These 'It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time' Stories Will Make You Gasp | 22 Words

Don't we all have that rueful thought once in a while? "It seemed like a good idea...at the time!"

So yeah, that's a pretty common theme in stories. But of course, some stories are way more extreme than others--and that's where Reddit comes in! Because we may all do dumb things that seem like good ideas. But how many of you can say those things involved potato guns or "snow water skiing"? Heck, one of these stories stars Ugandan mud wasps, and that's probably not even the craziest thing on this list!

So check out all the unbelievable ideas (none of them good) that people have come up with, and remember to cross the street with both eyes open. You'd be surprised how many people decide to skip that part!

This is a whole new level of "Sk8er Boi"

Holding onto my friend's car mirror while skateboarding on a newly paved parking lot. -meta_uprising

Driving lessons can be gnarly.

I let my 14-year-old cousin at the time try driving the family car. I was like 18 back then or 20 and I told him it's easy to drive an automatic car, basically like driving a go-kart. Told him gas was right and brakes were center.

-windam1992

Don't crash!

I forgot to mention that changing the gear to D will automatically have the car move. We both panicked and hit a fucking tree in front of us at probably 1mph. Luckily we were in our neighborhood by a dead end. -windam1992

Uh...maybe just stick to regular skiing.

"Snow Water Skiing".

Me driving the snowmobile across a snowy field and my little brother skiing behind holding a tow-rope.

Two broken legs.

-CarlSpencer

Run for it!

Me and my friend used to play a game where we threw a swiss army knife up in the air at night time and then ran away from it. With the knife part out. -UnacceptableUse

Apparently, it's a fairly popular game.

Me and a group of my friends took my dads compound bow and played that game from grownups where you shoot an arrow straight up and try not to get hit with it.

Honestly, still one of my fondest memories.

-extra_splcy

Trees aren't skating park replacements.

When I was a kid I tried to ride my bike up the trunk of a tree so I could kick off and try to land it and it'd be really cool.

Turns out a tree trunk is rounded and so you'll just slip off the trunk and hit your head on the tree. My brother still gives me s**t about trying to ride my bike up a tree.

-Brotatoman

You'll shoot your eye out, kid!

Shooting each other with fireworks on New Years.

One landed directly in between my eyes, luckily, it didn't go off and I wasn't injured.

-SirEnsignius

College isn't supposed to be one long party!

"Hey, you know those degenerates who you stay out drinking with until sunrise every other day? Why don't you live with them for the last two years of law school? That won't cause any issues at all."

Cue two years of abuse to my body and liver and more than a little strain between me and my friends at the time. Overall it was fun, but definitely not a good idea.

-PM__ME__STUFFZ

Uganda be kidding me!

So I was in Uganda with my family, and we see a large (about 5ft tall), curled up leaf hanging about 8ft off the ground. We're told that these leaves curl up and fall out the trees, and they're pretty heavy, so it can be dangerous to have it fall on you. My dad and I think 'won't it be helpful of us to get this thing down'.

So, we're there whacking it with sticks, trying to get it down, to no avail, when my dad says "Hey, climb up on that wall there, son, and jump! Grab it and then pull it down!"

-sgste

Or, look before you leap.

Well, that sounds like a swell idea, dad! So I do just that... I don't manage to get it all the way down, but as soon as I hit the ground, I get this burning sensation in my elbow. Turns out there's a hive of Ugandan Mud Wasps living in this specific leaf, and they do not take kindly to young men trying to tug their home down.

-sgste

And spare yourself the mud wasps.

So I'm just sprinting back to the office where the rest of my family is sheltered from the sun, and I practically have two elbows on one arm at this point while, as my dad described it later 'an army of large, black blots' give chase. I make it back inside and my arm is numb, except for the searing pain in my elbow. Thankfully, there was no further reaction, the pain lasted only around 3 hours and the swelling was down by the end of the day. That being said, it was the worst pain I've ever felt... Even worse than the time I broke my arm into three pieces while arm wrestling... -sgste

Not everyone is cut out to be a professional dog sled racer.

Playing "Sled Dog" with my newly rescued husky and a longboard on the hilly streets near my house in college. Snapped my right forearm in half and had to walk a mile back home to get a ride to the hospital. -travtheguy

Tip: roller blades don't make it better.

I did this with roller blades. My husky found a squirrel. I didn’t let go. I ended up with skinned knees and elbows and stuck in thorn bushes. That dog was the best though. -kkaavvbb

Why did the teenager cross the road?

I ran across the street with my eyes closed. When I was 14.

I didn't get hit by a car. However, I ran into a tree headfirst and cut my face and knee open.

For all of you asking what my thought process was, it is as follows:

Who am I kidding I have no idea what I was thinking.

-howiejriii

What's better than a bow and arrow?

So back in the day my brothers and I were shooting a bow and arrow behind our house.

We had a proper backstop and a nice target on a bale of hay. After about an hour we were getting bored and one of my brothers had a stroke of genius. Let's f***ing lite one on fire.

-littleredhoodlum

...And then there's this horrible idea.

So there we are wiring rags to arrows and soaking them in gas and shooting stuff. Didn't take long and half the yard was on fire. We'd shot pretty much every flammable thing we could burn in the yard.

Since we were running short on stuff to shoot my brother decided to launch one in a 45° arc over the woods behind the house. We all watched soar laughing and giggling.

-littleredhoodlum

Oops!

When it hit the apex was when it dawned on us that this was, in fact, a really stupid f***ing idea.

All six of us sprinted off into the woods in the direction it'd been shot. Wasn't hard to find it'd lit an entire little meadow on fire. So we ran around stomping out fires for an hour. When we finally got the fire put out we were sitting by the crick and my oldest brother looks at us all and says, "Dad never hears a word about this."

-littleredhoodlum

Hardcore parkour!

In high school, my friend discovered that he was particularly agile at running toward a wall and kicking off of it into a backflip. He would do this all day, every day, before school, at lunch, etc.

One day we were inside a classroom and the teacher had stepped out for a moment. Of course, he took this opportunity to try his little trick. He didn't, however, take into account the fact that drywall might not support his weight as well as the brick and concrete walls he'd tried before.

-ToughPack88

And thus, these exam-takers have a great story to tell.

His leg ended up busting straight through the wall to the other side, into a classroom full of students taking an exam. So I wasn't actually in the class taking the exam, but to this day, I still imagine how strange and hilarious it would be to be sitting in that class then suddenly see a leg burst through the wall. Makes me smile just thinking about it. -ToughPack88

And this kid, somehow...is even dumber.

This reminds me of vocational school. We had a guy that acted similar to yours. If he saw a spot high up somewhere or a crawlspace it didn't matter what you did to secure and discourage him, he would always find a way to get there.

-alfredosauceonmyass

Sure, just climb around in the ceiling!

Once in our masonry classroom the janitors had been replacing ceiling tiles and had to stop for whatever reason for like a week. This kid figured out if he drags the teacher's desk over towards the wall he can jump up and just reach the very top of where the cement blocks end and grip the inside edge of them. So every day he would climb up inside of this wall and explore the ceilings of the massive shop we worked in.

The last day he did this he climbed up in there and was gone for over 40 minutes. The teacher is cursing and calling every available teacher and custodian in the school trying to find where he went. -alfredosauceonmyass

...Yeah, that sounds about right.

Turns out he fell through the ceiling in a locked supply room full of copper tubing for the HVAC class like six rooms away from ours. He knocked over so much tubing and shelves in that pitch black room that he spent that whole 40 minutes tripping over s**t trying to find the door and then hiding because he knew he was in big time trouble.

Last time I heard about him he was in jail for breaking and entering this house and getting found by police in the attic crawlspace.

-alfredosauceonmyass

We're off to a great start with bb guns...

When I was 15 my best friend and I got new bb pistols. They were the Walther CP99. Looked identical to the real Walther CP9 with a removable magazine and no orange tip. We were playing with them in the back seat of his mom's car. They weren't loaded, we were just excited and wanted to take them out of the box. She knew we had them out and didn't think anything of it. This was the late '90s BTW. Before going back to his house she went thru the drive-thru at Burger King. You know where this is going. She's ordering food with two large 15-year-olds holding guns and pointing them at everything. -DCxMiLK

So naturally, this happens:

Fast forward 30 minutes, we are pulling into there driveway and his dad comes running out of the house yelling historically. One of his friends just called and said he heard on the police scanner that they were looking for his vehicle with 2 white males holding a female hostage at gunpoint. A few minutes later several police cars pull in the driveway, jump out with guns out making everyone get on the ground. It took some explaining on his dads part about us being a bunch of dumba***s. 15-year-old me couldn't figure out what all the fuss was about but 34-year-old me looks back and realizes that might be the dumbest thing I have ever done. -DCxMiLK

Sometimes you forget to be safety-conscious.

I went on a solo trip to Costa Rica when I was 26 - I’m a fairly petite female. I speak no Spanish.

The eco-lodge I was staying at helped me arrange a guide for an all-day hike. We were flown by 4 seater plane into the jungle, a 26-hour walk to the nearest town.

We landed, Jose and I hopped out, and the plane took off again, leaving me, Jose and his machete alone for the day.

Thankfully it went OK, but as soon as that plane took off I realized I had made a bad choice.

-Omissionsoftheomen

Ouch.

via: Imgur

In fifth grade I invented a game, where you get the swing as high and fast as you can, then at the bottom, you run off it really fast.

Miss-timed it, landed on my head on the asphalt, got a serious concussion.

{edit} Here's a carefully-drawn and highly realistic depiction of what happened.

-suddenly_satire

Here's a recipe for heartbreak:

Being roommates with someone I had a huge crush on. It didn't end well. -showmeyournachos

Seriously, stranger danger is a thing.

On a rainy day, I saw a hitchhiker near the university asking for a ride.

He "looked the part" of a student. Although I never pick up hitchhikers, I felt sorry for him standing in the rain and gave him a lift - it felt like the right thing to do at the time.

-Back2Bach

Luckily, this person was okay.

He told me where he was headed, so I went out of my way to drive him there. The guy just kept staring at me and said very little. When we arrived at his destination, he wouldn't get out of my car, no matter what.

Finally, when a police officer came along, I told him to hop out or I'd call the cop over for help. That ended it. (But if the officer hadn't come by, I have no idea what might have happened.)

-Back2Bach

Well, this sounds like a day to remember.

Getting taped to a cart, drunk, during a music festival. And then getting rolled down a hill towards a lake, where a lot of people pee. -jesp676a

Committing felonies is never a bright idea.

When I was a teenager. My brother, cousin, and a couple of friends decided to try to steal a coke vending machine by tipping it over into the back of a Ford Ranger pick up and take off. We were like 's**t we’ll just put it in our garage and have plenty of soda and will refill it.' (We had one of those keys for them).

Gee, what a great plan!

It was 2 in the morning and were all wasted. This was mid-'90s mind you and way out in the country. There was a little store with the machine. We backed up and my brother and I got it rocking back and forth and finally BLAM into the back of the truck. It lifted the front end of the truck off the ground and as soon as it landed in the bed my buddy started hauling a** with me trying to jump into the bed with the vending machine and my brother hopped on the back of the vending machine riding it like a majestic horse.

We should probably be glad this didn't work.

But we forgot to unplug it and for some reason, it was juuuuuust enough that it pulled the machine out the truck with my brother on it and crashed to the ground. We were young, dumb, and bored as heck. But it made perfect sense to me then. -Thatdewd57

This family has a whole series of bad decisions.

My little brother and I found a #10 can full of matchbooks. We decided to light a couple of matches for fun. Zach (my brother) got burnt and dropped a match and it fell right in between two boards on our back deck. We kept lighting them and dropping them down under the deck....until we smelled smoke. Then we filled my dad's dress shoes with water from the pool to put out the fire. Didn’t work...we were 7 and 8 at the time.

-Mrs_Boombalatti

And on to bad decision number two...

One summer same brother and I put up a two-man tent next to the pool. Brother and neighbor kid Andy decide to put the tent in the pool...they get in the tent and zip it up. No big deal it's the shallow end...

They then start jumping and bouncing the tent towards the deep end. slowly bounce after bounce the water level is rising in the text that's still zipped up and they are laughing and enjoying themselves ( like freaks ).

-Mrs_Boombalatti

Thank goodness for Andy's dad.

They make it to the deep end and on that last bounce, the tent sinks below the surface. It's now totally submerged and full of water and they can barely break the surface jumping to breathe - while still zipped into the tent.

They go on swim/flailing and gasping while the weight of the water-filled tent is pulling them under. ( I can’t swim) I didn’t know what to do besides screaming my head off! Andy’s dad heard me over his lawn mower and saved their a**es. He pulled the tent to the shallow end and ripped the mesh window freeing them.

It was the summer of 97’ I was 10 they were 9. My mom was sleeping.

-Mrs_Boombalatti

Basically, I hope Zach learned better decision-making skills.

Ok the last one, my same brother was swinging a metal mop in circles close to the ground around himself like he was a one arm clock... he did this for over an hour? He got very sweaty and the dish soap ( Palmolive ) he used as hair gel was running into his eyes. Leaving him disoriented from spinning and blind from soap. He stayed laying in the yard silently until Andy’s dad called my dad to come to get Zach. He was maybe 10 at the time. -Mrs_Boombalatti

Aww, this is kinda cute.

When I was in 1st grade my two friends and I invented a game where we kicked our shoes off of the swings to see who could kick theirs the farthest. Somehow mine ended up on the roof and the janitor had to get it.

And I only cried for like 20 minutes!

-CautionWetFloor

I feel bad for this person's nose.

I stuck a googly eye up my nose when I was three. It got stuck. My mom had to pull it out with tweezers. When asked why I did it, "I wanted to see if it fit" was my response.

I still get the compulsive urge to put things in my nose to this day. Usually earbuds. No idea why.

-squawk_kwauqs Share these insane stories with your friends!