Pictures: Why the Japanese Call Twitter “Idiot Finder”

If your new-age hippie aunt and your Lonely Planet guide to Hokkaido are to be believed, the Japanese are a wonderful, welcoming people of overwhelming intelligence, extreme hospitality and, most of all, blind obedience to authority, orderliness and polite deference to others.

If you spend even a few minutes surfing Japanese Twitter accounts, however, you may walk away with the impression that Japan is a barbaric society of law-breakers, delinquents, thieves, vengeful girlfriends and plain, run-of-the-mill idiots. This is why the civilized Japanese of the first paragraph like to call Twitter “Idiot Finder.”

For your viewing pleasure, here is a selection of some of the most dimwitted Tweets to come out of Japan in recent memory. First, we’ll look at people putting themselves in ridiculous places or doing dumb stuff:

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These guys temporarily opened a restaurant on an above-ground train.

These guys temporarily opened a restaurant on an above-ground train.

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Now we’ll see people putting themselves in physical danger:

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Finally, lawbreaking:

The poster captioned, "We stole these hats! Aren't they cute?"

The poster captioned, “We stole these hats! Aren’t they cute?”

Child endangerment

Child endangerment

People sitting on or in police vehicles.

People sitting on or in police vehicles.

These guys added a caption that they stole this bike.

These guys added a caption that they stole this bike.

Smoking in a classroom.

Smoking in a classroom.

Two guys drove a car through a convenience store.

Two guys drove a car through a convenience store.

This poster added a caption that she got the "kid's ticket" for a train (gasp!)

This poster added a caption that she got the “kid’s ticket” for a train (gasp!)

Smoking in front of a police station.

Smoking in front of a police station.

Stealing a washing machine.

Stealing a washing machine.

Stealing from a convenience store.

Stealing from a convenience store.

These kids stole a shopping cart loaded with booze from a grocery store parking lot.

These kids stole a shopping cart loaded with booze from a grocery store parking lot.

The caption here reads: "I found a backpack full of new smartphones. I reset the data on them and made them mine."

The caption here reads: “I found a backpack full of new smartphones. I reset the data on them and made them mine.”

"I broke the window on this car and pulled out the radio deck."

“I broke the window on this car and pulled out the radio deck.”

Caption: "My little sister."

Caption: “My little sister.”

Of course, if you’ve been reading our coverage for a while, you’ll know there have always been Japanese Twitter fails, from that guy that threatened to kill the pope, to the guy that posed with a poo bucket in Burger King, to the guy that casually robbed a ramen shop.

There must be something about Twitter being limited to 140 characters that makes people want to express their stupidity in pictures where words once sufficed.

Source: Naver Matome

10 thoughts on “Pictures: Why the Japanese Call Twitter “Idiot Finder”

  1. Not much different than what you would find in the states. There are idiots all over the world, here’s to not getting caught up in a stunt gone bad….

  2. Pictures aren’t so offensive but lots tweets are REALLY offensive. Japanese mainly tweet only in Japanese so only Japanese can find real idiot ppl.

  3. The caption here reads: “I found a backpack full of new smartphones. I reset the data on them and made them mine.” lololololol

  4. What is the Japanese phrase that they use? Is it バカ探す? Or something like that? I’d like to know the actual phrase if possible.

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