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What was your most embarrassing childhood moment?

Asked at Asked at Munchers Bakery, 925 Iowa on December 15, 2008

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“Tripping on a bunch of wires when I was going to give a talk in front of 500 people. My glasses jumped off. I could hear about 500 laughs. I couldn’t say a word after I got on the microphone.”

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“When I was in the fourth grade, at Jefferson Grade School, my teacher sent me to the sixth grade to deliver a message to the teacher, and when I walked in the door, everybody started laughing. I was unzipped.”

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“Having to stand in front of the class — falsely accused — for about an hour.”

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“When my younger sister and I got into a fight, on a street corner, she pulled my pants down. It wasn’t in Lawrence.”

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mommyof1angel 5 years, 4 months ago

I traveled to California with my parents for their high school reunion when I was 13. There was a German family traveling abroad that was staying at the same hotel as my family. They had a son that was my age and he was HOT! So, "Carston" and I were swimming in the pool, and I did my best to show off my stellar swimming skills while making sure to flaunt my awkward teenage body in front of him. As I rose up out of the water from a dive, cutie-boy told me I had something on my face. I wiped the water off. Nothing. He motioned again, closer to his nose, so I wiped at my nose and a Booger resembling Jaba the Hut in size and color smeared across my face. I ran off in horror and refused to play with Carston anymore.

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tangential_reasoners_anonymous 5 years, 4 months ago

Having never really grown up, I'm sure it's imminent.

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dipweed 5 years, 4 months ago

Giving a speech in class with my voice constantly cracking when my voice began to change. Also during that wonderful adolescent period certain parts of my anatomy would be at attention at inopportune moments....usually right before I would have to stand before the class to give a book report.

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Deja Coffin 5 years, 4 months ago

I know Loo, his comments always make me smile. I doubt he gets embarrassed easily though.

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LooPerkinsucks 5 years, 4 months ago

Got caught by my mom while I was doing the nasty with a pair of vibrating hair clippers. I still can't believe I gave myself that mullett... What else did you guys think I was talkin' about???Hey, where's waka1? Dude, I would love to hear from that dude....

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Deja Coffin 5 years, 4 months ago

aww thanks, I always knew I was a winner. Unfortunately that's only one of the many embarrassing moments that shaped my childhood.

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prospector 5 years, 4 months ago

2:39 PM CST November 28, 1961Like it was yesterday!

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Jonathan Kealing 5 years, 4 months ago

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Administrator 5 years, 4 months ago

Dejacrew423 wins.For all other comments, see "Honorable Mention".Thanks for contributing.

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JhawkGirl 5 years, 4 months ago

This one time at band camp.........

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Deja Coffin 5 years, 4 months ago

One time my brothers baseball team was selling hotdogs at a fair. They had an adult Oscar Meyer hotdog costume that they wanted me to put on. Being a chubby 5th grader, I was more then willing to put it on to impress the older high school baseball players. I walked around the fair handing out coupons in that hot costume for a little while. Then in front of a radio station van I see my older sister and another girl running towards me. I think to myself, "finally they want to hang out with me." My thought was cut off with pure terror. I notice they're holding hands and not stopping. Those brats are going to try and knock me over. I turn and try to run but the adult costume came down to my ankles so I couldn't bend my legs. Instead I do a Fred Flinstone stutter step and get knocked down my the two girls. Thankfully the costume gave me a padded landing. I sit there for a second and decide to get up. Only again I can't bend my legs. So instead I'm rolling around on the ground in a hotdog suit with my arms swinging about. Here I am rolling around and yelling for my mom as I see people coming towards me some of them being the older baseball players. I think that they're coming to help when actually they're all coming to watch the entertainment. For like 10-15 minutes I have this big group of strangers standing around laughing at me. Even the radio guy comes over and talks about it on the radio. Eventually my mom comes and grabs me up, yelling at me the whole time for getting the costume dirty. So needless to say, I'm probably the only person in the world that does not wish they were an Oscar Meyer Wiener.

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cnorwoodus 5 years, 4 months ago

When I was a new freshman in highschool, I notice a lot of the girls carried purses. I wanted to carry a purse but really didn't have anything to put in one. So I filled it up with some toys and really stupid stuff....just to make it look full. I tripped in between classes in the main hallway and my purse spilled in front of everyone.

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Pywacket 5 years, 4 months ago

Esq2eB~~ As a former swim team competitor, I wave my Tyr top in a salute to your dedication! That's the winning spirit. I just hope you were not doing the backstroke!As a rule, swimmers don't get the kind of spectator support that the football or basketball players get, but I bet you were glad that meet, if you lacked for fans.

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Flap Doodle 5 years, 4 months ago

There was that one time when I was shooting whomp rats in Begger's Canyon & I winged a Jawa by mistake.

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uncleandyt 5 years, 4 months ago

I was a couple of months old when JFK was assassinated and my country was too distracted to get to the truth of who did it and who covered up the crime.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 4 months ago

Oh, but geek..you know you love that part about being a man. Sue, take it and run with it. I do. When emailing back and forth to old friends working in offices, etc..just slip a one liner in. One that's bound to get their attention.The usual response is "You're killing me!!!"And sometimes the details follow, such as,"Right after that I had do go over to another man's desk, and I had to walk nearly bent over...". Makes them feel alive again.I got a school superintendent just this morning (in another state). He had just closed the schools there, and we were talking about it being a cold lazy day in both places.Hit him with a one-liner, and yep, he's was grounded for a while.(evil wicked grin)

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KansasVoter 5 years, 4 months ago

During the Presidential Physical Fitness Test when I was in 4th grade I let out a really loud fart during the sit-ups. We had partners holding our feet down while we did the sit-ups, so the fart was directly into his face. I got teased about that for years.

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Esq2eB 5 years, 4 months ago

In 6th grade I was at a swimming meet and I dove in and the next thing I knew, my speedo was at my ankles, but always the competitor, I kicked it all the way off, and finished the race. I got second, and always tell people I would have got first...but for all the excess drag!!This beat out my previous embarrasing moment of falling in the fountains at Oak Park Mall trying to swipe quarters from the bottom of them! As my Mom dragged me out of mall, my sneakers squished and sqeaked!

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 5 years, 4 months ago

jayhawkerincali,I had a day like that too when I was attending a Pentacostal parochial school. I was a whiz in speaking in tounges, and the strychnine the served us tasted terrible, but one day while handling my snake, it got away from me.

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sunflower_sue 5 years, 4 months ago

geekin, thanks for the story! Sometimes I say to myself: "Ah yes! It is good to be female!"

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jayhawkerincali 5 years, 4 months ago

Hmmm....when I was in the 2nd grade I was running late to school one morning, and as I walked the mile and a half or so to school every morning, and was never one to be late, I ran the whole way to school that morning. I made it all the way to the corner of the front of my school and tripped over a bump in the sidewalk. Face, meet sidewalk..I totally ate it, knocked out a tooth, scraped up my whole face, not to mention damage done to my knees and elbows. At this point I was already late, and every Wednesday we had mass first thing in the morning (Catholic school) so I had to walk straight into church with blood pouring out of my face and mouth, and watch all 300 or so kids in the school turn around and look at me like some sort of leper. That sucked.

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geekin_topekan 5 years, 4 months ago

When I was 13.Stammering for a reason, that would hold water,as to why I could NOT rise and got to the blackboard.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 5 years, 4 months ago

Py,The question asks for a "childhood" moment. At 15, I was well into... manhood.

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sgtwolverine 5 years, 4 months ago

autie, I'm getting that page too.

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reanne 5 years, 4 months ago

In 6th grade I gave a book report in front of my class and 2 other classes, and I had a boogar on my face and I was too embarrassed to wipe it off so I left it....and everyone noticed...and made fun of me. :( ahhahahahahahh! WHY WOULD I LEAVE THE BOOGAR ON MY FACE?

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sunflower_sue 5 years, 4 months ago

when I came kicking and screaming...nekkid...into this world.

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Pywacket 5 years, 4 months ago

R_I~~ Was that 15 months or 15 years? Be honest, now--Santa might be reading.Autie~Aren't you glad everyone wasn't filming moments like that back then? (I'd pay to see it, however.)My moment of shame? Probably when my 16-year-old, very attractive cousin walked in on me when I was using the bathroom. We didn't even have a lock on our door, whereas he probably thought if it was unlocked, it was unoccupied.Of course, the door was barely open when I started squawking, and he immediately closed it and apologized--I only knew it was him because of his voice. I'm sure he didn't even see me (not that there would've been anything to see but a skinny leg (the toidy was behind the door), but I was mortified and avoided him for ages after that. He probably thought nothing of it--I was just a little kid (maybe 9?)...

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slappedyomomma 5 years, 4 months ago

i fell asleep on the train in San Diego on a school sponsored trip. i drooled what looked like a half-gallon of slobber onto the front of my shirt. the train stopped and i woke up and looked up at all of my classmates laughing and pointing. my mother was a sponsor and even she was laughing. there were a couple of random people that weren't with our group that were pointing and laughing also. i think one of them was homeless. nothing more embarassing than being laughed at by a homeless guy...

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BigPrune 5 years, 4 months ago

When I was a young man, I went over to my parent's house one weekend, just to stop by and say hi. I decided I'd wrestle with the dog for a little bit. She was a cute little beagle. Anyway, when I was done playing with the dog I decided to take off. I thought I was Joe Cool. I had a little convertible sports car and wore Serengetti sunglasses. As I was driving, I'd notice a little white speck flicking around on my lense. I took off my glasses and cleaned them off while I was driving and it seemed to do the trick. Then a few minutes later I saw the white speck again. I repeated the process and thought it strange trying to figure out where this white speck was coming from. I went to Kwik Shop. It was summer time. Lawrence liked new construction at the time so the place was full of construction workers getting their bladder burster sodas. I walked in and there must've been 20 guys lined up at the cash register. Just then, I saw a girl I hadn't seen since high school and she was looking really good. Definitely a late bloomer because she didn't look as good in school. Anyway, we greeted each other and made some small chit chat. I noticed the white thing appear on my lense again. The conversation didn't last long. I figured she must've become stuck up now that she was good looking and all. I made my way through the line, and went to my car. The white thing became noticeable again. This time I thought I'd really examine my glasses well and check out my face. Glasses looked clean. Looked in the mirror and noticed a 3" long white dog whisker was sticking out of my nose. The white thing was a patch of skin from my parent's dog. Talk about a nasty looking ingrown hair!

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bobberboy 5 years, 4 months ago

Getting caught playing doctor with the neighbor girl.

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OldEnuf2BYurDad 5 years, 4 months ago

When my mom caught me with porn in the alley. I was about 11 or 12. We found it on top a trash can, and somehow - from a block away - my mom could tell it was something nasty. We saw her walking the whole way and were like "Oh no, how did she know from a block away?!" She said "Those stories aren't even true", and I wondered if she actually thought we were "reading" it.

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BigPrune 5 years, 4 months ago

I at 22 apples in one sitting (thinking an apple a day kept the doctor away so surely I would be in perfect health for a whole month if I made it to 30 apples) then I went to school the next day. My stomach hurt REAL bad and I couldn't figure out why. I told the nurse my tummy hurt. Of course I used the excuse that I needed to throw up. The boys room didn't have stalls. Just wide open expanses for everyone to see. The nurse called my mom but my mom was running late and I'd have to wait a bit. The school nurse wanted to know if I ate something bad. I told her I ate 22 Jonathon apples the afternoon before. She made me repeat what I told her to two other office workers, then she showed me the toilet. I held it until the song was over (which is when I got home, finally). I didn't leave my throne for hours. To this day I still think I may have even had a mild heart attack (even though I was a little kid). Cannot eat an apple today, thank you.

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coolmom 5 years, 4 months ago

in junior high at my first choir preformance my aunt sat in the front row making faces and i couldnt help laughing mostly from nerves and stumbled off the stage. i then had to skirt around the band and climb back up wearing what were also my first heels. i dream about that to this day on occasion. looking back now it was funny but then not so much.

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The_Original_Bob 5 years, 4 months ago

Then I ran around screaming “I AmBareAssed” over and over, and over, and over" R_INow that is fondly known as a good Saturday night at the Irreverent's home.

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spacehog 5 years, 4 months ago

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autie 5 years, 4 months ago

kind of early to be so philosophical, multi. Sounds like something on a blacklight poster and it is 1975..

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spacehog 5 years, 4 months ago

Us regular posters should meet at the library or someplace sometime. Then again, we'd probably end up in a huge fight, and I don't have health insurance right now......

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Tony Kisner 5 years, 4 months ago

All of fourth grade.I have had more embarrassing moments as an adult simply because I should have known better.

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Tom Shewmon 5 years, 4 months ago

My first year playing little league baseball, I was eight years ole, first game, playing second base, no porta-potties in those days, I peed in my uniform in front of everyone----it just sort of "hit me" during the inning and, well you know how that stuff is as a kid.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 4 months ago

Nope autie..it's just you and space.;)

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Flap Doodle 5 years, 4 months ago

There was that time I spilled a big bowl of curds & whey all over my tuffett. Darned spider!

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spacehog 5 years, 4 months ago

I think we're all probably getting it , autie. Just ask yourself WWDD (What Would Dylan Do?) and keep posting.

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autie 5 years, 4 months ago

In seventh grade..after lunch. Fell asleep in study hall..dead a** asleep..and the kid that had the desk for the next hour woke me up. I got up and my foot was asleep..I took a step and fell down, wiping the drool off my cheek. Not good.Hey does anybody else experience the "that page isn't available" message when you hit post comment? What's that all about? They still post.

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spacehog 5 years, 4 months ago

[on a visit to Israel in the early 1970s] There was no great significance to that visit, but I'm interested in the fact that Jews are Semites, like Babylonians, Hittites, Arabs, Syrians, Ethiopians. But a Jew is different because a lot of people hate Jews. There's something going on here that's hard to explain.-Bob Dylan

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izzyboy 5 years, 4 months ago

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 5 years, 4 months ago

The parental units were hosting a cocktail party. I was like 15 months old, ambled out to the middle of the room, and took off my diaper. Then I ran around screaming "I AmBareAssed" over and over, and over, and over.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 4 months ago

I am so glad I'm not drinking hot coffee, or my entire brain cavity would be snort-scalded.You guys are too funny this early.--My most embarrassing childhood moment?I'm still having it. 49 yrs, 1 month, 12 1/2 days...

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nobody1793 5 years, 4 months ago

I was in a bike shop, and I wanted to try a bike, and ended up knocking over a whole row of bikes just like dominoes. Gulp.

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stuckinthemiddle 5 years, 4 months ago

what's wrong with you, labmonkey?

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labmonkey 5 years, 4 months ago

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blue73harley 5 years, 4 months ago

Doing a face-plant on the asphalt playground of E. F. Swinney Elementary while being chased by some girl trying to give me "cooties". The cooties would have been far less painful, as I discovered in later years.

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