Who has been on the worst date ever? Everyone just raised their hand. We all think we have been on the worst date and many of us have bad experiences to share. Those dates are filled with embarrassments, weird people on the other side of the date and horrific incidents, among other things. There’s no way around it. Dating stinks. But for those who want to find that “special someone,” we have to keep at it. What choice do we have? That doesn’t mean we don’t think that dating is the absolute worst. When a normal person gets paired with someone so totally out there, it’s not even funny… until later when it’s posted on Twitter, at least. We identify with these daters. We feel their pain. And we enjoying laughing at their expense.
15 When the date bats for the wrong team
There’s nothing worse than going on a blind date. Nothing! You never know what you’re going to get and usually, it’s better not to find out. On rare occasions, it might work out, but it’s a risky chance to take. When this dater took that leap, she trusted her friends. At first, she was glad she did! The guy turned out to be everything she wanted… in appearance at least. It was only when the guy met her brother that she realized things were going nowhere fast, at least between her date and herself. Perhaps her blind date had luck with her brother and this blind date ended in a love story after all. Just not the one she expected or hoped for. With any luck, she learned her lesson about blind dates.
14 For the love of house plants
There are no right or wrong dating topics. Or are there? When you’re on a date with someone new, are there things you just don’t talk about? Do you have your go-to topics that are always a hit? Apparently, some people haven’t taken the class in what’s appropriate and what’s not. Or at least what’s boring and what’s not. An adventurous traveler may want to talk about their latest trip or upcoming plans to go somewhere new. And that would be a great topic. Most people would like to see those pictures. See pictures of a person's plants and learning their watering schedule edges into the boring/weird category. Is he trying to hire a house sitter or have an intriguing date? It’s too soon to tell, but this didn’t go over well!
13 Miscommunication of singleness
There’s nothing worse than spending a whole evening with someone, only to find out they have no interest in you at all. We’ve all been there. You buy someone drinks, chat with them, enjoy their company and at the end of the night, they leave you with the bill and not even a hug goodbye. Sometimes, people just don’t mesh well. Or maybe you read the signals wrong. Whatever it was, it stinks. Well, in this case, things went a step further. The girl went to dinner with her date, enjoyed his company, laughed at his jokes and then packed up the leftovers to take home to her boyfriend. She couldn’t have even pretended for a few more minutes just to save him some heartache?
12 Dating reenactment disasters
When you’re having a romantic evening with someone, it might feel like you are in the movies yourself. Romance movies and even romantic comedies have a way of drawing you in. You might even want those movies to come to life in your own reality. If you meet someone special, it feels like they are. If only you could take one step further toward that movie you love. But wait, there is spaghetti on the table! Why not pull out all the stops and go full Lady and the Tramp on the date? It would be adorable. And it probably was… until the sneezing attack started. Then there was a dry cleaning bill to deal with as well as some embarrassment. Was there a second date? It’s unlikely.
11 Doctored profiles
Meeting someone you “met” online is always a risk. You never really know what you’re going to get. That 30-something young woman could be a 60-something old man. You just never know! But we’d like to think most people in the online dating world are honest to their core. They aren’t going to try to dupe you too much. After all, they genuinely want to find love just like you do. However, there are things people tweak on their profile that come around as rather dishonest when it comes right down to it. Take professions, for example. Some profiles might exaggerate a bit to make people think they are more successful than they are. That must be what happened in this case. Unless the guy really thought being an Uber driver was really a professional career.
10 Run-ins with exes
As any dater knows, no matter the situation, there are always risks. Everyone has a past and when you start dating someone new, you probably don't know a lot about theirs. That means anywhere you go, you don’t know what will happen or who you will run into. When this new couple went to dinner, they ran into an ex. That could be a very awkward situation no matter how you look at it. It’s even more awkward when the guy starts crying and begging his ex to take him back. It’s pretty certain that his new date didn’t stick around to see if she took him back or not. And she likely never answered his calls again. Did she know about the ex at the restaurant going in there?
9 Those from cheaters anonymous
People cheat on their significant others. Whether you have done it yourself or not, it’s a fact of life. It happens. That doesn’t mean you’re okay with being “the other man/woman” in one of these relationships. But sometimes, even that can happen without your knowing it. If a guy is good at cheating, a woman may never know he has a family at home. In this case, the guy isn’t good at cheating at all. Which in many ways, is actually a very good thing, at least where this woman is concerned. She can get out while she’s still ahead of the game. On the other hand, there’s a woman out there stuck with this gem of a man. That poor woman has to wait up for him at night!
8 The unexpectedly weird
There are some topics you just don’t bring up, at least not on a first date! The fact that you used to have a tail is one of them. These types of surgeries are not ones dates particularly like to hear about. If this is something that happened in your life, we’re sorry. Once you get to know someone really well and are maybe even in love, you could possibly broach the subject if you feel you need to come clean. But on a first date? Talk about a buzz kill! This is in no way, shape or form a first date topic. It would weird anyone out, for sure. At least the date doesn’t have to worry about getting peed on at the same time, which the guy so eloquently told her in no uncertain terms.
7 Grossed out of the family tree
We’re all connected in some way or another, right? It’s a small world, after all. But not so small that you want to end up on a date with a relative! That’s not something anyone gets over any time soon. And what if they were having a good time? Did they enjoy each other for a while before they made the discovery? Was there an attraction here that soon turned into revulsion as they realized they have a mutual family member? It was only halfway through the date, after all. What happened with the rest of it? We’re dying to know just how close the relationship is, here, too. Are they second cousins? Third? How did they figure it out? How did they react? Details!
6 The blind date mistake
Those who go on bad first dates often make the same mistake. They let their friends set them up on a blind date. Why is the friend not keeping that person for themselves? There has to be something wrong with them, right? In this case, there may not be anything wrong, per say, other than the fact that she is a family member! How awkward to get to the date and realize you have a relative at the table, ready to go on a date with you. Will this be a topic of discussion (or humiliation!) at the next family reunion? It’s pretty likely! Next time, you will have to be more specific. Take your friends through some family photo albums and see if anyone looks familiar. OR just avoid blind dates completely.
5 Attire complications
There’s nothing wrong with changing many times before you go on a first date. You want to look your best in order to impress the other person. Especially if it’s someone you’ve never met before. Either way, you want to put your best foot forward. Sometimes, you might even talk about that situation on the date. You might say that you couldn’t decide what to wear or that you were nervous and changed lots of times. You probably want to stay away from admitting that your cat has bladder issues and pees on your clothes. Where do you keep your clothes, anyway? The litter box? If the cat can pee on clothes that are hung up in the closet, you have more issues than you can handle. If your cat isn’t that talented and your clothes are just all over the place, you’re a slob!
4 Dating friends' exes
There are certain codes among friends that you just don’t breach. If you date one of their exes, it usually doesn’t go well. So guys promise through this bro code not to touch each other’s girls, or even their former girls. But sometimes, it can happen by accident. Not every guy will introduce a woman he’s dating to everyone he knows right away. He might need the relationship to grow into something more serious first. So when you go on a date and start talking to a woman about her past and things sound familiar, you start to ask questions through text to your friends. Once you realize Mark is her former boyfriend, what do you do? Pretend like you don’t know? End the date?
3 Table manners count
No matter what people says, table manners count. No person wants to go out with a date who belches their way through the meal. Or someone who leans back and puts their feet up on the table. There are manners that need to be followed in the dating world, it’s as simple as that. If your ears are itchy, excuse yourself to the bathroom before you whip out your screwdriver to clean them. Wait, what? Why did this guy even have a screwdriver on him during a date in the first place? Is he a construction worker who came straight from work? There are a lot of questions here and very few answers, but we’re pretty sure she didn’t take the guy home or even last until dessert.
2 Revealing non-talents too soon
As you are getting to know someone, you might find out that they have a particular talent somewhere down the road. It can be fun to discover the little intricacies of another person, especially when it’s someone you like and are happily dating. But the first date is not always the time to reveal such things. In fact, you might come across as arrogant or too bold if you bring those talents out too quickly. It’s better to start with small talk and surface stuff, right? Well, this guy was trying to do that… somewhat. When he took out his harmonica, he admitted that he didn’t really know how to play. So why did he play it for a full half an hour, then? We’ll never know! And his date couldn’t get a word in to ask.
1 Embarrassing situations can turn around
When a date takes a wrong turn and goes down in history as something embarrassing that you can’t imagine happening again, take heart! It can turn around and become something really special. Sometimes, embarrassment bonds people! When you get your braces caught in someone else’s sweater, it doesn’t have to be the beginning of the end. In fact, it could be the beginning of a marriage (someday) and a really great story! It’s true that dating can be the worst, but it’s also true that even the worst dates can bring something positive. Some bad daters end up married. Others end up with a story to end all stories for their next first dates. And others end up scarred for life and single by choice.