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Dating is a tricky place. Whether it's online, blind, or a witty pick up line at the bar, the ways to start that dance are nearly endless. Unfortunately, some people still don't manage to navigate its nuances, and end up a lesson what not to do.

'Hi, I'm rich': 20 bad pickup lines that surprisingly worked

'Hi, I'm rich': 20 bad pickup lines that surprisingly worked

Almost everyone has been both the giver and receiver of a pickup line. What's most surprising to us here at FAIL Blog are not necessarily the pickup lines that failed or even the ones that worked. We're curious about the pickup lines that should never have worked but somehow did. What does that say about the state of dating culture in 2023 and what does that say about how we have lowered our collective standards? On a positive note, it's nice that we have normalized the concept of taking big sw…
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'When I text you good night later, what phone number should I use?': 20+ bartenders share the most memorable pickup lines they've heard on the job

'When I text you good night later, what phone number should I use?': 20+ bartenders share the most memorable pickup lines they've heard on the job

Here's a friendly reminder that when you approach someone at a bar with a bold pickup line, chances are there is at least one other person who is hearing everything you say: your bartender. If this list serves one productive function in this world, let it be something that motivates you to always tip your bartenders generously because you know they have to hear a ton of nonsense on the job from singletons attempting to flirt. Sometimes, as these folks from r/AskReddit shared, people were trying…
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'She let me walk around with my wig lifting, on my birthday': 30+ People who suddenly realized their friends secretly don't like them

'She let me walk around with my wig lifting, on my birthday': 30+ People who suddenly realized their friends secretly don't like them

These people realized that their friends actually weren't their friends at all. Sometimes it takes a pattern of behavior to realize a person doesn't have your best interests at heart. Other times, a single incident can send the friendship spiraling. Twitter users shared the incidents that made them finally realize their friends were actually bad friends (and sometimes even their enemy). Reading these tweets is like a cautionary tale of spotting and then avoiding red flags . That can be difficul…
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'I clogged the toilet in Hawaii': 20+ anonymous secrets from men who can't confess to their partners

'I clogged the toilet in Hawaii': 20+ anonymous secrets from men who can't confess to their partners

Everyone has secrets, but have you ever kept one from your partner for so long that if you reveal it now, everything could unravel? Perhaps your first thought to this question might make you think about someone having an affair or lying about where they're from. However, more often than not, it turns out people keep small truths hidden from their partners because they either don't want to hurt their significant others' feelings or they don't want their significant others to think differently of…
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'I only matched [with] you as a social experiment': Top Tinder Moments of the Week (November 19, 2023)

'I only matched [with] you as a social experiment': Top Tinder Moments of the Week (November 19, 2023)

Finding kindness on dating apps is like an elaborate game of Where's Waldo: you know it's there somewhere, but you have to scan through a lot of nonsense to find it. Of course, there are success stories that allegedly make all of those hours spent swiping worth it. Sure, the chances that you will find your soulmate might be slim, but at the very least, you are destined to get a couple of good stories and maybe even a free meal or two out of the whole “dating thing.” In this economy, that's wort…
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'OK, keep the deposit and do it all by yourself': Guy dumps girlfriend, moves out and maliciously complies with ex's ultimatum so she has to clean for once

'OK, keep the deposit and do it all by yourself': Guy dumps girlfriend, moves out and maliciously complies with ex's ultimatum so she has to clean for once

It's important to be careful with your wording over text, especially if you're delivering an ultimatum to your ex. This woman was trying to threaten that if her ex didn't come to clean their apartment before he moved out, she would keep all of their security deposit. The trouble was that he had no interest in doing all of the work and was pleased to let her take the money. She did not anticipate that he might maliciously comply with her demands in a way that would make her have to clean the apa…
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'Don't waste your time [swiping] right': Top Tinder Moments of the Week (November 5, 2023)

'Don't waste your time [swiping] right': Top Tinder Moments of the Week (November 5, 2023)

There's an odd smell in the air. No, it's not the smell of a home-cooked email. No, it's not the smell of a late-night pizza delivery you forgot you ordered and then didn't pick up while it was still warm because you fell asleep on your couch. The smell we're talking about is the smell of desperation emanating from the wild world of online Tinder messaging. These days, people are getting more and more direct online, which in theory is a good thing but in practice, it's just plain old weird. The…
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'She never throws anything away': 30+ annoying quirks significant others do that drive their partners crazy

'She never throws anything away': 30+ annoying quirks significant others do that drive their partners crazy

Part of being in a relationship means getting used to the things you simply cannot change about your partner. Sure, we all love our significant others, but that doesn't mean we also want them to realize how crazy and bizarre their little quirks and idiosyncrasies are. Look, we're not just talking about the classic ones like snoring at night or leaving dishes in the sink. We're talking about the weird niche stuff you could never have predicted until you started to build a life with that person.…
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'AITA for asking her to cover this bill?': Girlfriend poisons dog with grapes, her boyfriend won't split the bill

Pets make for great company and comfort, but nothing about them is cheap—especially when they get into and eat something they weren't supposed which prompts an emergency trip to the vet. Similarly, it's important to remember that your pet has a different biology than you and often really shouldn't be eating the things that you and I are eating. Even some things you might think are okay, you'll be surprised to find they shouldn't be eating—or might even be toxic. A quick search is always the eas…
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'Her toenails were so long': 30+ petty reasons why people rejected their significant others

'Her toenails were so long': 30+ petty reasons why people rejected their significant others

Dating isn't exactly an easy science. You can't predict what people are going to be like in person when you're swiping through the apps, and you certainly can't predict what someone's standards are going to be. Even if it seems like everything looks good on paper, you never really know until you start actually speaking to your date. We all know that the way in which someone presents themselves on an app is very different from how they actually think, speak, and act. Moreover, people also tend n…
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'I have about 100+ pictures of a wedding proposal gone wrong': 15+ dating disasters as told by the servers who witnessed the drama unfold

'I have about 100+ pictures of a wedding proposal gone wrong': 15+ dating disasters as told by the servers who witnessed the drama unfold

Servers have to deal with a ton of unwanted nonsense on the job, but one perk of the job is that they get a front row seat to a wide variety of date nights gone wrong. From awkward first dates that turn out to be full of red flags to full-on marriage proposals that turn out to be complete failures, it seems like servers have seen the full range of possibilities that can occur on a date. Not to persuade people not to go out to dinner, but when someone says, “Just go out with them! What's the wor…
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'I'm a lion and a king': Guy gets rejected after three dates, goes on unhinged text rant

'I'm a lion and a king': Guy gets rejected after three dates, goes on unhinged text rant

Bad breakups may come with the territory when we're talking about dating, but no one could have been prepared for this dude's reaction. He really goes through the full range of human emotion, calling himself a loser one second and then calling himself a lion and a king the next. First of all, a lion and a king? Who is he, Simba?! It's hard to read this cringe exchange without thinking of your own similar experience because everyone has had one. Heck, I've been on both sides of a breakup, but I'…
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'Long distance relationships can work if the 4 of you trust each other': 30+ jokes and hot takes that show why most couples should probably break up

'Long distance relationships can work if the 4 of you trust each other': 30+ jokes and hot takes that show why most couples should probably break up

Everyone has an opinion about other relationships: whether they should go out or ghost, stay together or break up, get married or divorce, etc. Sure, it's nobody's business except for the people in the actual relationship itself, but also that's no fun! It's entertaining to unpack what makes certain couples work and what seem to be clear signs that these two people are going to crash and burn, so to speak. Obviously, some red flags are incredibly obvious from the start, whereas slowly reveal th…
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'Pilot. Every one I've known is a cheater': 20 jobs that are immediate red flags for single people

'Pilot. Every one I've known is a cheater': 20 jobs that are immediate red flags for single people

Unfortunately for some people, the reputations of their professions may or may not precede them. It is inevitable in this day and age that people will check what a potential significant other does for a living before they even swipe left or right on a dating app. Hopefully, people aren't so basic to completely judge a book by its cover, but it's not like dating apps were intended to look at folks in a nuanced way. Just like people judge pictures and other credentials like height and education,…
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'He's jealous of me': Boss wife bullies her own husband at work and tells their coworkers his secrets, wonders if she's the bad guy

Working closely together with your spouse in a workplace environment presents all sorts of opportunities for possible issues and abnormal workplace relationships. There's a reason why many organizations outright forbid known couples from remaining in the same workgroup, choosing to prevent the chance of these problems altogether by moving one of them to a different part of the company. Still, the last possible scenario you'd probably expect is one of the members of the couple to create problems…
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'She needs CONSTANT validation': 20+ people confess the real reasons why their single friend is still single

'She needs CONSTANT validation': 20+ people confess the real reasons why their single friend is still single

Some people are single because of bad luck, others just got out of bad relationships. And then there are some people who have absolutely no clue that they're the problem. You would think at a certain point that these folks would consider that if everyone they go out on a date with is crazy, perhaps they are the ones who are insane. But, as we all know, self-delusion is a powerful force. Many of us don't have the confidence to tell these people in our lives that they are the primary reason for t…
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