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2012-12-30 11:12:58 PM
Upvoted, but it would have been funnier if the tag was anything other than "Ironic."
 
2012-12-31 12:45:36 AM
'All-you-can-eat' diners banned for eating too much

i47.tinypic.com

"Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, do these sound like the actions of a man whose had ALL he could eat?"
 
2012-12-31 01:00:15 AM
I didn't see a single story about rain on wedding days, free rides when one has already paid, or having 10,000 spoons when all someone needed was a knife.
 
2012-12-31 01:05:20 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-12-31 01:10:05 AM
/shakes tiny spoon angrily at FirstNationalBastard
 
2012-12-31 01:40:29 AM
Anti-Semitic leader discovers he's Jewish

An agent provocateur crypto?

Where's the irony?
 
2012-12-31 01:45:59 AM
Prison officers in Atlanta are offering free food to inmates who can break their new locks. But isn't all food, when you're in prison, kind of free? And if you can break locks, wouldn't you rather have free... dom?


I'd presume most of the people in the county lockup are in on misdemeanors and short timers. Encourage them to "inspect the locks" with the understanding they won't get punished for showing a weakness in the jail. If they were to make a break for it they'd have much worse punishment than they're already in for. Anyone bright enough to break the lock is probably bright enough to do that math.
 
2012-12-31 01:46:24 AM
Yeah. "Cool article."
 
2012-12-31 01:49:42 AM
"Hillary Clinton Suffers Blood Clot"
 
2012-12-31 01:55:21 AM
The Bangles?
 
2012-12-31 02:07:26 AM
cache.backpackinglight.com
 
2012-12-31 02:27:30 AM
"Breast cancer worse for men

According to a cancer survivor quoted in the article, men and women "have the same plumbing". So I hope you're doing what you can to avoid penile dysfunction, ladies."

So what you're saying is the author of this junk doesn't understand the different kinds of cancer? Neat.

I'm 98% convinced that my dad signed up for his health insurance AFTER figuring out he had breast cancer. Especially since it coincided with his giving up on anything resembling housework. When it's just you (the 20 something daughter/'roommate') and dad, and dad suddenly stops doing the normal activity, then signs up for health insurance, then a month or so later gets diagnosed, that's a handful of big red flags. And yeah, fundamentally, as I understand it, boobs have the same plumbing for both genders.
 
2012-12-31 03:28:41 AM
But weren't emoticons around in the 19th century? I remember reading an article from here about that.
 
2012-12-31 03:37:27 AM

ladyfortuna: According to a cancer survivor quoted in the article, men and women "have the same plumbing". So I hope you're doing what you can to avoid penile dysfunction, ladies."


cdn.hark.com

/Does not agree
 
2012-12-31 03:46:37 AM
That was the best article ever!

/irony
 
2012-12-31 03:58:05 AM
I give them style points for the ROFLcopter.
 
2012-12-31 04:00:38 AM
some of those were actually irony.
 
2012-12-31 04:02:57 AM
The Bangles?
 
2012-12-31 05:24:14 AM

FirstNationalBastard: having 10,000 spoons when all someone needed was a knife.


Alanis Morrisette has obviously never been to the Philippines.

/pork and spoon!

gumpy: some of those were actually irony.


They were all irony, unless you're using an overly pedantic, hair-splitting definition of irony.

cdn.gottabemobile.com
 
2012-12-31 06:02:41 AM
img14.imageshack.us
Doncha' think?
 
2012-12-31 06:12:33 AM

Z-clipped: FirstNationalBastard: having 10,000 spoons when all someone needed was a knife.

Alanis Morrisette has obviously never been to the Philippines.

/pork and spoon!

gumpy: some of those were actually irony.

They were all irony, unless you're using an overly pedantic, hair-splitting definition of irony.

[cdn.gottabemobile.com image 375x500]


By overly pedantic you mean correct?
 
2012-12-31 06:56:27 AM

gumpy: Z-clipped: FirstNationalBastard: having 10,000 spoons when all someone needed was a knife.

Alanis Morrisette has obviously never been to the Philippines.

/pork and spoon!

gumpy: some of those were actually irony.

They were all irony, unless you're using an overly pedantic, hair-splitting definition of irony.

[cdn.gottabemobile.com image 375x500]

By overly pedantic you mean correct?


No.

There are many forms of irony, and much disagreement in the literary world over what is and is not ironic. Anyone who claims that irony has a narrow definition is being pedantic.

Most of the obnoxious hipster arguments over situational irony focus on overly specific assumptions about expectations. While many people do misunderstand irony, and the "10000 spoons" distinctions are constructive, splitting hairs in a contrarian attempt to discredit every single identification of irony one sees is equally foolish. And yes, while some of them might stretch the semantics a little, each of the perspectives taken on the stories in TFA contain enough diametric expectation to be reasonably encompassed by the term "irony".

English is not a formal language, no matter how much done of the obsessives around here might wish it to be. The concept of irony is vaguely defined. People need to get the fark over it and move on with their lives.
 
2012-12-31 07:08:42 AM
will we ever have an "ironic" tag that doesn't lead to a "What's the definition of ironic?" thread?
 
2012-12-31 07:19:14 AM

mike_d85: will we ever have an "ironic" tag that doesn't lead to a "What's the definition of ironic?" thread?


How ironic.

deadhomersociety.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-12-31 07:23:44 AM

mike_d85: will we ever have an "ironic" tag that doesn't lead to a "What's the definition of ironic?" thread?


It's a form of hyperurbanism. Fortunately, most people grow out of it once they gain some education and perspective. Unfortunately, Fark seems to experience a never-ending influx of people who are 14 years old, developmentally speaking.

So I think we're screwed.
 
2012-12-31 07:24:45 AM

Z-clipped: gumpy: Z-clipped: FirstNationalBastard: having 10,000 spoons when all someone needed was a knife.

Alanis Morrisette has obviously never been to the Philippines.

/pork and spoon!

gumpy: some of those were actually irony.

They were all irony, unless you're using an overly pedantic, hair-splitting definition of irony.

[cdn.gottabemobile.com image 375x500]

By overly pedantic you mean correct?

No.

There are many forms of irony, and much disagreement in the literary world over what is and is not ironic. Anyone who claims that irony has a narrow definition is being pedantic.

Most of the obnoxious hipster arguments over situational irony focus on overly specific assumptions about expectations. While many people do misunderstand irony, and the "10000 spoons" distinctions are constructive, splitting hairs in a contrarian attempt to discredit every single identification of irony one sees is equally foolish. And yes, while some of them might stretch the semantics a little, each of the perspectives taken on the stories in TFA contain enough diametric expectation to be reasonably encompassed by the term "irony".

English is not a formal language, no matter how much done of the obsessives around here might wish it to be. The concept of irony is vaguely defined. People need to get the fark over it and move on with their lives.


Spending that much time detailing why I should get over it and move on with my life is deliciously ironic.
 
2012-12-31 07:39:14 AM

gumpy: Spending that much time detailing why I should get over it and move on with my life is deliciously ironic.


I'm glad you find it delicious Make sure you swallow the whole thing.
 
2012-12-31 07:57:45 AM

Z-clipped: gumpy: Spending that much time detailing why I should get over it and move on with my life is deliciously ironic.

I'm glad you find it delicious Make sure you swallow the whole thing.


eeeeew!
 
2012-12-31 08:01:26 AM

Z-clipped: They were all irony, unless you're using an overly pedantic, hair-splitting definition of irony.


In what, broadest possible, meaning of irony is "breast cancer worse for men" ironic?
 
2012-12-31 08:37:45 AM

jimmyego: In what, broadest possible, meaning of irony is "breast cancer worse for men" ironic?


You'd expect big lady-boobs to have more room inside for the cancer?

Seriously, though... on top of the (admittedly juvenile) "only women have boobies" gag, many people don't know s that men can even get breast cancer, so it's a reasonable juxtaposition of expectations. Labeling something as irony can also be used to make tongue-in-cheek implications about the audience's expectations, in reverse of the usual usage.

gumpy:

Makes snarky comments about misuse of complex literary devices.
Finds writing posts longer than a tweet to be difficult and time consuming.
 
2012-12-31 08:45:09 AM
So what's this author's fark handle anyway?
 
2012-12-31 08:47:49 AM

Z-clipped: gumpy: Z-clipped: FirstNationalBastard: having 10,000 spoons when all someone needed was a knife.

Alanis Morrisette has obviously never been to the Philippines.

/pork and spoon!

gumpy: some of those were actually irony.

They were all irony, unless you're using an overly pedantic, hair-splitting definition of irony.

[cdn.gottabemobile.com image 375x500]

By overly pedantic you mean correct?

No.

There are many forms of irony, and much disagreement in the literary world over what is and is not ironic. Anyone who claims that irony has a narrow definition is being pedantic.

Most of the obnoxious hipster arguments over situational irony focus on overly specific assumptions about expectations. While many people do misunderstand irony, and the "10000 spoons" distinctions are constructive, splitting hairs in a contrarian attempt to discredit every single identification of irony one sees is equally foolish. And yes, while some of them might stretch the semantics a little, each of the perspectives taken on the stories in TFA contain enough diametric expectation to be reasonably encompassed by the term "irony".

English is not a formal language, no matter how much done of the obsessives around here might wish it to be. The concept of irony is vaguely defined. People need to get the fark over it and move on with their lives.


^^^ poster child for "pedantic"
 
2012-12-31 08:59:00 AM

Tanthalas39: ^^^ poster child for "pedantic"


Yes, and pointing out racism is racist, also.

Jeez, the butthurt in here is palpable. Sorry I rained on everybody's snark parade.
 
2012-12-31 09:07:42 AM

Z-clipped: Tanthalas39: ^^^ poster child for "pedantic"

Yes, and pointing out racism is racist, also.

Jeez, the butthurt in here is palpable. Sorry I rained on everybody's snark parade.


^^^ poster child for "butthurt"
 
2012-12-31 09:13:55 AM
This is what I have come to learn about irony... The deffinition is widely misunderstood. Most often people see a coincidence, like a firehouse burning down, or they see hyposcrisy, like a drug counselor getting busted for selling drugs...

Language is really just a matter of being undrstood after all. And if people generally understand what is being said, even if the term is misused, it tends to sort of warp the term, regardless of the original meaning. It's almost like it's so difficult to find something truly ironic that we have to look at other things and assign irony - just so we can look clever, or something.

To that end, Alanis Morissette has already acklowledged that the only thing about the Irony song is that nothing listed in the song is ironic. Therefore the title of the song is the only think ironic about it. That's some pretty solid thinking there.
 
2012-12-31 09:53:26 AM
Anti-Semitic leader discovers he's Jewish

i236.photobucket.com
 
2012-12-31 10:13:18 AM
An acquaintance of mine from my town had been a long time drinker with no intent to ever stop. Always drinking and driving. And we always told him alcoholism and drinking and driving were going to kill him one day. Luckily, he was pulled over by police and lost his license. He continued his drinking but gave up the driving, turning to a bicycle as his means of transportation. Having fallen off his bike a few times, once pretty badly, he decided he would stop drinking. He eventually put his faith in the Catholic Church, believing his faith in God and the Church would save him from a death deemed "imminent" by his doctor.
Very soon after his life change, on a dark night while bicycling his way home, he was riding on a main street and was passing a side street that split exactly between a Catholic Church on one side and a cemetary on the other. In that exact spot, he was hit and killed by a drunk driver who had turned out to be an alcoholic.

1. CSB. It is a true story.
2. Only one element in this story contains irony. Everything else is coincidence.
 
2012-12-31 10:15:18 AM

durbnpoisn: Most often people see a coincidence, like a firehouse burning down, or they see hyposcrisy, like a drug counselor getting busted for selling drugs...


There's no reason irony can't be coincidental. They aren't exclusive concepts.
 
2012-12-31 10:31:53 AM

This text is now purple: durbnpoisn: Most often people see a coincidence, like a firehouse burning down, or they see hyposcrisy, like a drug counselor getting busted for selling drugs...

There's no reason irony can't be coincidental. They aren't exclusive concepts.


I guess that's true. But coincidence is not always irony. It's just sometimes seen that way.
 
2013-01-02 10:47:45 AM
I always stick with the smartest show on TV:

"The use of words expressing something other than their literal intention."
 
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