#780 Squeezing through a door as it’s shutting without touching it

Tiny squirts of adrenaline pump into your bloodstream when you pull off this classic move.

Yes, suddenly you morph from Guy Walking To The Subway After Work into Indiana Jones In That Scene Where He Slides Under The Wall At The Last Second. Your hands stay clean, your strut stays mean, and you zip through that closing door and don’t look back, hoping it doesn’t nail an old lady in the face behind you.



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71 responses to “#780 Squeezing through a door as it’s shutting without touching it

  1. Avi

    Dude! I thought I was the only one who did that! This totally made my day

  2. i do that all of the time! i always feel like i’ve accomplished something big every time i make it through, hahah.

  3. Ian

    This is one of those little challenges that guys partake in. It’s up there with using any item within your reach to help you get the remote control without actually having to get up.

  4. I tried this recently at school. Not only did I not quite make it through, but the doors were heavier than I expected, and it was something of a struggle to free myself.
    I made up for it later by successfully jumping through closing bus doors. Bonus points: the bus was already moving, and the bus driver called me “Indiana Jane”.

  5. Um… when no one is behind you, this is great.

    Personally, I would prefer it if someone in front of me held the door instead of doing this.

    • Chad

      Ya, it’s insanely rude when the person in front of you does this. But, if there’s no one behind you then it is epic awesome.

  6. Alice

    This sure is awesome, and I just did it today!
    This is my absolutely favourite post for awhile!

  7. DaveN

    Other people do this too? Wow, I thought I was the only one. This is one of my favorite posts since this website began. Without a doubt my favorite website: every morning I check my email, the weather, and what’s awesome today.

  8. Derek

    I have a suggestion for a future ‘awesome thing:’ When you get to that place in a really long book where the pages just fall open.

    When you’re just starting or just finishing, you always have to hold the book down to keep your page, and the size of the book renders page weights obsolete. But, once you hit that beautiful stretch of frontage in the middle, the pages just sit there- no hands required.

    Wait for it… persevere through those first chapters…


  9. homelessgirl

    Even tougher when it isn’t a fire escape door, that’s when the real challenge happens

  10. Charlotte

    Ohhh dude that’s the best. Epic win if you’re big-breasted.

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  13. Mike

    If something goes wrong, it could be trouble.

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  15. So true!
    I’ve just found your blog via twitter, It truly is Awesome!

  16. D!

    I LOVE doing this, you don’t know how good i feel every time i do it!!!!

  17. D!

    Im voting for you @ the Webby Awards just because of this post :-P

  18. I did that as a kid and thought it was cool.

    …teachers that taught me weren’t cool. I was singing “Getting Better” Sgt. Pepper album (1967) Woooooo

  19. Going through the door is always fun, but a subway door is a whole other thing. Running to catch a subway, and then sliding in at the last second is so much better than any door. You gotta feel accomplished for catching that early train.

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  21. jeromeistalking

    I am glad I came to your site. Just joined and I think I am learning and what and what I may need to do to spice up my site.

  22. Jess

    Wow I’m not wired for doing this then

  23. Yeh, even i do it!! :D ROFL

  24. Random Failer

    Worst thing is the doors that speed up right before they close… Ow…

  25. Chris

    No no no no, hoping it DOES nail an old lady in the face behind you.

  26. LitaratiTempo

    I love this b/c I hate opening doors, that’s why I have a bf and a baby brother.

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  28. Morten

    This is really THE most AWESOME thing you can imagine! Love the feeling! :D

  29. Alex

    lol i though i was thon only one who did this too, thats soo cool!

  30. joe

    i do this a lot too, however now that i’m an adult, i think that it causes people to think i am rude because by doing so I’m not holding the door for the people behind me.

  31. Wouter

    I do that all the time. It becomes lame, even with those sliding doors.

  32. I luv it. I do it all the time.

  33. Random ninjaface

    I love doing this.

    also apparently i’ve walked behind people and they don’t realize i’m there, and get startled. even though i made no special effort to be sneaky.

  34. Maggie

    YES! It makes me feel like a spy!

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  36. Nicholas Fultz

    This is a right of passage in Middle School.
    At least it was for me back in the day. :)

  37. julio

    this is awesome!
    here’s a suggestion for the list:

    ####Pushing the door just enough so it closes easily.

  38. Those narrowing spaces between door and jamb are especially fun to shimmy through in a sexy way while my husband is watching ;-)

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  39. Oh yes! I do this all the time. Ok, maybe not all the time, but as often as I can get to do it.

    All this while I thought I must be the only person to get a thrill out of such silliness. But hey, here are a bunch of other people who love doin’ it too!

    Great blog, buddy! Keep up spreading the happiness!


  40. LaFoots

    dude, It’s even better when you sqeeze thru the door and it slams right in the person’s face behind you. ONLY if it’s a close friend though. It’s the opposite of awesome if you do it to a stranger

    That makes my day

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  42. Dan

    Classic suburban Jason Bourne

  43. Yesdnil

    I love this app and this is so true I do it all the time. And after you so it you look Around to see if anyone saw it!!¡

  44. Thomas

    Also the awkward moment when you try to do it and you’re carrying a bag or back pack and you end up not being able to do it or get stuck. Happened to me too many times already. :/

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