30 Funny Examples of Irony In Real Life
The definition of irony: a situation that is strange or funny because things happen in a way that seems the opposite of what you expected. When it comes to finding examples of irony, life proves stranger (and funnier) than fiction.
What's ironic about the Bible?
The most shoplifted book in the United States is The Bible.
What's ironic about Alcoholics Anonymous?
The founder of AA asked for whiskey on his deathbed. (The nurse refused.)
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What's ironic about A Charlie Brown Christmas?
Every year ABC cuts down A Charlie Brown Christmas—a movie about the over-commercialization of the holidays—to make room for more commercials.
What's ironic about the inventor of the stop sign?
"Father of Traffic Safety" William Eno invented the stop sign, crosswalk, traffic circle, one-way street, and taxi stand—but never learned how to drive.
What's ironic about the Church of Scientology?
The Cult Awareness Network (CAN), once a leading anti-cult hotline, is now owned by the Church of Scientology.
What's ironic about Al Capone?
Al Capone's older brother was a federal Prohibition agent.
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What's ironic about the man who invented basketball?
The only losing basketball coach in University of Kansas history is James Naismith—the man who invented basketball in 1891. This hilarious example of irony proves that just because you thought of the idea doesn't always mean you'll be the best at executing it.
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What's ironic about Julius Caesar?
The site where Julius Caesar was murdered in 44 BC is now a no-kill animal shelter for homeless cats.
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What's ironic about duct tape?
According to researchers, duct tape should never be used for sealing ducts.
What's ironic about a man who survived going over Niagara Falls?
The first man to survive going over Niagara Falls in a barrel died after slipping on an orange peel.
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What's ironic about the inventor of Liquid Paper?
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What's ironic about a speech disorder?
The condition of not being able to pronounce the letter R is called… "rhotacism."
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What's ironic about Q-tips?
Q-tips, which are usually bought primarily to clean inside your ears, are sold in boxes that expressly warn: "Do not insert inside the ear canal."
What's ironic about bullfighting?
Bill Hillman, a bullfighting enthusiast, wrote a book called How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona, all about how to avoid being gored by bulls. Three weeks after the release of the book, he was gored by a bull.
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What's ironic about spelling bees?
In 2011, the winners of an elementary school spelling bee in Utah received a trophy reading "Viewmont Spellling Bee, 1st Place." Quite the example of irony—not only that the trophy contained a misspelling, but that it was the word "spelling."
What's ironic about crossword puzzles?
When crossword puzzles debuted in the early 20th century, the New York Times was very critical of them, calling them "a primitive sort of mental exercise." In 1942, the Times published its first crossword puzzle, and today, the New York Times crossword is the most famous one in America.
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What's ironic about lifeguards?
In 1985, a group of New Orleans lifeguards gathered at the municipal pool to celebrate the fact that no one had drowned at the pool that past summer. After the party, they discovered the fully-clothed body of a man who had drowned in the pool.
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What's ironic about lawsuits?
In 2009, the Guinness Book of World records named Jonathan Lee Riches the record-holder for suing the largest number of people. Angrily declaring that the Guinness Book "has no right to publish my work, my legal masterpieces," he sued them.
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What's ironic about being expelled from school?
In the 1950s, 12-year-old David Ingham was kicked out of grammar school by the headmaster, who said that he'd "never amount to much." Fifty-five years later, the same school commissioned Ingham, now an art teacher, to paint a portrait of that very headmaster. So Ingham definitely got the last laugh, similar to these other irony examples of early failures of wildly successful people.
What's ironic about Crayola crayons?
In 1990, after 35 years working at Crayola, their retiring CEO, Emerson Moser, revealed that he was colourblind.
What's ironic about an anti-piracy group?
In 2014, the Business Software Alliance posted an anti-piracy ad that read "Your pot of gold is right here." But eagle-eyed users noticed that the image of a "pot of gold" they used was actually a photo of a baker's Saint Patrick's Day cake that the BSA had used without authorization.
What's ironic about Alanis Morissette?
None of the song lyrics in Alanis Morissette’s song "Ironic" are examples of irony. As Morissette herself allegedly said, "the irony of 'Ironic' is that it's not an ironic song at all."
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