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    I remember a family reunion where I had several beers, and one of my relatives came up to me and started talking to me. I sort of half-interrupted her and blurted "Who are you?"

    The inflection of my voice was all wrong, I could tell by the awkward pause before she explained I was a second cousin and quickly excused herself.

    I still feel very bad about it
    ...Then I ducked my head and the lights went out, and two guns blazed in the dark;
    And a woman screamed, and the lights went up, and two men lay stiff and stark...

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    Quote Originally Posted by King-Of-Despair View Post
    1. plead insanity
    2. curl up into a ball until the aftermath has run it's course

    That's really odd, surely April was flattered at the very least
    April was always cool in tense moments, and she was the first one to speak into the vast gaping silence that followed.

    She said "[Jennifer], you don't say things like that in front of his family! Come on now!" and then she kind of jump-started the group conversation again.

    And I didn't strangle Jennifer... God alone knows why.

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    Jennifer. Ouch. lol.

    I emailed someone some time ago asking them why they had done something. The response was me getting ripped a new asshole.
    Although i badly wanted to reply as it did hurt. I walked away.
    I rationalised that the behaviour was rude and by doing the same i would be rude also (even though it would of felt great)

    Not sure what else i have done that would be considered rude, i am sure there is something though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oberon View Post
    April was always cool in tense moments, and she was the first one to speak into the vast gaping silence that followed.

    She said "[Jennifer], you don't say things like that in front of his family! Come on now!" and then she kind of jump-started the group conversation again.
    Oh yeah, sh*t. Now I remember. She really did put me in my place.
    I think I wanted to crawl under the table too!

    And I didn't strangle Jennifer... God alone knows why.
    ... because I'm adorable and vulnerable and adorably vulnerable and vulnerably
    adorable?

    (Answer #2: Because I'm a looker?)

    Quote Originally Posted by saslou View Post
    I emailed someone some time ago asking them why they had done something. The response was me getting ripped a new asshole.
    Although i badly wanted to reply as it did hurt. I walked away.
    I rationalised that the behaviour was rude and by doing the same i would be rude also (even though it would of felt great)
    yeah, sigh. Often if someone does something rude, the best thing to do is trust that everyone else is picking up on the rudeness and just let the action/comment speak for itself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Willfrey View Post
    I remember a family reunion where I had several beers, and one of my relatives came up to me and started talking to me. I sort of half-interrupted her and blurted "Who are you?"

    The inflection of my voice was all wrong, I could tell by the awkward pause before she explained I was a second cousin and quickly excused herself.

    I still feel very bad about it
    I've done similar to an acquaintance before, she walked up to me out of nowhere and I suddenly blurted out "what are you doing here?". I failed to use an appropriate tone of voice... I'm certain that I offended her, although she didn't show it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oberon View Post
    April was always cool in tense moments, and she was the first one to speak into the vast gaping silence that followed.

    She said "[Jennifer], you don't say things like that in front of his family! Come on now!" and then she kind of jump-started the group conversation again.

    And I didn't strangle Jennifer... God alone knows why.
    wow. horrible good story you guys. i can't believe april said that though. that implies such guilt, like 'let's hide our flirting behavior for when family isn't around.' yikes. i bet you got the Inquisition later, haha. i wound have said (if i were april), "yeah, obie is sure nice to all of us girls" *walk up and fiddle with your collar and give a cute shruggy smile* or "work is a little dull, ya know, you gotta pass the time......" *shy smile*. uggghhhhh. those are not better, are they?
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    In my early 20's I randomly repeated some random crap someone had said about how a religion acted where she was from. Turns the person I was talking to was that religion.

    Let's hope I'm more mature now?

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    ahh, you just reminded me Elaur... There was always this little unkempt lady who would preach "jesus is coming back" or something similar, right next to my bus stop. I'd always just watch the people walk past and react to her relentlessly aggressive style of spreading the love and most people would just ignore her. So I was with one of my friends one day and I was bored, so I waddled up to this preacher and asked her for this pamphlet to read, which was full of typical religious views. Just before the bus came, the preacher came up to me and asked what I thought, and I smiled (almost giggled with evil delight) and said "Jesus is over-rated". Some people smiled at the remark as they hopped onto the bus... It was rather tactless on my behalf, but if I could have thought of something wittier to say, I don't think I would have even hesitated, regardless of how cruel. I think I might refrain from approaching preachers in the future :\
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    Oberon and I used to work together in the early/mid-'90's.

    We had a coworker (let's call her April) who Oberon -- along with most of the male population of the company and outside -- found very attractive... outgoing, tanned, long blond hair, very engaging.... not at all a wallflower like moi.

    One day (in private) he told me that she was a real looker.
    He thought I would keep that in confidence... and I had planned to.

    Some time later we were all over at one of our coworker's houses -- and April was there, and Oberon and his wife was there, and while I cannot remember what the conversation was or WHY I said it, for some stupid idiotic reason I exclaimed, "<Oberon> said that April's a real looker!"

    Then repeated it more loudly because not enough people had heard me the first time.

    Right in front of his wife.
    And April.
    And Oberon.

    Silence dropped over the room. Oberon wanted to crawl under the kitchen table.

    I don't think I've ever made such a stupid, senseless, socially rude gesture before or after that.
    I still don't know why I did it.
    I guess I just got caught up in some twist in conversation and it was funny in context (but not really).
    I certainly wouldn't do it now.
    LOL.

    That's one of those jokes that's technically funny, but it makes everyone look bad. I can easily imagine a situation in which that would have been an amusing comment to interject. It's very easy to think of comments that are amusing, but very few of them are appropriate enough that people can laugh at them. This is one of those that you snicker to yourself about when it comes to mind, and then lie about why you're laughing if someone asks you.

    That reminds me. One of the other ways I embarrass myself is laughing when someone tells a highly inappropriate joke, and everyone else feels the offense before getting the humor, preventing them from seeing it. While I'm left standing there blushing while trying to suppress a laugh and stammering, "That's (hehe) not (hehe) funny," covering my mouth with my hand, perhaps even trying to make myself cough in order to make it sound like I just had a cough. I seem to find myself laughing at anything that remotely resembles a pun or other verbal joke, even if it's in bad taste. I'm too easily amused in some ways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Athenian200 View Post
    ...even trying to make myself cough in order to make it sound like I just had a cough.
    Ah, there you go -- classic maneuver to cover up amusement.
    (It beats faking a seizure in terms of subtlety.)
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