The emotional pressure placed on dates can make them supremely awkward. Even the most confident among us occasionally suffer from a case of foot-in-mouth, but the fall out from a dumb comment feels exponentially worse when it alienates someone you're attracted to.
Take comfort though, even if you've botched a string of past dates with untactful banter, you are far from alone. There can be an immense comfort in knowing that other people across the world are also suffering humiliation because of momentary brain blips.
In a popular Reddit thread, people shared the dumbest things they've said on dates, and it's truly glorious how many people cock-block themselves.
Me and this girl (cousin of a friend from school) were on a date, I had just finished telling her a story about a dramatic event that happened to me when i was younger.
She said "wow, that's how serial killers are made.
"A very dumb comment but I thought it opened up the door for me to say "how do you know I'm not?!"