"3" "0" "Start." Just 30 more minutes and your cookies will be ready. Piping hot, gooey, and sweet. You simply cannot wait, so you decide to take a quick nap in the interim.
You wash your face, slip into pajamas, and crawl into bed. Just as you're laying your head on the pillow, you smell something. But it's not the cookies...
Uh oh. Something is on fire!
You spring out of bed and rush to the oven, only to confirm your suspicion. You accidentally placed the cookies on regular paper rather than parchment paper.
As you pop the oven open, the flames seep out and the temperature in the room skyrockets.
Mindlessly and in a panic, you get out a bucket and start filling it with water. Once it's halfway full, you position the bucket near the fire and toss the water onto it.
Yes, you guessed what happens next. Since it's an oil fire, the water causes the flames to multiply, rather than subside.
What you just did, my friend, is something the Germans like to call:
Literally "to better worsen," this oxymoron refers to the act of making something worse in an effort to improve it.
Fast-forward to the end. Your brain turns back on, you locate the fire extinguisher under your sink, and successfully douse the fire before any real damage is done.
Just make sure to think twice next time - intending to make something better, and actually making it better are 2 very different things.