I’m sure we’ve all done something embarrassing we’d wish to forget, which was the premise under which this question was asked by goo Ranking, with separate answers for both women and men.

Demographics

Between the 23rd and 25th of March 2010 1,128 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 50.5% of the sample were female, 15.1% in their teens, 16.9% in their twenties, 28.8% in their thirties, 21.1% in their forties, 9.4% in their fifties, and 8.7% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

For number 8 for the ladies, rather than (or along with) using a deodorant, many Japanese women also use sweat-absorbing underarm pads.

I suppose since this is averaging out over a whole population, disappointingly most of the incidents here seem no more than minor inconveniences.

And talking of entry number one, my first virally-successful post on WJT was this one.

Ranking result

Q: What embarrassing incident would you like to forget? (Sample size=570, female)

Rank
 
Score
1
Audible fart where everyone could here
100
2
Audible stomach rumble where everyone could here
72.0
3
Forgot to close a zip
61.6
4
A hole in my socks
53.8
5
Slipping and falling on a rainy day
49.1
6
A ladder in my tights
46.5
7
Humming vigorously where I thought no-one was around
42.2
8
My bra pad, armpit pad slipped
37.3
9
Too short fringe (bangs)
36.1
10
I stood in front of a mirror and gave my best smile
35.3
11=
My hair got all damp and unkempt
34.4
11=
I wore a tight shirt and all my excess flab got highlighted
34.4
13
Mascara ran and I looked like a panda
34.1
14
My heel got stuck in a grating
28.9
15
Fighting against tiredness my eyes glazed over
23.7
16
Overslept and had to go out with no makeup
23.1
17
Broke a heel
22.8
18
My hair fell into my soup
22.5
19
Took off a hat and my hair was all over the place
19.1
20
Tried to pay by card, but I’d exceeded my limit
15.3

Q: What embarrassing incident would you like to forget? (Sample size=558, male)

Rank
 
Score
1
Audible fart where everyone could here
100
2
A hole in my socks
87.3
3
Humming vigorously where I thought no-one was around
80.9
4
Audible stomach rumble where everyone could here
76.4
5
Forgot to close a zip
75.5
6
Slipping and falling on a rainy day
56.4
7
Wore a mismatched pair of socks
42.7
8
I stood in front of a mirror and gave my best smile
42.3
9
Forgot to put money in my wallet so she had to pay
35.5
10
Forgot to shave
35.0
11=
My hair got all damp and unkempt
34.1
11=
Took off a hat and my hair was all over the place
34.1
13
My parents called me with “-chan” attached
30.9
14
Too short fringe (bangs)
30.5
15
Forgot to iron so my shirt was full of creases
26.4
16
Tried to pay by card, but I’d exceeded my limit
25.9
17
A woman called me on the phone and I answered with an ingratiating voice
22.7
18=
Fighting against tiredness my eyes glazed over
20.0
18=
Got my hair perfect but it got ruffled in the wind
20.0
20
I wore a tight shirt and all my excess flab got highlighted
18.2

1 Comment

Melisa · June 9, 2010 at 06:15

Yeh I really despise embarrassing moments. I’m trying to live one down at the moment and that would go under the “Audible fart where everyone could here” catergory. Freak, I hate it when things like that happen. Wish I could dissappear from the face of Earth haha but no, gonna live it down.

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