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(Yahoo)   Motley Fool to lay off 50%. Obviously did not invest well   ( divider line
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1428 clicks; posted to Main » on 28 Sep 2001 at 12:00 AM (16 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2001-09-28 12:06:25 AM  

How many times can we use the ironic tag in one day? Hmm.
2001-09-28 12:08:42 AM  
That's OK. They sucked after Vince Neil got fired anyway.
2001-09-28 12:10:06 AM  
Let us see.
Half of "Motley Fool" is just "Fool".
2001-09-28 12:33:04 AM  
maybe they all can find work at :
2001-09-28 12:38:07 AM  
Is this the company where the guy wears the Jester hat anytime he's on tv?
2001-09-28 12:51:05 AM  
Should be
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Motley Fool didn't invest well, lays off 50%
2001-09-28 12:59:54 AM  
What do you expect out of a company called Motley Fool? That is such a horrible name for a company.
2001-09-28 01:03:04 AM  
And another one for F*ckedcompany!

Whoops, not there yet. Let's keep an eye out, shall we.
2001-09-28 01:20:01 AM  
Otis. LMAO
2001-09-28 02:14:18 AM  
I don't know if I can speak for us all, but I think the
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tag fits here, with a bit of a stretch. FIDFUTPETA members, please speak up. Demosthenes, I think you're the founder.
2001-09-28 03:04:48 AM  
A lot of people don't really know exactly what irony is, and how to recognize it. George Carlin said it best:

If a diabetic is walking to the pharmacy to get his life-saving insulin, he gets hit by a truck and he dies, that's not irony. That's just an unfortunate accident.

If the truck is hauling sugar, that's not irony. That's an unfortunate accident with an unusual twist.

If the truck is hauling insulin, that my friends is irony at its best.
2001-09-28 03:06:04 AM  
Although I do agree with JayS that the ironic tag somewhat fits this story.
2001-09-28 03:14:32 AM  
Great, beat me to it.
2001-09-28 04:47:01 AM  
I wonder what the layoff's are looking like at the "Deaf Leper" and "Dumps 'n' Closes" investment companies?

(rimshot required)
2001-09-28 04:48:08 AM  
For the full-effect of losing business quickly, they could've names themselves "Bad Company". I think that pretty much sums up this joke.
2001-09-28 07:12:20 AM  
The obvious tag is the abused tag. Even the littlest known fact is obvious to fark posters. Its abuse has such a sophmoric Gen Y ring to it. "Man, that was so obvious."


See irony works like this: When the real outcome is the opposite of the expected outcome its ironic. An investment firm not investing properly is ironic. You may not like it, it may not be sarcastic enough for you, but its correct.

Personally, I never liked the name it was too "New Economy."
2001-09-28 07:22:41 AM  
Skallas: Your definition doesn't seem complete... the guy that ate 32 WC hamburger's and didn't die conforms to your definition (even if expecting hi to die is a bit stretched...). Yet it is definitly NOT ironic. Now if we read five years from now that this guy goes on a hunger strike and dies from it, that would be ironic.
2001-09-28 07:46:47 AM  
How is someone expected to die from eating 32 little cheeseburgers?

Its not ironic to die from a hunger strike as you are STARVING yourself. Its expected that starvation kills you.

Just get a dictionary.
2001-09-28 08:37:28 AM  
The Fool has/had a big office in my building. When they did their last round of layoffs (8 months ago) we could tell that this office took a big hit because parking got real easy one morning and a lot fewer Z3s and baby benzes were in the parking lot.
2001-09-28 08:44:24 AM  
2001-09-28 09:18:55 AM  
Skallas: I was referring to an earlier article. It was tagged ironic. And I still think that somebody stuffing himself and then dying (or choosing to die) of starvation is ironic.

I have a dictionary. Thank you.
2001-09-28 09:38:41 AM  
One of the worst uses of ironic was in that Alannis Morrisette song. Only one event from that song was even remotely close to ironic. Everything else was coincidence.

It drives me nuts when I hear that song, for numerous reasons.
2001-09-28 10:32:36 AM  
actually, when you think about it, the song 'ironic' is loaded with irony. the words themselves describe unfortunate situations, and then call them ironic, incorrectly. the song was a huge hit. people running around thinking they know what the word means now. when in truth they're idiots.

isn't that ironic?

maybe the joke is on us... maybe she wrote the song knowing that she was misusing the word so that dorky people will get all up in arms about it.

now THAT would be ironic :)

don't ya think?
2001-09-28 11:29:07 AM  
TMF _was_ a great online community, like this one is now. Most of their original content was pretty average for the financial media, but their mechanical investing formulae were crap. Rule Breakers, Rule Makers, my ass.

Their basic message was simple: Long-term-buy-and-hold always wins. True, except when the companies you are holding go bankrupt. Dumbass. Even if they don't go belly up, after a bubble like the Naz bursts, it can take twenty years for your stocks to get back to where they were when you bought them.

Once they went thru an initial round of layoffs, the quality of their boards went sharply downhill. Like Icarus, they tried to reach Heaven but instead have crashed back to Earth.
2001-09-28 01:15:21 PM  
Definitiion of irony: "Incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs."

So if a guy eats rat poison and lives, that's irony?

If a guy wins the lottery in spite of 1 billion to 1 odds, that's irony?

If the lowly Cincinatti Bengals beat the world champion Baltimore Ravens (which they did last weekend), that's irony?

If the weather forecast predicts a nice day, but it rains, that's irony?

If I buy a new car and it doesn't run well, that's irony?

All of these would fit the definition, but I wouldn't consider any of them to be ironic. There must be some other qualifier for something to be ironic.
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