There's a fine line between irony and coincidence, something that wasn't really clarified in Alanis Morisette's 1995 hit, "Ironic." A lot of the song's lyrics are referencing things that are unhappy coincidences and not really ironic circumstances.
So what's the difference? Well, in order for something to be ironic, it is when someone says something or something happens where the underlying meaning is the opposite of the literal meaning.
In order to further clarify, we'll take a look at some of these hilarious examples and go through each one to clarify if one is ironic or just a coincidence.
The muffin's called fruit explosion and there's fruit exploding out of it. It's a case of hyperbole being pretty darn true-to-life.
More ironic would be a fire extinguisher factory burning down, but this is pretty darn close.
We were just talking about this, weren't we?
Crushed pineapple, crushed can.
The bins that are encouraging you to recycle have been tossed into something that clearly looks like a trash dumpster.
If the beach is hidden, why is there a sign?
A product encased in the very thing it was designed to help you open.
This one's pretty obvious.
Let's hope they align wheels better than they do signs.
Even Bruce Willis sees the irony of this situation.
If it was called an "accident-proof tram" then yeah, we'd have a bunch of irony on our hands.
Except this saying, of course.
...they're not their grammar teacher? Maybe?
For any of his future children's sake, I hope he doesn't fall.
You had one job, fortune cookie maker.
Their actions seem to directly contradict the mission of their business.
If only there was something to fasten the sign with...
They don't want to seek that much wind.
What do you call that, Tesco?!
Unless you think saving your skull is sucky.
Flames on the truck, flames in real life.
Failed to reach that goal.
Unless this is the one part of the city the ban hasn't reached yet.
The shoemaker's kids walk barefoot, I guess.
Who watches the Watchmen?!
Hopefully there wasn't a hot beverage in this bad boy once the handle ripped off.
Looks like those memories are fading with the tan, too.
They're probably towing that traffic ticket lawyer for cutting into their funds.
Arks are supposed to be good at this kind of thing.
There's plenty to worry about in this scenario.
Nothing stable about that pole.
He probably figures it isn't law until the sign is officially all the way up.
But...didn't you say...?
We’ve all been there. You swipe right on Tinder, decide on a place to meet, and realize about five minutes in that leaving your house in the first place was a huge error. Maybe you feel like you’ve been catfished because they look nothing like their photos (surprise!), or perhaps you quickly realize they weren’t being sarcastic in their profile when they said their favorite band was The Beatles.
Whatever the case may be, there’s no flying spark to indicate this is the person of your dreams. And maybe you’re the mature kind of individual who can finish their drink, bring up the fact that you don’t see a future together, split the bill, and head your own separate ways. Bravo!
But what if you’re not? u/PM_Me_YourTinyBoobs kindly addressed this very question on Reddit when he asked what a person could say to instantly derail a date. The answers ranged from painfully incestuous to downright hilarious.
Next time you just need to shut it down really quickly and abruptly, these are some perfect lines you can use.
When I had my first drink, I didn't have much of a frame of reference, but I knew that a drink order says a lot about a person. So I chose wisely and just imitated whoever I thought was cool when I was growing up. And there's no one cooler than Clint Eastwood in any Western, ever.
So I ordered myself a whiskey. Neat. I didn't enjoy it. I didn't like the flavor. But I stuck with that drink every time I went out with my friends. I tried different types of whiskey and settled on Jameson. Why? Image. It was all image.
Although I don't really drink that much anymore, when I do, I let my best friend either make my drink or at least decide what I should be sippin' on (he's an amazing bartender), because I clearly have no idea what I'm doing. And he's probably doing me a solid by making me look like I'm somewhat cultured in front of other bartenders. Because, as I've learned in this AskReddit post, there are stereotypes associated with particular drinks and they can get pretty judgmental.
There are plenty of ways to troll a sleeping friend while on a road trip. My personal favorite is parking the car in front of a light pole or a wall, flashing your lights, and having everyone in the car at the same time scream their heads off as if you're all about to die.
That's one way to wake them up.
But Eria found a different approach to trolling her boyfriend, Scott, that had a much longer effect: she enlisted the help of the I'm Telling God Facebook group in roasting him mercilessly for his soporific ways. As a result, the 'Sleepy Scott' meme was born.