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Misfortune Monday: Of Course Things Are Like This

Life is a journey. That means there are ups and downs, twists and turns, mistakes, failures, errors and blunders. Expecting everything to go perfectly all the time is just a recipe for disappointment, especially when the only certainty is that life is uncertain. That's not to say we should just expect things to go terribly all the time. Far from it. We just need to realize that windows will break, toilets will explode, trees will fall, and that's just part of the merciless nature of the world.

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Misfortune Monday: Of Course It's Like This

Live life for a little bit and it becomes pretty clear that the world is merciless. Pipes will explode, lasagnas will fall, and keys will get lost in the sewer. While these aspects of life are no fun, it's at least comforting to know that everyone experiences them. Batten down the hatches and put on your seatbelt because life is uncertain.

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Misfortune Monday: Why Should Anything Go Right?

Not trying to be a Charlie Brown here, but it's not like there's a natural law dictating that our lives must go perfectly. We just kind of have to hope our lives play out better than horribly and not let the setbacks get to us. That's a hard thing to do in a merciless world where things just keep happening, but we're basically out of options. The world is home to misfortune and chaos, and we are its roommates.

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Customer Experiences Logical Paradox of Wet Clothes Stuck In Broken Washer

What do you do when your washing machine breaks, sealing your wet clothes inside itself? Do you bust open the machine like a safe full of your own sopping underwear, breaking the warranty in the process? Do you let your clothes rot in their tomb and eat the cost of half your whole wardrobe? It's not an easy choice already, but slap on some wholly unaware customer service and you've got yourself a predicament. Impossible-to-win moments like this are a good reason why some customers cause scenes.

Guy's washer breaks locking clothes inside, company refuses to pay for clothes unless they see them.
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Misfortune Monday: Chaos is Unavoidable

We do our best to avoid accidents, but the world makes a pretty clear point that chaos is inevitable. Pipes will explode, trees will fall on cars, and glass tables will shatter unexpectedly. The world is merciless, but luckily bad things happen to just about everyone, so we can all gripe in frustration over the stupid things that happen to us.

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Misfortune Monday: The World is Merciless

We need no more proof that misfortune abounds and life is uncertain, but life just keeps giving us more evidence every day. Cars roll into ditches, lasagnas get flung, and dogs try to eat bees. There's no stopping the misfortune that can happen in our lives, and if one thing is for sure, life has an incredible way of making up new ways for things to go wrong.

failure, messes and mistakes | cook crouching down looking devastated next to a dish spilled all over the floor | car stopped on top of a tall ledge about to fall down into the ditch
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Small Things That Improved People's Lives Drastically

It's kind of weird how a small piece of foam, extra long cord, or little metal clip can make a daily struggle disappear completely. Sure, it makes us feel stupid to realize that we could have solved a problem years ago for three dollars, but where's the fun in that? On the other side of things, here are extremely reckless uses of money people don't regret at all.

small inexpensive products that made people's lives better | outlaw-gentleman 11 days ago 2 3 cheap microwave and coffee maker my work van have an inverter my tools use run them. Hot coffee and hot lunches make huge difference, especially on bad days.
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Misfortune Monday: Things Just Keep Happening

There's never going to be a time when things are perfectly alright, but it would be nice to have a few moments of peace. Sadly, this being life and all, that's kind of impossible. Misfortune is abundant and chaos has many names. It could be something as small as a dropped plate of spaghetti or as big as a tornado whipping a house away. A lot can go wrong.

moments of misfortune and chaos | car door trunk slice through with rope | fluffy dog covered in popcorn cereal stuck to its face
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Misfortune Monday: A Lot Can Go Wrong

We can't stop every bad thing from happening in our lives. We can do our best to mitigate errors of our own fault, but sometimes, for no good reason, there's a snake in your toilet and your tires explode. Sometimes we have to face that the world is unpredictable. And in that world, boy oh boy are there many flavors of chaos.

funny and wtf mistakes, messes and failures | waiter in a restaurant standing beside a pile of broken plates | giant bulldozer that ran over a car and smashed flattened half of it
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Misfortune Monday: All Kinds of Bummers

Life manages to produce an unpredictable and wide variety of unforeseen chaos that we just kind of have to deal with. Sometimes it's as arbitrary as having your mailbox exploded by lightning, and sometimes it's as small and disheartening as realizing you just tried pouring something into an upside down glass. Life has its messes large and small.

Fails. messes, mistakes and chaos | spilled white paint bucket that splashed all over a black car | multiple bird footprints tracks in fresh concrete
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Misfortune Monday: Unforeseen Chaos

You never know when messes large and small can present themselves and wreak havoc upon your life. Your car could get eaten up by a sinkhole, you could accidentally leave a whole book in your washing machine, or you could get your keys stuck in your teeth. It's a decent reminder that uneventful days aren't bad days.

moments of chaos, failure and misfortune | entire chunk of grass and dirt including a grown tree pulled out from the ground | car half sunk inside a giant hole in the road
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Misfortune Monday: Uneventful Days Aren't Bad Days

Sometimes the days you don't remember are the best ones. Not because anything particularly good happened, but because a strange and specific mishap did not happen. You can never be too sure of what mess large or small will be just over the horizon, but if one thing is for sure, it's that misfortune puts things in perspective.

Unfortunate mistakes, messes and fails | dog who has ripped out a cushion from a couch and made a hole through it | car missing both back wheels
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"It's Not Stupid if it Works" Moments

We like to think solutions have to be as complicated as the problems themselves, but sometimes a seemingly stupid solution is exactly what you need. Where there's a will, there's a way, and sometimes resourceful DIY solutions don't look pretty, but they work. 

Stupid solutions that worked | reddit posted by Backbeatking 7.8k points 6 days ago They just sent an order rover on Mars hit itself with shovel worked. Percussive maintenance.
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Dissappointing Moments That Life Threw At People

You're gonna be on this planet for a while, so rest assured your gonna see some shit. Luckily for us, the hammer of fate swings randomly, so we don't get hit with major disappointments on the daily. Maybe you have a bad week, but it's still statistically unlikely this level of disappointment will hit you hard.

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27 Unfortunate Times Life Made Things Complicated

Life is big and full of unforseen circumstances, so you're bound to see some unfortunate moments that could've gone better. Whether it's a boat getting grounded, someone dropping their phone from a rollercoaster, or just a bullfrog stealing a cat's dinner, life will serve up every one of us some hard times. Is it cathartic and somewhat entertaining to see what other people have to go through? Kinda, yeah.

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