What Did I Do Last Night?
He didn't, by the way.
"Most people, on waking up, accelerate through a quick panicky pre-consciousness check-up: who am I, where am I, who is he/she, good god, why I am cuddling a policeman's helmet, what happened last night?"
Man, I reek of booze, and I can't remember a thing. Where am I? Oh God, looks like I'm on the what did I do last night
Might be a Noodle Incident
where not even the characters know or remember what happened. Often, but not always, involves drugs or alcohol. Strictly speaking it doesn't have to be a night. It can be any alcohol or drug-induced craziness
plus memory block.
The character wakes up confused in a compromising position, and then utters in confusion: "What did I do last night?" As they learn more about what happened they repeat themselves, only this time in horror: "What did I DO last night?!" Often the episode become a quest to learn the truth. Usually in comedy it's a it's Not What It Looks Like
situation, but in drama it often is what it looks like, resulting in a Wham Episode
and an Aesop about not drinking. In Mystery Fiction
, it's occasionally used to set up a Whodunnit where the protagonist himself has no alibi and may not be certain they did not, in fact, commit the crime.
Getting a tattoo or joining the Armed Forces is a common outcome, as is the ever-popular Bedmate Reveal
. If they're in Las Vegas
, an Accidental Marriage
This is a common romance comedy trope, sometimes used as a Ship Tease
. For example, have two people end up in bed
whom the fandom have been pairing up (despite their hating each other in canon). Have them freak at the thought that they might have had sex
. Maybe have them sort of try out a "relationship" only for it to be "The Masochism Tango
", but by the end of the day they figure out that no sex occurred, happily resulting in a Snap Back
Another version can occur where everybody else does
know what happened last night, but decide to conceal it so as to have some fun with the poor guy who can't remember. If the audience gets to see the poor drunk's patchy memories of the evening, they may be portrayed via Binge Montage
See also Bedmate Reveal
, Did They or Didn't They?
. Compare Alternate Identity Amnesia
You Wake Up in a Room
is a darker, less comedic variation. May overlap with Waking Up Elsewhere
and/or Unfamiliar Ceiling
Can also be related to Missing Time
, although this doesn't usually involve alcohol. Depending on the case, it can be Truth in Television
, although the amount of alcohol you must consume to lead to Real Life
memory loss is pretty close to how much you need to die from alcohol poisoning.
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- Jake has these experiences in the AXE shower gel commercials.
- In a Norwegian commercial, a woman wakes up in a bed in a huge hotelroom with wedding-stuff thrown all around. Her confusion becomes complete when George Clooney enters the room. Turns out she married THE George Clooney while she was drunk.
- "Wake up with The King."
- A now banned TV advert for sanitising mouthwash shows a hungover man, very much the worse for wear, coughing, gagging, and then vomiting up a very alive and very scruffy dog - the message being that morning-after breath is not nice to smell. The ad was discontinued after protests.
- "Get High, Get Stupid, Get AIDS" Public Service Announcement.
- On a similar vein, a "Get High, Get Stupid … " PSA warns against drug abuse. One memorable one had a young man, who had gotten high (or drunk) the night before, awaken by a call informing him he was responsible for some heinous action. Said act is never stated outright, but it is implied it involves a woman and that she is not OK. "So we're OK, dude?" the guy cluelessly asks before the caller hangs up.
Anime & Manga
- According to The Salmon Of Doubt, a posthumous collection of some of his miscellaneous writings, this happened to Douglas Adams fairly often.
- The science fiction novel Golem100 by Alfred Bester has a place where two characters take drugs. The next ten pages or so are freaky concept art with no pictures. Then the text restores, and a policeman explains to them just what they were doing that time (each art piece represents about an hour of debauchery, such as streaking an entire city block).
- In the Doctor Who New Adventures novel Death and Diplomacy, Jason and Bernice are trapped together for an extended period of time, get drunk, accidentally trigger each other's childhood traumas, get really drunk... and nine hours later Benny's rather dazed POV is pointing out that usually, when one wakes up plus one drinking partner and minus chunks of one's memory, the most that happened is a little half-hearted groping before both parties passed out, before going on to mention that this time around, "half-hearted" feels somewhat less likely than "ferocious, violent, convulsive, and multiple."
- This is the main theme of Henry Kuttner's Galloway Gallegher stories, collected in Robots Have No Tails. Gallegher is explained to be a super Spark inventor, but his spark only gets sparky when he's very drunk. Thus almost every story starts with him waking and spending the rest of the story trying to figure out just how the crazy invention he made last night works.
- In Lonely Werewolf Girl this question is asked by Thrix after a night of Drowning Our Romantic Sorrows. The answer is, her sister's boyfriend.
"Most people, on waking up, accelerate through a quick panicky pre-consciousness check-up: who am I, where am I, who is he/she, good god, why am I cuddling a policeman's helmet, what happened last night?
- In the Ellery Queen novel Ten Days Wonder, Howard Van Horn suffers blackouts. He will wake up days or weeks later with no idea where he is or what he has done in the meantime. Very definitely not Played for Laughs.
- From the 13th century Saga of the Jomsvikings: After getting utterly wasted at a banquet at King Svein's of Denmark, Sigvaldi, chief of the eponymous Viking band, makes a solemn, public vow to conquer Norway. When he wakes the next day, he remembers nothing.
- The Red Dwarf novelizations retcon Dave Lister's means of joining the Jupiter Mining Corps into this (in the show he was intentionally working to buy a farm on Fiji). For his birthday he decided to go on a pub crawl on earth with his friends, based on visiting every location on a Monopoly board. After hitting a few places and getting confused, he stepped out to buy such a board, and woke up some time later on another planet wearing women's clothing and in possession of a fake passport. In this continuity the job serves as his manner of getting back home.
- In Dorothy L Sayers' Busman's Honeymoon, Lord Peter Wimsey observed that it is a gentleman's first duty to remember who is in bed with him.
- In Scott Lynch's story "A Year And A Day In Old Theradane", the heroine Amarelle Parathis is the former leader of a Caper Crew who lives in a city state ruled by feuding wizards. While drinking with her friends, one of the spells used by the (female) wizard Ivovnandas damages the tavern, prompting an angry and very drunk Amarelle to go to Ivovandas' manse to give her a piece of her mind. The next morning, Amarelle wakes up in a bed dressed in one of Ivovandas' silk night gowns, and Ivovandas tells her she was marvelous last night. Shortly afterward, Ivovandas clarifies that she means that Amarelle was amazing both in daring to disturb her and in terms of the vehemence of the abuse Amarelle flung at her. She then gives Amarelle An Offer You Can't Refuse to steal something for her or else face a messy, painful death for those insults.
Live Action TV
- Blossom: Twice had this involve eldest brother Tony Russo, a recovering drug addict who has often had gaps in his memory, due to blacking out while doing stupid things when high. Most of these instances are only referred to; for instance, he once forgot that he went to college and realized it while he was wearing the sweatshirt.
- The "what did I do" plot was central to the Season 4 episode "Big Doings," where Tony goes to Las Vegas, and after a night of drinking and gambling, marries a complete stranger named Shelly. In the real world, they could have the wedding annulled, and in fact it is briefly discussed later in the episode. However, as they get to know each other, Tony and Shelly realize they have real attraction for each other … and remain married as of the series finale a year later; they even have a son, Nash Metropolitan, about a year later.
- Played serious in the "Hangover" episode of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, where a binge-drinking executive (Tony Randall) eventually finds out he killed his wife.
- The last season of Cheers had an episode where the entire gang got drunk on the lethal drinks Carla made.
- When Norm woke up the next day, he said his wife made him breakfast in bed and called him "Mr. Two Times". He prefers not to think about it.
- Carla remembers having sex with one of the guys, but doesn't remember which one. She later finds out it was Paul.
- Cliff and Norm try to reconstruct the events of the previous night by emptying their pockets and looking over the receipts. Most notably among them was one from a tattoo parlor.
- Degrassi The Next Generation:
- The seventh season opener does this to set up a particularly convoluted Twist Ending, where the two drunk people waking up in bed together didn't have sex...but a ton of much, much creepier stuff did happen.
- In the season twelve opener, Drew wakes up hungover in his basement after a Wild Teen Party, with "Nice Bum" written on his backside. He then finds out that he had sex with his ex-girlfriend Katie.
- In season 13, Zoe wakes up naked in Miles' poolhouse after a Wild Teen Party. Pictures of her are all over social media, but she has no clue what happened. It's revealed that she was raped by members of the basketball team.
- Apparently this happens to the alcoholic Fun Bobby all the time. As Phoebe puts it when describing a typical Fun Bobby story, "So I wake up, and I'm in this dumpster in Connecticut..."
- The definitive one on that show has to be when Ross and Rachel accidentally get married in Vegas, however. Full story: after Ross doodles on Rachel's face on the plane in apparently indelible ink, he atones by "bringing Vegas to [them]" and playing cards with her in the room and drinking everything in the minibar. Ross then suggests it would be funny to eat a lot of grapes, and Rachel compromises by suggesting they get married and then eat a lot of grapes. The next morning, neither of them remember a thing and have to be reminded by their friends.
Ross: They would not let us get married when we were that drunk!
Joey: They let you get married when you're drunk! Most people who get married in Vegas are drunk!
- Also happens to Ross when he sleeps with Chloe, the copy girl, after deciding to "take a break" in his relationship with Rachel.
- Chandler does one of these a few times: once when he sleeps with his annoying ex-girlfriend Janice on Valentine's Day after being accidentally set up, and another time when he makes out with one of Joey's many sisters at a party. He doesn't know which one.
Ross: (to Rachel, who has been defending Mark for just helping her out of niceness, pointing to a horribly hungover Chandler)
You see what men do? Don't tell me men are nice. This is men!
- Gilmore Girls:
- Lorelai's drunken rant at Lane's wedding.
- Also, Luke and Lorelai go out for an evening and drink too much, and the next morning Lorelai is disturbed to realize that they didn't use protection when they had sex, leading to a But I Can't Be Pregnant! subplot. She's not.
- Brandy in the Noah's Arc movie wakes up after a drug-fueled night in a total state of confusion.
- The whole premise of the Psych episode "Last Night Gus", which begins with Shawn on the floor wearing sandals that aren't his, Gus also in an awkward position, Lassie with a black eye on the couch with Woody the Coroner, Lassie's gun having fired three bullets, and Gus's car is trashed. And everybody seems to be pissed off with them and a murder victim got killed by three shots.
- In the episode "Hunting", Cameron does not forget, per se, but she does regret it.
- Played rather cruelly in the fifth season finale: House wakes up after spending the night with Cuddy and finds little clues of their liaison all around the house, like her lipstick... except she didn't spend the night at all, he hallucinated everything. The moment when he realizes that it was all in his head is terrifying and sad.
- Also played very seriously in "House's Head"/"Wilson's Heart", the medical mystery of which revolve around House desperatly trying to remember the events which lead up to him waking up in a strip club mid-lap dance bleeding from his scalp.
- In "The Choice", House wakes up in an underage neighbor boy's bed after a night of binge drinking. While still creepy, it's not nearly as bad as it sounds—it was meant to show House was having problems with his sobriety.
- How I Met Your Mother:
- In one episode, Ted woke up one night to find he'd hooked up with a woman, sprained his ankle, gotten his coat burned, had a phone number he didn't know written on his arm, and for some reason had a pineapple on his night stand. Almost everything was explained through a series of flashbacks, except the pineapple, which remained a Riddle for the Ages.
- A later episode also uses this trope, only this time Ted wakes up with a butterfly tattoo just above his butt (referred to by everyone as a "tramp stamp").
- Robin, getting ready to become naturalized as an American, decides to make a stop at her favorite bar, a pub for Canadian expatriates called "The Hoser Hut." Barney finds her the next day hungover and confused in a Toronto hotel.
- Red Dwarf:
- It's how Lister ended up leaving Earth, according to the novel.
- In the second-season episode "Thanks for the Memory", Lister wakes up after a drunken party with one foot in a cast and no idea how it happened. (It turns out that alcohol was not in fact the cause of his amnesia. This time.) It was so embarrassing they voluntarily wiped their own memories
- In the third-season episode "The Last Day", following another drunken party:
Lister: On a mining ship, 3 million years into deep space, can someone explain to me where the smeg I got this traffic cone?
Cat: Hey, it's not a good night unless you get a traffic cone. It's the policewoman's helmet and the suspenders I don't understand.
- The climax of of the episode "Parallel Universe". Lister and a female version of himself try to determine how they ended up in bed together:
Lister: "I remember bettin' ya I could climb the disco wall using only me lips..."
- Three's Company:
- An episode has Jack waking up after a wild party, finding Mr. Roper sharing his bed. While Jack's pretty sure this is Not What It Looks Like, Roper freaks out and invokes the trope.
- In another episode Jack gets drunk with his old navy buddies and they give him a tattoo. He goes to the hospital for an operation to remove it while Janet tries to convince him not to go because she thinks the operation is a vasectomy.
- Even worse: in that same episode, Mr. Furly thinks Jack is going into the hospital to have a sex change.
- The NSFW britcom Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps resolves the question very quickly, when two of the main characters wake up in bed together with hangover amnesia:
GAZ: Stay calm, stay calm, I am sure we did not do anything, lets examine the evidence.
JANET: Lambrini, candles, your cock is still in me.
- A non-humorous example: The first episode of Veronica Mars has Veronica waking up from a party in bed without her underwear after being roofied at a party. It takes until the end of the season (and more than a year of in-show chronology) until she figures out exactly what happened that night.
Veronica: You wanna know how I lost my virginity? So do I.
- A Will and Grace two-parter had Will & Jack get badly drunk on Karen's yacht and wake up in bed together. Naked. They are both horrified. Nothing happened, though.
- In The Young Ones episode "Time" Rick wakes up and finds a girl (Jennifer Saunders) in his bed. Being a randy little devil, he naturally assumes they had sex. Hilarity Ensues, until she tells everyone she just needed a place to crash and got into Rick's bed after he fell asleep.
- A variation is done in the episode "Our Mrs. Reynolds"; after Saffron shows up on the ship and explains her "marriage" to Mal, he initially laughs it off and insists that there's no way he'd get married until Shepherd Book agrees with Saffron and says that Mal is in fact married to her. A slightly panicked Mal asks Jayne just how drunk Mal was at the big celebration the night before, on the theory that obviously he's missing something... turns out Jayne doesn't know, he passed out.
- In "Jaynestown", Simon and Kaylee get drunk in a bar and are woken up the following morning by Mal, who finds them in a compromising position. Later, Kaylee is talking about when they made love, causing Simon to burst out with a panicked "When we did what...?!". It turns out Kaylee was teasing him - nothing happened between them that night.
- In a MADtv skit, a man wakes up with a hangover to learn that he had been elected US president while drunk. His presidency was highly successful and popular (he's in the middle of his second term when he wakes up), he annexed three new states to the US (Cuba, Saskatchewan and Germany) and even managed get the cure for cancer discovered (by gathering the CEOs of the world's biggest companies and "infecting them with cancer").
- He's also married to Winona Ryder.
- Exact words used in the Mystery Science Theater 3000 sporking of the short "The Chicken of Tomorrow"... to describe the stumblings of a newly-hatched chick. Made even funnier in the short "Keeping Clean and Neat," where a ten-year boy struggles to drag himself out of bed.
- One episode of Black Books does this. Bernard is trying to figure out why some friends of his are so angry with him. Unlike some other examples, the only clue he's got is that he's incredibly hungover (nothing new for him). Turns out (spoilered'd for your sensitivity) He'd taken a dump in their wicker clothes basket. Then suggested that their six-year-old son was doing drugs, and claimed that he had the cold, dead eyes... of a killer. He falls and breaks his arm when leaving in a huff because they refused to apologize for blanking him. Their son's face is locked in a mask of horror, which Bernard brushes off as "He's a kid. Everything's new to them."
- In Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, Neville wakes up after a night on the town in Dusseldorf with a strange woman's name tatooed his arm. He spends the rest of the first series worrying about how he is going to explain this to his wife when he returns home.
- 30 Rock:
- Liz Lemon, having gone to the dentist for some surgery, naturally undergoes anesthesia that evidently affects her... strongly (as in, put a waffle in her DVD player and thought that it was the best movie ever). When she goes back to work, she finds an entry marked "Future Husband" in her contact list. This kicks off a sort of mini-arc.
- She also takes her recovering alcoholic former boyfriend out to dinner before his wedding. He orders salmon, and seems to be getting rather tipsy somehow. Seems the sauce contains whiskey, the alcohol of which would normally burn away while cooking. However, he unknowingly ordered the sauce on the side, and gets drunk. The next morning he complains of lower back pain, and doesn't notice that he somehow ended up with a tribal tattoo.
- My Name Is Earl features this, when Earl wakes up one morning with a hangover and a married woman married to him who is six months pregnant.
- On the Panel Show Would I Lie to You?, panelists will often attempt to justify unusual claims by saying that they were very drunk at the time.
- Mad Men features a very serious one of these after Don Draper wins a Clio Award; the blackout lasts from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, during which Don makes a pitch that succeeds in the worst possible way, hooks up with an adwoman who had been actively seeking him out since the ceremony, then hooks up with an entirely different woman (apparently the waitress from a nearby diner), who calls him Dick when he wakes up in the morning. Oh, and the reason that the pitch succeeds in the worst possible way? He has to hire an incompetent relative of Jane Sterling's as a copywriter. Peggy was pissed.
- Two and a Half Men: Charlie. A lot. But one example in particular had him wake up the next morning finding out he tried to mail his pants back to the manufacturer because he snagged himself zipping up.
- They had a blatant rip-off of The Hangover after Clark and Lois co-joined Bachelor/Bachelorette party in season ten. It involved charmed champagne from a magic-wielding ally, a complete black-out after the first sip, a stolen money transport in the barn, the resident Straight Man turned Elvis Impressionist, a wedding-dressed Chloe in Clark's closet and one half of a signed marriage licence.
- A subversion in "Freak": when Chloe asks Daniel what happened last night, he somewhat apologetically asks if they had sex because he was really drunk and didn't remember anything. Turns out he has his memory at Lex's secret lab wiped and the same happens to Chloe later. Although considering the pain and humiliation she went through in Lex's hands, it's probably for the best.
- Happens occasionally on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit when a victim is dosed with Rohypnol or similar. Played straight in the episode "Hammered," in which a man genuinely doesn't remember raping and murdering a woman while drunk.
- Erin in the first episode of Crownies when she wakes up at home after the office Christmas party, still dressed but missing one stocking, and having no memory of how she got there. She later discovers her bra hanging on the conference room doorknob.
- An entire plot thread of the Warehouse 13: episode 'Love Sick' involved Pete and Myka waking up in bed together and trying to figure out what they did the previous night. It eventually comes out that they deliberately engineered the situation so that they would be able to retrace their footsteps and rescue Jinks.
- In Being Human, a vampire's dependency on blood is treated like an alcohol addiction. As a result, there are a few scenes of when Mitchell drank the blood of lots of women in the seventies and woke up, completely disoriented, covered in blood, and surrounded by broken furniture and dead bodies.
- A much less humorous variation occurs in an episode of CSI, which focuses on a teenage boy who died during a drug trip. His friend desperately wants to remember what happened that night to catch his killer. The friend experienced extreme sensitivity to sounds during his trip and strangled the victim to quiet him.
- A similar case on CSI NY involving booze spiked with LSD finally resulted in the newly 21-year-old suspect being tasered by a cop after running through the streets with a bloody axe. Turned out the kid was completely innocent, and the killer of his two friends and two girls they picked up was after the girls for looting from his drug supply.
- Sheldon Cooper, the man who didn't even want to drink coffee because it is technically a drug, has one of these on The Big Bang Theory. Penny offers him alcohol to ease his nerves about giving a speech. As it happens, he's very nervous. The next morning, he rewords the title of the trope in his own Sheldon-esque way.
Sheldon: Penny, Leonard. Would you be able to answer some questions I'm having about the events of last night?
Sheldon: Question one: Where are my pants?
: You might want to check youtube
- It also happens to the other guys. Raj wakes up in the morning next to the blonde who took him home drunk the previous night. She is middle-aged and possibly eighty pounds overweight. After one drunken night he wakes up in bed with Penny.
Raj. THIS.NEVER.HAPPENED. OK?
- Apparently Howard and Raj once got drunk at Comic Con and ended up in an intimate threesome with a three hundred pound Wonder Woman cosplayer.
- This clip from the Criminal Minds episode "Snake Eyes". Garcia wakes up one morning after having way too much wine and the only thing she remembers is having a huge fight with her boyfriend Kevin note . So she was freaked out when she saw Morgan stepping out of her shower, in only a towel. Nothing happened between them. She invited Morgan over, they watched a movie, he slept on the couch. It would be out-of-character for Morgan to take advantage of her like that.
- Invoked in Burn Notice, when a con-man is drugged in the course of a drinking session with Sam, and set up to think he's spent a ridiculous amount of money, the idea being that he'll reveal where he keeps his accounts. When this plan doesn't work, they do it again to make him think he's murdered a mark.
- In the Ever Decreasing Circles episode "One Night Stand", the prudish Martin Bryce is targeted by a prank-loving colleague who gets him drunk and arranges for a local girl to be in his room when he wakes up the following morning. The horrified Martin assumes he has cheated on his wife, Ann, even though he cannot remember a single detail of his "indiscretion".
- The M*A*S*H episode "Mr. And Mrs. Who?" has Charles returning from R-and-R in Tokyo with the mother of all hangovers and is trying to sleep it off when Klinger tells him that "Mrs. Charles Winchester" is waiting for him on the compound. It turns out in drunken revelry, Charles wanted to marry the lady he met, and she agreed if only to quiet him down. The "wedding" was performed, as it turns out, by a bartender. At the conclusion, a ceremony to dissolve this ersatz wedding was held in the mess tent, with B.J. presiding with a Sad Sack comic book instead of a Bible.
- Modern Family: In "Heart Broken", Mitchell has too many cocktails at a 'Lonely Hearts' party he and Cam threw for their single friends. He wakes up the next morning to find that he has dyed the cat pink, stolen the neighbour's Christmas decorations and invited Dylan to live with them. It actually turns out Cam did that last one.
- Carnivàle: Happens in the episode "Babylon", where Ben gets drunk, staggers out of the saloon and wakes up deep in Bayblon's silver mine. which had collapsed thirteen years before.
- General Hospital. The newly rebellious Karen (reacting badly to memories of being molested by her mother's boyfriend) dresses like a tramp then goes to an underground rave. Her drink is spiked with Ecstasy. The next episode begins with her waking up in a strange man's apartment, but he (truthfully) assures her that nothing happened, that he in fact rescued her from the guys who drugged her before they could do anything and merely brought her home to sleep it off.
- ER: Abby falls off the wagon and goes out drinking with her co-workers. The next thing she remembers is waking up in her boss's apartment, wearing nothing but her underwear, while he's shirtless. She freaks and runs out. Although she's clearly hoping that he merely took her home to sleep off her alcoholic binge, flashbacks reveal that they did in fact sleep together.
- Surgical Spirit: Sheila and Jonathan get engaged and throw a huge party. Everyone gets blitzed and the next episode has everyone recovering from the chaos. As it turned out, Jonathan ended up sleeping on the couch of a coworker. Sheila ended up sleeping with a male friend of hers. She and Jonathan break up very quickly once she admits it.
- Farscape. In "Scratch 'N Sniff" Cricthon and D'Argo wake up after a night partying with a pair of hot alien babes on a Pleasure Planet to find the girls spiked their drinks, robbed them, and left them in a shop window being gawped at by amused onlookers. Crichton then realises he's wearing black lacy stockings, Screams Like a Little Girl and runs off.
- In the Royal Pains episode "The Hankover", Hank, Evan, Divya, and Jill all get drunk (Evan and Hank were throwing a bachelor part, while Jill and Divya had gone clubbing), resulting in Divya and Jill waking up in the back of a taxi, and Evan believing that he's accidentally killed Divya's fiancée.
- The Sam & Cat episode "#MotorcycleMystery" has Cat drinking too much special tea and everyone finding her passed out on the couch with her handcuffed to a small angry foreign man, her hair dyed blue, and Sam's motorcycle missing. Since Cat can't remember anything that happened, the episode focuses on trying to find out what Cat did in order to find Sam's motorcycle.
- The short-lived series Missing Persons used the fake-dead hooker trick too. A girl is missing and her rich-kid boyfriend is suspected of murdering her. A cop poses as a pimp and sells him a hooker for the night, only to wake him up the next day screaming in his face that he's killed her with rough sex. Faced with the Disposing of a Body problem and a Scary Black Man roughing him up, the kid blurts out a good place to dump her corpse. The cop goes there and sure enough finds the dead girlfriend, which he reports to the police in an 'anonymous' tip.
- On QI, Alan told a story about seeing some pictures from a party he'd been at that showed people playing with sparklers, and he thought he must have been in the bathroom or something since he didn't remember sparklers being there. The next few pictures showed him lighting them and handing them around.
- A guy wakes up at home with a terrible hangover. All he remembers from the night before is the address where the party was and using a large brass toilet with buttons on it. In an attempt to remember what he did the previous night, he goes to the house and knocks on the door. A woman answers. "Excuse me, but was there a big party here last night?" "Boy, was there ever!" the woman says. The guy asks "Do... you have a big brass toilet with buttons on it?" The woman leans back into the house and yells "Harry! The guy who shat in your tuba is here!"
- A man wakes up in his bed remembering nothing of the party he went to the night before. He sits up in bed with a splitting headache and notices his robe and slippers are sitting out for him, and there two aspirin on his bedside table with a glass of water. Puzzled, he takes the aspirin and goes downstairs. He finds a pot of coffee brewing and his wife making a huge breakfast for him. "What happened?" He asks. His wife says "You came home completely drunk last night, puked on the neighbors lawn and then passed out on our yard, wetting yourself." "Well..." he says "So the nice treatment?" His wife says "Well, when I was grumbling and trying to get you out of your clothes last night, you came to long enough to say 'Get off me, woman! I'm a married man!'"
- A guy wins $5000 on an instant lottery ticket. He collects his money, then stops at a bar for a celebratory drink. That's the last thing he remembers before waking up in a nearby alley the next day, his money all gone. He goes back to the bar and asks the bartender if he knows what happened to his money. "You spend the whole lot here", said the bartender. "You got wasted and bought drinks for everyone, danced around, passed out a couple of times...everybody had a great time". "That's a relief!" says the guy. "I was afraid I'd squandered it!"
- Abraham Lincoln yelling at his secretary after a 3-day drinking binge: "Who do you say I set free!?"
- In I'm at End of Your Sight Dong-ha gets very drunk waiting for Je-Hyung (who doesn't have a telephone) and repeatedly vomits around his house. He wakes up wondering why his trousers had been taken off. He wondered if it was because Je-Hyung wanted to drive him out of the house naked.
- Amanda Marshall's "Sunday Morning After":
Oh my God, I woke up with a snake tattoo...
Oh my God, and I think that my tongue's pierced too,
It's the Sunday morning after,
And baby, who the hell are you?
- Britney Spears' "Blur".
- Sublime's "What Happened"
What I am doing here?
Who is this girl in my bed?
What is this shit on my face?
My god what is that awful smell?
- Katy Perry's "Waking Up In Vegas"
There's a stranger in my bed,
There's a pounding my head
Glitter all over the room
Pink flamingos in the pool
I smell like a minibar
DJ's passed out in the yard
Barbie's on the barbeque
This a hickey or a bruise?
- Luke Bryan's All My Friends Say
...so I started calling around
And all my friends say I started shooting doubles when you walked in
All my friends say I went a little crazy seeing you with him
You know I don't remember a thing
But they say I sure was raising some cain
I was a rock star, party hard, getting-over-you comeback kid
Hey I must have did
What all my friends say
- Jimmy Buffet's "Margaritaville" —
...I don't know the reason
I stayed here all season,
Nothin' to show but this brand new tattoo,
But it's a real beauty
A Mexican cutie
And how it got here, I haven't a clue.
- Buffett uses this trope again in is song: Permanent Reminder of a Temporary Feeling.
- And again in his version of Lord Buckley's God's Own Drunk.
- Seems to be a favorite of his, as he employs the trope yet again in Semi-True Story.
- Butthole Surfers' "Who Was in My Room Last Night"
The constant breeze and flashes, why, I don't really have a clue
No one to tell us who was touching me or exactly what I should do
My throat was dry, my hopes were high, but nothing really ever got said
Who was in my room last night? Who the hell was in my bed?
- Lit's "My Own Worst Enemy"
...Can we forget about the things I said when I was drunk
I didn't mean to call you fat
I can't remember what was said or what you threw at me
Please tell me
Please tell me why
The car is in the front yard
And I'm sleeping with my clothes on
Came in through the window last night
And you're gone, gone
- "Blackout" by Scorpions:
I realize I missed a day
But I'm too wrecked to care anyway
I look around and see this face
What the hell, have I lost my taste?
Don't want to find out
Just want to cut out
- "What I Did Last Night" by Catherine Britt:
Mama says I gotta start acting like a lady
Daddys just worries about his baby
How am I supposed to straighten up and fly right
When I don’t even remember what I did last night
- "Veins" by Blue Öyster Cult
I open my eyes
From a dreamless night
With a sense of dread
You could cut with a knife
So I'm thinking that
Maybe I killed somebody
You never know - you
never know when
You might have killed somebody
- "Dagen Derpå" by Jim & Stian, is Norwegian for "The Day After". When translated into English the lyrics are:
Have you ever woke up with a girl, you don't know who is?
Was she fat, and pale as the snow, and was she laying there naked?
You stand up with messy hair, and think to yourself
What the hell did I do last night?
The day after, you don't remember what happened
You only have distant memories from a bottle of bad homemade liquor
It sucks to wake up the day after
To smell the scent of a woman
That does not want to leave.
- Faith No More - The Morning After. Although as it's Mike Patton, it's not exactly straightforward.
- Last Name, by Carrie Underwood.
And I don't even know his last name
Oh, my mama would be so ashamed
It started off "Hey cutie, where ya from?"
And then it turned into, "Oh no, what have I done?"
And I don't even know his last name
- After the singer reveals that she's waking up in Las Vegas with a ring on her left hand that wasn't there before, the chorus changes to "And I don't even know my last name."
- Sting/The Police's "Shadows in the Rain"
Woke up in my clothes again this morning
Don't know exactly where I am
I should heed my doctor's warning
He does the best with me he can
- Smile by Avril Lavigne.
"Last night I blacked out I think
What did you- what did you put in my drink?
I remember making out but then - ooh ooh
I woke up with a new tattoo.
Your name was on me and my name was on you.
- "Will I Make it Through the 80s?" by Julie Brown
Time to get up, but I can't move
What did I do last night?
Am I home, are these my clothes
I hope my car's alright
At least it's Sunday—no, it's Monday
I better call in dead
Well, I might get by, but I'm so burnt
I can't get out of bed
- "Last Night" by Good Charlotte.
- Billy Joel's song and video "Big Shot".
- "Musta Had A Good Time" by Parmalee.
Now I'm pickin' up beer cans, what a mess, oh man, who's that passed out in the yard?
All that's left in the fire pit is one of my lawn chairs and a piece of siding on my barn.
Somebody doin' donuts must've hit the mailbox, 'cause it's layin' out there in the road.
There's a flood in the bathroom, a hog in the kitchen, a dude on the couch with a bloody nose.
I guess we used the tabletop for a game of beer pong, and the back porch for a dance floor.
Somebody took the shower rod, turned it to a stripper pole; man, there's a hole bust through my door!
I dunno what the hell went on 'round here last night, but we musta had a good time!
- The opening to the 6-minute clip for LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem" implies a hangover (from all that party rockin', no less) that lasted 28 days.
- "Mama Told Me (Not To Come)", written by Randy Newman and popularized by Three Dog Night.
- Sailor's hit One Drink Too Many:
Well, the table is set,
the candles are lit,
And there's the knock on the door.
Boy! She's looking pretty,all dressed up,
Now who could have wished for more.
Yes,we wined and dined and all was fine,
Knowing that she was game;
But then I went and really spoiled it all,
By filling up my glass again....
(For) one drink too many took the smile right off of her face;
One lousy drink too many took the girl right out of my place;
Well, I tried to talk her out of going home,
But instead I fell flat on the floor;
And all I remember is a great big bang,
I guess she must have slammed the door....
- "Johanna's Chopper," on Gilby Clarke's solo debut Pawnshop Guitars, includes the line "and I can't remember last night."
- Bo Burnham has a song named after the trope, consisting of the one line "I cried myself to sleep!"
- The Star Trek Filk Song Banned from Argo lists what exactly happened last night (Actually a four-day shoreleave on the planet). Highlights include the first officer getting so bombed on "something green" he reprogrammed the bridge computer to swear, the communications officer hacking the planet's comm net to omit the clothes of anyone using a video phone, and scaring a group of Klingons into running away like little girls.
- Zits: Jeremy wakes up one morning with his boxers over his head. He resolves to try and remember his dreams.
- Garfield: Garfield wanders into a patch of catnip, then wakes up the next morning in an Atlantic City alleyway next to a Barbie Doll.
- Pathfinder has Cayden Cailean, a Boisterous Bruiser who was drunk off his ass when somebody bet him that he could survive the Cathedral of the Starstone. Three days later, when he sobered up, he was the god of Freedom, Bravery, and Alcoholic Beverages, with no memory of the intervening period.
- In The Witcher 2 Assassins Of Kings the "Hungover" sidequest revolves around trying to work out what Geralt did last night... And how to get rid of a tattoo.
- This is basically the plot of Conkers Bad Fur Day. Conker wakes up after a night of drinking, has no idea where he is, and has to get home. Somehow.
- An apparently rare bug can cause this for the player in Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn by skipping over the "last night" romance dialogue and right into the "morning after" one.
- GTA Radio used this as an ad for "Bounce FM".
- If the player loses the drinking contest with Gemli in part 2 of A Dance with Rogues or drinks too much before going upstairs with Pia in the first part, she will have no memory of her experiences.
- In Chrono Trigger, Lucca gets drunk on "soup" and then...
"Liar! I was a perfect lady last night! But why does my tummy hurt so?"
- One quest in Skyrim starts innocently enough with a drinking contest with a random gentleman in a random bar...you then blackout and wake up half the map away in Markarth, being yelled at by a nun for trashing the local temple. What follows is a string of goat selling, monster proposing, and other debauchery you can't remember. It can potentially be worse if the girl who you borrowed the wedding ring from was your wife. Turns out your drinking buddy was none other than Sanguine, Daedric god of wine and merry-making, out for laughs. And on top of that, Sanguine had so much fun with you that in memory of the hilarity, he gives you an artifact staff that summons Dremora Lords on command.
- Content Dummied Out from Fallout: New Vegas when the game still had Romance Sidequests involved a male (or lesbian) Courier and Rose of Sharon Cassidy going out drinking in New Vegas and waking up next morning to discover you'd gotten married while drunk. Naturally, The King oversaw it.
- In World of Warcraft, one of the Grummle Stop Poking Me lines riffs on this.
"I once smelled a luckydo so powerful, I woke up with a hangover."
- In Mass Effect 2 it's possible to go to a bar and order drinks. When you get to the Krogan Liquor, Shepard blacks out and wakes up in a bathroom.
- There's also a very hungover Samantha Traynor after the party in the Citadel DLC:
Traynor: So, last night. I didn't... do anything, did I? I've been checking the extranet. No hits yet, so maybe I just imagined that last part. I'm almost sure someone was recording us though.... It's not my fault, I was overserved!
Tali: I... am going... to die. I didn't know you could go through that many toxin filters in one night.... Do I have a tattoo? I remember something about a tattoo....
- Dragon Age: Origins has several for if you ask the propieter of The Pearl (a whorehouse) to surprise you:
- You can wake up with two nugs who are desperately trying to look busy
- You can find yourself talking to a cross-dressing dwarf (referenced in Dragon Age II)
- You can wakes up staring at the floor and wobbling a bit. By the bed is a two handed maul labeled "Magic Wand" which, whn you click on it produces the message, "You're not sure if you want to remember what happened last night."
- And, perhaps the strangest, you can wake up in a room filled with flower pots, scarecrows, a dragon egg, some bottles of unknown fluid, a whip, a trellis or monkey bars, and a ring of practice dummies with a wooden fish statue in the middle. Your character paces around, looking paranoid or utterly confused.
- In Quest For Infamy, Roehm can get himself drunk at the local pub. If it happens, he wakes up some hours later in a nearby farmer's barn. As he pats down himself, he is relieved to find out he hasn't got any stab-wounds this time, and also notices that his purse is a few coins lighter and for some inexplicable reason there is a modern day traffic cone (in a medieval-esque fantasy setting) in his inventory. Roehm notices that he has no idea what the thing is and how the hell he got his hands on it.
- Kingdom of Loathing has you go through these if you lack enough common sense to avoid adventuring drunk. On St. Sneaky Pete's Day, though, you can get a special tattoo if you get really overly drunk.
- In Sunset Overdrive, the fast travel system is done in this fashion. You select a location, your character takes a swig from a bottle of spirits and passes out and is seen later stumbling out of a port-a-potty near where you want to go.
- In PK Comic after night of heavy drinking Jake finds out that he hooked up with Roberta, a drag queen in this strip
- Although he seems to remember sleeping with a giant fish on the same night in this strip.
- In College Roomies from Hell!!!, the boys later discover while they did while drunk: Most notably, they were featured in a cheap porn film.
- Kid Radd invoked the gag by having the real reason the two guys are in the same bed be a prank by two of the girls moving one of them. Synchronised loud screams of horror follow.
- A story arc in Misfile. After Ash and Vashiel wake up in the same bed with no memory of their alcohol-fueled night, Ash delivers the classic line quoted on the quotes page. For full context: Ash is a guy in a girl's body, Vashiel is the Incorruptible Pure Pureness angel who longs for Ash unaware of the situation, and all that happened was they passed out, so Rumsiel tucked them in the same bed.
- Ash has since sworn off alcohol.
- Questionable Content, Faye does it here. Also in strip #1081. Faye wakes up after having hooked up with Sven between #1079 and #1080. For some reason, it's always Faye.
- Happens when Torg goes out drinking with Sam the Vampire in Sluggy Freelance.
- Shortpacked!: Robin eats a bowl of Cadbury cream eggs, blacks out, and wakes up to find out she's been elected to Congress.
- In a rare variation where the reader gets to actually see it in action, Leslie gets the previously fired Shortpacked gang their jobs back after getting a contact sugar high from Robin licking her neck. Immediately afterwards, she comes down from it with no memory of what she just did.
- The second time Robin eats Cadbury egg cereal, she wakes up in a cardboard box on the street, having passed a law creating a utopia, banged a guy, made a sex tape which got leaked onto the internet, and been dumped and kicked out.
- Intentionally invoked by Mike. Amber and Ethan (who is gay, but slept with Amber years ago before he discovered this) wind up at a bar together and get drunk. What follows looks like a Bedmate Reveal showing that they slept together. The end of the strip, however, reveals that they both slept (separately) with Mike, who did it to drive a wedge between them. Also, a sensual oil massage from Faz may have been involved at some point.
Amber: We did not do this!
Mike: You kidding? It was your idea.
Amber: Your facts have no effect on me!
- This strip reveals that even Cybertronians are not immune to this trope.
- Used in VG Cats with Samus Aran at a Christmas party. She realizes to her horror that she had sex with Master Chief. Samus promptly flees his begging for another round and douses herself in a cold shower.
- The fictional band Owns Big Mecha in Sordid City Blues has the song "What The Hell Did I Do Last Night" in their repertoire. Which, in turn, leads into this moment at the opening of one of their shows:
- And then there's this Schlock Mercenary, in which Kevyn couldn't remember the past month due to being temporarily dead.
- Outside Interference: After deciding, while drunk, to kiss Kate at a New Year's party, Gina is relieved to find out, in the next strip, that she chickened out.
- Steve and Mark in Khaos Komix starting here. Also Tom (Maria back then) here.
- This page in The Adventures of Dr. McNinja:
: Did I discover time travel?
- One particularly geeky example was provided by Full Frontal Nerdity. The main characters went to a New Years Eve party at the "Goblin Hole" and look through their pockets to figure out what they did while under the influence of "Klingon War Nog". Frank finds a character sheet for the elf ranger from the D&D movie, Lewis finds a receipt for the Everquest sourcebooks, and Nelson (who hates anime) found Yu-Gi-Oh cards.
- Sam, of The Space Between, has this happen to her a lot.
- Out There establishes the use of this trope early in its run. On the first night they meet, Miriam and John end up spending the night in a hotel together after she ties one on (nothing happens, except a REALLY good dream). In another arc about a year later, Miriam and Sherry go out drinking and the next day Miriam's memory of the night is so spotty that she can't remember if she cut her own hair (she didn't; Sherry cut it while she was sleeping). Another time, a hung-over Miriam thinks she remembers Sherry sabotaging her one-night stand, and assumes she must be remembering wrong (she isn’t). Not long after, Miriam and Clayton end up in bed together, and Miriam needs a recap the next day to find out what happened. Later, while touring with Steven's band, Miriam gets drunk at a party and and is later surprised to find a phone number written on her belly in indelible ink. Still later, Miriam wakes up on Araceli's couch and has trouble remembering what they did the night before, but she figures it out on her own, confirming (in her own mind) that she doesn't have a drinking problem, after all.
- Rhapsodies: Paul wakes up alone in Nancy's bedroom.
- After Quentyn and his friends celebrated his becoming a Questor in Tales of the Questor they woke up in a workshop with no memory of what they'd been doing, and apparently they bought a bunch of junk too.
- Happens several times to Sandra in Ménage à 3. She even repeats the trope title in strip #302 (May 17, 2010, NSFW). Other characters in the comic also occasionally come round from binges with dim and worrying memories of what they did the night before.
- Prequel has been there◊ a few times. It Makes Just as Much Sense in Context.
- In Lackadaisy Cats, Zib and Mitzi's musical band has apparently had a large number of crazy drunken adventures, none of which they can remember
- The comic Dubious Company starts with "Ow! My head... What the hell did I do last night?" Stowed away on a pirate ship, as it turns out..
- Not an uncommon occurance in S.S.D.D, the fourth comic actually had the "traffic cone" gag. And Norman takes it further with a traffic light.
- Most people don't remember that this was how the protagonists of MegaTokyo originally got stranded in Japan in the first place.
- In Wizard School, Graham wakes up in a room after a drunken bender to find two schoolchildren (and a goat) in the room with him. His first questions are "What's a little girl doing in my bedroom?" and "What's the goat doing?".
- In Sinfest,
- Scandinavia and the World: Sweden after a night drinking cheap Danish beer.
- Dangerously Chloe at the start of "Chapter 2: Demon In Bed".
- Sandra on the Rocks inflicts the trope briefly on Sandra and especially Gary here.
- Subverted in Ménage à 3 - After a successful gig, Zii is horrified to wake up naked with both her bandmates - who happen to be her ex-girlfriend and a woman she has a crush on but thinks is taken. Then she smells chlorine on their clothes and remembers they just got drunk, jumped in the pool and went to bed. By the time she runs back to tell the others, they've started having sex ANYWAY.
- This Bash quote. Oh gods.
- A deadly serious version is used in Against Ill Chances. The narrator wakes up, is acting differently, and things are VERY weird. What happened yesterday at powers testing?
- This disturbingly plausible Satirewire story.
- The Crosses the Line Twice "Spooning with Spoony" series features first Nostalgia Chick and then The Nostalgia Critic waking up in bed with a Depraved Bisexual version of Spoony. Of course there the implication isn't so much that they got drunk as that they got roofied.
- And then inverted in "Linking Up With Linkara", where Linkara is happy to find out he's had amazing wild sex with Nostalgia Chick and Marzgurl while drunk...he just wishes he could remember it. And they tell him it was an incredible once-in-a-lifetime event that could never be repeated. Of course they're just messing with his head.
- Later, Nostalgia Chick and BFF Nella play a Hercules drinking game, and wake up surrounded by bunnies, with a third friend dressed like Spider Woman and hanging from a bar by her feet while sleeping, with a strange man in front of the couch making omlets on a hot plate, and Nella's mouth smeared with unfamiliar lipstick. This is capped with the words "based on a true story".
- The lipstick is partly explained...It was the Makeover Fairy! "They're gonna look so pretty!"
- Two examples from Demo Reel.
- In Lost in Translation: Bromance Version, Donnie spends the night drinking and probably more with Uncle Yo. After Yo starts asking personal questions, Donnie leaves, making his way to a bar where he meets Egoraptor. The next scene he wakes up lying in bed with a bottle in his hand and more on the table and floor, and when he looks over and sees Egoraptor instead of Uncle Yo, he groans like this has happened before.
- In a slightly funnier version, in the episode (fittingly enough) The Blair Witch Hangover, Rebecca and Tacoma wake up to find the studio trashed, both of them scruffy and hungover, and Tacoma in a Disney Princess dress, and spend the rest of the episode trying to figure out what they did the night before.
- This thread, entitled 'I played Oblivion blacked-out drunk and here's what happened (via picture story)'. Basically a few days after a night of heavy drinking (of which he remembers little), he loads up Oblivion to find that he had played it for about four hours while drunk. In that time, he managed to, in his words:
- Murder 131 people
- Assault 65 people
- Steal 198 items
- Build up a bounty of 99575 coins
- Build up an infamy of 140 points
- Steal 1 horse
- And create an enchanted sword called 'fcuk you UP!'
- One Mr. Welch rule is "The party doesn't need to know about the time I woke up duct-taped to the back of a Drow Matron-Mother."
- The Cheap-Arse Film Critic has one of these at the beginning of his Flesh Gordon review.
I woke up this morning and my room has been completely trashed...and I think I'm wearing a chicken suit!
- This happens in Freeman's Mind when he wakes up in the trash compator having completely forgot everything that had happened before, the aliens, the gunfights, everything - vaguely remembering that he had killed people in his dream... and a midget was involved...
- This happens at the start of Chell's Mind when she wakes up.
- This is the start of the series Husbands when Cheeks and Brady wake up from a drunken night in Vegas and find out they're married (and they haven't been dated for long). They also can't find they're friend, Haley.
- In Pay Me, Bug!: Grif Vindh has, on one job, earned more than most independents make in their lifetime. So, naturally, he and his crew go on an all night bender with some other crews that they're friends with. The next morning, they have a little trouble remembering what happened during the party. This isn't the first time this has happened, either: They've had to institute The List, a computer record of everyone's possessions that they had entered the party with, bets that were made, and the winners and losers of those bets.
- Drunk Fortress has this happen every so often, but a particularly memorable incident:
Wrex:Everything is fire and tantrums. I have an empty bottle of everclear, absinthe, and Blue Curacao. I have no idea what happened. FPS is like 3. let's just start a new fortress. I have no idea what happened, and can only surmise the lava cannon backfired horribly. I can upload the save if someone wants to look at it, but christ its a mess. I hope it dosen't become a tradition that fortresses blow up when I take control.
- The College Humor parody of I Gotta Feeling. The guy breaks his leg, antagonizes his girlfriend, and sleeps with an unattractive girl. In the end he decides that it was worth it, since he got in a nice fight and even better, now has an awesome kite.
- Ultra Fast Pony:
- In "Chickens! Run!", Sweetie Belle tries to explain to Rarity why the boutique is completely trashed:
Sweetie Belle: So, me and my band tried to patch things up the other night. Yeah, didn't go very well. [...] Also, don't go in the bathroom. Someone vomited blood in there, and it might have been me. Details are a little bit fuzzy.
- In "Pirate Shipping", Cheerilee and Big Mac wake up on a mattress, at the bottom of a deep hole, with a bridal veil on Cheerilee's head, and neither of them has any idea how they got there. The Cutie Mark Crusaders are nearby and more than happy to explain exactly what Cheerilee and Big Mac did last night.
- Getting drunk and waking up naked in strange situations is a common occurrence in Petera Dzive, often triggered by drinking "the brew," some unspecified hard liquor.
- Texts From Last Night is full of examples of this trope. This one is particularly nice.
- Darker and Edgier, with a Downer Ending, one French International rugby player woke up one morning in a police cell with no recollection of the previous night's events... Only to find that he had murdered his wife.
- Another one with a Downer Ending, rapper Big Lurch smoked PCP with a friend one night, waking up the next morning... to find he was covered in blood and with no memory of gutting his friend's girlfriend with a knife, or of the knife breaking and him using his nails and teeth to make a hole in her chest and eat a large portion of her lungs!!!
- The Persian Capital Persepolis was burned when Alexander and his men captured it. Standard pillage and burn tactic of the ancient world? No, just a drunken boast from Alexander that got out of hand.
All to impress one of his courtesans, to boot.
"Alexander took the lead, setting fire to the palace, followed by his drinking companions. Such was the end of the palace that ruled all of the East. Macadonians were ashamed that a city of such distinction had been destroyed by their king during a drunken orgy. As for Alexander, it is generally agreed that when sleep had brough him back to his sences after his drunkern bout, he regretted his actions."
"Like many happenings at very successful parties, it seemed like a good idea at the time" — Mary Renault
- A man named William Nixon (no relation) turned himself in to the police after learning he'd robbed a gas station in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland while drunk.
- From the Norwegian version of Big Brother: On the first morning of the first season one of the participants walked into the living room and found two of the others (opposite sex) sleeping on the couch, tightly embraced. They later denied the whole thing.
- The reason Ozzy Osbourne gave up drinking and drugs was that he had this happen to him regularly - the last time it happened, he woke up in prison, and when he jokingly asked what he'd done, he was stunned to hear that he'd tried to murder his wife Sharon, almost strangling her to death. A happy ending, actually, since it made him get off the drugs and it helped him change his (already abusive) relationship with Sharon into a healthy marriage.
- John Larroquette once woke up on a plane... with no idea where it was headed. Too embarrassed to ask, he found out when they landed in his hometown of New Orleans.
- A popular Facebook meme in 2011 was to post something on your status to the effect of "You and I wake up (in prison/in the back of a car/covered in shaving cream/or any odd circumstances). What are the first three words out of your mouth?" And then see what other people would say.
- A lot darker, but in most situations this is considered rape because you need to be Safe, Sane and Consensual. Being too drunk to even remember what happened is considered a very, very bad thing.
- Sleepwalking, there have been documented cases where people have got into their car and started driving (and making it to their destination safely), made whole meals, shopped for groceries, committed armed robbery, rape, and murder, all while fast asleep.
- A 19 year old British boy woke up in a toilet stall in Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport after a night of drinking in Manchester. He was using his passport as an ID and had to wait out an entire day in the city before returning home.
- At the end of the Russo-Japanese War, someone drunk too much sake celebrating the victory and ended up sinking their flagship.
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