40 Times People Took The Task Literally And The Results Were Hilarious

It seems that many of us still struggle to follow simple instructions. And when people try to follow instructions literally, the results can be really hilarious. All living creatures have their own ways of communicating to each other. Odd as it sounds, even plants communicate with each other by producing chemical signals that are either transmitted through the air or through the soil. Of course, it’s no secret that humans communicate in variety of ways. But verbal communication is the most commonly used form.

The use of spoken words is obviously the easiest way to convey messages and instructions to other people. However, some people still fail to comprehend the message even with the use of simple words. But why is it so? One of the reasons is that the listener is not focused on the conversation, making it hard for them to hear the instructions. Another reason is that some people tend to take each word literally. So, when you tell a person to keep their valuables under watch, don’t be surprised to see them inserting their iPhones under their wristwatch.


Some People Take Instructions Literally

Not just verbal messages, but written instructions are also almost everywhere. Public warning signs such as ‘Watch Step’ can be taken literally and have people actually looking at the step. Funny, right? So the next time you’re about to give instructions to other people, choose your words wisely. You may get an unexpected outcome that would either infuriate or amuse you. Here are some of the funniest instances when people did exactly what they were told.


Here Is Actual Motivation


“Asked My Daughter To Lean Against The Pole For A Picture”


“I Asked My Wife To Send Me Some Underwear Pictures, This Is What I Got In Return”


“A Friend’s Daughter-In-Law Was Told To ‘Cover Up’ While Feeding Her Baby, So She Did”


“Some People Just Want To Watch The World Burn”


You Got What You Asked For


“Oh Susan…”


“Told My 3 And 4-Year-Olds To Put The Toilet Paper Under The Sink. Must Be More Specific Next Time”


“My History Prof Wanted Us To Write A Paragraph From Any Historical Figure’s Point Of View And Urged Us To Be As ‘Realistic As Possible'”


“Asked For ‘Nothing’ As Dessert On A Disney Cruise. Got This Masterpiece”


“After A Huge Meal (Schweinshaxe) In Berlin I Asked For Just A Small Beer. This Is What The Waiter Brought Me”


“This Person, Who Took His Girlfriend To All The World-Class Cities Of Ohio”


“I Asked My Wife To Pick Up Some Frozen Fruit At The Grocery Store”


So Compliant


“Anarchist Here. My Uncle And I Are Cut From Different Cloth”


“My Wife’s Grandma Likes To Buy Us Snacks Whenever She Goes To The Store, So We Asked Her For Some Sour Cream And Onion Chips. We Were Amused By What She Came Back With”


“Don’t Hesitate When Telling David Your Name”


“My Wife, A Venezuelan Smart-Mouth”


“Went Through The Taco Bell Drive-Thru With A Friend. When Asked If We Wanted Sauce, I Said: ‘As Much As You’re Allowed To Give Me’. I May Have Made A Mistake”


“Not What I Meant, But Ok”




“Picture On The Credit Card”




“I’m Done”


“When You Ask For A Golden Retriever For Your Birthday And Your Boyfriend Gets You This”


“These Guys Always Have The Best Signs”


“I Asked My Brother To Take A Picture Of Me In Spain And This Was The Actual Picture He Thought Was Fine (P.S. I’m Not Wearing A Hat)”


“Boss Said I Wasn’t Using Enough Wet Floor Signs While Mopping”


“My Husband Asked Hardees To Put Extra Frosting On His Cinnamon Biscuit”


“I Think My Barista Is Trolling Me”


“And You Even Can’t Be Mad At Him”


“My Friends’ Kid Asked For A 3DS For His Birthday”


“I Told My Students To ‘Include The Word Count In Your Essays'”


“Was Worried About Privacy, So I Asked If They Could Put A Door Up To The Men’s Change Room. Problem Solved”


“Asked My Husband To Put The Pillowcases On The Pillows”


“Coffee Shop Compliance”


“Asked For A Small Frosty But In A Medium Cup ‘I Wasn’t Sure, But Hope This Is What You Were Asking For'”


“Taking Advantage Of A Poorly Worded Question On A Music History Test”


“My Cousin’s Friend Ordered A Chicken Burger And Asked For Mayo On The Top And Bottom, This Is What She Got”