20 Normal People Share The Dumbest Thing They’ve Ever Done for No Reason at All

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Kids say the darndest things… And do the dumbest things… And for absolutely no apparent reason. Looking back, we can all think of an instance or two in which we made an off-the-wall decision to engage in some random, unexplainable and even occasionally dangerous act completely void of all reasoning and rationale. And while it may not happen as often, adults still engage in their fair share of inexplicable behaviors.

No explanation.

Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Nil. None.

Sometimes they hurt, taste bad, or get us in big trouble, and other times we manage to pull off our silly stunts and blunders without a single soul noticing. But not anymore.

A question posed on Ask Reddit asks, “What is the dumbest thing you’ve ever done for absolutely no reason?, and the thread has taken on an air of idiot confessional as people reveal some of the most embarrassing and pointless things they have ever done for absolutely no reason, whatsoever, and lived to tell the tale.

Here are 20 utterly nonsensical things that people have done without knowing why.


We were driving to a restaurant and wanted to see how long the wait was. My dad handed me the phone book and asked me to look up the number. I, for whatever reason, thought he said “get rid of this.” So I opened the window and chucked the phone book while we were going 70 MPH down the highway. That was over ten years ago, I still get shit for it. –Sooperwhooper
While Ben thought his dad said “get rid of this,” we’re betting he said, “here take this.” But then again, we’re basing that assumption on logic, and the invitation to this thread required guests to check their logic at the door. Fellow Reddit commenters were impressed by Sooperwhooper’s eager allegiance to his father, regardless how absentminded it may have been.

 Your unwavering and unquestioning obedience is admirable.- ssathrowaway12

Honorable, indeed. Ingenious, not so much.  

When I was about 8, I was walking out of school, I picked up some pink fairy floss (cotton candy) off the ground and put it in my mouth. It was insulation. –ben_schwimmer

By the way, how old are you Ben? Doing some math for a friend.

My dad was sleeping on the couch and I happened to be holding an avocado. Without giving it a second thought, I chucked the avocado at his head for no reason. It plonked right off his forehead, woke him up of course, and he was so furious he couldn’t look at me for the rest of the day.

I was like 11 years old, and my dad has a temper. The moment it left my hand I knew my life was ending so I just helplessly watched it sail into his sleeping face. –fakebirds-

Totally worth it though, right?

When I was maybe 10-12, I threw one of my dad’s golf clubs that had no head on it like a spear down the hallway after telling my brother it would be cool. The result was a golf club hanging out of a hole in the wall and an EXTREMELY grounded me. –reflexestoofast
Though, while impressed, fellow commenters still had questions…
Was it cool though? –E_G_Never
Dude. He threw it like a spear. And it stuck out of the wall. Of course, it was cool. –axaxas
Way cool. –reflexestoofast
So we’ve learned a few things. With only a few minor alterations, golf clubs can serve as spears. And two, this guy’s pointless move was cool and in retrospect, seems worth the grounding. It’s never too late to rediscover your calling, you golf club spear thrower, you.

I tried to put out a candle by covering it with a Kleenex. –TheREALGillypies

Talk about an overachiever. TheREALGillypies leaves a lot to the imagination with this one. Was she 10, 20, 30 years old? Were the tissue and lit candle supplies for an epic cry sesh only to end in flames? We’ll never know the details, and no one, including  TheREALGillypies, will ever know why she attempted to snuff the ambiance by igniting an inferno. Considering that last time it all went down in flames, maybe next time try a bigger tissue. Paper towel maybe? Eh, I’ll leave it to you. You’ve clearly got things contained. You may also have a penchant for pyromania. What can we say? Gurl’s got some spark.

I microwaved a single Cheeto. –Thatagui

The Reddit user who posted the question found the answer he was looking for…
This. This is why I asked. – blackwatchdoctor
Sometimes people just get one another. Many times they’re both stoners.

Someone asked me what time it was and I lifted and rotated my wrist so I could look at my watch. I was holding an iced tea and just poured the whole thing into my lap.

I wasn’t wearing a watch. I didn’t even own a watch. Never have. –justtosubscribe
Ain’t nobody got time for that.

I was really drunk once, lying in my bed, trying to eat a hot dog wiener. No bun. Just the wiener. Wasn’t even cooked. I was apparently far too drunk to handle eating it so I (for whatever reason) chucked it over my head, out of my top floor window and onto the lawn.

My downstairs neighbor was apparently walking to the house when I did it. She complained to our landlord about me throwing a raw wiener at her at 2 am. Our landlord luckily found my explanation really funny. –ureallyareabuttmunch
His landlord is obviously a pretty cool dude, but his neighbor still might be one hot dog.

Sometimes I blow on my ice cream before I take a bite. Have no idea why. –haccthaplanet
junkhacker has a theory…

Here’s what I suspect was going on. Brain: Food, is very temperature! Also brain: No worry, learned from soup, know what do.
While I agree with junkhacker’s theory, I am still left questioning exactly which one of these two commenters time traveled from the caveman era.

I was in my office with the door closed. Got up from my desk to walk out and knocked on the door before opening it and walking into the hallway. –winsomelosemore


I jumped up and (successfully) bit the string that is used to pull the attic door down. It had a metal bead on it… Immediately after I remember thinking “holy crap I actually got it in my mouth and broke the string”. Then I realized the string was still there, but half my front tooth wasn’t.

As the best man at my wedding said “the attic string went fishing for idiots and caught one” –Jsn1986
I find myself at a loss for commentary as only three words come to minds after reading this. Wait. What! and WHY? But why bother asking, he has no fricken clue either. But what he does have- monthly payments to his dentist.  

Told my wife she has an anger issue. It just came out. Like, 10 minutes ago. We weren’t even fighting. Guess what? She is fucking pissed right now. –EddiePsgetti


emu_warlord offered some GREAT advice that women always love to hear…

And then tell her to calm down. You know, so she’ll calm down.
Apparently, neither of these guys has ever heard the expression, “happy wife, happy life.”

Went to a coffee shop and ordered a large cup of coffee. Barista hands it to me and I put it into my purse with no lid. –samanthalynn-s


Microwaved a pen for two minutes in the workplace microwave. To this day I do not know why I did that.

Update: I’m still at the same job. The pen was a Frixion Pilot. When the ink smoke cleared and my senses came back to me, I quickly ran across the street to Lowe’s and bought the same exact microwave to replace it with. I was never caught. –SLeNDeRMaN-23


Boiled a pot of pasta. Then poured the water and noodles down the drain. –justtosubscribe


 Angrily thwacked my laptop when the internet went out for the 10th time when I was trying to do my homework. Turns out I hit it where the hard drive was, and it never worked again.

Lost the homework I was trying to do. –Snikle_the_Pickle
May we recommend some tutoring… in anger management.  

One time I was eating a lemon poppyseed muffin. The phone rang, so I reacted by shoving the entire muffin my mouth and eating it as fast as I could, nearly choking to death, and I didn’t even make it to the phone before it stopped ringing.

Why did I do that? –spaghatta111
Sometimes, hunger makes you do strange things. But we seriously recommend texting, as it allows for uninterrupted binge-eating.

I had an intrusive thought that said I should scream in the middle of a mostly quiet class.

I didn’t ignore it. –SupremeCanadian
It was equally as difficult for this guy’s classmates to ignore his intrusive screaming.  

4th grade. The teacher asked a math question. I immediately raised my hand and shouted “poop”. No idea why I did this but I was sent to detention for a week…

… This particular teacher did not put up with any crap. Pun totally intended. –Smellimus
We’re wondering if his teacher at least offered him the restroom pass before sending him to detention.  

When I was little I threw my ballet shoes into a toilet I had just peed in. I have no idea why. I then ran to my mom who couldn’t decipher through my hysterical crying what was going on. To this day I still have no idea why I did it, but I remember feeling that I had to do it.
You keep doing you, poodlenancy.
There may be zero explanation for any of these odd and bold moves, yet somehow, we get it.  As a child, I personally took a fabric shaver to my tongue. My taste buds never fully recovered but my craving for curiosity was well-satisfied. We live, we learn, and we keep doing dumb shit. We’re human and we’re all weird AF.