and instead, took my suggestion up to higher-ups. Surprisingly, this led to a huge company-wide change—they switched to a paperless payroll system all over the world.
For my unsolicited but fruitful suggestion, I got a pin resembling a lightbulb with "bright idea" etched on it as a token of appreciation. Well, I'll take it, I suppose.
27. The Name Game
Here's a recount from yesterday. My teacher has been mispronouncing my name for more than a year. Then, just yesterday as our semester was wrapping up, she suggested that we should all share positive remarks about one another. So she turned to me and said, "Niclas, Niclas (incorrectly calling my name yet again), what do you appreciate about [my classmate]?"
Instinctively, I responded, "He actually gets my name right". A hush fell over the room and my teacher appeared a bit stunned. However, she handled it with ease.
28. Question Period
In one of my university classes, each student had to discuss a scientific paper and then field questions about it. We were encouraged to ask the presenter questions, because if we didn't, the professor would pose his own, and his were inevitably more challenging. The professor was tough in his assessments of the presentations but always just and precise.
Regardless, after every presentation, I made it a point to ask a question. But, when the time came for my own presentation, none of my classmates asked anything. So the professor jokingly asked if I'd like to pose a question to myself. Caught off guard, I quickly blurted out, "What made your presentation so extraordinarily excellent?"
I was gearing up to be scolded harshly, but to my surprise, the professor burst into laughter, took a moment to compose himself, and then awarded me the highest grade possible.
29. The Scent Of A Woman
Sure, it was the most confrontational thing I'd ever said, but hey, it happened at a Best Buy.
I was just browsing for a Christmas gift for my dad. I had just clocked out from work. Standing in the DVD aisle, I was scanning the titles for something specific. A poshly dressed elderly woman, oozing old money arrogance, was next to me. Her husband, who could easily pass off for Don Draper's boss, was by her side.
Suddenly, I heard an overly-dramatized sniff from her and as I glanced her way, I saw her lean towards her husband, remarking loudly enough for me to hear, "Why does it stink of smoke?" She then shot me a scornful look. Now here I was, clutching a movie while enduring the judgmental stares of this elderly couple.
So, in response, I just shrugged and blurted out the best insult possible, "I have no idea, I was also wondering why it smells like a wet, unwashed old lady in here, but out of courtesy, I didn’t mention it until now". That seemed to do the trick, and they ambled off.
30. Obstacle Course
When I was part of my high school's cross-country team, we were nervous about an upcoming regional race. The pathway for this race was through a golf course, and we were worried about any dips or holes in the ground that might make us trip and get injured. But the coach kept assuring us; he said the golf course was well-maintained and had absolutely no holes.
Unable to suppress my thoughts, I interrupted him, "Apologies for cutting you off coach but aren't there indeed 18 holes on a golf course?" The mood quickly shifted from intense to jubilant as laughter filled the room.
31. Group Project
I've always been that geeky, five-foot-tall, quiet gal who inevitably wound up being a companion for those lagging behind or being naughty because I was supposed to "assist them".
One time, I found myself paired with two popular chaps in my English class. There was this guy who was a prototypical comic book jock of the 2000s, and the other was a non-stop prankster. Together, they decided to just goof around and mock our classmates, as I ended up creating the most appalling word cloud known to man.
Believe when I tell you, I flunked art class, so that's not an overstatement. Unexpectedly, I had this moment of clarity. For the first time in my 15 years, I thought, 'enough is enough', and informed the teacher about their laziness, stating that I wanted to handle things on my own.
It took a minute for the clown to notice that I had gone. When he did, the jock got to his feet looking ready to explode in anger. The jock then challenged, "Why are you ratting us out? We haven't done anything". To which I responded, "Yeah, that's exactly the problem".
I then just exited the silent room...as I was so accustomed to being picked on, I fully anticipated him to toss a chair my way. Shockingly, I ended up appearing brave, which unintentionally scored me some cool points that my geeky self was more than happy to embrace.
32. The Dating Game
I had to deal with a coworker who was just unbearable. His teeth were brown, but only a few, and his problem with cleanliness was as obvious as his inflated ego. To put it plainly, he was not my favourite person, and with good cause.
He'd always manage to hurt my fingers and call me names like "college boy" and "pup," to highlight our age difference. During breaks, we'd all huddle together, eating our humble meals and hanging out. This coworker, Mr Brown teeth, would join us and try to be funny but everything he said fell flat.
The third time, he decided to make me the butt of his jokes. I decided to switch tactics and throw him off guard by seemingly noticing something about him. I said, "You know, you're not bad to look at". He responded with a smug, "I know". I pushed further, "You must have a long list of admirers".
He boasted, "I do okay". I lined up my conclusion, "So, when's the last time you went on a date?" He retorted, “Last night... with your girlfriend”. I played my ace, "Now that would be awkward; I'm dating your sister". And I was. He stormed off, leaving the room in fits of laughter at his expense.
33. Tech Talk
Once, I was in a hotel lift going to the lobby. I was checking my phone for directions to a bar to meet my buddies. A lady I didn't recognize, part of a crowd, rolled her eyes at my phone and blurted out, "Ugh, I despise technology". To which I playfully retorted, "Then shouldn't you be using the stairs?"
Her buddies split their sides laughing and she was left speechless.
34. Better Left Unsaid
Once, I was relaxing at home when a girl called me. She was inviting me over to a nearby hotel but I didn't want any part of it. There was a message waiting for me: "Hi ___, it's me from the Holiday Inn, Room 320. I would love it if you'd call me back. I'd really like to see you". Shortly afterwards, the phone rang once again.
This time, my Dad picked up the call.
Girl: "Is ___ there?"
Dad: "He was here a minute ago, but he just stepped out".
Girl: "Oh. Did he get my message?"
Dad: "Yes, he did. Did you get his?"
Girl: "Ohh, I see. Okay, bye then".
35. Future Plans
In my brother's history class, he unfortunately got stuck with all the unruly and less-studious kids. They continually disrupted the class, making it a nightmare, with the teacher seemingly incapable of controlling them. One day, a notoriously troublesome girl decided to act up once again and my brother had reached his limit.
He turned to her and told her to be quiet, which made her go off the handle. The teacher warned her to watch what she said to him, as she might find herself working for him someday. My brother wittily responded to the teacher, "No, I don't foresee being a pimp in my future".
The entire class erupted in laughter, even the teacher, who had to exit because he was laughing too hard. From then on, that girl didn't bother my brother for the rest of the school year.
At our job, the project management team handled a project rather poorly. Their main objective was to release the bare minimum of the product initially, intending to make improvements at a later stage. After releasing the product, they celebrated their accomplishment and moved on to the next task.
Unfortunately, the barely-functional "minimum viable product" ended up failing. During a meeting with our directors, we had a lengthy discussion about the problems with the product and the expenses associated with fixing it, among other things.
They maintained that no cost was too big and that they had unlimited resources to tackle the issue. Perplexed, I questioned, "Why couldn't we afford to do it right the first time, but now, apparently, we can afford to do it twice?" They weren't particularly pleased with my question.
37. Missing Meds
During my high school days, I was generally a good kid. Still, my parents had a habit of blaming me for peculiar situations. On one occasion, they suspected me of swiping my Mom's birth control pills for my girlfriend. They prematurely woke me up before my alarm clock, to confront me about it. I was half-asleep during this exchange:
Mom: “Good morning...we need to have a chat”.
Me: “I'm not even supposed to wake up yet”.
Mom: “Your Dad and I noticed my birth control keep going missing".
Me: “Ew, Mom”.
Mom: “Have you been sneaking my birth control?"
Me: “Definitely, Mom. I've been using it for a couple of months now, but guess what? She's still pregnant".
My Mom had a mixed reaction of anger, worry, and a subtle hint of amusement. They put a lid on it and never mentioned it again.
38. Nickel and Diming
This is a moment from my past that I wear like a badge of honor. I was a high school senior, taking a breather at a multi-school gathering, when I happened upon a group of students from a different school. Unexpectedly, a guy from their circle beckoned me over.
Tossing a nickel my way, he nudged, "Hey buddy, pass that onto your mom for me".
Guy: "Just go with it, tell your mom it's payment for last night".
His entourage reacted with laughter at my expense. Grasping the scenario, I responded with a knowing, "Ah!" I wore a smirk, picked up the nickel, dug into my pocket for two pennies, and flicked them in his direction.
Me: "Here you go".
Guy, dripping with irony: "Oh, is this meant for my mom?"
Me: "Nope, that's your change. My mom's taxes are inch-based".
39. Quick Wit
My manager was demonstrating a tech-savvy task on the desktop to a colleague. Evidently, he performed the task swiftly, leading my colleague to comment, "Gosh, that was quick". To this, he retorted, grinning smugly, "Indeed, I'm the speediest there is".
Upon hearing this, I couldn't help but humorously query, "Could that be the reason you're still single?" Subsequently, the office burst into laughter, while my boss gave me a peculiar, yet appreciative look that said, "I don’t like your joke, yet it is clever".
40. Take It Outside
I was hanging out at a bar with my friends, not on the prowl, just looking to have a good time. I strolled over to order a drink and found myself standing next to a girl. As we were waiting for our orders, we struck up a casual chat—about the pleasant weather, our drink preferences, and similar small talk.
Suddenly, a big, aggressive-looking bloke yanked my shoulder and spun me around. He was right up in my face and yelled, "Why are you talking to my girlfriend?"
ME: "We were merely exchanging pleasantries while waiting for our drinks. Give me some space, man".
HIM: "We're going to have a fight".
HIM: "Come outside, we're going to brawl".
With that, he made his way out the entrance. He exited and was gone for around five to ten minutes before he stormed back in.
HIM: "HEY MAN, I THOUGHT WE WERE SQUARING OFF?"
ME: "Apologies mate, but I was engaged in a conversation with your lady friend". His attempt to take a swing at me was thwarted by the bouncers, leaving me with a phone number and a complimentary drink.
41. The Metric System
Well, folks usually pronounce my name as "jess-uhh-lyn", though some mistakenly call me Joselin—either out of ignorance or just to irritate me. One typical day, I was hanging out in the office cafeteria with some coworkers, among them was a guy named Miles. He humorously greeted me, saying, "Hey, what's up, JOSelin".
Without missing a beat, I responded, "Good to see you too, Kilometers".
42. You’d Better Work
This incident unfolded during an English lesson back in middle school. Kid A said, "Hey". Kid B replied, "Your mom served me at McDonald’s last night. It must be tough having a mom who works at McDonald's". To which, Kid A retorted, "Well, MY mom at least gets up to go to work”. But that wasn't even the most memorable part.
Our English teacher unintentionally exclaimed louder than he thought, "WOW!" The rest of us burst into such uncontrollable laughter, that it prompted the teacher from the adjacent room to peek in to check the cause of the uproar...
43. Keeping Things Regular
I'm employed at a hotel and a few years back, this lady guest got into a disagreement with our security guard. While she wasn't getting what she wanted, she became upset and told him that he was full of (poop). The guard quickly responded, "That's not true. I had a good restroom break this morning. I'm touched by your concern for my well-being".
At this point, I found this hilarious and had to excuse myself, heading to the back office in order to laugh in private. As I was stepping away, I could still hear him interacting with this woman.
He remained composed and serious, continuing, "But rest assured, I eat a balanced, fiber-rich diet. It genuinely makes me happy that you care about my regular digestive rhythm. So next time I am unable to go to the bathroom, I'll keep in mind that you're worrying for me".
This conversation extended for a while, and the more he kept this up, the more agitated the woman got. Meanwhile, I was in the back room, laughing so hard I was in tears. Interestingly, she didn't cause any more fuss for us the remainder of the evening.
44. Fitness Class
Back in my high school, I took an ancient history course taught by a sharp, soft-spoken younger man called Mr O'Neil. He was a bit doughy and sported curly blond hair and often donned bow ties. Sharing this class with me was a prankster named Jake, always trying to get a laugh by pushing teachers' buttons.
Jake was so irritating that he once had a stapler flung at him by a different professor, but that's another tale. There was this one day when Mr O'Neil was struggling to reach the string to bring down the projector screen. He would try small leaps and swipes, but fell just short.
Jake, spotting an opportunity, couldn't help but shout, "Having trouble reaching, Mr O'Neil?" He and his buddies chuckled to themselves in their corner, thinking they were comedic geniuses. Calmly, Mr O'Neil ribbed back, "No, Jake. I'm merely getting in some morning cardio," and then he comically bent down to touch his toes.
His reactions completely caught us off guard, given his typical seriousness. But it silenced Jake, triggering a round of laughter against him in the class. Mr O'Neil quickly became a bit of a class hero for managing to silence a habitual class disrupter.
45. What’s In The Water
For as long as I can recall, my father has sported a bald patch. I was around 13 years old when our family was on an adventurous road trip, and we decided to pause for a meal at an out-of-the-way diner. Apparently, I was pretty skeptical about the local water there, so much so that I absolutely refused to drink it.
My father, trying to convince me, said, "Just taste it; it's going to make your hair grow". I immediately responded by nudging the glass towards him and giving him a cheeky comeback, "Well then, perhaps you should drink it instead of me". My mother couldn't help but laugh, pointing out to my dad that he'd set himself up for it.
46. Beautiful People
Once upon a time, I was out with a close buddy of mine and a bunch of our mutual friends, plus some folks they knew. During this outing, I found myself and my buddy hanging out with two attractive young ladies while everyone else was fetching drinks or food.
What started as casual chitchat soon quieted down. It was pretty clear that these pretty girls weren't exactly hooked by us ordinary guys. After an awkward five minutes cocooned in silence, one of them audibly murmured to her friend, "I wonder where all the good-looking guys have gone," making sure we registered her words.
I was peeved, thinking, "How dare she?" It was a clear jab at us. Not to mention, it took a toll on my friend's already fragile self-confidence, causing his head to drop and shoulders to slump. In an act of quick wit, I shot back, "They are probably all with the good-looking girls".
My buddy cracked the broadest smile I'd ever seen, while I couldn't keep the smug grin off my face. Apparently, our response didn't sit well with the ladies, who promptly huffed and made their exit.
47. Generation Gap
An elderly woman had a road rage incident with me once. To cut a long story short, I parked my car in a space in front of a police station, and she crashed into me from behind at a speed of around 30mph. She reversed, sped up the street, made a U-turn, and then rammed into my car once again, this time head-on, all the while yelling at the top of her lungs.
Some officers had walked out just in time to witness her crashing into me a second time. I stepped out of my car, my legs feeling like jelly, with an expression of disbelief on my face. An officer walked over and assisted me onto the sidewalk while another was helping (or pulling, really) the woman out of her car.
She was going off about how horrible young people's driving skills were, calling me a "disrespecting millennial". I shot back, "I may be a millennial, but at least I'm not going to end up behing bars for endangering a child, you pitiful old lady". She wasn't aware that my four-year-old was inside the car.
One of the officers present burst out laughing at her ranting about my foul language. I continued to hurl creative insults at her, referring to her as an antiquated hag among other things. Although the officer warned me to tone it down, he couldn't help but laugh. The woman was livid. I even showed up to her trial. That's where I saw karma reign.
In court, she was stripped of her license for good—she already had 10 demerit points—was obliged to attend 80 hours of anger management classes, serve 120 hours of community service, and had already spent three days behind bars. The woman was 84 years old.
48. Seating Arrangements
One day, while I was at work at the neighborhood tavern, a memorable moment unfolded. A family arrived—a burly, bald-headed father figure who seemed like the barbecue mastro, along with his wife and their children. I greeted them, "Hello, do you have a seating preference?"
His abrupt response was, "Well, a table would be nice". Without skipping a beat, I retorted, "Actually, we typically use chairs for sitting in this establishment". I'll always treasure the gratification of that moment and the astonished expression on his face.
49. The Math Error
Back when I was in high school, we had this super-smart math teacher who could handle complex calculations in his mind, just like that. He hardly ever messed up, and even when he did, he usually spotted his mistake before anyone else did. But there was one day when he didn't, and this girl in the back of the room pointed it out.
He confirmed the error, thanked her, and tried to get back to the lesson. But then she started saying these terribly harsh things to him—probably some of the meanest stuff a teacher has to hear. For the life of me, I don't remember exactly what she said, only her last line: "I can't believe you made such a huge mistake".
Taking a moment to collect himself after the verbal beating, he turned his back on her and coolly remarked, "Looks like your parents and I have something in common now". She didn't say a word after that—just packed up and quit the class on the spot.
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