High school is many things to many people, but I think we can all agree on one basic fact: beneath the thin façade of "education" and "socialization," it's mainly just a treacherous gauntlet of humiliation and indignity. Luckily, a little know-how will let you navigate the perils of teenage embarrassment with your soul mostly intact!
I've asked some of Gaia's most familiar faces about their most embarrassing moments and how they coped with the humiliation. As usual, we've been rewarded with some truly terrible advice...
Sasha: I got stood up on prom night and it was totally the most embarrassing thing ever, but I'm totally over it now. Now I just, like, think back on it and laugh. Hahaha... heh... *sob*.... BAAAWWWWWW!
Ive tripped down three flights of stiars and have spilled liquid nitrogen onto myself...
Ian: I guess the most embarrassing thing was when I tripped over my shoelaces and fell down two flights of stairs on the first day of school. Everyone was laughing at me, but I just told myself, "hey, nobody knows me, nobody will remember this in a week." But they did, of course, and every time I walked down the hall, people would do impressions of my girlish screaming and flailing.
Moira: For some reason I decided to try out pole vaulting in gym class, and there was kind of an incident. I'm not gonna get into the whole story, but let's just say I spent the next two years walking sideways, like a crab. But if anyone looked at me funny, I'd just slap the taste out of their mouth.
Edmund: Ah, yes, I remember it well: in my biology class, I accidentally called my teacher "mom." If it happens to you, it's best to just cut your losses and move on. I transferred to another school and never looked back.
Sam: I was kinda absent-minded, and I was always going to school with mismatched socks and backwards shirts and both feet through the same pant-leg. I mean, not all three at once, but... well, yeah, one time it was all at once. I just played it off by pretending to be crazy, and people mostly left me alone.
Liam: What? Nah, I've never been embarrassed, dude. Not once. Y'see, the trick to never being embarrassed is having no conscience, dignity or sense of shame. No shame, no pain, bro!
Natasha: One time I dropped a beaker full of hydrochloric acid on a kid's foot in chemistry class and it pretty much ate right through it. That was pretty embarrassing. I guess it ruined his basketball scholarship, too, but on the plus side it started my lifelong fascination with body modification, so it all worked out. I still see that guy sometimes, driving a hearse.
Gino Gambino: I went to a private boarding school, so we all had to change into our pajamas in the dormitories. All the other boys used to make fun of my sunken chest. One time they held me down and took turns eating soup out of it. How did I deal with it? Oh, mostly by crying, I guess.
Agatha: I mispronounced the word "gabardine" while I was reading a poem in literature class. Everyone chuckled at me, and I just wanted to hide forever. I got my revenge, though... I got my revenge on all of them.
So, yeah... let's just pretend we never read that, shall we? Anyway, if you'd like to dish out some advice of your own on coping with embarrassing situations, please do!
I've had my fair share of embarrassing moments too. Such as one time in gym class we were doing that thing where we have to jump over a bar and land on these soft blue mattresses and anyways, we had 2 of them side by side and when I landed I got stuck in between them and they had to pull the mattresses apart to get me out. Every time someone would try to embarrass me about something, I'd laugh at it too and when they think it isn't bothering me they leave me alone.
oh gosh i remember once i fell off the bus in front of my school. and EVERYONE turned around at that EXACT moment..oh the humiliation!!gonk.....it was horrible they didnt even laugh right away everyone just stared eek and then all i heard was OOOOOOHHHHHHH......those bastards.....but i just larned to laugh at it...even though im dying on the inside
People used to make fun of me but when I got to high school they stopped when i started looking angry, smirking evily at things, glaring at people, and it also helped that I dropped an F-bomb while yelling at a guy because I had my head on the deck and he thought it was funny to slam a book on it.
Hah... I think the most embarrassing thing that happened to me was my sophomore year in high school. I was having a really bad week, and the hits just kept coming. I'm not that good in Biology, and I got my grade for the quarter. Now that I look back it's not that bad of a grade. It was a C, but my mom always grounded me for less then perfect grades, so I went to my locker after class (which was 8th period and the end of the day) and I just broke down crying... in front of the entire marching band (we all have our lockers in the same wing to get ready for games and parades together) But thank god they we all kind about it and never brought it up again.
Oh there was another time in my junior year. It was the last day of school before Winter Break and the Director of the musical posted the cast list. My name wasn't on it, so i broke down crying (again). My friend Mike told me that I still had next year, that some seniors didn't get the part and they would never have another chance. Well at the time my dad was planning to move to Arizona and I was living with him. So I replied that I didn't have another shot. But he and Katie were so cool about it and gave me huge hugs and just held me until I calmed down.
Now I'm in college and I don't give a damn what happens. Go figure.
Most embarrassing thing in my life? I feel asleep in class in high school (i had sleep apnea so i didnt get much REM sleep at home) and one time while i was sleeping in english class i farted loud and then i said in a very happy voice, "Mmm that was so warm." now the worst part about this was that there was this student who had bad memory and so she was recording the teachers lesson and she sat right infront of me. >.<
People started farting at me while walking through the halls for a few months asking me if it was warm enough... i didnt get over it untill after it stopped.
being around embarrassing people was embarrassing, lol
besides that, there's only really one time that comes up in my mind, NOT a high school story
I was still in elementary school, and still attending Japanese school back then.
everyday after school, I'd walk down to my Japanese school and wait until my class started, which was a good hour or so.
one day, I was down stairs outside, sitting on the railing with some friends, when the bell rings.
so I stand to get off the railing, but somehow my foot slips, and I fall to the pavement, but not before I hear a ripping sound.
needless to say, my pants had a huge rip, and everyone was laughing at me, even in class. gonk