40 ‘Expectation Vs. Reality’ Posts Where The Results Surpassed People’s Expectations

Published 4 years ago

Admit it – you’ve definitely found yourself in a situation where you saw a cool project on Pinterest and thought “I could do it” only to realize you’re in above your head halfway in at least once. And while most of the time we just quietly sweep the terrible results under the rug, there are instances when we actually manage to succeed.

While the r/ExpectationVsReality/ subreddit is usually reserved for pretty less than successful results, occasionally people post things that leave us pleasantly surprised. And today we are all about those things. Check out a collection of ‘expectation vs. reality’ posts where the results exceeded people’s expectations in the gallery below!

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#1 Dr. Who Cupcakes. Sent An Independent Baker The First Pic Not Hoping For Much (It Was A Short Notice), Nearly Cried With Joy When Got My Order

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#2 My Wife And I Were Worried Our Daughter Would Have A Hard Time Making Friends In Kindergarten Because Of The Wheelchair. Turns Out I Have A Different Problem On My Hands

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#3 When Your 3-Year-Old Asks For A Rainbow Dinosaur Donut Party You Comply. I Drew The Design And Had It Made By A Local Baker

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#4 Commissioned Piece Of My Sweet, Late Persephone. The Artist Surpassed Any And All Expectations

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#5 Otterly Impressive Birthday Cake From My Mom

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#6 My Daughter Begged Me To Show Her A Planet Through Her Toy Telescope. Expected Failure, But Found Jupiter And All 4 Moons. Mindblown

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#7 My Wife Asked What Kind Of Cake She Should Make. I Told Her That, Honestly, I’ve Always Wanted To Try Peach’s Thank-You Cake From The End Of Super Mario 64

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#8 Ordered The Blanket From A Sketchy Seeming Website. They Nailed It

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#9 I Pointed My Camera Straight Up And Left The Shutter Running For An Hour To See What Would Happen. Didn’t Expect A Flowing River Of Stars

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This was taken at Ice House reservoir in Pollock Pines, CA last night. I head out to dark skies on occasion to do astrophotography, but last night I forgot a tracker to compensate for the earth’s motion, so I took some experimental shots without it. Turned out much better than I expected. Star trail shots are challenging to compose, so I got pretty lucky with the way they seemed to flow through the trees.

#10 I Took A Picture Through My Sunglasses At The Beach With My Phone. It Turned Out Better Than I Expected

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#11 That’s Hot

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#12 First Time Doing A Photo Restoration Turned Out Better Than Expected (12 Hours Of Work)

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#13 Opened The Box To Assemble A New Office Desk & Expected A Big Headache. Was Pleasantly Surprised

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#14 Client’s Sketch For Pendant vs. Finished Pendant. Expectations Surpassed

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#15 I Think It Turned Out Pretty Well

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#16 Reality vs. Better Reality

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#17 The Way We Advertise Our Jack-O-Lantern Pizzas vs. The Way I Like To Make Them For Customers

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#18 Pic Given To Local Baker On The Left. Actual Hungry Unicorn Cake I Received On The Right. I Like My Cake Better

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#19 Looks Way Better Than The Box

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#20 Shined My Girlfriend’s Favorite Pair Of Boots And They Turned Out Better Than Expected

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#21 My Friend’s Wife Wanted Us Groomsmen To Do A Pic Similar To The Bridesmaids Poster. I’d Say It Came Out Better Than I Expected

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#22 My Mom Made An Elsa Cake

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#23 Made A Unicorn Cake For My Mom’s Birthday. Considering How Inexperienced I Am With Baking, I Thought It Turned Out Pretty Good

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#24 Christmas Gift From My Teens Has Proven More Useful Than Expected

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#25 I Ran Out Of Filament During A Print, And As A Royals Fan I Decided To Make The Best Of A Bad Situation. Result Is Even Better Than Expected

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#26 Ordered From Grocery Store. Cupcake ‘Cake’ For My Daughter’s Birthday. Pleasantly Surprised

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#27 Friend Faceswapped With A Wendy’s Cup. Results Better Than Expected

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#28 Cat Bed

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#29 Pic I Sent Cookie Maker, And What I Got. 100% Impressed And Would Order From Her Again. Bonus: Cookies Tasted Great

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#30 Dad’s Cookies Turned Out Just Like The Picture. Chocolate Crinkle Cookies From America’s Test Kitchen

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#31 My Wife’s McDonald’s Cone In The Drive Through Last Night

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#32 For My Son’s B-Day Pizza Party, We Told Him We Could Only Afford 1 Pizza. Expectations Exceeded

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#33 My Wife Loved The Cake Most Ardently

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#34 Pretty Happy With How This Turned Out

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#35 Dyed Easter Eggs Today When I Messed Up On One. Turns Out It Kinda Looks Like The Universe

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#36 My Wife Did A Damn Fine Job On These Cupcakes. Delicious Too

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#37 This Chipwich

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#38 My Daughter’s Birthday Cake From Last Year

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#39 I Went To 5 Guys Last Night When They Were Closing, They Asked If I Wanted Extra Bacon Cause They Were Going To Throw It Out. I Didn’t Expect This

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#40 My Interpretation vs. My Artist’s Interpretation

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