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.

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Kids, This Is What We Call Irony

Kids, This Is What We Call Irony

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Camil Gagnon
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1 year 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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1 year ago

Good for her.

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#3

Uhmm...

Uhmm...

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Wil Vanderheijden
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1 year 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.

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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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1 year 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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1 year ago

Made me lol!

The FLASH
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9 months ago (edited)

I rotflmaooled

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MagicalUnicorn
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1 year ago

well, sometimes kids behaves worse than dogs

debrina blackmoon
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1 year ago

i knew/know some

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Jennifer King
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1 year ago

I'm actually OK with this - kids are wrangled but still get exercise, and dog is well contained where the little puppers won't get stepped on. It does look funny though :)

Margit King
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1 year ago

My mom had to have me in a leash because i would dissapear all the time "im going on an adventure", this was perfectly normal i the 90's!

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Monday
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1 year ago

I don't see the problem of kids on leashes....gives them some freedom to move around without the risk that they'll run off and get lost/kidnapped.

Steven Cook
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1 year ago

If you find it strange putting children on a leash, you have never been in a crowded public place with a 4 yo who can outrun you.

Grumble O'Pug
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1 year ago

Dog looks better behaved than the human spawn.

Id row
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1 year ago

This is one of my all time favorite pics. kid-on-lea...85bfeb.jpg kid-on-leash-5da5c8885bfeb.jpg

Danielle Holder
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1 year ago

HAHAHHA!! Love it!

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desert29rat
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1 year ago

Looks about right to me.

glowworm2
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1 year ago

This is just a new version of "Freaky Friday." The neighbor's dog swaps bodies with the little girl next door.

Tracy Wolfe
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1 year ago

Brilliant

AnnaB
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1 year ago

I kept looking at the picture wondering what the big deal was until I finally noticed the...dog

Jassie Kaur
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1 year ago

Makes me cry

Kim Conroy
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1 year ago

don't knock leashes for kids. my daughter is a runner. would rather her on a leash than hit by a car.

Kristin Malliet
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1 year ago

Stores should hand out leashes at the front door.

Vibha Vk
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1 year ago

Maybe that's an old or physically challenged dog. What's so funny about that?

Jay Low
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1 year ago

Kids are animals....

itsgmartin
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1 year ago

cool

ツ_Itz_Your_Girl_ツ
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7 months ago

XDDD

Veronica Hardy
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7 months ago

I wonder about people sometimes!

Julian Batcheler
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8 months ago

nothing wring with reins on a toddler...

Ole Peder Amrud Hagen
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1 year ago

More paradoxical than ironical, perhaps?

Kim Kermes
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1 year ago

Make good sense. The dog can't crap on the floor, and the kids can move around without running off.

nala simba
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1 year ago

There's definitely something wrong here! Juuuuussst can't quite put my finger on it! Teeeheee.....:))))

Redfox
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1 year ago

I am really fed up with seeing doggies in trolleys, or prams, or whatever when I walk along someplace. I AM a dog lover, do not get me wrong, but seriously treating your dog like a substitute baby is not healthy. I had a Rottweiler scare the beegeebees out of me in a store in USA in a shopping cart, it barked and went to bite my long pony tail. I didn't even know it was there! (the dog, not the pony tail!) When I confronted the lady, (cos my adrenaline was up and I was taken aback) she said, "Oh I don't want him scared that I am leaving him alone outside, and he might get stolen." Lady, NO smart human being is going to steal your freaking biting great hulk of a dog on threat of losing their testicles or other paraphenalia on their person......pant pant, big breath....Ok rant over. Keep viewing photos.

Linda Niemczyk Sent
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1 year ago

I was at a street fair in Chicago when a photographer approached me and asked if he could take a picture. I said 'sure as long as you send me a copy.' When I saw the picture, I laughed. My daughter on a leash and my dog in her stroller!

Mihiteruarewa Rangitaawa
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1 year ago

Lols 😂

Toni Crabtree
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1 year ago

Priceless!

Sally Spelbring
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1 year ago

LMAO

Michelle Chevalier
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1 year ago

Ha!

Kristin Haskins
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1 year ago

;-) !!!!!!

Joycez Zhuang
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1 year ago

(o.O!)

J.Labuschagné
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1 year ago

Well, they do say a picture tells a tale of a thousand words. Pretty sure this photo could be an essay topic in of it self. What will you decide on? Parental over-protectiveness in the modern age? The necessity of parental over-protectiveness in modern times? The over glorification of pets? The warping of reality across social-economical lines? The questions of choice vs. necessity vs. maternal instinct? So many options...

Pinkjoelle
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1 year ago

Sometimes the kid is just a runner, my kid loved to just run away for fun, in crowds, in traffic... and she loved throwing herself in any body of water like ponds at the park or fountains at the mall. I just wanted to keep her alive.

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Regina De Vries-Doyen
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1 year ago

Hahaha

nala simba
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1 year ago

Incredible!

Kjorn
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1 year ago

i have 3 kids and i must say sometime i wish i could put a leash on them.

Brooke
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1 year ago

Please educate yourselves on the concept of child elopement https://researchautism.org/elopement-and-autism/

Stephany Miller
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1 year ago

Hey I'll be doing that to my daughter shes learning the fun of walking and hates her stroller at times

Chantal Hobbelen
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1 year ago

10/10 would do this with my dog and future kids

velocirrober
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1 year ago

No irony here. Some dogs don't like long walks or are sick, too small, too tired, etc. to walk around. Kids on a leash actually get more freedom than in a stroller, and exercise. I used to have a bike trailer for my dog. That was the only way he could come with me in my long rides.

Donna Reynolds
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1 year ago

That’s good.

Natalia Brown
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1 year ago

My mum had me in harness as a toddler too over 30 years ago.

🍁Snow🍁
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1 year ago

Lol

Clau78
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1 year ago

That's too funny!

Kailey Ding
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1 year ago

Oof!

Night Owl
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1 year ago

They switched bodies

debrina blackmoon
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1 year ago

The Shaggy Dog of this decade

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XxKarmaxX
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1 year ago

bwhahahah

Kristin Haskins
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1 year ago

WHAT. A. World. DOT. stupid.

Ottmar Straub
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1 year ago

so sick

Cindy Collins
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1 year ago

I don't even know what to sat to this.

Jjjane20
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1 year ago

Things have changed 🤔

the Author is An A**hole
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1 year ago

f*cking white people!

Tia Hansen
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1 year ago

The mother f-ing mom -.- mean parenting

Foxxy
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1 year ago

A tethered child is better than a dead child. Some kids are runners and are too big to sit in a stroller. Educate yourself.

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Andre Porter
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1 year ago

People like that are absolutely rediculous. You can take your pick of which I'm talking about.

Beuska
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1 year ago

No way, that is crazy :( dogs are dogs, I do not understand why do people treat them like babies... and your child on a leash?? wtf? what is wrong with you people?

David Herz
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1 year ago

beautiful, says a lot about some people's idea of childraising. Must be the kid's on a leash so the mother doesn't have to run after her in her high heels...

wisdom evee
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1 year ago

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moms these days smh

Miklós Nagy
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1 year ago

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That dog is more well behaved than the kids.

2WheelTravlr
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1 year ago

That is impossible to extrapolate from the data presented.

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Both unimaginably stupid: Treat an animal like own child (even call it and consider it YOUR child, makes me wonder who the hell f*cked you to give birth to it), and -even worse- treat your child like an animal. I have had more than my share of animals, which I loved profoundly. Never considered them children, never called myself their "daddy". My kids, I am extremely proud of. I'd never have them on a leash like a dog.

Tiggy Darling
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1 year ago

I've worked in childcare for 25 years. I've encountered many children that bolt off unexpectedly. You can't hold a child's hand firm enough for ages of walking by busy roads to garuntee they won't escape and run off. Think you can run after them? You personally might be able to eventually, but what about those who can't, and that would mean leaving the ther child. Safety straps have saved the lives of many children over the years. Read some parenting forums.

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Nagawa (Cofa) Kishiki
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Those kids are going to grow up one day, then leash their senile parents instead of putting them in wheelchair. That will teach them.

Sofia Bellavista
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1 year ago

Oh so bad to have your little child wear a safety harness so to stop them from falling and getting lost, and save you back pain from having to lean on a side to hold their hand! Bad, bad parents!

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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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1 year ago

Why?

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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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year ago

Little Bill with little pills...

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#22

Effing Horrible

Effing Horrible

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Foxxy
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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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daveej
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1 year ago

That car has a tramp stamp

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#36

The Epitome Of Irony

The Epitome Of Irony

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Jessamyn Zolcznski
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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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Thomas Ewing
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1 year ago

I'm unique! Just like everybody else!

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#42

The Very Definition Of Irony

The Very Definition Of Irony

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EM
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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year ago (edited)

Don’t ya think?

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