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Meeting the parents is a big step in a relationship that, over the years, has been heavily lampooned in media—for a reason. A lot can go wrong when you're meeting a significant other's parents for the first time, whether the meeting was planned or completely accidental.

One can inadvertently toss out insults, clog a toilet, or witness death—a few examples of what happened in these 25 stories shared on Twitter and a number of different Reddit threads. The tales cover pretty much all the bases of embarrassing and terrible situations that could arise during an initial meeting.