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  • The FailBlog, which includes both photos and videos, is in a similar nature to Attack of the Show!.
    • Amusingly, a lot of the contributors fail at understanding the concept of a fail, instead posting situations that are merely ironic or even triumphant. They've rectified that by designating some things Win or even Epic Win.
    • There's also Learn From My Fail, dedicated to oddly specific advice on situations from the mundane to the downright bizarre.
  • The blog Cake Wrecks features these.
  • The Darwin Awards are pretty much given to Epic Fails that ended in fatality. There are certain cases where the victim survived, but was left unable to pass on their genes. Even among Darwin Award winners, some manage to stand out in the crowd, dying in ways that don't even sound physically possible, never mind how idiotic they are (e.g. the man who was shot to death by a snake).
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  • Rules of the Internet: Rule 16: If you fail in epic proportions, it may just become a winning failure.
  • Things Mr. Welch Is No Longer Allowed to Do in an RPG combines an Epic Fail with a Noodle Incident.
    1708. No bringing up the time we were nearly Total Party Kill'd by a jerboa.
    • One of the commentators on his Livejournal mentions the time one of their characters managed to miss when shooting a whale with a shotgun, from the inside.
  • Examples of the stories on F My Life:
  • This can happen quite often on Image Boards. For example, someone posting "Epic Fail Guy" in a "Marry, Fuck, Kill" style thread with the intention of killing him failed 13 times in a row.
  • SCP Foundation: SCP-1370 has the personality of an Omnicidal Maniac, but the body of an ordinary children's toy robot. It's so inept that when it tries to destroy a completely ordinary potted plant, the plant wins.
  • The "YOU HAD ONE JOB" meme. The implication is that the subject of the complaint had a very simple task to do and they messed it up in a manner that is so unbelievably stupid.
  • Let this be known, Madgie cannot make Kool-Aid [1]. To elaborate on the ingredients that she used, they were diesel, kerosene, butane, propane, Red Bull, and turpentine and, as to probably be expected, Bunny was hospitalized and being paralyzed down her left side for a week. The kicker? Madgie made said Kool-Aid as a way of being nice.
  • Rinkworks Computer Stupidities:
    • A man who fancies himself a computer demigod is called upon to fix a problem with the printer. His attempt to refill the toner ends up shorting out the printer and an air conditioner unit next to it. Then he makes it worse by trying to clean up the mess and smearing the toner all over and he washes the keyboard off with water. On top of all that, the printer wasn't out of toner, it was out of paper.
    • A computer used for sales suffers a motherboard failure and a tech support specialist calls in a technician to transfer the hard drive into a computer that is working. (The specialist can't do it due to being two thousand miles away.) However, the technician is completely unable to perform the transfer despite the instructions being printed on the inside of the computer being worked on. The specialist tries to walk the technician through the transfer several times, but the technician fails to comprehend the instructions and leaves. Afterwards, the little old lady who runs the shop decides that what the technician was doing didn't look too complicated and successfully performs the hard drive transfer. All the specialist has to do is walk her through getting the case back on.
    • A guy who runs a movie website receives an email on the subject of bad language in movies. After responding with his comments on the matter, the original messenger angrily asks him how he got a hold of the email since she intended to send it to the vice president of the United States. The guy points out that his email is nothing like that of the vice president and in order to send it to him by mistake, she would have to mistype around twenty-five characters in just the right way.
  • Kentucky Fried Politics: Hafez al-Assad of Syria, wanting things in the Middle East to return to pre-1978 Atlanta Treaty unrest, seizes the opportunity when an Israeli agent assassinates a radical in Lebanon's parliament (even though the two countries wanted to settle the matter peacefully instead). He declares war on Israel and rolls a Syrian tank battalion into the country to agitate things, only for all the other members of the treaty (even Palestine, at least tacitly!) to publicly side with Israel against Syria for the sake of their continued prosperity. Three days later, with only a handful of casualties, Assad recalls his troops, completely humiliated.