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We're supposed to learn from our mistakes, because negative consequences theoretically change our behavior. But when it comes to some embarrassing actions, dudes just can't help ourselves. Every guy in history has made similar blunders--you're not the first, you're not the last--so don't feel totally ashamed of yourself next time.
1. The Horrible Throw
You know you should walk to the trash can and drop your refuse inside. But wouldn't it be badass, you think, to throw it with a skyhook that would make Kareem Abdul-Jabbar jealous? After you miss by several feet, you explain to any witnesses how not even Kareem could accurately throw a crumpled-up piece of paper that weighs less than an ounce.
2. Getting Caught Staring
The hot girl sitting across from you on the bus catches you checking her out. You immediately pretend to look at your phone, but keep glancing back at her to see whether she's still glancing at you. Good luck striking up a conversation, Romeo.
+ For more on embarrassment, watch "Guy Code" next Tuesday at 11/10c on MTV2
3. Blaming Your Gas On Someone Else
Nobody believes it's the dog or the baby...but you won't ever admit the truth.
4. Overestimating Your Strength
At the gym, your friend gets done with the bench press. You want to show him up. Except he works out four times per week, and you haven't in... six months? Seven? In the end, you thank him for lifting the bar off your throat before it fatally crushes you.
5. Forgetting A Girl's Name
You've been talking to her all night. She gives you her number. You enter it into your phone--but confronted with the NAME field, you freeze. She notices, and now you have to explain that you're not a jerk; you're just forgetful and/or drunk. She leaves, and now you have another contact in your phone that's Name Of Bar + Biographical Fact.