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So, I would like to better understand the expression:

ダメな時はダメ

I usually see it used practically alone, in a no-good situation.

Is it something like: "Impossible is impossible"? More to the line of "That was no good"? Something different?

This tweet-pic may serve as an example.

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  • Do you understand 「やばい… ゆで卵の茹でが甘かったのでチンしたらスーパーオウンゴールしてもーた… 」 from that image? If you don't, my answer would only sound "off" if I posted it.
    – user4032
    Commented Aug 18, 2014 at 10:45
  • @非回答者 Yup, (I think) I do understand :)
    – Cubo
    Commented Aug 18, 2014 at 10:59
  • Great. I asked because not too many J-learners would know what チンする or してもーた meant. I will post my answer, then.
    – user4032
    Commented Aug 18, 2014 at 11:11
  • And to anyone who is curious: チンする is slang for microwaving, and 〜してもーた is basically the same as 〜してしまった. Commented Aug 19, 2014 at 23:48

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My best translation would be "When it rains, it pours."

In the image you provided, the speaker has just had two bad things happen to him in a row.

1) Failed at boiling the eggs the way he liked them.

2) Tried to make up for it by heating the eggs in the microwave and they exploded.

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