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.
1. Total 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.
3. Oh so ironic.
We were just talking about this, weren't we?
Crushed pineapple, crushed can.
5. Very ironic.
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.
11. Coincidental, mostly.
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.
13. Irony, unless...
...they're not their grammar teacher? Maybe?
14. So ironic.
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...?