Some days, you can’t help but believe in the idea that irony is a living, breathing, cosmic force with a very unusual sense of humor and a personal interest in your life. And if you’re one of the rare people who don’t believe in things like irony or fate, don’t worry, we’re pretty sure that they believe in you.

Bored Panda’s collected some of the finest, most iconic (some might even go as far as to say ‘epic’) ironic moments in the recent history of the internet. So get ready to have a good chuckle as you scroll down. Drop us a comment somewhere below explaining which moments you thought were particularly ironic. And remember to upvote your favorite pics, as well as share the post with your amigos who might be in need of some cheering up. Scroll down for Bored Panda’s informative interview with Albert Katz, Professor Emeritus from Western University, who went into detail about irony, its types, uses, as well as how we process it.

Also be sure to look through Bored Panda’s previous post about the most ironic moments ever, as well as our list of the most ironic things that ever happened.

#1

Kids, This Is What We Call Irony

Kids, This Is What We Call Irony

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Camil Gagnon
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8 months ago

This is the best one so far.

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#2

Amazing Irony

Amazing Irony

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Paul Chang
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8 months ago

Good for her.

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#3

Uhmm...

Uhmm...

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Wil Vanderheijden
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8 months ago

The level of stupidty was clear the moment they voted for him.

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There were a couple of moments with unexpectedly delicious ironic twists that stuck in our heads. The first one was how an empty Nigerian apartment was discovered to hold 43 million dollars (shame on us thinking that every single one of those spam emails from supposed princes was from scammers!). While the second one was how publications like Cosmopolitan can support radically different points of view in different articles.

Bored Panda interviewed Albert Katz, Professor Emeritus of Cognitive, Developmental, and Brain Sciences from Western University’s Department of Psychology. The professor went into detail about the topic of irony.

“In my studies I have found that university-level students have a pretty clear notion of sarcasm, but are actually quite vague about irony,” the professor said. According to him, there are several types of irony, such as the irony of fate in literature. An example of that would be Oedipus unknowingly killing his father and marrying mother.

#4

Dogs Are Not Allowed On Beach Due To Possibility That They Might Make A Mess

Dogs Are Not Allowed On Beach Due To Possibility That They Might Make A Mess

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Foxxy
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8 months ago

I would rather the dogs than the ferals who left all that shit lying everywhere.

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#5

The Irony Of These Days

The Irony Of These Days

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Lisa Florina
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8 months ago

Made me lol!

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#6

National Geographic Magazine Has Arrived. With An Alert About Excessive Use Of Plastic. It Comes In A Plastic Shrink. And Inside A Plastic Bag To Reinforce The Protection

National Geographic Magazine Has Arrived. With An Alert About Excessive Use Of Plastic. It Comes In A Plastic Shrink. And Inside A Plastic Bag To Reinforce The Protection

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Brick
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8 months ago

Why?

Kesyra
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8 months ago

I would argue it's to make sure the magazine doesn't suffer if it gets caught in the rain or moisture during transport but I agree it's pretty ironic.

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Paul Chang
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8 months ago

Of all people. Shame on you.

Ani Archeron
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8 months ago (edited)

Yup. Got the same copy in Australia, but here they are packaged in recycled paper

Ferro Ferrington
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8 months ago

Cos hopefully, after reading the magazine, the readers would be smart and kind enough to recycle/dispose of it properly.

Pretty Pangolin
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8 months ago

Yes, I've started scrutinizing my plastics since that article about the little baby turtle who had ingested 104 pieces of plastic. I'm trying to reduce and reuse, and only THEN recycle. But we also have to keep the heat on major corporations, and try to ensure that what we put in the recycling actually gets recycled.

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Ali Mazila
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8 months ago

More like "do as I say, not as I do"

Incognito
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8 months ago

And is also made of glossy plastic-enforced paper.

Mimi
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8 months ago

That's just sad. Praying the one, doing the other. Thanks for sharing!

Cat person
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3 months ago

I have the same issue of national geographic and I'm pretty sure it came in a brown paper sleeve

Michelle Line
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8 months ago

Well, at least it's dry.

Honey
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8 months ago

I've seen this before. It's infuriating.

Judy Petraroi
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8 months ago

Proof that environmentalists are usually hypocrites.

Shannon Whitmer
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8 months ago

In the united states they send that issue and the following issues in paper wrapping, I remember getting that

Silvaqua
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8 months ago

Yes, National Geographic now uses paper packaging.

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European other
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8 months ago

Is that the fault of the magazine though or secondary packaging

Chyppa Homer
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8 months ago

Exhibit A :D

Nagawa (Cofa) Kishiki
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8 months ago

They never state that they are not the one of the cause.

Nadine
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8 months ago

Really hope that this is biodegradable at least!

Foxxy
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8 months ago (edited)

That's ridiculous.

M.J.
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8 months ago

Everything you buy is covered in plastic which is covered in plastic. The worst thing is they put fruits and vegetables in plastic. As if you couldn't put it in something else or just nothing. Like it was before!

Jennifer King
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8 months ago

I understand the need for some people to have prepped fruits and veggies, and this is a valuable service. But I agree - if it's whole and has an outer skin and a sticker, it can go into the cart without a plastic bag (bananas, onions, mangos, oranges, etc...).

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Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
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8 months ago

Sick

Chris Bebout
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8 months ago

People are getting dumber each year...

Redfox
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8 months ago

I have never had my subscription shipped in a plastic bag, even years and years ago they were always in paper. I think this might be a set up pic.

Coreen Kerr
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8 months ago

Ah the old don't do as I do, do as I say!

Toni Crabtree
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8 months ago

The world is full of thoughtless blind idiots!

John Betts
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8 months ago

Thank God ! we are getting to the bottom of Plastic Ice burgs taking over our Oceans.

Lynn Hussey
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8 months ago

Wow..now that's just plain stupidity on their behalf..not good.

Debbie
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8 months ago

:-(

Carla Pratas
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8 months ago

I don't understand, besides the plastic it brings, for an ecological mind, why the paper... Couldn't you just pay an e-magazine?

Kristin Haskins
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8 months ago

SMACK HEAD! REPEAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kim Bush
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8 months ago

Recycling here is pure frustration! My county doesn't have a facility for it, and surrounding counties won't allow anyone from outside their county to bring anything. I don't want to get paid for it, I simply want to have it recycled.

Vibha Vk
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8 months ago

Hpw ironical!!!

Joanne Montgomery
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8 months ago

Doubly dreadful?

Stephanie de Blaauw
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8 months ago

Over here we actually have a nature magazine that comes in a package that looks like regular plastic but is a special one that resolves really quick

Carol Mackintosh
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8 months ago

Wtf

Steven Cook
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8 months ago

This is super annoying to me... We have to wrap thing in extra protection because capitalism does not allow for time to be taken so care can be used as to not harm things in transit... We accept this as normal instead of wondering why so many things get damaged in transit...

dev mehta
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8 months ago

This is actually legitimate use of plastic. If the magazine gets water damaged, the publisher will have to deal with customer whining.

Andre Porter
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8 months ago (edited)

Hypocrisy of the climate crisis hoaxsters is unmatched.

nala simba
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8 months ago

Ace!

Ella
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8 months ago

This is just crazy I once saw (on Bored Panda) an author complaining why his book called PLASTIC is covered with plastic wrappings. Proves that author really cares about the planet and is willing to do something like everybody should. Hope that anybody reading this can help raise awareness about our planet;)

Richard Henderson
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8 months ago

The post office probably put it in the second bag cause NatGeo is printed on paper that gets wrecked easily by water. The height of stupidity, none the less.

Full Name
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8 months ago

They really wanted to drive home the point?

Analyn Lahr
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8 months ago

Whoops.

MPW
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8 months ago

This is so sad...

Reagan James
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8 months ago

Why do you hate the earth, National Geographic? Why?

Eric Mac Fadden
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8 months ago

At least in Brazil we don't pack each BANANA.

Zsuzsanna Szucs
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8 months ago

I was soooo mad about this.

wisdom evee
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8 months ago

-inhales- because its 2019

Tacitus86
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8 months ago

Because activists only take action when it is convenient for them.

Ssss
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8 months ago

This is painful to look at

Sofia Bellavista
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8 months ago

Maybe is biodegradable plastic?

Tracy Wolfe
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8 months ago

Of course... 🎶 Making a statement 🎶

CbusResident
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8 months ago

Hypocrisy from the self appointed liberal elite? I'm shocked!

M Dream
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8 months ago

You can still use plastic, fighting plastic because you cannot do something immediately.

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Most of us instinctively understand when a situation is ironic. However, it’s far more difficult to explain what exactly irony is using words. Throughout history, there have been hundreds of suggestions on how best to define it. And some of us might even have our own private definitions of what irony is.

#7

The Irony

The Irony

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Colin Leetham
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8 months ago

"All the best things to chew on smell like this!"

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#8

Oh The Irony

Oh The Irony

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M.J.
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8 months ago

Yes, you are stupid like a butt!

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#9

Oh The Irony

Oh The Irony

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Toujin C'Thlu
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8 months ago

Someone took the name as a suggestion

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The most basic definition of irony will include that it’s a contradiction between what’s expected and what actually happens in real life. When you put it like that, you come to realize that irony really is all about expectations being shattered in a humorous way.

Professor Katz said: “There are several components that usually go into irony, and turning irony into sarcasm. Basically, a central motif is the violation of an expectation. But the context in which that violation occurs may make it humorous or not, or sarcastic or not.”

#10

The Irony Present

The Irony Present

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Lisa Florina
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8 months ago

I am not english .. but I never understood why they have so much trouble with your and you're... I mean it's so logical right? What am I missing ...

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#11

Oh The Irony

Oh The Irony

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Colin Leetham
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8 months ago

The American spirit one comes with it's own prison for kids!

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#12

Walmart Employee

Walmart Employee

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Eirik Johnsbråten
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8 months ago

"Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

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A thing that a lot of us mix up is verbal irony and sarcasm. Though they’re usually used interchangeably, they’re not the same.

One way to remember the difference is this: sarcasm is primarily used to insult someone or cause them harm. If it hurts your feelings, it’s most likely sarcasm, not irony. Now that’s a piece of trivia that you can really wow your friends with.

Katz agreed with the idea that sarcasm has “a negative usage” when compared to “verbal irony, such as how we use it in everyday speech.”

“One can think of irony used sarcastically (e.g. when saying something framed positively, but intending a negative insulting meaning: when one says “you’re my best friend” just after said friend did something mean). But one can also get irony used in the opposite way, such as saying something that on the surface sounds nasty, but is meant positively (e.g. “You're sooo bad”).”

#13

Stop Texting While Driving

Stop Texting While Driving

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DemPugs
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8 months ago

Maybe someone put that sticker on her door or something lmao

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#14

This Sign In My Kid’s Elementary School Fills Me With Nihilistic Joy

This Sign In My Kid’s Elementary School Fills Me With Nihilistic Joy

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Grapeling
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8 months ago

"I haven't given up.I'm procrastinating!"

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#15

Oh The Irony

Oh The Irony

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Grapeling
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8 months ago

It's very true, though. Sadly.

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“The question of how easy it is to understand or get the point of irony, or sarcasm, is a difficult one," the professor noted. "People differ both in the habitual usage of irony or sarcasm and when dealing with a person who often uses sarcasm, for instance, people sometimes erroneously interpret an ambiguous comment not intended ironically as being ironic, or sarcastic.”

“Also there is research that indicates individual differences in using and understanding irony in general,” Katz explained. “Some people are very literal thinkers and miss the irony presented. Some of my own work indicates that the processing of irony occurs almost immediately during comprehension. One doesn't think about it and at some later point think, oh, was he being ironic when he said X.”

“One thing I do believe is that the processing of irony, or sarcasm, is not based on any one factor, such as a failed expectation, but on a set of computations going on simultaneously,” the professor added.

#16

Nigerian Princes Were Real All This Time

Nigerian Princes Were Real All This Time

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M.J.
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8 months ago

Why did I always delete his emails instead of answering?!

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#17

Quite Ironic Really

Quite Ironic Really

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Toujin C'Thlu
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8 months ago

...to run into poorly-placed signs

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#18

Oh The Irony

Oh The Irony

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boredpanDaman
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8 months ago

love how cool the little dude is

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#19

Wasps Made A Nest On My Wasp Spray Bottle

Wasps Made A Nest On My Wasp Spray Bottle

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Silverfish_13
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8 months ago

They're establishing dominance. I for one support our future leaders

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#20

Not Too Good At Her Job

Not Too Good At Her Job

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Jessamyn Zolcznski
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8 months ago

You didn't pay her first

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#21

My Mom Is Cleaning Out The Library At The Preschool Where She Works And Sent Me This

My Mom Is Cleaning Out The Library At The Preschool Where She Works And Sent Me This

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Colin Leetham
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8 months ago

Little Bill with little pills...

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#22

Effing Horrible

Effing Horrible

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Foxxy
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8 months ago

There always seems to be double standards.

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#23

You're Welcome

You're Welcome

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Incognito
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8 months ago

If the sign was a human: *rolls eyes at driver sarcastically* thank you for driving carefully!

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#24

The Irony Was Strong With This One

The Irony Was Strong With This One

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Foxxy
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8 months ago (edited)

I don't see how that can be very comfortable. I absolutely hate it when my pants fall down a smidgen let alone down near my ankles.

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#25

How Did He Get Hired?

How Did He Get Hired?

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Wil Vanderheijden
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8 months ago

Just one of these "advanced" drivers showing of their "advanced car handling skills". AKA jerks.

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#26

Ironic That My Pup Chewed Up This Specific Cards Against Humanity Card

Ironic That My Pup Chewed Up This Specific Cards Against Humanity Card

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Night Owl
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8 months ago

He was giving you a hint. Smart dog

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#27

The Silent And Powerful Mocking Of A Single Sign

The Silent And Powerful Mocking Of A Single Sign

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Lior marvel
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8 months ago

Imagine getting trolled by A SIGN

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#28

Well Now, That's Ironic

Well Now, That's Ironic

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Lior marvel
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8 months ago

Honestly, they need to learn how to speel

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#29

My Computer Lab At My School Is Ironically Labeled

My Computer Lab At My School Is Ironically Labeled

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Jessamyn Zolcznski
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8 months ago

Intentional

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#30

Lady Posts On Facebook To Complain About Employees Not Helping Disabled Customer While Simultaneously Not Helping, Either

Lady Posts On Facebook To Complain About Employees Not Helping Disabled Customer While Simultaneously Not Helping, Either

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Foxxy
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8 months ago

That's screwed up no one helping him.

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#31

Live. Local. Late Braking

Live. Local. Late Braking

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Colin Leetham
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8 months ago

Oh that caption...

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#32

In Court For Shoplifting

In Court For Shoplifting

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Ellen
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8 months ago

Or maybe she just forgot to cut the tags off.

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#33

My Car Displays A Long Distracting Message Reminding You To Not Participate In Distracted Driving–while Driving

My Car Displays A Long Distracting Message Reminding You To Not Participate In Distracted Driving–while Driving

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Brandy Grote
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8 months ago

Mine too. One when you turn the car one, and again when you put it in drive! Please don't distract me right when I'm shifting from reverse!

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#34

Nothing Is Written In Stone

Nothing Is Written In Stone

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Wil Vanderheijden
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8 months ago

You mean people actually buy stones with silly quotes?

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#35

Didn't Have Time To Read It I Guess

Didn't Have Time To Read It I Guess

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Hope Floats
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8 months ago

Or was reading it and and therefore distracted...

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#36

The Epitome Of Irony

The Epitome Of Irony

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Jessamyn Zolcznski
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8 months ago

Nah....REALLY?

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#37

Author Asks Why His Book Called 'No. More. Plastic' Was Wrapped In Plastic

Author Asks Why His Book Called 'No. More. Plastic' Was Wrapped In Plastic

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Foxxy
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8 months ago

I don't understand the need for the plastic wraps on books, just a waste in my opinion.

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#38

The Irony Of The Bar At A Paypal Business Event

The Irony Of The Bar At A Paypal Business Event

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Night Owl
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8 months ago

Well, if not even they trust it ...

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#39

I Found This Picture To Be Incredibly Ironic

I Found This Picture To Be Incredibly Ironic

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Dorothy Parker
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8 months ago

No no no no no.

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#40

The Irony Of This Snickers Bar

The Irony Of This Snickers Bar

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desert29rat
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8 months ago

I'd have gone for the M&Ms.

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#41

I Don't Think The Women's Department Gets The Irony

I Don't Think The Women's Department Gets The Irony

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Paul Chang
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8 months ago

Before you know it you’ll be on your knees

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#42

The Very Definition Of Irony

The Very Definition Of Irony

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EM
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8 months ago

Don't get high on your own supply.

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#43

Those Gears Won't Turn, Which I Guess Makes It A Fairly Apt Metaphor For School Districts And Education

Those Gears Won't Turn, Which I Guess Makes It A Fairly Apt Metaphor For School Districts And Education

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Amy Pattie
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8 months ago

I agree sign - parents clog up everything.

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#44

I'm A Public Defender. The ATM In Jail Always Strikes Me As A Little Ironic

I'm A Public Defender. The ATM In Jail Always Strikes Me As A Little Ironic

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Nagawa (Cofa) Kishiki
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8 months ago

Where else can they get the freedom in the jail.

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#45

I Mean Isn’t This Ironic?

I Mean Isn’t This Ironic?

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Angela Turrall
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8 months ago (edited)

Don’t ya think?

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