25 People Confess The Most Awkward Situation They’ve Ever Been In


When I was about 12, I went to the American Girl Doll store in New York City with my twin sister. We were just browsing around when I saw my sister reach into her pants and scratch her butt. I was horrified, so I walked over and pulled her hand out of her pants. She turned around and I immediately realized that she was NOT my sister, but some random-ass girl. Honestly I think she was probably more embarrassed than I was.


I was talking about a co-worker’s personal life and turned around to find her behind me. I think most people have found themselves in this situation.


I’m a nurse and families can get pretty emotional while a loved one is in the hospital. A lot of the time, they see the nurse as a safe buffer and we hear all the sordid details about wills, affairs, illegitimate children, who’s the drinker, who’s the abuser. Some families have no qualms about screaming and fighting in the room. It can be incredibly awkward.


For context, I live in northern California where most people are white. When I was between 3rd and 4th grade, I was in an airport in Alabama for the first time and loudly asked, “Why are there so many black people here?” Not my proudest moment.


Getting a terrible migraine in 9th grade. This was 3 periods after I ate a whole bunch of cake for my biology class. We had cakes shaped as plant and animal cells. Yum. Asked the teacher during 4th period to go to the nurse bc I needed to hurl but she was asking so many questions. Ended up throwing up in my hands and some in the trash can in the room. Then the fucking fire alarm went off. It was the worst timing I’ve ever experienced.

Written by Laura McNairy

Laura is a freelance writer for TFLN. She likes to write about what she knows best — dating, sex, and being awkward, but usually in the opposite order. She is the Assistant Editor and videographer for Peach Fuzz, a sex-positive nudie magazine in ATX.