People Are Sharing Pics Of The Worst Software Fails They’ve Encountered And They’re Hilarious (130 New Pics)

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[Beep boop, does not compute.] Computers and their software are only as smart as the people who program them. And even then, no programmer is perfect: there might be a small error in the code, a pesky bug, or an unexpected glitch that makes the software do what it’s not supposed to. The results can be hilarious and might get you chuckling whether you’re a coding tech veteran or you cheekily press your PC’s ‘off’ button when prompted to ‘press any button to continue.’

Our team here at Bored Panda loves humor and thinks that it’s one of the most powerful tools in anyone’s arsenal when life gets dark, dangerous, and depressing. So we’ve surfed all over the net to bring you these glorious software fails that would make even ‘The Matrix’ glitch out. Scroll down and remember to upvote the pics you liked the most, dear Pandas. Tell us all about the worst software chaos that you’ve personally seen in the comment section at the bottom of this list.

And if you’re hungry for some more digital laughter, take a peek at our previous article about software hilarity right here.

Steven Wooding, a member of the Institute of Physics in the UK and part of the Omni Calculator Project, who created the fun and useful Weird Units Converter, explained to Bored Panda how he approaches software bugs and glitches.

"I'm a physicist, so I like to use the scientific method when debugging troublesome code. If it's a bug that a user has reported, the first job is to reproduce the bug yourself. If you can't, then maybe there's a problem with something outside your control," he explained to us his approach. "Once you've reproduced it, develop a hypothesis as to why the software is behaving incorrectly and test it. Once you have a proven theory, it's time to fix the bug, then try again to see if the issue is resolved. You have to be careful, though, as the fix might introduce another bug. Having a standard set of tests will help catch such errors."

#1 Guess I’ll Be Living Unhealthy

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Physicist Steven, who is part of the Omni Calculator Project, agreed with Bored Panda that computers are only as smart as the people who programmed them.

"A computer will do precisely what you tell it to do. No computer language yet developed will get the gist of what you want it to do and correct all your mistakes. That's why bugs are very easy to make and very frustrating learning to program," he said. Alas! A program that could interpret what we're trying to do would be a godsend and might get even more people into coding.

#2 Generosity Is Not Their Specialty

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#3 Quite A Nice Run I Had This Evening

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According to Steven, there should be a way to fix things, as long as you know that the problem lies with your code. At this point, patience and diligence are key.

"You just have to preserve with it until it's fixed. This may mean stepping through the code one line at a time, seeing how values change, just before the bug strikes. If the values are not what you expect, track back through the code to see how those values were derived to help find the bug. There is a great feeling of accomplishment once you've squashed a bug."

#4 Speechn’t

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#5 Noodles

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#6 2020 Didn't End In Romania

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Very recently, Bored Panda had a good long chat about the programming world with software engineer and all-around creative Andrew Eckel. He explained that when someone’s pushed to learn a new programming language, it can lead to a lot of growth.

"My undergrad program was taught in C++, but where I went to grad school, they used Java. To catch up, I wound up taking graduate-level classes and the freshman intro class in the same semester. My fellow students in the freshman class wondered how I suddenly became their TA in the following semester," he gave an example from his own life.

#7 No, I Don't Think That's A Jam Bun

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#8 My Sim Slept While Carrying A Plate

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#9 Do Negative Numbers Count?

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According to the software engineer, coding leaves a lot of room for creativity. He said that for anyone to say that programming isn’t creative is "like saying using a sewing machine isn't creative.”

He said: ”It's creative if you make something creative with it! It's a craft that can be done both artfully and in the service of creating great art. Or you can program a garage door opener with it."

Andrew added, jokingly: "If people say it isn't creative, you won't hear them over the sound of your garage door closing."

#10 This Is My Clock Now

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#11 Just My Casual Morning Run

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#12 Chicken And Egg Problems

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Meanwhile, sometime before that, Andrew said that debugging can actually be fun. Programming, as a whole, is very rewarding once the coder manages to figure out the puzzle in front of them.

"The best moment for any programmer is seeing something you built work for the first time. It seems almost too good to be true, when something goes from an idea to a bunch of lines of code, to something that actually works and is helpful," the programming expert said.

#13 My Child's BMI Is Apparently Infinite

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#14 Yes, I Got Successfully $0

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#15 This Planetarium's Computer Crashed

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"You don't even need to invent anything to experience this thrill. Often it's just a matter of taking a well-known algorithm and applying it to a new situation,” he added.

“There are many great teachers out there who can teach about algorithms and the thought process of how to apply them—people who can take something that has the potential to be really dry and make it fun and interesting," Andrew noted that teaching programming is the same as teaching anything else: a lot depends on the teacher, not just the subject.

#16 This Weather Reporter Got Caught In An On-Air Graphics Error That "Multiplied" Her Across The Screen. Earth, Wind, And A Chance Of Scattered Showers

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#17 But I Forgot My Face At Home

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#18 I'm Really Alerted After This

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He stressed the fact that programmers have to learn to enjoy their daily lives that won’t be chock full of huge wins and breakthroughs.

"Those 'eureka' moments don't happen every day, but the day-to-day fun in programming is debugging. I know that sounds crazy because if you're debugging it usually means the code you wrote doesn't work! But everyone I work with feels this way. The more confusing and strange the program's behavior is, the more fun it is to unravel the mystery, find the cause, and fix it. It's like a puzzle."

#19 So This Just Happened

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#20 Left The PC On Overnight For An Automatic Update, Returned To This

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#21 Greek Architecture

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Aaron Genest, a manager with Siemens Technology, previously explained to Bored Panda what mindset we should have when considering the future of technology and making predictions.

"I'd argue that most people underestimate the timelines necessary to produce the technological goods on which we rely and the investment made to allow them to exist. By looking 'upstream' in that investment space, we can have a pretty good idea of what whole industries are betting on," he said.

#22 Yes You Are Train! Yes You Are

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#23 A Comforting Sign Before Watching A Horror Movie At My Local Cinema

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#24 Umm, Apple?

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"For instance, it takes almost two years to develop and produce a computer chip and get it to market for a phone, and five years to get something into a new kind of car. So if we want to have a sense for what, for instance, the gadgets in our cars will look like in 2026, we just need to look at what the car manufacturers are asking their suppliers to design today,” Aaron said.

The tech expert pointed out that technologies like 5G or various chips that receive billions of dollars of investments will likely stick around in the future. At least, long enough for the companies that invested into them to get their money’s worth.

#25 Awfully Specific

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#26 My PC Started Crashing All Around And My Mouse Cursor Started Duplicating So I Drew A House With It

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#27 Just Got This Ad

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As such, when making predictions about the future of tech, prognosticators look ‘upstream’ at recent and not-so-recent industry trends instead of relying “on some crystal ball they hide in their robes." That means that if you want to know what the future looks like, you'd best take a good long look at the present and past. Though, in either case, one thing's for sure: the future is bound to have plenty of hilarious glitches, as well. There's no getting rid of software bugs for good, no matter how advanced society might be.

#28 My Package Had A Meltdown

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#29 "Use Food Mode"

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#30 Woke Up To This, Panicked

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#31 Guess I’ll Open The Window For A Bit Of Fresh Air

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#32 Now I Heard Of Dual Wielding, But Never Heard Of Dual Theming

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#33 Good Old Fallout 4

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#34 Let's Get Some Food At?

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#35 Portal Between Lithuania And Poland

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#36 All Of My Shortcuts Have Been Tainted With Assassin's Creed Syndicate Icons

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#37 Text File On Paper

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#38 French Is Such A Romantic Language

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#39 Just Why

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#40 How Did This Even Happen

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#41 My Score For The German Test. Just Perfect

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#42 "Where Are We Going To Again?"

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#43 A Few Years Ago, Zooming Out Made Everything Become Disappointment Lake

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#44 Cursed Heart Rate

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#45 I Present To You, Windows 40

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#46 Well, Kudos To The Devs

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#47 Something May Be Running Idk

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#48 No Comment

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#49 And Then?

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#50 Makes Sense

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#51 I Guess I'm Not Shutting Down My PC Tonight

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#52 Tried Taking A Wide Angle Selfie, Spawned A Twin

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#53 Diesel Prices Are Awfully Cheap Today

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#54 Next Stop... LSD Land?

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#55 Got A Little Lost

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#56 Behold, My Brother’s Phone

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#57 Default Help Message

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#58 McAfee Is Refusing Its Fate

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#59 The Air Quality In Delhi Is So Bad That It Overflowed And Is Now Safe

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#60 Work Training Is Going Well

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#61 I Love The Way The Old iPad Icons Look

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#62 Borders Go Brrr

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#63 3s!$((* &%#~' ` ¬ ¦dsa

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#64 France And The UK Now Share A Border

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#65 Anyone Know How To Fix This?

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#66 My Brother’s Computer May Be Having Just A Small Issue… Just A Really Tiny One

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#67 My Sim Just Casually Floating In The Air

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#68 Cyberpunk 2077 Crashed And My PC. Didn't Like It (Completely Frozen)

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#69 Where Can I Buy

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#70 Yes, That’s Exactly I Meant To Type

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#71 I Can't Update My Password Because My Old Password Is Insecure

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#72 Thank You, Adobe

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#73 Behold, As This Calc Is Speaking The Language Of Gods

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#74 Please Stop, You're Scaring Me

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#75 The Gas Prices Are Out Of Hand

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#76 My Favorite Food, The McMeal

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#77 I'm Not An Expert In Chess But This Doesn't Seem Fair

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#78 Ah Yes, I Agree Bread Kinda Is That

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#79 You Can't Spell "Line" With Those Letters

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#80 This Bus

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#81 Very Nice

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#82 I'm 100% Not Sure How I Should Proceed

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#83 Riot Games You’ve Done It Again

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#84 My Younger Brother Sent Me This

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#85 Delivery Man Committing To His Job

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#86 No-One Gets The Correct Answer

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#87 Just Paid $A And 2u Cents For Gas. Gas Prices Getting Ridiculous

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#88 Cold War Has The Finest Graphics

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#89 Guess I'm Up For Anything

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#90 D-Do I Answer?

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#91 What Do You Think?

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#92 Apparently Chemistry Requires You To Have A Brief Concept Of Summoning Demons

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#93 My Alarm Was Supposed To Be At 7

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#94 Typical Texas

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#95 Take Shelter Now In 9pi29ätqæ

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#96 This Is Probably What Ascending To The 19th Dimension Looks Like

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#97 How Long Did I Sleep?

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#98 Machine Learning

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#99 You Don't Really Need 3D Glasses

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#100 I May Have Opened To Many Windows

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#101 I Was Trying To Review For German, I Don't Think This Is German

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#102 I Just Wanna Use Chrome

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#103 Ah Yes My Favourite Game

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#104 I Mean, That Doesn’t Even Make Sense, Instagram

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#105 My Desktop Started Crashing

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#106 I Tried Opening A Document From Microsoft Teams

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#107 I Only Have One Pair Of AirPods?

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#108 It Is Trying To Find Its Perfect Angle I Guess

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#109 The Caption Is Scarily Accurate

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#110 "What Time Is It?" "Oh It's MT:RC"

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#111 So I Glitched Out A Snapchat Filter… This Might Be The Most Terrifying Thing I’ve Ever Seen

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#112 Unlimited WiFi, Let’s Go

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#113 Please Don't Disturb Me. I Am Busy, Can't You See I'm Multitasking

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#114 Only 18th Century Kids Will Remember This Game

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#115 So I Kinda Glitched The Weather App And Now It's Showing The Temperature In F But The C Won't Change

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#116 What Do You Want?

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#117 W-What

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#118 Do I Or Not

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#119 This Is How I Didn't Eat Dinner Yesterday

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#120 PS4 Fell Asleep With Prime Going. Turned It Back On To Find This

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#121 Why Is A School Bus Texting My Sims

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#122 Good Ol' Xbox

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#123 New Mount And Blade Game Brings Some New Glitches

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#124 Had A Kurzesagt Clip As Walpaper

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#125 He Hates Having His View Being Blocked

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#126 I Don't Think That Is My AK Skin

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#127 PoGo Has Very... Odd Bugs

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#128 Absolutely Gorgeous

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#129 Sitting 10 Feet Away In My Bed And My Computer Woke Up From Its Slumber To Connect To The Void

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#130 I'm Helping My Brother Fix His PC And Ran Across Baby Yobama And His Brothers

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