Oh, we like to think of ourselves as real hardy internet veterans who've seen it all and can't be surprised by anything anymore. The fact is, every once in a while, we come across something so ‘out there' that it reminds us that the waters of the net are vaster and more tempestuous than they might seem.
One place that's chock full of the weird things that people do and say online is the ‘insane people tweets' page (yes, yes, no capital letters to be found in the name). It's something else, I tell you, dear Pandas. Have a look at some of the most bizarre things that people have tweeted below, upvote the photos that caught your attention the most, and be sure to give the Twitter page a follow if you like how uncomfortable it makes you feel.
But a note of warning before you start: this really is just downright weird stuff that'll make you leave your comfort zone. Here be Twitter dragons. As well as dark humor and not-so-humor.
However, one person who's mastered the art of posting great content on social media is British comedy writer Ariane Sherine. She's an expert on what's quality and what's not and told Bored Panda that the rules that govern social media definitely don't apply in real life. "That's why people are so horrible to each other online, where there's no response except for text. You can't get punched in the face over Twitter! This lack of consequences can lead people to say crazy and awful things, secure in the knowledge that there won't be any real-world consequences."
In British comedian Ariane's opinion, sarcasm "can definitely" translate over social media. "And if a respondent doesn't realize, there'll always be someone to post the 'missed the point' stick man gif in reply! Sure, you can type an asterisk and say 'joke', but that kind of ruins the original joke," the social media virtuoso said, adding that there are subtle ways to indicate sarcasm, but each post is unique, so it'll be different on a case-by-case basis.
Ariane told Bored Panda that if anyone's ever sitting on the fence about whether or not to post something online, they should reach out to their friends and family to get their take on everything. "I often run tweets past friends if I'm worried they're dodgy! And my friends usually reassure me, and they're generally correct. I haven't had a pile-on or been canceled yet—touch wood!"
The 'insane people tweets' account has grown massively in popularity in just a few short months. Founded in December 2020, ‘insane people tweets' has racked up nearly 417k followers in that small period of time. If that's anything to go by, the odds are that the page is going to be hitting a million followers pretty soon.
Oh, some of these posts are funny in a dark humor kind of way. But it's not something that you'd bring up at the dinner table. It makes your eyebrows shoot into your hairline and wonder what's wrong with some people and if they might genuinely require some counseling or professional help. Either that or they're shocking others for attention on the net and trying to be ‘funny' on purpose.
If dark humor makes you feel uncomfortable, dear Readers, that's kind of the point—it's meant to go against the grain. However, you can't just blurt something, anything out without considering the impact it might have. While at the same time, you want to avoid overly censoring yourself for fear of making somebody feel uncomfortable. There's got to be a balance between the two (and if only Aang, the Last Airbender, were around to help us achieve it).
Earlier, I'd spoken about dark humor with professional stand-up comedian Ariane, who's based in London. Ariane explained that we laugh out of the shock and the inappropriateness of the joke, post, or situation. “It's a kind of 'that shouldn't be allowed, but it's really funny as a result' laughter,” she said in a previous interview with Bored Panda.
The comedian pointed out to us that if we were mindful of absolutely everyone's sensitivities in what we say, joke and write about, then there would be massive self-censorship. And that's not good for anybody.
"I don't think there are any topics that should never be joked about, but people are unlikely to respond receptively if you're making dark jokes about a tragedy in the immediate aftermath,” comedy expert Ariane said that we have to be tactful how we approach certain topics. The more sensitive they are, the more tactful we have to try to be.
“Everyone has something personal they're sensitive about, whether that's cancer, obesity, miscarriage, etc. If you start factoring in everyone's sensitivities, you'd be censoring yourself a lot and would be an extremely safe comedian, and these comics tend not to make it big,” she said.
"As a comedian, I'm not very shockable,” Ariane, from the UK, revealed to Bored Panda. “But that said, someone I know made a joke about the Grenfell Tower tragedy which was just too horrible for my taste—and when something's too distasteful for you, it ceases to be funny." The same goes for any and all social media posts: at a certain point, shock value ceases to amuse and simply pushes the audience away.
Ariane drew attention to the fact that plenty of comedians are scared of being de-platformed or canceled for what they joke and post about. Social media is a tad tone-deaf in that it's easy to take comments out of context, in spite of the original tone or sarcasm that the author intended. So, in the comedian's opinion, you have parts of society that need to edit what they say more while others should try to loosen up and be less sensitive. Especially when it comes to humor.
“I think 'too touchy' can't be applied across the board—but if we're making dark jokes, we should aim for the space between 'too safe' and 'too distasteful!'" the British comedian reiterated that we should strive for balance.
Note: this post originally had 64 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.