17+ Hilarious Pics Taken Seconds Before Disaster

Paddy Clarke 9 Oct 2019

Have you ever had that feeling where you think, "Christ, I wish I could go back to just before that ball hit me in the face and move out of the way?" Maybe it wasn't a ball, perhaps you fell over in public, or dropped a giant pan of paella that your family had been tirelessly working on all day and had to suffer the embarrassment? Either way, everyone has experienced that feeling of wishing they could return to that moment just before the goof occurred and set things right.

Well, with that in mind, strap in and don your star-shaped goggles of procrastination, as I present you with some hilarious pictures that give you a glimpse of the moment just before disaster occurred!

1. Before The Pain Hits

Reddit | Kurpool

This guys is still living in the moment where his cat is very much his best friend. Look at the innocence in his face. This is a tale of love, trust, and betrayal.

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2. "Still my favorite picture of me and my brother, my grandpa caught the moment before my tears perfectly"

Reddit | csnk

I don't have any siblings, so I just had to make do pouring sand onto the head of my imaginary friend Craig who was really into Jamiroquai. Melancholy, yet creepy, violin music starts playing

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3. "This has disaster written all over it."

Reddit | edness81

The person who makes the labels for this company just wants to watch the world burn.

Oh, also, what makes "women's laxatives" specific to women? Seriously, if anyone knows let me know because I'm genuinely curious! Apparently I have nothing better to think about either.

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4. "Mid-air struggle behind the newly wed."

Reddit | TheSANEG

Now that is one way to crash a wedding, just flying through the air professing your undying love for the bride and praying that she'll not be mad you soaked her wedding dress.

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5. "Hugh Jackman chucks snowball at daughter."

Reddit | gmcl86

Ah, the only reason why people have children, to occasionally torture the little freeloaders! Good to see most celebrities are just like normal people as well! I'd like to see Gwyneth Paltrow do something like this though, "Is that a Goop snowball? If not put it the hell down!"

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6. Like A Cat On A China Shelf

Reddit | Valens

Look, if you've got a cat, why did you think that putting so much glass in such a confined space, and so high off the ground, would be a good idea? Even the cat has that expression of, "Well, Mark, if you'd have thought about this, we wouldn't find ourselves in this mess would we?"

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7. Physics 101

Reddit | Withyourfeetintheair

But, where is he going to? There's nothing up there!

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8. "Taken before the biggest food fight at my hs"

Reddit | ShadowConspiracy

In my high school, if someone was throwing a bin, odds are there was a kid in it or they were throwing it specifically at someone, not to try and start a food fight. However, I love the "calm before the storm" aesthetic of this picture, there's something quite serene about a bin in flight here.

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9. When The Paella Falls, We All Fall!

Reddit | Dusty_Machine

This photo captures so many stages of the human condition. The two at the back representing hubris, the woman on the right experiencing shock, rage and grief all at once, and the man sat at the table exhibiting the most important emotion, apathy. So long as he's drinking that wine, he doesn't care one bit.

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10. They Blew It Up! God, Damn You! Damn You All To Hell!


Somewhere, Andy Serkis is already writing the script of whatever disaster is inevitably going to happen here.

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11. Killer Wave Man

Reddit | bagelbunny

This is not the sort of wave that they were hoping to catch. Bit of a jerk move from the person driving that car as well, the only time that it is acceptable to do this to someone is if they're riding a bike.

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12. "Friend/coworker set her hair on fire while blowing out the candles on her birthday cake. Taken the split second before anybody realized."

Reddit | MURPHtheSURF

The person who posted the photo explained that her friend was totally fine in case people were worried!

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13. The Moth

Reddit | stormRed1236

That kid has no fear in it's eyes. It started into the heart of the flame, and the flame spoke to it.

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14. "That moment the goat rushed head first"

Reddit | diogosavoldi

I imagine that you may have the question, "Why is there a goat in their bedroom?" Well, I do not have the answer, and quite frankly, I don't fancy Googling that sort of thing to try and find the backstory. If you're planning on it, make sure safe search is on!

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15. "A few years ago, my backyard BBQ ended up in disaster... at least Google street-view was there to take photos"

Reddit | picz

Hey Google, tell me how to put out a BBQ fire as fast as possible!

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16. "A recipe for disaster."

Reddit | badmotivator11

Mmm, this mango cocktail has a very distinct taste, on a completely unrelated note, does anyone want to order some chips?

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17. Joh-no Hill!

Nothing worse than when someone gets a goofy picture of you when you're trying so hard to look cool. All in black, the tattoos, the beard, the shades, and yet all anyone is looking at is the damn cup about to ruin his day.

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18. Good Boy. Poor Situational Awareness


Much like most good dogs, this one probably just shook it off, picked up the evil flying disk and went back to his human for more.

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19. Kids And Science Don't Always Mix


You may think that there's no way your kid could get hurt watching you put Mentos in diet soda, but they will find a way.

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20. Heads Up!


This is either a very unfortunate scene, or that girl on the left just managed to take the perfect selfie of her going in for a header.

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21. Bracing For Impact

Imgur | hunnibud

I mean, if you get into a water balloon fight, you expect to get wet, but a balloon to the noggin is always going to be a shock.

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22. Only Thor Should Swing A Hammer

Reddit | Raqua

What I find fascinating about this image is that the victim hasn't yet realized his fate, but the guy that threw it definitely knows a mistake has been made.

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23. Splash


It's hard to tell if the woman has realized yet. She could be in the middle of talking or she could be opening her mouth in surprise.

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24. Just Keep Swinging

Reddit | richintx25

It's always struck me as funny that playgrounds are becoming more and more rubberized and yet swings are still a staple.

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25. Definitely Look Like Cat Toys

Reddit | Rios93

VR always makes me paranoid about what other people in the room might be doing or saying. Now I have to worry about the cat too.

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26. Say Cheese!

Imgur | EarthBoi

His friends may be laughing, but he can't hide the terror in his eyes.

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27. Why Is This A Common Thing?

Reddit | Brandoeht

If the dog looks anxious or upset, maybe don't take the photo. Maybe prevent this from happening.

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28. Secure All Cargo

Reddit | beauxcoux

Otherwise you may find yourself in this situation. At least the vehicle appears to have been able to stop before the whole thing was flung off the roof and into cars behind them.

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29. You're In My Fishing Spot

Reddit | jrcprl

I love how the guys are looking at the camera man like "What are you yammering about over there?"

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30. At Least It's Nerf

Reddit | andcrit

Still, if you have a friend or kid that does this sort of thing, maybe it's time to have a talk.

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31. Seagulls Are The Worst

Reddit | yaboismeernoffyt

I hope you weren't really excited for that crepe, because it's gone now.

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32. Don't Mess With Kitty

Reddit | mccarthybergeron

"My cat was being obnoxious so I shoved my camera in his face and took a picture."

Famous last words.

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33. Maybe Don't Look Right At It

Reddit | tristank2k

Or, you know, move before the flying pointy stick hits you.

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34. Action Shot!

Reddit | bsurfn2day

Technically, this is taken during the disaster, rather than seconds before, but let's not quibble.

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35. Brace Yourself

Reddit | cornbreath

Sometimes you just know what's about to happen and there's just no way to prevent it. But, dude, don't put the balloon between your legs like that. Your knees will take too much of the force and that balloon may not pop.

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36. "This isn’t going to end well"

Redddit | JoeGRRRR

The fate of the world, in the palm of my hand.

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37. Too Late To Stop

Reddit | YeetYeetTweet

All you can do is try to slow your momentum and attempt to protect your most vulnerable body parts.

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38. Happy Cat?

Reddit | Wolfie305

This kitty was probably very happy to get that package of catnip open. Now it looks like it's reconsidering its life choices.

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39. "Taken seconds before disaster"

Reddit | strictlytacos

This kids day is about to go from bad to worse. Those fantastic little yellow booties are gonna do nothing against the wild eyes of those orange ball starved hounds.

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