It was Yoda who once said, "Do or do not. There is no 'try.'" But the Jedi Master was wrong — you can definitely try, and a lot of times, you will succeed (that's the "do"). But about half the time, you'll try your absolute best — make the most spirited attempt you can — and still fail.
But at least that failure will a lot of times be very, very funny, right?
That's what happened to the people who were called out by Reddit's /r/ThereWasAnAttempt subreddit — God bless their sweet little hearts, but they made an attempt that was hilariously underwhelming for the task at hand.
Maybe they'll take a big swing and end up with a giant miss, or maybe they'll find out mid-attempt that they're wildly unprepared, but whatever the case, these are the people who made an attempt and just couldn't get the job done.
"I am justice. I am the night. I. am. Unrecognized by my own software?"
via: RedditMy Nest doorbell automatically locks the front door when it sees a face it doesn't recognize. Today it didn't recognize me, so I went into the app to investigate and... - yuri__bot
There was an attempt to make a big drug bust.
via: RedditRoss LeBeau of Texas was arrested in early December for possession of what police thought was a pound of meth in LeBeau's vehicle. The "meth," it turns out, was actually kitty litter LeBeau was using to reduce fog on his windows. I love his mugshot. Definitely a face that says "I can't wait until you idiots have to apologize to me." - hatersbutwithcats
There was an attempt to do math.A Tumblr post read: A quarter a day for a year will get you $9,125. The response: A dollar a day is $365. You got some limited edition quarters or something? - darthman156
There was an attempt to help the deaf.
via: RedditSwedish TV accidentally puts subtitles from a kid's show over a political debate, and it's brilliant. - manguno
There was an attempt to look fresh.
via: RedditIn 1998 I begged my mom to buy me JNCO jeans. She agreed, but only on the condition we do a photoshoot to prove to my future self how stupid I looked. Look who's laughing now, mom. - hootersbutwithcats
There was an attempt to stand up to bigotry.
via: RedditShe totally owned him by headlining and making him a lot of money. - Motionshaker
There was an attempt to cosplay.
via: RedditPoor kid just wanted to look like his favorite Star Wars bad guy. And while he didn't quite get there, his visage will, from this point forward, inspire the same fear and disquiet as Darth Maul's.
There was an attempt to shut up the meat-eaters.
via: RedditWoman climbs Mount Everest to prove vegans aren't weak, dies. - H4voc_FuZn
There was an attempt to stick it to socialists.
via: RedditThis is how birthday cakes work when you have friends. - Sidmur_13
To get back the money you wisely invested in pandemic prep.
via: RedditIt has begun. Yes, she is at the return counter trying to do exactly what it looks like. - MisterT12
There was an attempt to show the sheeple the light.
via: RedditI like how you can clearly see the rock reflecting light. - Cannonballer1
There was an attempt to, once again, make this the fault of the millennials.
via: Reddit"Younger people are treating their pets like living, breathing f*cking animals, and it's reportedly causing problems for some of the best-known pet food brands that have been selling garbage fillers that barely qualify as nutrition." There, fixed your sh*tty headline. - Sidmur_13
To keep kids doing their homework, even during a pandemic.
via: TwitterModern problems require modern solutions, or so says a popular meme featuring comedian Dave Chapelle.
There was an attempt to make pro-choice Harry Potter fans reconsider.
via: RedditNeville Longbottom. Jesus christ, read the books. - Daguq
There was an attempt to inspire folks to pull themselves up by their bootstraps.
via: RedditI don't have a garage. - @el_branbran
There was an attempt to pull off the heist of the century.
via: RedditTo the person who broke into my house last nifght, I hope you liked my dog Rosie. - SayLittleDoMuch
There was an attempt to get those dadgum atheists.The first reply was a link to this article from NPR, which has the headline: "IMAGES: What New Coronavirus Looks Like Under The Microscope."
There was an attempt to get in touch with customer service.
via: RedditBut then Jesse replied: My bad fam I was high as f*ck and opened the pizza upside down.
There was an attempt to add a new feature to Uber.
via: Reddit... That... defeats... the whole point of Uber??? - @mckenziedenisee
There was an attempt to shame the dads of today.
via: RedditBaby boomers have pathetic blacksmithing skills compared to 9th century Saxons - @thoneycombs
There was an attempt to come off hard.
via: RedditYour most recent post was a scarf you knitted. - propoganda_tortise
There was an attempt to celebrate a tiny bit of progress.
via: RedditBut ol' Ahmed tweeted again, just a few minutes later: Never mind they came for me while boarding the plane... - @ahmerda
There was an attempt to come off intelligent.
via: RedditYou have to look in Medusa's eyes. This doesn't make sense. - SplatoonAccount
There was an attempt to give a positive review.
via: RedditWow, and this T-Mobile customer service rep was just one day away from retirement...
There was an attempt to be altruistic.
via: RedditTo be fair, if you do something anonymously and don't brag about it on TV, no one will be any more likely to buy your beer.
To shame the British (??) for their diet (???).
via: RedditWhy do Americans eat like they have free heath care? - @papimorte
There was an attempt to stake a claim to individuality.
via: RedditHow brutal a blow this is for this poor hipster. He must now shave his beard in penance, AKA the Silver Lake Hara Kiri.
There was an attempt to keep Lunar New Year to themselves.
via: RedditAnd then Andy Wang, who is literally from a country that does, responded: Friendly reminder that I hereby formally invite anyone to celebrate Lunar New Year. - @adequateandy
There was an attempt to keep a child out of Tamriel.
via: RedditMy parents said I was playing too much Skyrim so they took the router with them to work every day. Good thing you don't need internet to play an offline single player game. - Lyrana655
There was an attempt to crush the spirts of one of the greats.
via: RedditAnd Patton Oswald himself responded: Guys, if you're gonna write an article about me being a "failed comedian" maybe don't use a pic of me holding up the Emmy I won for doing comedy? - @pattonoswalt
There was an attempt to make clear that she deserves to be treated right.
via: RedditAnd go where? You can't even afford half rent mate. - @yshealthy
There was an attempt to make a point about eggs.
via: RedditYou're supposed to remove the shell lmao - [account deleted]
There was an attempt to get a better price.
via: RedditAnd the final reply: 2 MPH. Anything less than that and you'll tip over. - Clongjax
There was an attempt to coax some humor out of a scientist.
via: RedditPost it anyway. Most people are smarter than you think and will probably understand it.
There was an attempt to warn the masses.
via: RedditWait until you find out about driver's licenses. - Liteboyy
There was an attempt to make the kids a nice breakfast.
via: RedditThought I'd make some pancakes, but then I flipped the pancake and almost pooped my pants. - NekoShadow_
There was an attempt to criticize social media.
via: RedditGod I just love Uber too much. I cannot stop ordering Ubers to my house and having them drive me to the nearest bus stop and calling another Uber to go to the next one. - babydoll_bd
There was an attempt to hire a female CEO.The headline read: Uber's search for a female CEO has been narrowed down to 3 men.
There was an attempt to eat a mozzarella stick.
via: RedditSome say this little girl is still tilting her back, trying to snap that long strand of mozzarella cheese, to this very day...
Come on. We don't ask a lot of you, Pringles. At least work on your puns.
via: RedditHOW IS THIS A PUN. YOU COULD'VE HAD "PRINGLE BELLS" OR "MERRY CRISPMAS" YOU STUPID MOTHERF*CKERS. - BenderDisorder
There was an attempt to put atheists in checkmate.
via: RedditThe reply: Because the melting point of gold is 1064° C and a wood fire burns at around 600° C. - Naanderson2022
There was an attempt to help kids be good.
via: RedditI don't think Disney fully understands what a pirate is. - Grahameow
There was an attempt to give Barack Obama a little context.
via: RedditThe Tumblr response: Ah okay, that guy.
There was an attempt to show they were above the law.
via: RedditYes, it would be cool for this guy to flout his lawlessness, but the actual local police department responded to his post, saying: I'm sorry, this is awkward, but that's not a police car. You vaped in front of a water service vehicle. - henry_dodgers
There was an attempt to figure out what an all-natural Donald Trump would look like.
via: RedditTo visualize Trump's natural appearance, a while back I tried matching the rest of his artificially-tanned face to the natural skin color around his eyes. - @ronmartinez
There was an attempt to post a cute baby picture.
via: RedditThe original post: My daughter loves to sleep with her butt in the air and it's the cutest ting. The response: I thought she was in a microwave. - chocolate712
There was an attempt to practice the Hippocratic Oath.In 1847, Robert Liston performed an amputation in 25 seconds, operating so quickly that he accidentally amputated his assistant's fingers as well. Both patient and assistant later died of sepsis, and a spectator reportedly died of shock, resulting in the only known surgical procedure with a 300 percent mortality rate. - dickfromaccounting
There was an attempt to make a 16-year-old feel better about herself.
via: RedditWhen I was 16, my parents commissioned my granddad to paint a portrait of me to raise my self-esteem. It did not. - yuri__bot
He thought all his financial worries were over.
via: RedditThe headline to this article read: Man Digs 12 Foot Deep Hole Without Realizing His Metal Detector Was Picking Up His Steel Toe Cap Safety Boots. - WITCHFlNDER-GENERAL
There was an attempt to cement man's place at the top of the food chain.
via: RedditThe headline: Big Game Hunter Was Killed When Shot Elephant Collapsed On Top Of Him - uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu3
There was an attempt to find love.
via: RedditThe original post: Everyone help me find this man I saw him at the football game and I want to go on a date with him. The actual guy's reply: This is me. I'm sorry but you're not my type.
There was an attempt to reclaim their freedom.
via: RedditAnytime you feel life isn't nice, remember this Brazilian prisoner who dug an escape tunnel for five years, only to burst out in a guard room. - haxamin
There was an attempt to pull off an act of deception.
via: RedditI hate this house. One of the kids ate my wing and tried to replace that sh*t. - uhhsamurai
There was an attempt to hide the spare key.
via: RedditOh no, that house is definitely getting broken into. I sure hope they didn't leave their Playstation 4 sitting out in the open.
There was an attempt to save the planet.
via: RedditAt least they're cutting out the time and effort most people spend bagging their own fruit? Ideally, those people will use that saved energy to pick up litter from riverbanks.
There was an attempt to curb the drug problem.
via: RedditSouth Dakota has launched a campaign to combat meth. With this new logo. - SayLittleDoMuch
They tried to be so sneaky and it so backfired.
via: RedditIn World War I, the Germans disguised one of their ships as a British ship, the RMS Carmania, and sent it out to ambush British vessels. In a hilariously bad stroke of luck, the first ship it encountered was the real RMS Carmania, which promptly sank them. - TAS8008