There is nothing more beautiful than a family's unconditional love and support, and the relationship between parent and child and grandparent and child is even more special. But there is also nothing more special than that one family member that is always making everyone uncomfortable and awkward, or doing something so wrong we just have to take a picture of it. Someone who is always making everyone laugh so hard they cry, we all have a family member just like this, where life would be boring without. Between grandparents trying to jump on the social media bandwagon, inappropriate plant vases, thumbs in photo lenses, divorce papers on stickers and inappropriate facebook posts, these are the moments we remember and tell stories about. Uber journals and unsubscribed facebook mail, here are the times Old People Failed At Using Something Correctly.
Selfie With Grandma
Me: "Grandma, I'd Like To Take A Picture Of Us". Activate Front-Facing Camera. Grandma: "Oh That's A Very Nice Picture, When Is That From?" Me: "That's Us Right Now"
We've all managed to accidentally take a photo of ourselves while we're trying to take a picture of someone else, but somehow when old people do it it's so much funnier to see. Time spent with our grandparents is so precious, and photos like these are the most beautiful form of memorabilia.
#3 Here Is My Favorite Picture Of My Grandma. She Was Having A Hard Time With The Mixer
Cooking is not for everyone, and when you accidentally mix your ratios and put too much powder and too little water, accidents are inevitable. There is nothing worse than having to clean all that mess up, but it often makes for a great story to share.
Passport Photo Gone Wrong
"Grandpa Went To Get His Passport Photos Done But Pressed The Wrong Button"
Passport photos are never the easiest pictures to take, you have to look straight, you can't smile too much, and you need to make sure they follow all these guidelines. In the end like most document photos, they don't often turn out looking so pretty. But we have to say, these photos are probably the best we've seen yet.
Some More Light
"My Uncle Using His Flashlight To Brighten Up My Dads iPad Screen"
New technology is always a hassle to get used to. There are so many new functions and for those Baby boomers sometimes it can take a little more time to adjust to. Sometimes skipping the steps of learning and just doing the best with what we've got is just as good, and we support it.
Vintage Tie From The 90's
"My Grandfather Got This Tie For Free In The '90s And Wears It To Every Passover Seder"
Recycling old clothes has extraordinary benefits! Before you throw unwanted clothes in the trash, consider the ramifications of adding to the landfill versus textile recycling. Recycling your clothes reduces Greenhouse gases, it saves landfill space, and it's cheaper. This Grandfather has the right idea, and we're loving the tie.
Kindle Or Bookmark?
"My Dad Likes Reading So I Got Him A Kindle For His Birthday. He's Using It As A Bookmark"
Despite how advanced some things can get over the years, getting back to the basics is sometimes the best way to go. Some people prefer reading on a kindle others prefer the old school smell of opening a page in a book and folding the pages. Nonetheless, whether we are old fashioned book readers or new age kindle users, the stories always read the same.
"My Grandparents Were Waiting For Each Other At The Mall"
We're probably all familiar with Jordan Sparks novels, or know someone who is obsessed with them. There is something about old time love that gets us teary eyed. Seeing old people in love, patient and unconditional with one another, is the hope we need, it's a little spark of joy. We see an old couple holding hands, or waiting for each other by a tree, and suddenly we have hope in love.
How To Build Your Own Computer
"I Told My Grandpa That I Wanted To Build My Own Computer While We Were Talking Over The Phone, A Week Later This Came In The Mail"
You don't have to be a qualified Computer Technician to build yourself a computer. All you need is a big chunky manual to guide you through it. Or at least we think it's an extremely thoughtful gift for someone who likes building things. You don't always have to have a fancy degree to do what you love, just a thoughtful Grandpa.
Mum Messages For The First Time
"My Mother Made A Facebook Account And This Was Her First Message To Me"
For most of us our parents having social media can sometimes feel a little dreadful, like it's the worst thing in the world to have a parent that follows you on instagram or facebook. For others, we indulge in our parents trying to figure out new applications, especially when they send us photos.
Grandma And Lego Toys
"My Grandma Thought This Was A Cross So She Hung It Up. I Decided Not To Correct Her"
When your grandma makes a mistake, does or says something that you might not agree with or might it doesn't always feel right to correct her. So you let it go when she mistakes a lego sword for a cross. We think it's all about perspective, some of us could see a cross like grandma and others may see a sword.
"My Grandma Knows I’m An Uber Driver But Doesn’t Know How It Works. She Got Me This Planner And Wrote “Thought This Would Be Good For Your Uber Appt’s”"
Uber is an alternative to traditional driving jobs, it offers a flexible earning opportunity and it’s a great alternative to full-time driver jobs, part-time driver jobs, or other part-time gigs, temp jobs, or seasonal employment. A great way to earn a little extra cash.
"My Wife's Grandpa Is Unsubscribing From Facebook"
Social media isn't for everyone, and sometimes it can become overwhelming. It's great that facebook gives you an opportunity to detox by deactivating and coming back to your profile as it is once you're ready. But for some that might not be enough, to legitimize their detox they need to "unsubscribe" in print.
"My Grandma, An Avid Gardener, Has Been Wearing This Mask For Weeks. The Checkout Lady At The Store Today Explained It To Her"
Gardening is the practice of growing and cultivating plants as part of horticulture. It's one of the most therapeutic and best exercises, benefiting the gardener and the planet. Agriculture itself is dated as beginning about 10,000 years ago, in seven to nine major centers, mainly in the river valleys of the Tigris-Euphrates, Indus and Nile, and in China, Mesoamerica, and East and West Africa. In addition, there are approximately 75-100 kinds of herbs and flowers in the National Library of Medicine herb garden, so sometimes it might be a little hard to remember what they each stand for.
Camera Cereal Clipper
"Haven't Found My Fisheye Lens For Weeks. My Mom Used It As A Clipper"
A fisheye lens is an ultra wide-angle lens that produces strong visual distortion intended to create a wide panoramic or hemispherical image. Mass-produced fisheye lenses for photography first appeared in the early 1960s and are generally used for their unique, distorted appearance. Some of the cameras are clip on's so they can be easily adjusted on most places to take great angled photos, or maybe for clipping your cereal shut.
Anyone Seen My Roomba?
"My Grandpa Doesn’t Trust His New Roomba So He’s Been Following It Around"
We've all heard of robots taking over the planet one day, turning against us humans and causing chaos. Whether we believe in these conspiracy theories or not, they're there and sometimes they get the best of some of us. Although Robot Vacuums are not the scariest looking of robots, it never hurts to be cautious.
Remote For Dummies
"Set Up My Mom’s Updated TV System Yesterday"
Updating TV systems can be a blur to most of us not so tech savvy people out there. Sometimes it's just good enough to know the basics of what we need and the rest of the over exaggerated buttons and information is not necessary.
Hannibal Lecter Masks
"My Grandma Bought My Whole Family Masks - Not Only Do They Make You Look Like Underwear Hannibal Lecter, But They Also Have Holes Punched Through To Make It "Easier To Breathe""
The entire world has been dealing with a shift since the pandemic, and we've all been trying to cope in our own way. By being careful and considerate of our health and health of other people. Even when your mask looks like a balaclava, better safe than sorry.
Just Don't Care
"My Friend Was At The Airport, And This Old French Woman Just Didn't Care"
The Eiffel Tower, tasty pastries, fashion and immaculate scenery, there is nothing we don't love about France, except maybe the French. They are not without their stereotypes, but we do admire their assertiveness and lavish lifestyles.
Recipe Of The Floppy Disk
"My Grandmother Passed Down Her Recipes On A Floppy Disk"
The first commercial floppy disks, developed in the late 1960s became commercially available in 1971. Where they continued to evolve and remained a popular medium for nearly 40 years, but their use declined by the mid- to late 1990s, until they became a thing of the past. But despite them being replaced over the decades, we can still find them lying around.
Siri Out Of Control
"My Grandma’s Friend Used The Voice To Text Option And Couldn’t Get It To Stop"
We've all hit Siri by accident and things start happening before we have the chance to hit cancel. Some of us have a love/hate relationship with this virtual assistant, and others just hate, either way we can all sympathize with Grandma's friend.
Thumb In Lens
"Trying To Explain To The 70-Year-Old Swiss Man Who Offered To Take Our Pic That His Finger Was Covering The Lens"
We are thankful that we have more than a few films to get us by when mistakes like a thumb in a lens happens, and they happen a lot. With todays technology, even with a thumb in the lens, we can easily edit or crop it out. Or just take a few dozen pictures to replace it with.
Divorce Paper Sticker
"My Mom Accidentally Printed Her Divorce Papers On Stickers"
There is something about stickers that we just love, like a kid in a candy store we can't get enough of them. Regardless of what the stickers are, anything we can turn into stickers is something we're into! We're not sure we would go as far as printing out divorce papers on stickers, but we support the creativity.
Some Car Snow Never Hurt Anyone
"This Is What Happens When Your 2,088-Week-Old Mother Loves To Push Buttons In Her New Car"
On a lovely day, nothing beats cruising around with fresh air and sunshine filling your car’s cabin. On a starry night, a moonroof is equally delightful. Sunroofs are an amazing addition to have in a car while the sun is out, but you probably don't want them open when it's raining or snowing outside.
Facebook Mid-Afternoon Crisis
"My Grandmother Had Some Kind Of Existential Facebook Crisis This Afternoon"
Posting things by accident is something we've all experienced, or known someone who has. Those embarrassing stories about clicking send and later realizing where and who you sent the message too. Sometimes it's to the wrong person, other times it can be to your entire facebook friends list.
Facebook Post On Fridge
"My 97-Year-Old Grandpa Is On Facebook. A Couple Of Years Ago He Liked A Photo Of Mine, So He Printed The Whole Page To Display It In His Home"
Some parents hang good report card grades and their kids drawing and scribbles on the fridge. Being proud of someone you love and wanting to show that off is a beautiful gesture, and sometimes when we're so proud, and we can't find a report card or an art scribble, we get creative!
"So My Cat-Crazy Mother Figured Out How To Change The WiFi Name Today, Now My Neighbours Must Think We're Running A Brothel. Great"
If any of us have ever browsed the list of networks in the area, you’ve probably found that the majority are named after the brand of router broadcasting the wireless network. In order to change that name, simply log into the available router through your Web browser. Basically, then just enter a string of numbers into the URL of the browser. This can be found by looking on the bottom of the router or simply searching the Net for the router brand. Just like that you can turn a standard boring router name into something your neighbors can laugh about.
Bad News With A Smiley
"When You Choose An Inappropriate Background To Break The Bad News"
If there's one thing we are all familiar with it's death. It's something we all have in common, but what happens after that largely depends on where we lived. In most cultures, death is mourned, but death isn't always a sombre affair. In Ghana, funerals are lavish community affairs that celebrate the deceased's entry into the afterlife, and are often advertised on billboards.
"My Dad Gave Me This Picture For Christmas"
For iPhone users, simply printing straight from the phone is simple. Now AirPrint is available to print wirelessly to an AirPrint-enabled printer from apps such as Mail, Photos, and Safari. Many apps available on the App Store also support AirPrint. Otherwise simply connecting the phone to a wireless printer also works. But before pressing print, make sure the image being printed has been cropped and isn't a possible screenshot of the original.
"Cher Accidentally Turning On Night Mode And Nancy Sinatra Telling Her To Restart. Amazing"
Social media has allowed celebrities to directly communicate with fans over the years. Platforms like Instagram and Twitter have given users a closer look at their favorite celebrities, granting them direct access into their world. Sometimes it's great for them to ask their fans or fellow celebrity friends for help.
"Found This On Facebook Marketplace And Can't Stop Thinking About It"
We have all shared the experience of taking a photo of an object that reflects. For some of us, by the time we notice, it's too late and we're looking at a photo posted wearing something we'd rather keep private. But despite these accidents, we have to admit they make great photos!
Mother Finds Panties
"My Mother Got Embarrassed When She "Found My Girlfriends Panties" On Our Kitchen Table"
Cloth face mask is a mask made of common textiles, usually cotton, Cloth face masks were routinely used by healthcare workers starting from the late 19th century until the mid 20th century. In the 1960s they fell out of use in the developed world in favor of modern surgical masks, but their use has persisted in developing countries. People are recommended to wear them to stop the spread of bacteria or disease. Within the last year there have been so many different designs of face masks, and are made from the same fabric as other forms of clothing. So it's understandable that they may be mistaken for something other than what they are.
Who Am I?
"My Grandma Doesn't Believe I Am Who I Say I Am"
We all like a family with a sense of humor. There is always one person in very family, whether it's an uncle, aunt, grandma or grandpa, who doesn't filter their thoughts. Someone who continuously keeps you on your toes and makes those awkward and uncomfortable jokes at the dinner table. We can't deny that despite the amount of times we've blushed because of something this family member has done or said, that life without them would be far too boring.
To Inspire Or Not
"Went To China To Visit My Grandparents And Saw This Picture On Their Wall. They Thought It Meant Something Inspirational In English"
We find the most extraordinary things in our grandparents homes, usually things they probably don't even know about themselves. But they are always a laugh to find around the house.
"My Girlfriend's 79-Year-Old Grandpa Asked Us To Come Over On Easter So He Could Give Us Some Free Computers"
It is almost impossible for us to imagine mathematics without something as seemingly simple as a calculator. That being said, the calculators we know today were not invented until the 1970s, and the use of smartphones as calculators did not begin until at least the late nineties. So to some people, the calculator almost is like a computer.
What's Up With The Chicken?
"I Got My 80-Year-Old Father This As A Gag Gift. When He Opened It, He Got All Embarrassed And Immediately Tucked It Away"
Squeaky gag chickens make the best gifts for pranksters. They are the ultimate prank toy and are great for scaring people, if you enjoy seeing someone almost have a heart attack. We;'re not sure it makes the best gift for grandpa considering at his age his heart is pretty fragile.
"My Mom Photocopies Recipes Off Of Her iPad"
Greasy pages, and cookbooks that fall apart are a thing of the past. There are so many recipe apps available online that with a simple click of a button you can watch how to make something rather than read. Now with all these apps, and cookbook you can download online, books are no longer as necessary for some people, but for those who remain traditional, they retain their loyalty for the paper print, and we commend them.
"48 My Mom Found A Blurb In The Newspaper About An App She Was Interested In And Wanted To Remember"
There are so many things we see on the back of phone cases. People put their credit cards, money, travel cards, library cards, you name it we've seen it! But something we have not seen is newspaper clippings, and we admire the originality. We're just curious what was so amazing and important that she decided to carry it with her.
"When My Grandfather Has To Log Into Facebook, He Creates A New Account Instead. Today Is His Birthday"
Generations pass, and new technology comes through. It's hard to imagine in this time, that once upon a time there was no social media, or internet for that matter. So we can understand the fact that people from a generation without social media would just find it very difficult to maintain an understanding on how it all works. At least in this case, no one will be forgetting Grandpa's birthday!
Era Of The YouTube
"Old People Youtube"
There’s a widespread idea that seniors are technologically illiterate or dislike devices, but that’s not always the case. Older adults adopt tech they find useful and resist tech they don’t. In normal times, that can be problematic seeing as most things are now accessible online. According to the Pew Research Center, 73 percent of people over 65 in the U.S. use the internet. The older the person, the less likely she is to embrace the internet, social media, or smartphones, but those who have adopted these technologies use them a lot.
"When Mom Comes Over To Visit"
We reuse jars for other spices and herbs, and sometimes even as vases if they're large enough. There are so many recycled DIY jar ideas on the internet, it's unbelievable what we can use them for. Recycling is also great for the environment, so it's a win/win! Saving money and the planet. So we support and might even steal this idea from mum!