This meme, usually expressed as a still from 'The Simpsons' with Bart Simpson holding an "At Least You Tried" cake, is a more sophisticated variant of "FAIL." It's used when, instead of utterly falling on his face, the subject has done something in the neighborhood of what he was attempting—but simply sucked at it. Generally posted as a response to a person who has said something dumb or misguided.
Teens rescued after drifting into shark-infested waters on inflatable flamingos
They were trying to take the perfect Instagram photo.
Gary Johnson is planning the world’s worst flash mob for his presidency
What is this, election 2004?
Dude desperately tries to pick up customer service rep on Twitter, fails miserably
That escalated quickly!
Hungry fugitive stops at In-N-Out drive thru during police chase
The craving can strike at any time.
Teen girl demonstrates why you should never stick your head in a pumpkin
Someone give this family a reality TV show.
Fox’s s**tty Photoshop of Sam Bradford is wrong on so many levels
Can you tell what's wrong with this image?
Restaurant has amazing Facebook meltdown over bad review, then deletes entire page
Well, that escalated quickly.
Politician kills dabbing on debate floor with embarrassingly awkward gesture
Her opponent's reaction is priceless.
New, evolved Pokémon from Sun and Moon get roasted like the originals
They're taking almost as much heat as the starters they evolved from.
Driver busted in carpool lane with cardboard Trump head as passenger
Just tremendous carpooling, like you've never seen before.
Dude lights a pool table on fire inside his house for worst trick shot fail ever
What could possibly go wrong?
Yankees fan f**ks up proposal by dropping engagement ring in stands
Mark this one down in the books as unforced error.
This hoax video is tricking people into drilling holes in the iPhone 7 to uncover a ‘hidden’ headphone jack
Your Apple warranty is not going to cover this.