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.

Maria Windsor
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1 year ago

Amen to that.

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Jessamyn Zolcznski
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1 year ago

I don't think dogs are the problem here

Toujin C'Thlu
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1 year ago

Even the dog in the picture knows that humans are way messier.

Esther Westerink
Community Member
1 year ago

No animal makes as much a mess as humans do!

Chris Jones
Community Member
1 year ago

Also, it's still people at fault if they don't pick up the dog mess. Dogs aren't the problem.

Kathleen Barlow
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1 year ago

I once witnessed a woman allow her toddler to take a huge dump on the beach (near the waterline and in front of everyone) and then just cover it with sand. There was a cafe with toilets less than 10 metres away. No, I didn't say anything (and neither did anyone else) because she looked like a bulldog chewing a wasp.

Geri Stevens
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1 year ago

Kathleen Barlow You and others who live in a passive aggressive cocoon are as much as a problem with human attitudes as the person like the bulldog human in your post who has zero respect for anyone or anything. I weigh less than 130lbs but wouldn't hesitate to confront someone bigger than me if they were broadcasting that degree of filth and disrespect. At the very least you should have taken pictures and a) showed them to beach security/life guards and b) posted them online. Shame on you and shame on her.

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Paul Chang
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1 year ago

You know who the filthiest animal on this planet is?

Tasma Pittock
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1 year ago

It’s not that dogs are messier, it’s that their owners dont pick up after them

MAL_Winchester
Community Member
1 year ago

Dogs > Humans

Taryn Wallace
Community Member
1 year ago

Unfortunately the same people who leave their trash there are the ones bringing their dogs on the beach and not cleaning up after them..... it's an unfortunate thing that responsible pet owners are largely overshadowed by the disgusting pigs like this and give us a bad name.

tuzdayschild
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1 year ago

If that dog had a tear dropping from one eye this would be perfect.

Fish Boden
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1 year ago

omg, I love it

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wisdom evee
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1 year ago

humans on the other hand DEFINITELY wont make a mess. we only lay our garbage on the sand and let it get washed into the ocean and kill the sea life

Florencia Renedo
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1 year ago

I sneak in my dog at a soccer field close to my house when nobody is there so that he can run, since there are no dog parks around and I do not have a car. The field is always dirty with snack containers, bottles, clothes, rest of foods, etc. Dogs are not allowed because, why? Humans should be banned!

Miniarmour79
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1 year ago

Dogs allowed on the beach humans go home dirty animals

glowworm2
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1 year ago

At least the dogs wouldn't leave beer cans all over the place.

Johannes Wykman
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1 year ago

Scooby, is that you?

Tracy Wolfe
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1 year ago

Hey, poop decomposes man...human.

karen snyder
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1 year ago (edited)

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Really? On the beach? With children? Not that I support this filth, but, which would you rather your toddler come back with, a beer can or a fresh dog turd? Either is repulsive. Please pick up after your self AND your pets, thanks

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Phoenix
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6 months ago

What type of person leaves this type of mess on a public beach?!?!?

BusLady
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1 year ago

And there is probably a trash bin 2 feet away.

Nathalie Langevin
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1 year ago

Nothing and no one is as messy and disrespectful as humans. I am often ashamed to be one...

itsgmartin
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1 year ago

i would rather do the same

Marianne Luginbuhl
Community Member
1 year ago

It's the bacteria they spread in poo, which can cause problems in humans. Gastroenteritis is no fun. These people who trash beaches are immature

Piou
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1 year ago

This picture proves them right. Look at the mess this dog let from his sidewalk party!!

karen snyder
Community Member
1 year ago

So...This is Miami, Florida. The sign also says, "No Littering." and "No Alcoholic Beverages."

Elizabeth
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1 year ago

Sheesh, dogs may poop where they aren't supposed to but at least their waste is biodegradable

karen snyder
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1 year ago

I do hope you're not suggesting that dog feces should be left to biodegrade on the beach.?

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Blue Cicada
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1 year ago

They need one of those establishments that will give you a free soda if you're bringing a bucket full of garbage!

Mark Kitson
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3 weeks ago

Someone close by is drunk as anything

Alyssa Sweat
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1 month ago

Unbelievable....

nala simba
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4 months ago

Dirty doggy! Had a party?

student Valencia Collier
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4 months ago

bruh the dog is like "yeeess, we make such messes.."

Kristin Haskins
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1 year ago

...the dog is laughing....

Baali Venomax
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1 year ago

Dogs drink beer now? That's a new one!

Ottmar Straub
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1 year ago

Well - many do sadly. It is difficult to differentiate between dog-owners who are responsible and those who aren't. Many human beings are not ripe to go to the public. This is true.

Kristin Malliet
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1 year ago

Unless....does his breath smell like beer and pastrami to you?

Rene Chenier
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1 year ago

Hope that none drove after this party!

Laura Deckers
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1 year ago

That looks like Hollywood Beach, Florida.

Cesar Grossmann
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1 year ago

Actually dogs aren't allowed on beaches because of diseases and parasites, not because of "making a mess".

Dan Abramsky
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1 year ago

Great photo! Very well composed. Hit's the bulls-eye

Migue Avendaño
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1 year ago

Humans are the worst plague

Julian Seaman
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1 year ago

thats great now we know that lifegaurds should watch the people more caefully and let the dogs go on the beach

Bradley Caldwell
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1 year ago

Like the collar

Lynn Hussey
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1 year ago

Oh yeah...WE humans are So superior to animals ...NOT!

Cindy Collins
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1 year ago

I love how the dog is just looking at the mess.....and he is like you are worried about me? This pathetic. I would rather have a doggie mess this this human mess.

Linda Robinett
Community Member
1 year ago

We always picked up after ourselves.

Gonzalo Terán
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1 year ago

It´s true. The beer drinking dogs are a world wide problem.

Margolyn Dalpez
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1 year ago

😭

Cheryl Fontaine
Community Member
1 year ago

I've always wondered at that incredibly stupid sign myself.... clearly humans ought to be banned, not dogs.

Chris Sprucefield
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

At least, the dog mess would be for a good reason, and it wouldn't take 800+ years to disappear....

Peter Kovak
Community Member
1 year ago

Sad.

Kim Bush
Community Member
1 year ago

How about training the dogs to pick up the trash, since it's obvious humans can't be taught to do it

Suzanne Parvin
Community Member
1 year ago

They're probably pooping too!

Sarah Storm
Community Member
1 year ago

you obviously haven't met humans...

Clare Kelley
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1 year ago

At least the dog's mess is biodegradable.

Roxanne Nobles
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1 year ago

Maybe we should ban humans at the beach

Danielle Renee
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1 year ago

dogs are definitely not the problem

dev mehta
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1 year ago

The dog is looking at the trash and saying "seriously..?"

S.
Community Member
1 year ago

Irrelevant but, is it me or does the dog look like a real life version of Scooby Doo?

Id row
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1 year ago

This is why our planet is destined to be destroyed by us.

nala simba
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1 year ago

Love it!

Kjorn
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1 year ago

yeah… i don,t see any garbage can anywhere. it could help a lot

Rhazaq Abraham
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1 year ago

Human are more dangerous than any kind of animal

Analyn Lahr
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1 year ago

Humans shouldn't be allowed on the beach.

Chantal Hobbelen
Community Member
1 year ago

There is a new park in my city and it’s forbidden for dogs. Why? Because dogs make a mess. Bluh people who don’t clean up after their dog totally ruin it for others who do. Also humans make more mess than dogs

glowworm2
Community Member
1 year ago

Are you sure that's not simply the Night Vale dog park? Dogs are not allowed in the dog park. Then again, neither are people.

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Nia Loves Art
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1 year ago

Probably because they know these people wouldn’t pick up after their dogs.

Barbara Hynicka
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh, people...

Pretty Pangolin
Community Member
1 year ago

Dog: "Here, let me clean up that sandwich for you!"

Jjjane20
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1 year ago

People should not be allowed too.

Slinkman
Community Member
1 year ago

Is that Scooby Doo?

🍁Snow🍁
Community Member
1 year ago

Bad, bad humans

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 year ago

Humans are the biggest mess makers. And, they have no shame.

Gameking1happy
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1 year ago

Humans: Animals will make messes Also humans: *make messes*

Parmeisan
Community Member
1 year ago

To be fair, dogs don't usually pick up their own poop and obviously the humans are not going to either...

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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!

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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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