Oh, dating. It can be a rough business, can’t it?
Back in the day, things weren’t like this at all. There was a time, here in my native England, when people used to woo. Remember wooing? That used to be a thing. To the best of my understanding, it meant composing super-charming sonnets, in which you’d compare the object of your affections to no less than 17 different varieties of roses.
We’d hold doors open for each other, coyly look into each other’s eyes for a brief moment, and blush profusely in their presence. So I’m told. These days, there’s no Shakespeare, no noble knights setting out on gruelling quests to slay dragons and so win fair lady’s heart. Chivalry, whatever that even meant, is a long-forgotten concept now.
Or is it? Maybe I’m just being a miserly old cynic. I’m not sure if my glass is half empty, but there’s definitely something in it, and that’s what counts. In today’s dating app-laden world, you’ve got to enjoy a little true romance wherever you can find it. Maybe these teenage promposals will show us the way. Maybe they won’t. All I know for sure is that these are solid gold, right here.
23 When Your Promposal Is The Very Best, Like No-One's Ever Was
This is exactly what I was talking about. That’s just beautiful, and I feel my crusty old heart growing several sizes like the Grinch’s just looking at it.
Poetry. That’s what it’s all about. There’s no more classic, iconic and heartfelt way of expressing your affection than poetry. I’m not talking about limericks starring people from Nantucket, either. I'm taking about true, lovetastic loveliness. With rhyming words, flower references, the whole nine yards.
Rose are red, violets are blue, of course, is as classic as it gets in this arena. This one’s been adapted, distorted and altered in all kinds of ways over the years; almost to the point that there’s really no telling where it’s going. After the whole blue violets line, you just do not know where you’re going to end up.
This promposal sticks to tradition, remaining adorable from start to end. Just who, what sort of curmudgeon, could turn this down? I have no idea. The rhyme, the pizza, the Poké Ball, the… Pokémon card awkwardly wedged into the middle there… what’s not to like about this one? Nothing, that’s what. That’s an ideal setup, in my eyes. I’m particularly impressed by the arrangement of the pepperoni and sliced olives. This is the work of a true romantic, and a pizza artisan.
22 When You Know Your Date's Adorably Short, And You Aren't Afraid To Use It
It’s a sad fact that the people who know us best tend to be those who hurt us the most. Of course they are. They’ve got all the snarky ammunition they need. They know our triggers, our insecurities, our ticklish spots. The longer you’ve known them, the more of your embarrassing incidents they’ve been there for.
As for me, my wedding’s coming up relatively soon, and I’m all kinds of concerned as to what my groomsmen are going to come up with. Unable to choose between them, I’ve enlisted them all as best men, which multiplies the opportunities for embarrassing speeches. I’m already deeply regretting this decision.
Remember that youthful indiscretion from 1991? No? Well, guess what: they do.
Anyway, what I’m getting at with this is that people can be snakes. As they get closer to you, they learn more about you, and they file it away into a little drawer in their minds labelled Be Snarky About This Later.
Children can be cruel, as they say, but so can everybody else too. Whether we call it banter or just plain being out of line, that’s the truth of it. Granted, this wasn’t meant as a shortness joke, it’s a cute little idea, but that’s the way this one inadvertently comes off to me.
21 When Your Promposal Is The Punniest, Door-iest There Ever Was
Comedy is a difficult concept to pin down, isn’t it? When we get right down to it, it’s all about what’s funny, and that’s totally subjective. Several times, I’ve taken one of my favourite stand-up comedians and shared some of their material with friends. What did I get? Nothing but a nonplussed, "what in heckola am I watching?" face, and another one that suggested they were totally disappointed with my life choices.
This has also worked the other way, when friends and family have shared some comedy that they’re partial to. The problem is the whole subjectivity of it all. Is such-and-such a show funny? That completely depends on who you’re asking.
It’s a complicated system, and nobody likes the social shame that comes with being a fan of something that nobody else gets. In certain cases, though, it’s a little easier to characterise something as greatness or non-greatness.
Where’s this particular pun going, for instance? That’s right: straight onto the garbage heap. I do not "a-door" any part of this debacle.
Be that as it may, though, you’ve got to admire the guy’s dedication. If you’re going to commit to something, you should go all the way, and that’s exactly what we’re looking at here. Did he supply the door himself? Has he been carrying it around everywhere? I’d like to think so.
20 When Your Date Loves Gum, But You Can Totally Make That Work
Now, as for me, the promposals I can always get behind are the ones that show a little thought. The ones where the promposer clearly knows the person, cares about them, and has taken the time to tailor the ‘event’ (and can we talk about what a big deal promposals have become in recent years?) to the person in question. The personal touch, in short. That’s how it’s done.
Now, sure, we aren’t actually talking about proposals here, but that same principle applies. You might just be asking somebody to a prom, a dance or suchlike (somebody you may or may not be dating), but people like to make a fuss of these things regardless. So, let’s do it right. Let’s be a little romantic in here.
Sometimes, to achieve this, you’ve got to be pretty creative. Other times, you’ve got to be super, super creative. What if everything you know about a person doesn’t really lend itself to romantic gestures? What if, as in the case of this student from Osceola High School, they a huge fan of chewing gum? How can you incorporate that?
Where there’s a dang will, there’s a way. My heart will beat a little extra (classic bubble)? Now that is just truly magical.
19 When It’s All Getting A Little Social Media-Y In Here
As I say, Ye Olde-fashioned romance seems to have taken a bit of a back seat now. Whatever happened to courtship, genteel hand-holding, fans fluttering back in forth in front of somebody’s face, all that sort of thing?
I guess, really, it’s too slow, that’s what happened. Ain’t nobody got time fo' dat, as the meme goes.
We’re in the midst of a fast food sort of dating culture, with everyone swiping left and right on a whim and often missing the chance for something deeper in the process.
That’s the price of progress, I guess you could say. That’s technology in action: it’s all about quick gratification. Social media, as the cynical oldies will tell you, is making us all less social than ever. I’m not one to side with cynical oldies, but one look around a busy train carriage will show you that.
Everyone’s posting, tweeting, updating their statuses, uploading a new selfie, all of these sorts of things. This is what commuting was made for. Don’t get disheartened, though, because there is still romance to be found out there. It’s just adapted to modern life a little. This is how you ask somebody to the prom these days.
18 When You've Gotta Go (To The Prom) You've Gotta Go
Well, um… okay.
So far in this rundown, I’ve tried to play up the whole romantic aspect of the promposal experience. When it boils right down to it, after all, that’s what should be at the forefront. Depending on what kind of dance we’re talking about, this could be the promposer and prompose-ee’s first experiences of a super-swanky formal experience.
You’ve got to make it count. Dial it all the way up to 11. Maybe not as far as those people who pose in front of helicopters, like they’re super-rich Grand Theft Auto characters or something, but come on. Let’s put some kind of effort into this.
Of course, the whole romantic element doesn’t always apply. Sometimes we’re talking strictly platonic, and that’s just fine too. You prom your way, and everyone else can prom their way. There’s no wrong answer here.
There are few wrong answers here, I should say. You see this? This is how it’s not done. This is definitely wrong, on quite a few different hilarious levels.
Kudos to this person, though, for defying convention. There are always those who just aren’t about that tiaras and tuxedos lifestyle. These are the people who’ll just blu-tak a sheet of A4—with their promposal sloppily written on it in Microsoft Paint—to the inside of a toilet lid. Mmm, thrifty.
17 When Getting Them Fake-Arrested Seemed Like A Great Idea At The Time
You know the main trouble with the Internet, don’t you? Everything’s a darn popularity contest.
In a way, that isn’t always a bad thing, as it can push us forward and lead us to excel. A little healthy competition is a good thing, in my eyes. That’s what employee of the month type deals are all about. You’ve got to be wary, however, of the dark side of competition.
What dark side? Try playing video games online, and you’ll see exactly what I mean. Competing brings out the worst in people. People that don’t win, in particular. There’s more to it than that, though. We compete over everything, which is where even more problems start to arise.
If that sheet-of-A4-on-the-toilet-seat promposal wasn’t enough for you, feast your eyes on this disaster.
It’s as though this person saw that and though, I see your toilet seat, and I’ll raise you a faux arrest fake out. It’s tough to say, as there are some real doozies coming up later, but this could be the standout promposal on this list for me. Just because… why?
Are you one of those people who’d write April Fools on the inside of a ring box? Well, don’t even think about it. There’s a line you don’t cross, and there you go doing the Carlton right over the dang line.
16 When You Meet Somebody Who Appreciates Cacti The Way You Do
Now, in the interests of full disclosure, I’ve got to admit: I’m really not a fan of cacti. When it comes to the subject of flora and fauna, I’m definitely on team fauna. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I totally dig the world’s greenery for, you know, producing oxygen so that we can all breathe, but other than that… what’s a sunflower done for you recently? Nothing, that’s what.
In short, then, you’re not going to find me pulling a Neville Longbottom and hugging a ‘pet’ mimbulus mimbletonia. Remember when Neville was prattling on about gravity-resistant trees, and Harry shut him down with a scathing, “Neville, no offense, but I really don’t care about plants”? That’s more like it, as far I’m concerned.
Nevertheless, though, everyone’s totally entitled to their little hobbies and enthusiasms. Where would the world be, if we all liked the same dang things? There’d only be one TV channel, playing the same dang thing on a constant loop (judging by one particular channel’s 24/7 Friends reruns, we’re not too far off that now). I am not about that life.
The important thing, as with the chewing gum, is that you appreciate and respect the things that are important to people, whatever they may be. Which is where this cactus-themed promposal comes in.
15 When You Try WAY Too Hard, And Everything Goes South At The Speed Of Light
Oh. Oh very dear.
As we all know, it’s dang tough being a teenager. Your body is a constant, volatile battleground of furious hormones, your face is breaking out in new and exciting ways every day, your school workload is dramatically increasing… it really is rough.
Did I mention that you’re trying to find your feet in the wide and worrying world of dating and mom and dad want to have that whole super-deep talk about your future and such?
Who was it that said these are the happiest days of your life? Whoever that was, I want to have a word about false advertisement.
Amid this impossible minefield of a time, there are certain people you can put your faith in. People who are riding along right there with you, and so can totally empathise. That’s right, your friends.
Sadly, if Mean Girls taught us anything, it’s that there’s a fine line between friends and that person you dang well dislike. It’s just… seriously, this was actually a thing that happened? Don’t squads have codes prohibiting this sort of thing?
As this proves, elaborate promposal schemes are quite a risk. Make a gesture, sure, but you’ve got to be careful.
14 When You Take Your Promposal Seriously, But Not Your Sunblock
Now, I’m British. We’ve already established that, but it bears mentioning again. Why? Because I think it gives me great empathy towards this poor soul, which I may otherwise not have had.
Let me break it down for you. As I’m sure you’ve heard, Britain doesn’t tend to fare very well, weather-wise. We may not be the obsessive tea drinkers with bad teeth that the legends speak of, but the constant rain? You’ve got us there, for sure. I’m from London (South East England anyway), and the rainy season around here… Well, it started in the year 1412 or so and hasn’t let up since.
As such, when the sun does decide to shine on this beautiful green island of ours, you’d better believe that we make the most of it. We’re all over it, out there on the beaches, having picnics in parks or just sitting out in our yards. Anything to get an occasional bit of sweet, sweet sun on our bones.
The trouble is, when it’s as rare a commodity as it is around here, you tend to go a little overboard. People lay in it for too long, are too careless with their sunblock, and this sort of thing is the result. This person’s gone to great pains for their promposal. Literally.
13 When Your Animal Crossing Promposal Is Too Adorable For This World
Ah, yes. Now, this idea, I’m definitely 100% on board with. It’s a little niche for some tastes, a reference that most people won’t get, but that’s not what’s important. What matters here is that the right person will be over the dang moon with this promposal.
If you’re not familiar with the adorable little life simulation that is the Animal Crossing series, here’s the skinny. It’s kind of like The Sims, only you take direct control of your character.
You freely roam a little town as them; a town in which you are the only human in a world of bizarre anthropomorphic animals.
What’s the goal of the game? Life, really. Just live. Buy new furniture, clothes and such, decorate your home, all of those sorts of things. While you’re going about your daily life, fishing, collecting bugs for the museum, whatever you fancy doing, you’ll occasionally notice a balloon floating by in the sky. The balloons will have gifts attached, and if you’re quick, you can shoot them down with a slingshot and claim the item.
Items in the Animal Crossing world, as fans may know, are represented by a leaf icon. Can you appreciate how super-sweet this promposal is now? Of course you can.
12 When You Realise You May Be Spending A Little Too Much Time On Netflix
So, the Internet, huh? I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but it can be fairly time-consuming, can’t it? It’s funny how we all have pretty well the entire sum of all human knowledge in a little box in our pockets, yet… well, we’re not quite utilising its full potential.
Of course, this isn’t to say that checking out videos of cats playing didgeridoos and posting shots of our meals to Instagram isn’t a noble pastime. It absolutely is. I just can’t help but feel that there may be something a little loftier than we could be doing with this great resource.
There has never been a more powerful procrastination tool. You know that feeling you get, when you’re totally motivated to pump out that research paper in a single night? Suddenly, it’s seven hours later, and you’re totally engrossed in a quiz titled If you were a 17th Century French Ruler, Which Disney Character’s Pet Iguana Would You Have?
It’s not just the Internet that’s captured our imaginations so thoroughly. It’s also the streaming services that the internet has made possible. Binge-watching is a great, glorious and dangerous thing. How do you ask the Netflix addict in your life to the prom? Like this, that’s how.
11 When You Go Full Charming, And Your Date Cannot Resist
We’ve spoken a lot about formality, elegance, and everything else that is associated with the whole prom experience. As a Brit, I didn’t get to attend a prom of my own, as my school didn’t make much of a big deal of my graduation. Everything I know of the concept, then, I’ve gleaned from what I’ve seen, and the stories I’ve heard.
This is where the term promposal comes from, I guess. Proms have become such a huge deal that this little ritual rivals proposals themselves. If you’re of a certain age and you’ve got a lot of old classmates on social media, you’ll have seen just how OTT some proposals can be. This is exactly the same thing.
But that whole scene isn’t for everybody. Which is perfectly fine. After all, look at Carrie. She had her reservations about getting dressed up and attending prom, and look what happened there.
The message, then, is to enjoy the glitz and glamour of it all, but don’t lose sight of who you really are in the process. Just look at this promposal. Did this person feel the need to dial the extra-ness up to eleven? Not remotely. They’re just keeping it real. Hilariously, bluntly real.
10 When You're A Little TOO Dang Enthusiastic About The Whole Thing
So far, we’ve seen a whole array of different ways to get yourself a date to the prom. As for me, I’m not sure why we have to get so lavish and attention-seeking with these things, but there it is. I guess it’s something to do with (as I’ve mentioned before) first experiences with fancy formal events. The whole dang thing has to be an experience, starting right from the moment your date agrees to come along with you.
In our daily lives, we just don’t get enough opportunities to flounce around in expensive dresses, tiaras and suits, do we? So let’s do it right.
It’s all about making memories, photos you can look back on fondly for years to come (or not, depending on who you actually went to prom with). A lot of us only get the one chance at this sort of thing, so that’s another reason we may put so much effort into the promposal: to make an offer they can’t refuse.
The key there is doing so for the right reasons. There’s something about this offer that strikes me as a little over the top. Come on, people. There’s enthusiastic, and then there’s just plain… this.
9 When You Capture Their Very Best Side And It's Irresistible
As I say, I have slim to zero experience in this sort of thing, but I’m struggling to understand one aspect in particular. Why does it all have to be so public?
This is all part of my being a huge introvert, I’m sure, but I really wouldn’t want to make a big melodramatic affair out of simply asking a date to the dance. That’s probably an unusual viewpoint, in a world that loves to make a big melodramatic episode out of pretty well anything, but that’s how I feel.
When I myself was finally ready to propose, it was in public, but I didn’t draw attention to us. The fear of rejection was strong with this one, that’s for certain, which is also why I’d be loathe to try a big promposal as well.
I would get there, sure, but not before a scene as embarrassing as Harry and Ron trying to ask girls to the Yule Ball (excuse the repeated Harry Potter references, that’s just the way I am).
In the end, I suppose all of this stems from the fact that I tend to embarrass like nobody’s business. The bigger the scene you make, the more of a fool you could make of yourself.
Take a tip from this promposer, then: try and subvert some of that attention with a big, embarrassing picture of the other person.
8 When You Simply Do NOT Say No To A Poop Emoji
After everything we’ve seen so far here, I’m not sure we’ve come any further with championing romance. As I say, the concept has become a little distorted over the years, we’ve lost sight of it somewhat.
In a way, it’s not really society’s fault. It’s just that we have a way of becoming more comfortable. More settled. If you and your significant other have been together for a long time, you’ll probably be familiar with this concept. You may well love each other just as much as ever, and that bond could have only become stronger over time. Nevertheless, as the advice columns and such will tell you, you’ve still got to make an effort.
We’ve all heard this before. Spice things up, be spontaneous, all those other phrases that are bandied around. It’s important never to take things for granted, however long the two of you have been together.
The honeymoon period (as it’s called), why does it ever need to end? Why should we let that initial excitement fade? It shouldn’t, that’s why. We shouldn’t. For many people, that’s the dream. Having somebody who truly gets us, who excites us, and will dress as a gigantic poop emoji for us.
7 When You Want To Party Like It's 1998, With A Game Boy Color
So, here we are. We’ve already spoken about the different creative promposals out there. We’ve already looked at the brilliant ways that people have adapted them, personalised them for their potential partners. Or themselves, or both.
This is how you make the whole thing truly individual and unforgettable.
The thing about that is, it’s getting increasingly difficult to be truly unique. Here on the Internet, artists, creators, and other sellers can share the fruits of their labor with the whole world instantly on platforms like Deviant Art and Etsy. While this is a huge boom, both for creators and customers, it also leads to creators being inevitably ‘influenced’ by others. Not to mention people sharing others’ art online and playing fast and loose with its ownership in the process.
If you look hard enough, though, creativity and originality is still alive and well. In the process of researching this piece, I’ve seen a great deal of promposals. How many of those people took the trouble to grab their 20-year-old Game Boy Color, boot up Pokémon and name their team like this? Not dang many, I can promise you that.
It’s a little out there, but I can definitely get on board with this.
6 When You Pull The Old ‘Locker Full Of Flour’ Trick
Right. Well, sure. This is… this is one direction you could take with a promposal. It definitely is.
Like many of you, I’m sure, my high school experienced was a mixed bag. On the one hand, I made a super-close group of friends. We’ve been through a whole heckola of a lot, and I’m fortunate enough to still see them on a regular basis. That’s quite a rare thing, almost 20 years later. A lot of people we know from school, we tend to pull a Snoop Dogg and drop them while it’s hot. That’s a lifelong bond, right there.
At the same time, though, things were dang tough back then. As a meek, nerdly sort, I tended to attract the wrong sort of attention, and people were not the nicest to me. Hence my fear of embarrassment and such.
Now, sure, a lot of that ancient history is behind me now, but still. You can’t underestimate the effect of these seemingly ‘childish’ things. All these years later, I can’t look at this image without seeing it as some kind of dastardly prank. It may have been intended as a cute little pun-based promposal, but it’s tough to imagine anyone filling somebody’s locker with... Anything, without malicious intent.
5 When Only Post-Its Will Do
Now, here’s the thing. It’s easy to get carried away with all of these grand, romantic gestures. It definitely is, especially on occasions like these. If that’s what you want to do, then get right in there. Embrace it to the very fullest, and dress like Mr. Peanut if you fancy.
On the other side of the coin, if that sort of thing’s not for you, then that’s just fine too. What really matters in the end, in my eyes, isn’t that you went full on formal to the max, but that you made an effort — that you cared enough.
This next promposal certainly gets a check where effort is concerned. Even if they may have thought this one all the way through, they went the extra mile with this. Do you remember that scene in Bruce Almighty, where the whole apartment (including Jim Carrey himself) is covered in Post-Its? I don’t even want to think about how long that would’ve taken to set up... Individually... By hand.
Granted, what we’re looking at here is not on that level. They didn’t have the manpower of a film crew, though. Besides, it must have been painstaking, so let’s just stop for a moment and appreciate that.
4 When You Go Super Saiyan, But It's Still Not Enough
Cynical as I may be about this wacky world of ours, I like to try and stay as positive as I can. It sure is tough to do that, when the general poopiness of aspects of everyday life try to engulf you, but what other choice do we have? We make the best of it that we dang can. You know what they say: when life gives you lemons, get your lemonade on.
So, yes. My glass is half full... of lemonade, apparently, so I’m happy about that. I try to look on the bright side, and I’m quite a romantic at heart, so I try to concentrate on the promposals that were met with an affirmative response. Sadly for everyone concerned, these elaborate schemes don’t always work out, and not everybody gets to go to prom with the person they wanted to.
The crucial thing to remember is, it wasn’t your fault. You were brave enough to ask, you did your best, you had a plan. After that, it’s just up to fate (or rather, the other person’s decision).
What went wrong here, I wonder? This person had it all: A nicely detailed poster, a couple of cheesy puns, and original ones at that. Alas, they just weren’t a Dragon Ball Z fan.
3 When You Say It With McDonald's
So, just what was the problem with that Dragon Ball Z promposal? That was a pretty dang good drawing, after all. As we’ve also seen, creativity can be a tough thing to come by, and there should be some kudos awarded for that too. I mean, come on.
“I’m just Saiyan you should Goku prom with me”? I’m not a fan, but even I can appreciate solid-gold pun work when I see it.
The issue, there, was probably the one that unique and original souls everywhere face: it was too unusual. Too niche. Either that, or they just didn’t want to go to the dance with them. I may be over-analysing here.
Whatever the case, a safer bet probably would have served better. As with most areas of life, the staples are the staples for a reason. You know, flowers, chocolates, cheesy puns (literally, pizza is often involved)… that’s how these things are supposed to be done.
Sometimes, it really is best to just stick with the classics. The comfortable. The familiar. What’s more familiar and comfortable that the glorious golden arches of McDonalds’s? Well, exactly. I couldn’t possibly condone wasting all of those fries, but I like what’s happening here nevertheless.
2 When Cards Against Humanity Turns Out Quite Wholesome For Once
When it comes to party games, it’s all about matching the right entertainment to the right crowd. The same goes for the food, music and just about everything else, really. After all, if you’re going to have the exact same setup for your friend’s bachelorette party and Grandpa Norman’s 95th birthday, you’re going to have all kinds of issues there.
There’s a time and a place for everything, that’s the key here. This is truer than ever when it comes to party games. Controversial party game Cards Against Humanity is one that you won’t want to break out for just anybody. Only a particular crowd can appreciate this determinedly offensive card game.
Be that as it may, though, there are some blessed people among us able to see the beauty in anything. These people are gifts to the world, and we really do need to protect them at all costs. These are the people who can look at those iconic black and white cards and see an opportunity to express their feelings for another.
This is so sweet, it’s giving me a couple of cavities just looking at it. I just hope that she was also issued a ‘No’ card, just to be sure she was making her choice freely.
1 When You Manage To Make Chicken Nuggets Frightening
Phobias really are intriguing things. Sometimes, it’s a fear of something truly dangerous and frightening, like snakes or… I don’t know, dinosaurs. These ones are totally logical, and that’s fine. Then there’s the more peculiar side of phobias. I have an uncle, for instance, who is strongly to tomato ketchup, and cannot have it on the same table as him.
The whole point of a lot of phobias, then, is that they’re irrational. We’re afraid of something that, really, we needn’t be. We know it, too, but that doesn’t mean it helps.
I’ve often wondered about the psychology of that, why we’re afraid of certain things. Dolls are an odd one. They’ve become quite a horror trope, popularised by the likes of Chucky and (more recently) Annabelle. There are some things, however, that you’d think would be a safe bet. That surely nobody could be frightened by. Something like, say… chicken nuggets.
Up until I saw this image, I would’ve 100% agreed with you on that one. Alas, I can now never unsee this. And I do mean never.
On the surface, there was a lot to like here. A bathtub full of chicken nuggets? You’d better believe I’m down for that. That costume, though. Oh, that costume.