There’s a saying about a good pun: the better it is, the angrier you get when hearing it. From my own personal experience I have to say that whenever my pun-loving friend, Harris, drops a puntacular joke on me, my first reaction is to roll my eyes and go, “oh screw you” with a look of disgust on my face.
But that doesn’t mean that deep down inside I don’t absolutely love the pun. Maybe I’m angry at myself for actually being entertained by such a stupid, simple joke? Maybe because in that moment I’m reminded that at the end of the day I’m a dumb human being, with all the faults and trappings of humanity. Maybe it means that no matter what I accomplish in my life, I could still find enjoyment in a dumb little pun and that makes me angry.
Secretly though, I’m probably just pissed off that I didn’t come up with it myself. The jealousy is real.
If you were like pretty much everyone in the world, you were probably let down by the fact that Croatia didn't have their storybook ending in taking home first place in the 2018 World Cup. Sure, France had an amazing team and all that, and the contest's youngest MVP player, Mbappé, even donated all of his winnings from the tournament to charity—so I guess it's hard to be too upset with the competition's end result.
And even though everyone played their hearts out (except Egypt, I mean, they went again Saudi Arabia and the results were just embarrassing), there was a clear winner this World Cup and it actually wasn't even any of the teams. S
ure there's a first, second, and third place result, but all of those accomplishments pale in comparison to the wonderful memes that sprung up as a result of this glorious tournament.
More than a few were thanks to Brazil's Neymar.
I grew up in a marginally superstitious family who brought some beliefs and hocus-pocus superstitions from the old country. I couldn't make too much noise late at night for fear of attracting a "jinn." I couldn't point at cemeteries or stare into a mirror for too long or my face would become deformed, and heaven help me if I was ever mean to or disobeyed my parents or grandparents, because then I'd be looking at a cursed life that would ruin me until the day that I died.
But the idea of "back luck" or stepping on cracks, walking under ladders, or stealing a black cat's macchiato isn't something that my family really bought into. Sure, we believed in supernatural stuff and the idea that karma gets back around to mess with you or your kids, but "bad luck"?
No honey, it isn't luck that's ruining your life, it's an unseen species of metaphysical monsters that exist in a different plane we know little about—but they are mentioned in the Quran, so be careful!
There are phenomena so unfortunate that simply looking at images of them will cause the same bad luck to befall you. So on this Friday the 13th, gaze upon these pictures with extreme caution.