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The 12 Most Insane Moments In The History Of The Bachelor

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    It may be hard to believe, but back in March of 2002, the world had yet to be introduced to what would soon become the most-watched dating show out there: The Bachelor.

    Now, 14 years and 20 seasons later, The Bachelor has been a farmer and a football player, an airline pilot and an account executive, and an actor and a doctor. This year's bachelor, 26-year-old software salesman Ben Higgins from Indiana, has even caught the eye of Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco.

    The eponymous dating show has spawned may a spin-off, including, of course, The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise, one hilarious parody, and one surprisingly well-written homage in the form of UnREAL. It's also spawned a few marriages.

    While the show is ostensibly about love and marriage, it's also about showcasing the craziness that ensues when you cut a group of adults off from the rest of the world, drop them in a fishbowl, ply them with plenty of alcohol, and tell them to date each other on camera. It's insane, addictive, and we can't stop watching.

    In honor of the show's 20th season, let us take you on a stroll down memory lane to revisit a dozen of the most delightfully insane moments in the series’ sensational history. They are never disappointing, but sometimes shocking.

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    Jesse Palmer Can't Play The Name Game

    Season 5 bachelor Jesse Palmer may now be a former New York Giants quarterback turned ESPN announcer and Good Morning America contributor, but that didn't stop him from fumbling his first rose ceremony back in 2004. After handing out 15 roses, Palmer had to admit that he misspoke and accidentally gave a rose to Katie instead of Karen. (So many Ks, so few roses?) Both ladies made it through that first night, but neither went away with Palmer in the end.

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    Brad Womack Pulls A Kelly Taylor

    Sure, most finales of The Bachelor end with a proposal — unless, that is, you're Brad Womack. Instead of getting down on one knee, the bar owner essentially said "thanks, but no thanks" to finalists DeAnna Pappas and Jenni Croft, opting instead to go it alone.

    For a little bit, anyway: Womack would return for a round two as The Bachelor four seasons later and up proposing to Emily Maynard. That, it seems, wasn't destined to work out either, though. Maynard would later go on to become The Bachelorette. Ouch.

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    Jason Mesnick's Awkward On-Air Backtrack

    In the mind of season 13 bachelor Jason Mesnick, it's never too little, too late. Mesnick may have proposed to sales rep Melissa Rycroft in the season finale, but that didn't stop him from changing his mind on-air during one hell of an awkward After the Final Rose special. Oh, no. He broke up with Rycroft by saying that he had been "in love with two women at the same time" and the second of the two — department store buyer Molly Malaney — was the one he needed to be with after all.

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    Behind-The-Scenes Banging?

    In season 14 of the eponymous dating show, makeup artist Rozlyn Papa is kicked out of the competition for an alleged physical relationship with one of the show's producers. Rozlyn denied that anything happened, but the other ladies...well, they begged to differ.

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    Jake & Vienna Implode On Camera

    Later on in season 14, bachelor Jake Pavelka and contestant Vienna Girardi rode off into the sunset together at the end of the season, so to speak, only to breakup off-screen just in time to convince ABC and show host Chris Harrison to have them back for a postmortem (also known as the most awkward breakup conversation you've ever seen).