THE PRATFALL INSTITUTE — I'm not proud to admit this, but I love fail videos. You know, the ones where someone falls down on a patch of ice holding a birthday cake or manages to inadvertently do a double backflip with a quarter rotation off a trampoline and into some bushes.
Stop judging me, I said I'm not proud of it.
Turns out there is a word for why we laugh at these things, and that word is schadenfreude.
"There is part of our brain that gets turned on when we are rewarded at someone else's expense," explains Dr. Joseph A. Shrand in Psychology Today. "Schadenfreude is when we laugh at someone else's misfortune. Schadenfreude comes from the two German words, Schaden and Freude, harm and joy. We've all done it, even if we are not proud of it."
Thanks, doctor. Turns out we're all kind of horrible people. And now that I have science to back that up, I'd like to share this commercial with you. It will make you laugh and make you feel kind of bad about yourself.
The telecommunications company Etisalat, based in the United Arab Emirates, released this commercial of a few different guys who just seem to have the worst luck. Whether is falling down a flight of stairs, standing in the wrong spot during a piñata swing, or a slippery diving board, these guys can't seem to catch a break. Some of the scenarios are a bit outlandish, but I get a feeling those who made the commercial are basing most of this off experience.
A few of the moments hit a little too close to home — like the spoon falling in the soup or the awkward fist bump/high five.
Regardless, it's a great commercial because it will make you laugh. And you don't have to feel too bad because these are just actors and not people having this actually happen to them. I mean, you'd laugh at that too, but you'd just feel a little worse about it.