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With everyone starting to work from home, video calls have become the new norm. And for many people, this has been quite an... adjustment. By now, you have probably witnessed or experienced your fair share of technical difficulties when it comes to an app like Zoom. Whether your cat decides to make an appearance on your camera or you forget to turn your mic off when gossiping in the background, something is always bound to go hilariously wrong. We've compiled a list of the most embarrassing Zoom calls ever. So, if you want to feel better about your own cringe-worthy moments, watch these!
Everyone has been talking about this faux-paw. A lawyer from Texas struggled to turn off a cat filter on his Zoom call during an important hearing. The funniest part about this video is the cat's eyes that were darting around, mimicking his facial expressions while he says, "I'm not a cat!" This one's destined to be an all-time classic. Watch the full clip for some much-needed laughter!
Now this video call fail wasn't on Zoom but Microsoft Teams. A woman posted a picture of her meeting with her boss on Twitter. Rachele Clegg's boss somehow managed to turn herself into a potato during their video call and couldn't turn the setting off. This poor woman was stuck looking like that for the entire meeting! But we actually feel worse for the two employees... How on earth do you keep a straight face when your boss is talking to you in potato form!?
Behind every successful woman is an unsuccessful man not wearing any pants. The pure panic from them both and then the husband running and knocking himself over was absolute gold. We would've loved to have been a fly on the wall when this meeting was over. There's no way she'd ever forgive her husband for this stunt! Maybe try changing the background next time?
This woman took her phone into the bathroom and seemingly forgot that she still had her camera on! We don't know what's worse: the ten people who watched her on this Zoom call or the millions that watched her on the toilet on YouTube! Hopefully, poor Jennifer has a sense of humor and is not too mortified by this. Don't feel bad, girl; we all use the bathroom.
It seems like no one likes to wear pants in their house. We bet this man did not expect his video call with his work friends to turn out like this, but he sure got a chuckle out of them. He should thank the woman in the video for calling and informing him because it could have gone a lot worse if everyone kept quiet! There are certain things your colleagues do not need to see... At least he didn't carry the computer to the bathroom as the other woman did.
We don't know how it's possible to get a different code, but this student joined the wrong class in the wrong country. In the video, you can hear this guy is British, but somehow, he found himself in an American Zoom meeting. To make matters worse, he was chilling in his bed while the lecturer repeatedly told him to exit the call. If we saw this happening before our eyes, we'd be on the floor with laughter!
When you're trying to be a serious politician, but your cat has other plans. Don't you think it's so funny how animals can wholly suck the seriousness out of a situation? "Rocco, put your tail down," said this man as his attention-seeking cat crashed a Parliament Zoom meeting. This clip shows just how human people can be when they are at home.
Okay, there was a lot going on in this video. But the attention was on that guy in the top left corner, who fell out of his chair. Before it happened, the teacher started making small talk and asked the student if he's bored since he had a scooter in the background. To which he ironically responded, "yeah, and right now, the attention is not on me, so I don't care." And then, BAM! It's one thing to fall in public, but falling off your chair while everyone online is watching you and you are being recorded? Our worst nightmare.
Oops! During a Spanish news anchor's live on-air segment, viewers quickly spotted a semi-naked woman in the background of his video. What's worse is that it's not even his girlfriend! According to Daily Mail, the mystery woman turned out to be a fellow 27-year-old journalist. Alfonso Merlos has since apologized, claiming he and his then-girlfriend were broken up at the time. Well... what's done in the dark will always come to light!
It's safe to say we've all experienced this one before. You know when you are keeping an eye on the time and realize your meeting is over, but the presenter just continues? At that moment, we've all wanted to yell at the screen before. But by now, we all know that the two most important things you need to take into consideration on a video call are your mic button and your camera. If you don't, you may find yourself in a situation like the one above... Awkward!
A Twitter user wrote that his screen froze during a video conference, making it look like he fell asleep during an editorial meeting! The screen could have frozen at any other moment, but with his luck, it happened when he blinked. Something tells us his boss wasn't pleased about it...
Many of us know how dreadful an 8 am Zoom class can be. Now just imagine a lesson in the middle of the night? And not just any class, but a Maths one! We've had many maths nightmares before, and we don't need them to become a reality!
We don't understand how you simply forget you're on a video call, but that's probably what happens when you zone out at home. How will Sydney ever be able to look her coworkers in the eye again? That's not a sight you'd want your colleagues to remember!
We're all trying our best to adjust to life online. But some of us have it worse than others... An Italian priest opened the filters on his phone by mistake while live-streaming a mass! We know we're not supposed to laugh at this, but it's priceless.
This weatherman's puppy also wanted a moment in the spotlight. Who cares about the weather? We want to see the dog! You have to check out the cute video! And the man clearly loves his pup because there's even a picture of him on his desk.
Foreign affairs editor Deborah Haynes was doing a live report on Sky News when her 4-year-old son interrupted her to ask for two biscuits. Though she was embarrassed, she handled the situation like a pro, and she gave her son permission to have the biscuits!
Ouch! Getting dumped on a video call is the new worst kind of breakup. And this one is probably the first of many. At least you get to hang up on the person in Zoom - the equivalent of slamming a door! We hope Julia finds her first Zoom rebound.
This man walked into his home office and found his little one video calling his boss. He captioned the picture: "When you walk into your WFH office and realize your #newcoworker just video called your boss…" Let's be honest, this is too cute for words!
When 2nd graders know how to use technology better than their teacher... The funniest (and cutest) part of the video is that the kids did not want to misbehave after the teacher accidentally left the meeting. And one kid said something all of us could relate to: "I'm just muting my mic because I don't wanna talk."
There's nothing more embarrassing than your family screaming at each other in the background while you're on a Zoom call. Next time something like that happens, just say the noise is coming from the neighbor's house!
Imagine going through all the trouble to make a video for your class, and then it gets shut down for copyright infringement because your husband thought watching WrestleMania was a good idea. Get some headphones, dude!
"Just farted on a zoom call, and it lit my name up. I've been betrayed," wrote this Twitter user. Poor Scarlet could not even put the blame on someone else because Zoom is a snitch. This is another good reason for using the mute button. At least nobody could smell it!
Oh, look, another man lacking pants. Will Reeve, a reporter from Good Morning America, went live wearing an interesting outfit: a suit jacket... paired with boxers. At least he was able to poke fun at himself for the mishap, but we would have been mortified.
Out of all the backgrounds out there, this professor chose Harry Styles as hers. But who can blame her? It might not have been classroom-appropriate, but we don't consider this choice a fail because she probably got all her students' attention.
Here's another attention-seeking cat that wanted to join his owner's meeting. People's pets have seemingly been on so many Zoom calls by now that it's starting to get weird if they don't show up in the video. We need them to spice up the long meetings!
If you haven't noticed, we are living in the strangest time. Pet appearances, no pants, and now brushing teeth while on your video call? You can't make this stuff up. There are many advantages of studying online, and one of them is being able to save time getting ready.
Okay, we think every student can relate to this one. It's already awkward when no one responds to a teacher or professor in a face-to-face setting, but Zoom has taken the awkwardness to a whole new level... The silence is deafening!
Teaching a class over the internet means making the best of what you got. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a spare room; some of us have to do our Zoom calls in our bedroom. This lady was teaching a class, and her poor husband just wanted to grab a pair of socks. At least he was trying to be considerate by crawling so no one could see him.
Oops! This student got caught in the act. In class, many students can get away with scrolling on their screens without their lecturer seeing them, and on Zoom, you'd expect it to be even easier. But this girl's screen reflected in the window while she was searching for Halloween outfits, and she only realized her professor could see her much later on.
A proud student showed her teacher the cake she baked and dropped it right in front of her. We can't imagine anything worse than spending hours baking a cake for your presentation and having it ruined in a matter of seconds. And you could see how bad her teacher felt.
Has anyone figured out how to leave a video call confidently? There has never been a Zoom meeting without the awkward goodbye at the end as everyone tries to leave. Some of us have started closing our laptops just to avoid that 5-second embarrassment. How about they just make ending a call easier!?
It's one thing to fall asleep while listening to a presenter on a video call, but this teacher fell asleep in the middle of her own lesson! Was the work that boring? We are sure that her students will never let her forget about this moment.
The teachers have it the hardest. It's difficult enough to keep the little ones entertained in a classroom, so we take our hats off to those teachers who can successfully keep their attention during an online lesson. This girl just wanted to take a quick nap.
This is probably one of the most frustrating Zoom fails ever! And you could see it in this professor's face. It looked like he was going to have a panic attack when his students told him they couldn't hear him for two hours. The poor man managed to compose himself and said they'd have to schedule another lesson.
We've all been there. When you're in the comfort of your own home, there's no reason to look your best all the time. And thanks to video calls, we have the option of not showing our faces on camera, but sometimes technical difficulties are bound to occur, and the next thing you know, everyone in the meeting sees you at your worst!
Do not mess with that professor. She is organized, and she is angry, and she is smart. We all know these are tough times and everyone is trying their best. But listen... this is a perfect example of why you share applications and not screens!
You can't tell us you didn't immediately think this Prime Minister was wearing a huge jacket. And it's impossible to unsee it! We bet she wish she wore a different color for this live TV moment, especially since she was busy addressing an important issue.
Isn't it comforting to see everyone else's fails, knowing you're not the only one? And it's great when people can poke fun at themselves. This guy managed to avoid getting stuck as a cat, but everyone saw his laundry situation. Hey, at least his clothes are clean!
How many times have you had to yell at someone in your house to be quiet because you have to present something online? Now imagine realizing your mic wasn't on mute when you did that! While this is probably the most embarrassing moment in Katie's life, we certainly don't blame her.
This is how you know you won an argument. This woman also didn't check the mute button during a meeting, so all her colleagues heard the heated debate between her and her husband, but luckily this Zoom-fail turned in her favor! According to the online witnesses, she won the argument.
There are simply too many distractions during video calls. This student got distracted by an annoying bug and wanted to catch it but failed in front of everyone. Maybe she should have tried it with the camera setting off because her classmates will never forget this moment.
Who could forget this one! This video call happened several years ago, but it's still one of our all-time favorites. Both of his kids entered his room as this professor was having a video conference on national television. But then his super-wife came to the rescue! And the way she crawled back to shut the door gets us every time. Though you can see Professor Robert Kelly tried his best to keep it together, he couldn't keep a straight face. Back then, we laughed at him; today, we can relate to him.
We don't know about you, but after seeing all these embarrassing video call-fails, we feel much better about our own awkward moments on camera! However, we have to cut these people some slack because, during stressful times, we're bound to make mistakes and a few that might haunt us. So, what did you think of these hilarious mishaps? Have you ever been in a similar situation? Let us know in the comments! And if you got a chuckle out of these, share the article with your friends. See you next time!