Photoshop is a crafty tool, but it can be used in a light-hearted way that makes folks smile. Photoshop fan James Fridman takes people’s requests online and then produces something that’s a little too literal. Fridman started with “funny edits for friends and family” and now fields hundreds of requests from online fans. Take a look at these hilarious posts where photoshop troll James Fridman strikes again.
Bad Boy for Life
For our first entry, this friendly-looking chap has asked photoshop troll, James Fridman, to make him look like a bad boy. If this request was taken literally, this young man might be standing by a sports car in a desert, wearing a leather jacket and intimidating us with his brooding bad boy vibes.
However, Fridman has hilariously photoshopped in a sign that turns this man into a very specific type of rule breaker. The sign says no mustache, sir!
Botanical Gardens Gone Wrong
Many of the requests James Fridman gets online are from people who want random passersby removed from the background of their photos. You know the type – the tourist wandering across your Eiffel Tower snap, the child who popped their head into your selfie.
In this case, the poster wants the gardener – or “guy watering the plants” – removed from her cute picture. In response, our favorite Photoshop troll reminded her just what happens when you remove gardeners – you get lots of dead plants!
Acne Allowed Here
Every now and then, Photoshop troll James Fridman doesn’t alter someone’s picture. Usually, it’s in response to a request like this, where someone wants to change something about their physical appearance. This poster has had bad acne for a long time, and wants to see what they look like with a clear face.
Refreshingly, Fridman responds with a kind message that encourages the poster to embrace who they are. By not adjusting their image, he makes an even bigger statement. Kudos!
Sting Like a Bee
This excited couple managed to take a snap of themselves posing beside legendary boxer Muhammed Ali’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Instead of being content with this vacation snap, the posers requested that Fridman turn one of them into a boxer.
They might have envisioned boxing gloves and a mouth guard, but instead, the very literal James Fridman delivered a boxer dog. In fairness, surely this couple knew that their request would be taken this way. It’s just too easy!
Let There Be Light
Of course, many people wish they could remove items and objects from the back of their images. In the age of smartphones, we can take photos anywhere, which means there are all sorts of backdrops for our pictures. Whether it’s a poorly placed photograph, a messy room, or a light that’s throwing everything off, it’s annoying!
This poster wanted the lamp removed from her selfie, but of course, she didn’t quite get what she wanted. No lamp means no picture.
Mannequin, I Feel Like a Woman
We have to raise our eyebrows a little at this particular Photoshop request. This man has taken a seat beside a mannequin, posed with her, and then asked that she be turned into his girlfriend. Is this seriously a request to conjure a romantic partner from a plastic woman?
Hilariously, Fridman did no such thing. Instead of waving his Photoshop wand and creating a girlfriend, he turned the man into a mannequin, making a fetching mannequin couple. Now walk away slowly…
Bye Bye Boyfriend
We’ve already seen what can go wrong when someone asks for something to be removed from their picture. When gardeners disappear, plants die, and when lamps are removed, pictures cease to exist. What could happen then if this random man was taken out of this couple’s Ferris wheel selfie?
Well, we’ll never know, because random guy got to stay in the pic. Instead, our favorite fan of misunderstanding deleted this lady’s other half, leaving her holding a gruesome pair of free-floating arms.
Photoshop Purse Please
This poster got in touch with James in order to get a bag added to her cute vacation snap. When posing for this picture, this young woman must have adjusted her strap and ended up with her hand in a bit of a random position. Personally, though, we think she looks great!
Obviously, when she asked for a Photoshop purse, she wasn’t specific enough. Instead of a designer bag, she got a garbage bag instead – complete with a dumpster.
A Pizza the Action
We’re confused as to why anyone would make a serious Photoshop request to James Fridman. Surely they would know that he isn’t going to follow their polite instructions – right? Surely they know that anything they say can and will be used against them via the medium of photo alterations – right?
This naïve requester asked to have the pizzas removed from the background of her picture. As we know, this only guarantees they’ll end up in the foreground. He strikes again!
Hey Cool Cats and Kittens
Ever since it aired, the internet has been consumed with Netflix’s true-crime docuseries Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness. For anyone that hasn’t seen it – it explores the dark world of exotic pets and roadside zoos, with a side-dish of murder plots.
This Photoshop requester asked for a picture where this beautiful tiger is attacking him (each to his own). Instead, Fridman has added Carole Baskin, who may or may not be an expert at provoking tiger attacks. Did anyone say sardine oil?
Oh Dear, Another Deer
We’re slightly confused at the phrasing of this request, which asks for “another deer” instead of the dodgy background ornamental sheep. Is there already a deer in this picture that we aren’t seeing? Regardless, this pretty pair aren’t fans of their one-eared background sheep and would like something a touch grander.
Clearly, they weren’t going to get what they wanted, especially not from James Fridman. The editing troll added antlers and hooves to this young man, making “another deer.”
In Need of Nail Polish
We do wonder what people think Photoshop is for. Obviously it’s software that edits photographs, but does it really exist to add and remove minor details of everyday pictures? We don’t think so. Clearly this person disagrees, as they’ve asked for some toenail polish on this picture of them smiling in a stylish room.
Is there really any need for Photoshopped nail polish? Surely not! Evidently Mr. Fridman agreed, as he popped on some toe socks instead.
A Puppy Portrait
We’ve seen it before, and we’ll see it again – but purposely removing the wrong person from pictures is undeniably hilarious. This poser wanted “the guy in the back” removed from his picture so that the focus would be on the right person. Thankfully, our favorite Photoshop fan did just that.
James deleted the poster himself and kept a zoomed-in picture of his adorable little dog. Anyway, we have to agree that the background guy and the Yorkie look very cute together.
Look Into the Crystal Orb
Now, we know that our Photoshop troll can be prone to taking instructions too literally – we’ve seen that several times. But in this case, we aren’t sure that we blame Mr. Fridman for not following the instructions given, because honestly, they’re pretty darn confusing.
What exactly did this poster expect when they asked for a hand adjustment and “a glowing orb/ball?” Well, we’re pretty sure they didn’t want this final product, in which they look quite like an animated character.
We’re Going Outside
This post makes us chuckle instantly – they were just asking for it! These three young chaps asked to have their picture Photoshopped so it looks like they’re standing outside. You know the type of prom photo they mean – them in their suits, with a fancy garden, or a limousine in the background.
As always, Fridman took the request at face value and moved the lads outside. As you can see, the camera didn’t follow, so we’re left with a nice shot of the wall.
Bear With Me
It’s risky business to ask James Fridman to make something look more realistic. This man likes to be literal, so if you want a “realistic” bear, that’s absolutely what you’re going to get. This person wanted their cute photo adjusted so it looked like they were hanging out with a real bear.
Of course, in reality, a bear – especially of this size – would immediately maul and destroy a human. This is now a photograph of a grizzly crime scene (excuse the pun).
Venetian Fashion Faux-Pax
We have to say that this lady really should have thought about her outfit before going on her trip down the Venice canals. Who goes on a gondola dressed like a gondolier? Surely people know that Venetian rowers wear stripes…right? This would be like dressing in a clown suit to go to the circus!
Hilariously, rather than changing this woman’s outfit, our photoshop friend dressed the gondolier in the same outfit as her husband. These people need to learn!
Pole Pulling Prowess
Again we have a hopeful poster that fails to be completely clear and specific with their Photoshop request. This young woman wants to look like her hands are holding onto the travel pole, but James Fridman had different ideas.
Of course, he did what she asked, just not exactly what she asked. Instead, it looks like our lovely lady has pulled the pole from the floor, and is casually resting it on her knee. For the record, we don’t think her hands look weird at all.
Put Me Somewhere Cool
Why oh why does this young woman not think that a lake is a really cool place? Surely, a sun-dappled selfie with blue water and sky in the background is the ideal situation? What would be “cooler?” Maybe a bustling European city? Or a bouncing nightclub?
Obviously, this poster didn’t get what they wanted. They did end up in a “really cool place” though, and it looks like they stayed in their cute pose until they froze over. Smile!
Ent-er At Your Own Peril
Ha-ha – this trolling Photoshop edit absolutely cracks us up. This smiling lady wanted to look like she was “in” the tree, and instead was turned into one of those walking tree creatures from The Lord of the Rings. Seriously, if people want pictures to be a certain way, why not just take those pictures in the first place?
For example, if this lady had just climbed into the tree, she wouldn’t have ended up looking like Grandmother Willow from Pocahontas.
A Hole New World
This Photoshop requester already knew that her original picture was a little off. Rather than a cute picture of her lying on her front, with her partner by her side, this couple photo looks like one partner is poking out of a hole in the floor. The original photographer should have caught this optical glitch, but sadly they didn’t.
Since the poster didn’t want to look like she was emerging from the floor, James moved her to a hole in the ground. Sorted!
Straighten Yourself Up
This must be one picky parent, because they seem positively perturbed by their young son’s crooked bowtie. Come on! Who would have noticed this if it hadn’t been pointed out? This uptight parent cringes when they see the offending item, so they asked James Fridman, Photoshop pioneer, to straighten it up.
Naturally, Fridman adjusted the entire boy so that the bowtie would be nice and straight. We wonder how the final result went down – we think it looks fabulous!
Life’s a Beach
We’ve seen it before, and here it is again. Does this joke ever get less funny? Because from where we’re standing, it keeps making us chuckle. As always, this poster loves their picture except for one thing. In this case, it’s the fellow snapper on the beach, messing up this couple selfie with his existence.
Foolishly, whoever sent this message asked to have the “other guy in the white hat” removed from the pic. Since both men are wearing white hats, our main guy is gone.
Pass the Peking Sauce
You may ask, is it reasonable to go around taking pictures and then asking for random things to be added? Surely, if you go to take a picture with some ducks, and there aren’t any ducks, then you would just not have a picture of yourself with ducks. Right? What would be the benefit of adding false ducks later?
James Fridman must have agreed, because he gave this duck-loving couple a slightly different, and much more crispy duck background scene.
Saving Private Sleepy
We do have some sympathy for this student who ended up looking a little too relaxed in his senior pictures. He and his pals went down by the river to take some snaps, and his pose was so chilled that it looks like they’re carrying him. We aren’t sure what exact fix this chap wanted, but obviously he ended up with something a little different.
The final result looks like a scene from a war movie, where an injured soldier is carried back to safety.
Reflection on the Bean
This request reminds us of the orb/ball post from earlier in this list. Where that young woman wanted to be holding an orb, this one wants her face to reflect “in the sky reflection on the bean.” Now, that’s just asking for trouble.
As with the previous orb post, the instructions are too vague and confusing to result in anything worthwhile. Of course, when we’re dealing with a Photoshop troll, there’s even less chance of a good outcome. Looking good!
Our Latest Exhibition
Again, we have a group of young friends who want to be transported from their perfectly pleasant setting into a new and random environment. Is it standard for a group of lads attending a formal event to be posing in a museum? That seems like a specific and strange request to us.
Unsurprisingly, the Photoshopped final image has taken their request literally and placed the pals in a museum exhibition. Sadly they’ve lost all of their organs and skin, but their hands are still in place.
The Background of Liberty
One of the most frustrating things about visiting a landmark or a heritage site is the hordes of people standing in the way. You can’t see Machu Picchu without getting past hundreds of tourists, and you can’t get a clear view of the Mona Lisa without craning your neck around a bunch of smartphones.
The point is, dealing with crowds is just part of visiting famous spots. You can’t expect to get a perfect picture with the Statue of Liberty, right?
Belt Buckle Badness
These two posers have a good photograph on their hands – they’re smiling, they’re generally looking in the right direction, and the background doesn’t involve any offensive or out of place items. Just leave it be fellas! Don’t come looking for trouble!
Obviously the young man on the left doesn’t feel as positive about this picture as we do, and requested a larger belt buckle. As always, James Fridman obliged, giving him the biggest belt buckle he possibly could. Howdy partner!
A Face Full of Leaves
Again we have a person that wants to control nature. Public service announcement – if you want to take a picture beside a tree with leaves, then take a picture beside a tree with leaves. There are plenty in the background!
Instead, this young man requested a couple of leaves be added digitally, so it looks like he picked out a blooming young tree to pose by. Unsurprisingly, Mr. Fridman responded with a face full of leaves. Serves him right!
The Agony of Aesthetics
More like this please! This hilarious image shows what happens when you aren’t totally specific with your Photoshop request. This guy has a great picture of himself chilling in the garden, but isn’t pleased with the aesthetic of his chair. Presumably, he wanted something chic, or maybe a little rustic.
Instead, James Fridman turned the man into a chair. The request to “make it chair” was followed to a tee, and this garden recliner is now a recliner himself.
We Come in Peace
This self-conscious young person took a picture with his pals and then thought his head looked a little too round. We get it – we’ve all been in a situation where we’re scrutinizing a picture. But honestly, this kid has nothing to worry about.
Photoshop troll James Fridman must have agreed, because he chose to make goofy edits instead. Now all three people in the photo have distorted heads that remind us of the terrifying aliens in Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks!
A Graduation Reality Check
Graduation is an exciting time, and lots of people want sharp photographs that make them look like a baller. After all, these pictures will be all over social media, and hanging in frames on walls for decades to come. Understandably then, this chap requested something “a little more expensive” for his grad snaps.
He might have been thinking of a Lamborghini, a Maserati or a Ferrari, but instead he got the most expensive thing of all – a stack of student debt.
Glasses, Be Gone
Glasses-wearers can sometimes be paranoid about their eye-wear. Despite them helping us to see, through movies and TV, we’ve been conditioned to think that glasses are nerdy or ugly. How many times have you heard “four-eyes?”
This guy intended to remove his specs for this photo, and now wants them digitally deleted using Photoshop. The ever-literal James Fridman did remove the poster’s glasses, but then showed the shot from his perspective instead. It’s a tad more blurry, and definitely not what this dude wanted.
From Broom to Bald
James Fridman is a creative and funny man, who keeps making us giggle with his way too literal Photoshop edits. In this image, someone asks the whimsical Photoshop troll to take out “the broom”. Clearly, they want the broom in the background removed – you know, the thing you use to sweep the floor, the thing witches fly on, the broom.
Unfortunately for this guy, his chosen hairstyle looks a tad broom-ish, so he’s basically bald in his final photo. Sorry!
This Edit Makes No Fence
This is another classic example of “be careful what you wish for” when asking James Fridman for photoshop requests. There are many couples out there who have asked him to basically crop them out of one image and to superimpose them onto a background that is a bit more idyllic.
Take this couple for example, who asked James to copy and paste them onto a garden. Needless to say, James knew how to meet their request with a twist.
I Wood Move On
So many of us look back on our prom photos and wholeheartedly regret who we went to the dance with. Some of us hardly remember that person, while others end up tying the knot with the person they went to prom with.
This young lady seems to veer more towards the former kind of person. She was desperate to get this guy out of her photo. However, James felt like replacing the guy with a chopped up tree would suffice.
A Rocky Photobomb
Don’t you just hate it when you think you a have found the perfect photo for your profile picture but one of your friends is stealing the limelight in the background? This is how the following woman felt and asked James to see if he could fix her problem.
We have no idea how James managed to do this, but he somehow made it look like the woman’s friend was forced into the rocks and became a part of the formation. Now she’ll never be able to get rid of him!
Sign of the Times
If we have learned anything by now about making requests to James Fridman, it is to make sure that the request is specific without any room for interpretation. Somehow, some way, though, James seems to find a way to twist the customer’s words in a hilarious way.
This is what happened when a woman asked if he could make it look like she was holding the following sign. Now she no longer looks like a tourist and actually looks like one of the members of staff.
Committed Like You Wouldn’t Believe
How desperate can you be to do this? Surely it’s easier to go and just find a real girlfriend. James was quick to punish him for his wild request and simply provided him with a tattoo of the word “Girlfriend” on his arm.
Either way, both images make it look like the guy actually has his arm around an invisible woman. Either he is extremely desperate or we might be in the middle of a modern day horror movie.
A Hole Other Issue
This young lady was desperate to be closer in height to her prom date and asked to see if James had the tools to make this happen. She assumed that he’d simply make her proportionally taller, maybe by making her legs longer and everything else, for that matter.
But no, James had other plans to achieve this goal. Instead, he created the illusion that a hole had been dug and that her boyfriend had fallen into it.
Taking Cropping to the Next Level
While people might notice it in the moment, it is often impossible to ignore someone’s phone hanging inside one of their trouser pockets. It can be really annoying to look at and certainly ruins what could otherwise be a perfect photo.
This guy was determined to get his phone removed from this photo of him with his girlfriend. However, James decided to go the extra mile and simply tore the phone out of the guy’s pants, leaving a massive hole.
Mirror Mirror Not on the Wall
Let’s be honest, the following woman got exactly what she deserved for sending such a vague request to James Fridman. Maybe had she asked him to remove the mirror, then she wouldn’t have received such a radical change.
What was she expecting? Did she expect James to just remove her reflection from the mirror and make it look as if she was some kind of young vampire? Obviously she doesn’t completely get how mirrors work.
Oui Oui Can Fix This
There are some tourist attractions that people absolutely love posing next to in order to make it look like they are touching it. Some classic examples include the Tower of Pisa in Italy and France’s Eiffel Tower.
The following photo was taken in front of the latter and this young lady failed miserably when trying to create the illusion, so she called upon James to fix her problem. However, she wasn’t so thrilled by the end result.
Marrying Stretch Armstrong
It’s only after we have our wedding photos taken that we notice things that shouldn’t have been there. In an ideal world, these newlyweds would have just sent this photo to a professional editor and have the car photoshopped out.
But they ended up contacting James Fridman. To be fair, it does make both the bride and the groom look like a pair of superheroes who both possess the power of stretching their limbs. If you are nerdy enough, you might just consider this to be kind of cool.
Fore! Get About It
Let’s just get one thing clear, using your friend’s face as a golf tee is never a good idea. We’ve seen how this plays out in movies and it’s never good. Thankfully, these two just wanted to capture a funny photo and didn’t actually take any shots this way.
So when they asked James Fridman to make it look like the guy had swung, the photoshopper simply provided the aftermath of the hypothetical scenario. It’s so realistic, we can’t handle it!
Equal in Every Way
In an ideal world, our differences in height, amongst other things, shouldn’t really matter when it comes to friendship. We can have friends of all different shapes and sizes.
As long as we are around people who make us laugh, and we are comfortable around, what does it matter if a photo shows that three friends aren’t the same height? Apparently, this group of guys cares and wanted to be the same height. James knew exactly how to achieve this.
The New Water Filter
To be fair, this woman is right. It doesn’t really look like she is underwater and in order to make it more obvious, she would need some professional assistance from someone who knew their way around Photoshop.
James seemed like the perfect man for the job and was easily capable of applying a water filter to create the illusion that she was swimming beneath the surface. However, he once again came up with another idea, simply shoving her into a washing machine instead.
Is This Close Enough for You?
James probably looked at this and wondered why this woman would want to make herself look bigger. If he was to do this, it would most likely mean cropping out the beautiful scenery of the waterfall in the background.
To make this point, James went all the way, quite literally. He zoomed all the way into the woman’s pixelated face, with no sign that she was standing in front of a waterfall. We hope she understands why he did this.
Joined at the Hip
We get the impression that these guys made the following request because they wanted to make it look like they were part of the same tennis team. After all, the best indicator of this would be them wearing the same T-shirt.
Of course, it’s understandable why James would interpret their request the following way. He knew it was an opportunity too good to pass up on and simply threw a giant T-shirt over both of them. Difficult to play tennis this way though.
Fountain Photo Fail
In the wonderful world of smartphones and international travel, we all have to suffer supposedly funny posed photos. It may be a person standing in front of the leaning tower of Pisa, with their finger in a position that makes it look like they’re holding it up. Or maybe they have the Eiffel tower in their palm, or a pyramid between their fingertips. Whatever it is, we’re bored of it!
This guy was trying for a posed pic, and got something slightly different.
Wood You Mind?
This post is similar, in that the person involved wants to remove something that really doesn’t need to be removed. Come on, who actually noticed that small plank of wood in the first place? We get that bird poop is gross, but it doesn’t exactly distract from the lit-up Ferris wheel and cute tie-dye dress.
This edit is actually pretty sound, as “the wood thing” has been turned into a luxury meal, complete with a serving towel.
Background Beach Buddies
And again we have a hilarious Photoshop fail that takes its instructions way too literally. This poster asked to have their friend removed from the back of their beach selfie, and ended up with them right at the front instead. Listen – when speaking to James Fridman you need to be super clear.
If you give this man any opportunity to misunderstand, that’s exactly what he’ll do. Remove from the back? Well, that must mean bring to the front… right?
Calling All Agents
Here’s another hilarious mistake that was totally made on purpose. This Photoshop requester wants his picture to be altered so that he looks like “some sort of agent.” Clearly, this pistol firing young man wants to look like a police agent, a government agent, or some sort of cool, renegade agent.
As is always the case, James Fridman had another idea. With a sign, rather than a pistol, he transformed this wannabe FBI agent into a real estate agent instead.
Just Horsin’ Around
Admittedly, it took us a while to spot the Photoshop edit on this picture of a young woman riding a horse. In the original picture, the horse rider is giving an unsavory hand signal, and their sister would like it edited out of the otherwise wholesome image.
However, if you put one digit down, then another pops up. Those are the rules – right? Well, they must be for this Photoshop troll, as he made her middle toe the offending appendage instead.
30+ Gender Reveals That Went as Wrong as Possible
Gender reveal parties have become a standard part of pregnancy for many people, just like a baby shower or birthing classes. Still, it seems as though families that try to raise the stakes and make their gender reveal party unforgettable are usually the ones who end up being the most disappointed. That doesn’t mean we can’t laugh, though! Join us as we take a look at some hilarious gender reveal party fails.
The great thing about helium balloons is that they can hold themselves up since helium is incredibly lightweight. Of course, this can have its downsides as well.
For one, if you don’t tie them down, your balloons will simply float away. The concept behind this gender reveal was that the parents would pop the balloon, revealing color-coded confetti. Before they could, it was blown away with the mystery locked inside.
A Little Early There
Balloons are a must-have for any party. For a gender reveal party, they might have mystery-colored confetti inside. This way, when you pop the balloon, it’s either blue or pink. Of course, that effect only works if anyone sees it.
Unfortunately, balloons aren’t the strongest items on Earth either. They’re easy to pop as this family learned the hard way when one of the other kids in their family popped the balloon before the party even started!
Not Quite Right
Some of the more risky gender reveal party concepts can go wrong in painful ways. A confetti cannon is one tool that you’d want to be careful with.
This couple built their own cannon and, according to their YouTube video, they tested it plenty before setting up the cameras for the real thing. Yet, it was this last attempt on camera that the cannon malfunctioned and the cannon operator sustained minor injuries to their leg. Luckily, they’re alright!
No Option Available
Cakes are frequently used as a prop for gender reveal parties. Usually, it’s as simple as cutting the cake and the color inside corresponds to the gender of the baby. Of course, this might not work as well if the baker forgets to add the dye to the cake inside.
That’s exactly what happened to this couple and when they cut the cake, there was just a vanilla slice inside. For these guests, we suppose that this gender reveal remained a mystery — at least for a few more minutes.
Not Enjoying This
As we just discussed, a cake is a common choice for a gender reveal party. After all, it’s easy, straightforward, and less dangerous than some more extreme ideas.
On the other hand, that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to make a mistake in the cake order. In the image here, it’s easy to see that there was a miscommunication down the line. While the person who made the cake was supposed to add either pink or blue, they decided to opt for both.
What a Way to Wake Up
There are certain things about a gender reveal party that you can at least be thankful for. For many people, they at least get to wake up normally in the morning.
That wasn’t quite the case for this person. To reveal the gender to this person, their partner decided to start bright and early and wake them up by smashing their face into the cake. Not only is this an unfortunate way to wake up but it took this sleepy person a minute to even realize what was going on.
A Painful Experience
When you’re doing something special for a gender reveal party like using a prop, you want to make sure everything goes smoothly. That’s why you should probably test these props out.
This couple definitely had a rough time when they went to release the surprise from inside this box. The only problem was that the cardboard box didn’t open when they tugged it but came crashing down instead. It wouldn’t have been such a disaster if they weren’t standing right underneath.
We Can Sort of See It
It’s tempting to get creative with a gender reveal party. Sometimes, a creative plan can really stun guests and get them excited.
While everyone loves pizza, the message here isn’t quite clear. If you already know what it’s supposed to say, you might be able to make out that the toppings spell out “It’s a boy” but without any guidance, it’s hard to spot. It was an interesting idea, though!
What a Reaction
In April 2021, one gender reveal party TikTok stood out in all the wrong ways. Unfortunately, not everyone is always happy with the news they hear at a gender reveal and sometimes, they act inappropriately.
This family was meant to be excitedly welcoming their daughter-to-be into the world. When the pink secret was revealed, everyone was all smiles except the father who was clearly upset at the news, turning away from the rest of the party and even letting loose a few expletives to express his point.
Almost Made It!
These parents-to-be came up with a simple idea for their gender reveal. The ball this expectant mom threw would hit the pavement and explode, revealing a colorful cloud. It seemed foolproof, as long as the ball landed on the concrete.
Instead, Mama Bear here threw it and it landed in the grass, completely unharmed and failing to produce the colorful announcement. The good news is that this reveal offers a chance to try tossing the ball again.
A Little Confusion
People tend to get excited and emotional when they’re celebrating milestones like a gender reveal party. This can open the door for a bit of human error. At this party, it was up to the grandmother to read out a gender reveal, delivered via football.
In all the excitement, she misread the card and announced the wrong gender. It was only a second envelope with a sonogram inside that made everyone realize the mistake.
Felt it Miles Away
There are some guests that you don’t want to surprise you at your baby’s gender reveal party. For instance, the local fire department probably shouldn’t have to stop by.
Yet, this couple managed to pull off just that by employing an explosive device in the gender reveal. The blast turned out to be a little more than anyone was expecting, though, and people found themselves feeling the effects up to two miles away!
It Won’t Break!
Pinatas are a lot of fun. After all, it’s exciting to try and find out what’s inside, and simply trying to knock the pinata down can be a fun time.
Of course, you wouldn’t want a pinata that fails to do the one thing they’re ultimately supposed to: break. When this couple employed a pinata prop, they didn’t think they wouldn’t be able to break it. In the end, they resorted to manually pulling the pinata apart to reveal the blue streamers that were meant to fall out.
There are a lot of gender reveal parties that go wrong. Some even get rather dangerous. A good rule of thumb is to just avoid explosives as a party decoration.
This couple decided that an exploding gender-reveal method was great and it might have been fun had it not had deadly consequences. At this party in Knoxville, Iowa, the consequences were fatal for one woman when the exploding prop shot shrapnel into the crowd.
Almost Missed It
It’s always a nice treat to get cupcakes. These cupcakes in particular were extra special since they would tell this dad-to-be whether they were expecting a young son or daughter.
The idea was that he would take a bite of the cupcake and see the blue icing. So excited for a cupcake, though, he started to eat it and almost ate the cupcake whole. The expectant mother had to explain that it was meant to be a gender reveal.
While pregnancy is exciting news for parents, it can be exciting for prospective siblings as well. That doesn’t mean they’re necessarily thrilled at all times, though.
This reveal was only a fail because the audience was anything but happy. When these kids found out that they were going to have a little brother, the younger sibling was not happy with that news. She quickly bursts into tears when she learns the reveal.
There’s Nothing There
Balloons are another easy and fairly common way that parents reveal the sex of their child at a gender reveal party. Still, it can go wrong.
The person in charge of the balloons apparently fell asleep on the job, however. They didn’t even open the box to see the wrong type of balloons. Rather, once they gathered everyone for the reveal, they opened the box to reveal, well, the bottom of an empty box.
A Bold Decision
To be fair, we’re not quite sure that this counts as a gender reveal fail. Moreso, we have questions as to why they would risk how wrong this idea could go.
There are some things that just aren’t common at gender reveal parties. Alligators are a pretty good example except for one gender reveal party. The concept of having an alligator bite into a melon to reveal the gender of the baby seems like it adds an unnecessary amount of danger to the process.
Time to Work on Your Aim
Hitting a ball full of colored powder isn’t an inherently bad idea for a gender reveal party. Still, it’s a good idea to work on your aim first before you commit to the concept.
That’s the step that this family missed out on. The person who was supposed to hit the ball never got the chance because the pitch never came near them. Instead, the pitch hit one of the soon-to-be grandfathers right in the face.
A Slight Misfire
As we’ve seen, props at a gender reveal party are often the biggest culprit behind things going wrong. You’d think that a party popper would be simple enough, though.
It seems like in all the excitement, this dad-to-be didn’t pay as close of attention to the instructions as he should have. Rather than aiming the popper away from his body, he accidentally shot himself right in the groin. It might have understandably dampened his initial reaction to the announcement.
Wonder What Happened Here
Pink flower petals in the snow can be beautiful. On the other hand, pink piles of confetti left behind as litter just don’t quite have the same effect.
This is another case of a gender reveal party by a group that seemingly didn’t care about their surroundings while they were at the park. Once they were done, they just left the confetti that they used to celebrate their new family member.
Didn’t Even Swing
We’ve seen a few different baseball-style gender reveals go wrong. This time, however, it wasn’t the pitch that made everything go wrong in this situation.
The only problem was that the dad-to-be just watched the pitch sail right past him — he didn’t even try to take a swing at it. The good news was that it still exploded into pink powder, it just happened as it hit the ground instead of the bat.
Not Very Well-Planned
This gender reveal seems really clever and creative on the surface. You just probably won’t want to look any further into the semantics unless you want to learn something disappointing.
This person actually might have wanted to look into the details of this plan before just going for it. While the cloud of color coming out of their exhaust might have made for a cool sight, it definitely wasn’t worth the car catching on fire.
At a Nature Sanctuary…
At this point, we’ve seen plenty of public parks with litter left behind from a gender reveal party. This party is another example of that.
Somehow, it seems worse because this wasn’t just a local park that they celebrated out. The locale pictured here is actually a nature sanctuary – a place that takes preserving the beauty and health of nature fairly seriously. It seems especially rude to leave a place like this covered in litter.
Too Good at His Job
As we’ve said, if you’re going to do some sort of stunt for a gender reveal, you’ll want to practice it. You don’t want to mess it up!
When it came to this gender reveal, this dad just needed to kick the football to reveal the gender of the baby. This time, he was just too good at his job and the football sailed straight over the fence when he kicked it, disappearing before the big moment.
They Tried Their Best
This mom actually came up with a cute idea for a gender reveal party. It would have been a fun way to involve her other children as well if things had worked out well.
The concept was simple: the kids just had to throw balloons at a flannel sheet to see the color inside. The only problem was that against the soft flannel, the balloons didn’t break like they planned. She later shared that maybe cheap water balloons would have served the purpose better.
A blue cake works because it isn’t weird to see a blue cake. It gets a little dicier about changing the color of foods that you might not usually dye.
This can come up if you’re looking for something a little more savory for your gender reveal party. For instance, lasagna looks a certain way. Namely, it usually isn’t blue. We would probably pause between celebrating the announcement and chowing down on this blue pasta.
Missed the Mark
The idea of a gender reveal party usually has a rather simple color palette. Blue is usually used for boys and pink for girls.
This couple went with a classic idea when they decided they would open a box to reveal a bunch of balloons that were either blue or pink. The person who put the whole thing together, though, might have missed out on the concept because these rainbow balloons don’t answer much.
There are some mistakes that you can recover from at a gender reveal party. A confusing reveal can be clarified or a prop that doesn’t go to plan can be set up again.
Of course, sometimes the stakes get too high. In more recent history, a couple became rather infamous for their gender reveal party. In 2020, a couple decided that pyrotechnics were the best choice for the party. Instead, they started the El Dorado Fire that spread 22,744 acres and even included a fatality the couple was charged for involuntary manslaughter for.
A Little Loud
There are some gender reveal ideas that are a little louder than others. Usually, this comes with an extra level of chaos to the situation.
This couple decided that they would step up their game and add an explosion to their gender reveal party. It didn’t work and — only by a stroke of luck — no one was injured. Unfortunately, on top of their frayed nerves and failed reveal, the parents-to-be were issued a citation for the incident.
There are certain things that are common at gender reveal parties. Like many celebrations, balloons and confetti are fairly standard. Still, that doesn’t excuse you from cleaning up after yourself.
This especially stands true if you have your party in a public place. While celebration can be a lot of fun, you shouldn’t leave this much litter in your wake either. After all, it’s not great for the environment to leave this all on the lake.
Just a Little Litter
There are certain areas that you should keep clean because it’s the right thing to do. Not to mention, litter isn’t great for the environment at any time.
As for this gender reveal party, they decided a public park was the perfect venue. However, they seemingly didn’t mind using the public park to shoot off confetti to announce the gender of the baby. This wouldn’t have been too bad if they hadn’t left all of this trash behind.
Reaching a Breaking Point
Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are great chances to celebrate parents. So, why not use these holidays to incorporate into a gender reveal party?
This Father’s Day was a big one for Christopher Ojeda, the expectant father. Not only was it the holiday and his child’s gender reveal party but it was his birthday as well. For all of that, he fell while doing the big reveal, ended up in a fractured ankle for his celebrations.
Ready to Brawl
We can see why someone might be asked to step outside of a restaurant when they were about to shoot off a gender reveal confetti popper. It’s noisy and messy, after all.
The employees of this Applebee’s were probably shocked at how the party reacted. Not only did they not take the news well but they verbally berated the manager and even threw menus at a hostess. By the time police arrived, the party had mostly broken up and left the restaurant.