Images to make perfectionists suffer


Are you a perfectionist? Do you like everything "just so"? Do you pick lint from others' clothes? Do you alphabetize your spice rack? Are you a masochist? If you answered yes to that last question and any of the previous ones, this Imgur blog is for you! (via @arielwaldman)


  1. It can be difficult to get the last drops out of those paper cartons with plastic spouts on the side. Opening it the old way (as pictured above) can make it easier to get the last drops, so it’s more perfect depending on what your goal is.

  2.  My first reaction to the one on the right was “The focus is not at the right place” — photography perfectionism, I guess…

  3. I thought I was impervious, until I hit the image of the kit kat, at which point I involuntarily shouted “WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU?”

  4. I got a sudden, intense giddy joy out of seeing the floor tile “problems”.  In particular, the rectangular tile inset into the hexagonal.  I will dedicate my life to irregular tiling, from this day onward!

  5. I was grooving to the balance / imbalance of the pix, until I came to the last pencil. I feel I have to go see if my mechanicals have enough lead in them.

  6. Reminds me of a trip to D.C. several years ago.  In a traffic circle was a huge bed of yellow tulips with a single red one near the center.  Next to that bed, a huge bed of red tulips with a single yellow near the center.  I think I could have lived with it if both odd tulips had been exactly centered. 

  7. The plates in the dishwasher!

    Also the fact that there is way more relish left in the bottle bothers me more than the fact that the label is upside down. Why do they sell those three packs with equal sizes of each condiment? Ketchup should be twice the size of mustard which is then twice the size of the relish.

  8. this is getting sent to the totally anal graphic designer in our office… I will listen to the bang when her head explodes

    1. She may be totally anal, or she may be the only one around who knows jack shit about her work and has to put up with all the ignorants around her calling her “anal” for managing to do her job well in spite of them.

      1. The screenshot from Royal Tenenbaums could have been replaced by nearly any random frame of any Wes Anderson movie.  His oeuvre is a horrible, nightmarish world, y’ask me.

  9. Some of the tiling “errors” are reminiscent of Islamic buildings such as the Alhambra, the principle being that only God is capable of perfection, so minor imperfections are deliberately introduced so as not to be disrespectful to the deity.

    1. I’ve heard this referred to as “the Persian flaw” in reference to leaving one knot incomplete in a Persian rug.

      The Japanese concept of wabi sabi comes to mind, as well.

    1.  Why alphabetize? Don’t you want spices/herbs grouped with the ones that are usually used together (nutmeg/cinnamon/ginger vs oregano/thyme/etc)

  10. This is quite appealing to the artistic temperament (as opposed to the designer temperament.)  A piece broken off the statue, a single dead flower in the bouquet, a crooked tooth in the otherwise perfect face – those are inspirational to the artist.

    1.  I am so putting that as my desktop pic. I keep all my desktop links on the taskbar so as to not mar the desktop :) [way easier to deal with, too]

    2. And, garyg2 – do you have a source for this image? I’d like to use it and credit the originator.

      ETA – [in Emily Litella voice] Never mind.

  11. There is nothing wrong with this way to open a snack bag.  What is wrong is when my wife (always) tears it from half way across the top all the way down the damn side so there is no way to close the fucking thing with a chip clip and you need to wrap it with with a goddamn roll of tape to get it closed so shit doesn’t get stale or fall all over the place.

  12. A Mexican classic – many car mechanics have a habit of buying cigarette soft packs, throwing all the cellophane wrapping away and ripping the square hole on the bottom, leaving the top foil intact.

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