Image: Parks and Recreation’s Leslie Knope gave the best odd compliments. (Image: NBC)
The art of giving a compliment is a mighty precarious one.
But the world is also full of people who decide to veer off the well-trod praise path in favour of something more creative, oddly specific, or downright weird — leaving their poor victims to wonder whether they should be flattered, annoyed, cut to the bone, deeply amused, or all of the above.
For instance, a few years ago a well-meaning acquaintance told me, “You know, you should go to Asia because they’d actually think your pale skin was really beautiful over there.” Um… thanks?
Then there was the guy in a bar who told my friend she was the prettiest thing he’d seen “since a lamb roast.” Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I guess.
I’m not the only one who’s been slapped in the face with a weird or awkward compliment — here are some crackers The Glow team members and Redditors were willing to share.
“I had a woman tell me I looked like a young John Travolta. I was an 18 year old girl.” — moIIy
“A girl once told me, ‘You’re really handsome, like Willie Nelson.’ At the time, I was 16, and Willie was 65. Um, thanks?” — captainmagictrousers
“After a night of unsuccessfully trying to pick me up, a guy finally told me at 3am, ‘I know you’re not gonna come home with me, but I need you to know: you have the biggest child-bearing hips I’ve ever seen and I find that very appealing.'”
“I was told I had a good, child-bearing body.”
Watch: Mamamia staff share the biggest lie they’ve ever told. (Post continues after video.)
“A random guy in a lift told me with complete confidence, ‘Oh, you’re actually pretty for a Lebanese girl!'”
“A man told me I have ‘pre-Raphaelite hands’.”
“‘Oh you have such a pretty liver!’ This compliment came from a nurse doing an ultrasound of my liver and kidneys. She told me I had lovely internal organs.” — tenlilindians
“After getting an IUD placed, the doctor told me I had a friendly cervix. Not sure what that even means.” — wiloworm
"When I was a baby, an old woman told told my mum that I was 'too beautiful to live.'" — monders337
Never gets old
"'I love watching you get old' - my sleepy husband while we were riding home on the metro late at night. We've been together for 16 years, I knew what he meant. It was so awkwardly sweet I had to laugh." — disarm33 (Post continues after gallery)
A head of the rest
"A teacher told me that my hat fitted the shape of my head nicely. Being only twelve years old, I found it a bit odd." — leahcure
"One time in the food court a man complimented me on the way I ate my bagel. That food court has since been torn down, but I will always have my memories." — kitty_pimms
"I was sitting outside eating at this burger spot in NYC and a woman comes up to me and says, 'Has anyone ever told you the way you eat is incredibly sexy.' And then she just walked away." — Mpgolds
"I worked at a cosmetics store and some days I would show up early and do my makeup. This particular day I decided to wear deep red lipstick and some creepy old lady told me I had the lips of a doll and then went on to tell me about her doll collection." — erinnavy
Weight for it
"My old flatmate once said, 'You've put on a bit of pud, but you've still got a pretty face.'"
Let these anecdotes serve as a cautionary tale for your next compliment-giving endeavor. Good luck out there, kids — and when in doubt, keep it simple.
What's the weirdest compliment you've ever been given?