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Wel­come to a won­der­land of em­bar­rass­ment.

WE rely on tech­nol­ogy to give an­swers to life’s chal­lenges, but what hap­pens when our in­fal­li­ble gad­gets fail? What hap­pens when the fail­ure is on our part? Ah, you’ve got to laugh.

The man ver­sus ma­chine con­flict be­tween tech­nol­ogy and end- user leads to some hi­lar­i­ous and ironic cir­cum­stances.

We are at the mercy of our gad­gets, and don’t they just know it.

If you’ve sent an in­ti­mate text mes­sage to the wrong per­son, seen a com­pro­mis­ing photo of you online, or ac­ci­den­tally clicked ‘‘ re­ply all’’ on a per­sonal email, you’re not alone. Where there’s tech­nol­ogy, there’s a chance of techno- fail on hu­man­ity’s part. Where there’s a fail, there’s some­one ready to take a screen­cap­ture photo and up­load it for all the world to laugh at.

The rise of pub­lic- sub­mis­sion photo blogs has taken a re­ally funny turn by cat­a­logu­ing our hu­mor­ous and hu­mil­i­at­ing mo­ments work­ing with ma­chines.

Web humour sites such as ‘‘ FAIL Blog’’ and ‘‘ I Can Has Cheezburger’’ con­tinue to grow in pop­u­lar­ity, but this new niche in com­edy- blog fo­cuses specif­i­cally on the embarrassing things we do with our gad­gets.

Be­cause no mat­ter how skilled you are at the wily ways of web cul­ture, there al­ways will be a cringe­wor­thy mo­ment when you ‘‘ head­desk’’ like the best of them.

Tech­nol­ogy is a won­der­land of po­ten­tial em­bar­rass­ment. Here are some tech laughs that should serve as a warn­ing to dou­ble – or triple – read any­thing be­fore you hit send.

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