Expectation Reality in 15 Stunning Pics

Reddit is the sort of virtual space that sucks time out of you like it’s eating your very soul. But wait, that makes it sound like a negative influence. It’s not. Reddit is totally, unbelievable brilliant, and subreddits like r/ExpectationVsReality exemplify this.


Check out these 15 great examples of when someone dreamt something up, and it turned out either [a] exactly as they planned, if not better, or [b] totally downright rubbish. The nice thing is, both eventualities make great internet fodder for people to read when they should be at work. Yes, that’s right, most work internet providers don’t prevent you visiting Reddit while you should be slaving away at your desk. Which is probably happening right now. Is it? It is, isn’t it? Get back to work!


1. Now THIS is a cake

When you have that creative urge to make a cake based on a picture, and it ACTUALLY comes out looking like this, you know you’re a pro. Can we get a little appreciation for this masterpiece by mamabear034’s talented mom? Bet it tastes lush, too.



2. Superhero costume… or not

There really are no words to desribe this “costume”. So let’s not bother. Instead, we will join the original poster in laughing our heads off while trying to breathe. All together now: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!



3. A hole lotta chocolate

At least polos have the decency of alerting you to the fact there’s going to be a gert big hole in the middle. This Godiva chocolate is taking the biscuit, isn’t it? Like, there’s having a small indent, and then there’s just plain profiteering. Total. Rip. Off. Will not buy again. One star.



4. Past vs Present?

When you buy a ticket to see a band, and find out they’ve aged a little since the promotional poster. Awkward.


Not really. What happened here is a simple confusion whereby a band and an old guy going by the name “Creed” happen to have the same name. So, less awkward, more just funny. Still, it could’ve been worse, we were expecting some sob story about the tickets being fake. Count your lucky stars you still got to see some music, u/alegris3838. What we want to know is whether he was any good!



5. A talented tattoo artist and then some

This would’ve been hilarious if it was the other way around, wouldn’t it? Fortunately for the receiver of this tat, the one on the left is their drawing, and the actual tattoo is what the artist conjured up. They’ve even done a decent job of drawing hands, which we all know are literally impossible to draw. Not bad eh?



6. Copycat makes stunning cake

It’s not an original idea, but boy, have they copied it to perfection. We’d estimate that they even used the exact same number of smarties in recreating this cake.


What we really wonder, though, is why the original needed a “3” banner. The clue is kinda in the shape of the cake, right?



7. Pics of pets

Getting your cutie looking good on camera is just impossible, so stop already, right? It’s like trying to find a god profile pic for Facebook. There was this one from that party back in 2017 that looked good, here it… oh, no, out of focus. Nope, I look drunk in that one. Fat in that one. Too dark. Too moody. Too pretentious. Too toothy. Too snarly. Too doggy. Give up. Cry. Eat cake.



8. Size matters

This sums up everything about 21st century capitalism in one perfect snapshot. Need we even add a description of what’s happened here?]


Yep, you got it. Someone was too skint to buy a proper sized bottle of whiskey. Cheapskates.



9. For weird, just go to Japan

To be fair, it’s less weird, more impressive. As one contributor posted, products in Japan to happen to look exactly as advertised most of the time. Add final sentence about the innuendos and slurping here…



10. The truth about cats

Look, cats are animals. They have sharp claws. So when they’re brandishing those bad boys and you go near them, you gon’ get scratched, boy. One day your violent little furrball will be the devoted, cuddly one on the left… in your dreams. Just leave it alone you silly beggar!



11. More capitalism at its finest

There’s skimping on the product by covering the whole thing in opaque wrapping like in the earlier chocolate example, then there’s being downright devious like this example. How do they sleep at night?


That’s right, quite nicely in their king size beds that they bought with our hard-earned cash. That’s how.



12. What a mug

Wait, why does the… but it’s a mug with a…


No, we don’t really get it either. The most disappointing thing about this mug is that it’s white. All mugs are white. Black mugs look way cooler. Case in point: which is better, the crappy white one he’s actually holding, or the one pictured on the mug that he thought he was buying? Exactly. I rest my case, your honour. Yes, this is serious business that a court should be looking at.



13. Sexy gaze vs creepy stare

No Reddit-based article would be complete without an angry Samuel L Jackson staring at you through the screen like he’s going to eat your knackers on toast in the morning. Yes, this is what you look like when you stare at a girl across the bar. Stop doing it. Please.



14. Fashion Faux Pas

The mistakes here were [1] buying a daft poncho style piece of clothing in the first place, and [2] clearly buying it six sizes too big. To be fair, it’s not like he’s been duped here. The model looks like a plonker in the first place. Justice.



15. Try something Elsa, please

Some people are talented at artistic cake-making. Others, not so much. Whoever made this catastrophe should probably leave this to the pros. See some of the other examples here, like the 3 cake or the charming otters. Now they have talent. Leave it to them, my dear. Please.


As one kind commenter noted, “That was a really ambitious cake to take on”. Aw, bless.