Both groups are wild. Laugh uncontrollably. Fall over. Cry. And appear to be having a heck of a lot more fun than anyone else in the room. Yes, I have now exchanged my time with fellow buzzed friends for time with equally tipsy little people.
So I thought it would be fun to put together a few real-life scenarios and let you decide:
Was the person involved my toddler or a drunk friend?
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You must not have toddlers. Or drunk friends. Kudos on both accounts! Maybe it’s a good thing that you can’t easily distinguish behavior between the two.
Well, you got at least a couple right. Perhaps your toddlers are grown – or you are simply experiencing the peaceful bliss of not having any. Maybe you or your friends don’t drink. Not a bad thing either!
Not too shabby – you guessed correctly about half the time. Could be worse. Your results are still better than mine when I tell my toddlers to “stop shouting!” – and it actually happens.
Pretty impressive – you got at least three quarters of the answers correct. I’m guessing you have a toddler or two at home – or have been scarred from the memories. Either that or a good group of rowdy drunk friends.
Wow – SO close to a perfect score! It appears that your toddlers have taught you well… Or that you often find yourself in the position of taking care of your drunk friends.
Congratulations – you got every answer correct! You are clearly deeply experienced in raising toddlers AND caring for groups of drunk friends. Are you available to babysit?
Question 1 of 8
It is Halloween time, and this person is dancing around the living room to Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Suddenly the person stumbles over the carpet, spills their drink, and falls onto the floor.Correct
You got it – this would be my toddler. A lover of Halloween, Thriller, and dancing in the living room. Fortunately, he was back on his feet before I could say two-and-two.Incorrect
Sorry – as much as it seems that this would be a drunk friend, it was actually my completely sober toddler. A true Thriller aficionado, he gets so into the music that he forgets what he’s doing.
Question 2 of 8
This person became a bit – ahem – unruly at a large group event. They were escorted out by an adult, and then sat on that adult’s lap at the car while waiting for the others to join. Suddenly the person made a large bowel movement… Right on the friendly lap. Thus ensued the chaos of cleanup before leaving.Correct
Sad, but very true. This person was a drunk acquaintance, and the lap owner was an unfortunate friend. Jeans were disposed of and the car that drove everyone home had to be professionally cleaned the following day.Incorrect
As unbelievable as it may seen, this was a drunk acquaintance. The lap owner was an unfortunate friend. Because the person was clearly not wearing any diapers as a toddler would have been, jeans were quickly disposed of and the car that later drove the person home had to be professionally cleaned.
Question 3 of 8
This person was dancing wildly around the living room with others to an old Madonna song. There was shouting and laughter. Suddenly out of nowhere, the person sprawled onto the couch for a quick catnap.Correct
Yep – this was a drunk friend. In fairness, we may have all been indulging. In retrospect, the catnap was probably the best idea that any of us had all day.Incorrect
You would think it would be a toddler, right? Nope. It was my drunk friend. Granted, we were all indulging, but the catnap threw us for a loop.
Question 4 of 8
After a long night of Christmas Eve celebrations, the sun was beginning to rise on Christmas Day. Everyone decided that it would be a perfect time to begin opening gifts. But not this person. This person demanded that everyone sit down to eat a full hearty breakfast first, complete with greasy bacon and eggs.Correct
You got it! I am pretty certain that I am the only parent on earth with a toddler who would rather eat breakfast than open presents. But eat breakfast we did, my toddler taking the time to slowly savor every bite, before we could finally get to the gifts under the tree.Incorrect
Nope, although I know it sounds like the story of a hungover friend pining for some greasy eggs. Instead, this was my toddler. Likely the only toddler on earth who would rather eat breakfast than open presents.
Question 5 of 8
This person and I were having a melancholy breakfast out. Neither one of us were in a great mood, and it showed. After the waiter informed us that there was no more orange juice available, the person dissolved into tears.Correct
This was indeed my drunk friend. It was a mimosa breakfast, over which we were discussing heavy topics. The waiter chose to inform us of the juice shortage right as my friend was sharing some personal pain – hence, the tears. The waiter was soon forgiven, however, as he quickly noticed the gravity of the situation and offered straight sparkling wine instead.Incorrect
While similar situations have occurred with my toddler, this particular situation occurred with my drunk friend. In fairness, we were discussing heavy topics over a mimosa breakfast when the waiter picked the worst time to tell us that they were out of OJ. I give him credit for quickly redeeming himself though – as he quickly returned with straight sparkling wine instead.
Question 6 of 8
During an afternoon out, all this person can talk about is calling a certain someone to come over later. We encourage the person to call, but they are waffling. Eventually we dial the number for the person and then hand them the phone. When the special someone picks up, the person giggles, blushes, and then quickly hangs up.Correct
You are correct. This is my toddler, who already pines for a certain special someone. We will hear pleas all day long to call the special someone, only to have our toddler refuse to talk or simply ignore the person once together.Incorrect
Good guess as I do have adult friends I could imagine doing this. But this was my toddler. He will beg us all day to contact a certain special someone, only to ignore that special someone once they pick up the phone or we all get together.
Question 7 of 8
We are enjoying an evening of friends and fun. Everyone is in good spirits and we are capturing the moments with cell phone photos. The next day, as I’m going through my phone, I notice about 30 different photos that I didn’t take. They are candid shots. Many are blurry and of different facial expressions and body parts. After doing some digging, I found out that this person took the pictures.Correct
Yep – my photog toddler took the pics. I honestly wasn’t so sure at first, but checked around and everyone denied taking them. Once I asked my toddler, he proudly took responsibility and asked to see them!Incorrect
This was my first inclination too, but I ended up being wrong. I was certain that a drunk friend had taken the pics but nope – my toddler proudly took responsibility and even asked to see them.
Question 8 of 8
This person wakes me from a sound sleep, about 2am, begging me to help them make pancakes RIGHT NOW.Correct
Yes, this would be my drunk friend. Home from a wild night out on the town, the craving for immediate pancakes HAD to be satiated.Incorrect
I would expect this of my toddler too. But this was actually my drunk friend, coming home after a long night on the town and apparently craving pancakes and syrup.