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Some days, you can’t help but believe in the idea that irony is a living, breathing, cosmic force with a very unusual sense of humor and a personal interest in your life. And if you’re one of the rare people who don’t believe in things like irony or fate, don’t worry, we’re pretty sure that they believe in you.

Bored Panda’s collected some of the finest, most iconic (some might even go as far as to say ‘epic’) ironic moments in the recent history of the internet. So get ready to have a good chuckle as you scroll down. Drop us a comment somewhere below explaining which moments you thought were particularly ironic. And remember to upvote your favorite pics, as well as share the post with your amigos who might be in need of some cheering up. Scroll down for Bored Panda’s informative interview with Albert Katz, Professor Emeritus from Western University, who went into detail about irony, its types, uses, as well as how we process it.

Also be sure to look through Bored Panda’s previous post about the most ironic moments ever, as well as our list of the most ironic things that ever happened.

#1

Kids, This Is What We Call Irony

Kids, This Is What We Call Irony

#2

Uhmm…

Uhmm...

#3

Oh The Irony

Oh The Irony

There were a couple of moments with unexpectedly delicious ironic twists that stuck in our heads. The first one was how an empty Nigerian apartment was discovered to hold 43 million dollars (shame on us thinking that every single one of those spam emails from supposed princes was from scammers!). While the second one was how publications like Cosmopolitan can support radically different points of view in different articles.

Bored Panda interviewed Albert Katz, Professor Emeritus of Cognitive, Developmental, and Brain Sciences from Western University’s Department of Psychology. The professor went into detail about the topic of irony.

“In my studies I have found that university-level students have a pretty clear notion of sarcasm, but are actually quite vague about irony,” the professor said. According to him, there are several types of irony, such as the irony of fate in literature. An example of that would be Oedipus unknowingly killing his father and marrying mother.

#4

The Irony Of These Days

The Irony Of These Days

#5

Walmart Employee

Walmart Employee

#6

Dogs Are Not Allowed On Beach Due To Possibility That They Might Make A Mess

Dogs Are Not Allowed On Beach Due To Possibility That They Might Make A Mess

Most of us instinctively understand when a situation is ironic. However, it’s far more difficult to explain what exactly irony is using words. Throughout history, there have been hundreds of suggestions on how best to define it. And some of us might even have our own private definitions of what irony is.

#7

National Geographic Magazine Has Arrived. With An Alert About Excessive Use Of Plastic. It Comes In A Plastic Shrink. And Inside A Plastic Bag To Reinforce The Protection

National Geographic Magazine Has Arrived. With An Alert About Excessive Use Of Plastic. It Comes In A Plastic Shrink. And Inside A Plastic Bag To Reinforce The Protection

#8

Amazing Irony

Amazing Irony

#9

Oh The Irony

Oh The Irony

The most basic definition of irony will include that it’s a contradiction between what’s expected and what actually happens in real life. When you put it like that, you come to realize that irony really is all about expectations being shattered in a humorous way.

Professor Katz said: “There are several components that usually go into irony, and turning irony into sarcasm. Basically, a central motif is the violation of an expectation. But the context in which that violation occurs may make it humorous or not, or sarcastic or not.”

#10

Oh The Irony

Oh The Irony

#11

Nigerian Princes Were Real All This Time

Nigerian Princes Were Real All This Time

#12

The Irony

The Irony

A thing that a lot of us mix up is verbal irony and sarcasm. Though they’re usually used interchangeably, they’re not the same.

One way to remember the difference is this: sarcasm is primarily used to insult someone or cause them harm. If it hurts your feelings, it’s most likely sarcasm, not irony. Now that’s a piece of trivia that you can really wow your friends with.

Katz agreed with the idea that sarcasm has “a negative usage” when compared to “verbal irony, such as how we use it in everyday speech.”

“One can think of irony used sarcastically (e.g. when saying something framed positively, but intending a negative insulting meaning: when one says “you’re my best friend” just after said friend did something mean). But one can also get irony used in the opposite way, such as saying something that on the surface sounds nasty, but is meant positively (e.g. “You’re sooo bad”).”

#13

This Sign In My Kid’s Elementary School Fills Me With Nihilistic Joy

This Sign In My Kid’s Elementary School Fills Me With Nihilistic Joy

#14

Effing Horrible

Effing Horrible

#15

The Irony Present

The Irony Present

“The question of how easy it is to understand or get the point of irony, or sarcasm, is a difficult one,” the professor noted. “People differ both in the habitual usage of irony or sarcasm and when dealing with a person who often uses sarcasm, for instance, people sometimes erroneously interpret an ambiguous comment not intended ironically as being ironic, or sarcastic.”

“Also there is research that indicates individual differences in using and understanding irony in general,” Katz explained. “Some people are very literal thinkers and miss the irony presented. Some of my own work indicates that the processing of irony occurs almost immediately during comprehension. One doesn’t think about it and at some later point think, oh, was he being ironic when he said X.”

“One thing I do believe is that the processing of irony, or sarcasm, is not based on any one factor, such as a failed expectation, but on a set of computations going on simultaneously,” the professor added.

#16

Stop Texting While Driving

Stop Texting While Driving

#17

My Mom Is Cleaning Out The Library At The Preschool Where She Works And Sent Me This

My Mom Is Cleaning Out The Library At The Preschool Where She Works And Sent Me This

#18

You’re Welcome

You're Welcome

#19

Wasps Made A Nest On My Wasp Spray Bottle

Wasps Made A Nest On My Wasp Spray Bottle

#20

The Epitome Of Irony

The Epitome Of Irony

#21

Ironic That My Pup Chewed Up This Specific Cards Against Humanity Card

Ironic That My Pup Chewed Up This Specific Cards Against Humanity Card

#22

How Did He Get Hired?

How Did He Get Hired?

#23

I Found This Picture To Be Incredibly Ironic

I Found This Picture To Be Incredibly Ironic

#24

Quite Ironic Really

Quite Ironic Really

#25

Well Now, That’s Ironic

Well Now, That's Ironic

#26

Not Too Good At Her Job

Not Too Good At Her Job

#27

Oh The Irony

Oh The Irony

#28

My Car Displays A Long Distracting Message Reminding You To Not Participate In Distracted Driving–while Driving

My Car Displays A Long Distracting Message Reminding You To Not Participate In Distracted Driving–while Driving

#29

Author Asks Why His Book Called ‘No. More. Plastic’ Was Wrapped In Plastic

Author Asks Why His Book Called 'No. More. Plastic' Was Wrapped In Plastic

#30

Live. Local. Late Braking

Live. Local. Late Braking

#31

Lady Posts On Facebook To Complain About Employees Not Helping Disabled Customer While Simultaneously Not Helping, Either

Lady Posts On Facebook To Complain About Employees Not Helping Disabled Customer While Simultaneously Not Helping, Either

#32

I Don’t Think The Women’s Department Gets The Irony

I Don't Think The Women's Department Gets The Irony

#33

The Irony Of The Bar At A Paypal Business Event

The Irony Of The Bar At A Paypal Business Event

#34

The Silent And Powerful Mocking Of A Single Sign

The Silent And Powerful Mocking Of A Single Sign

#35

The Irony Of This Snickers Bar

The Irony Of This Snickers Bar

#36

Didn’t Have Time To Read It I Guess

Didn't Have Time To Read It I Guess

#37

The Irony Was Strong With This One

The Irony Was Strong With This One

#38

Oh The Irony

Oh The Irony

#39

I Mean Isn’t This Ironic?

I Mean Isn’t This Ironic?

#40

My Computer Lab At My School Is Ironically Labeled

My Computer Lab At My School Is Ironically Labeled

#41

In Court For Shoplifting

In Court For Shoplifting

#42

Those Gears Won’t Turn, Which I Guess Makes It A Fairly Apt Metaphor For School Districts And Education

Those Gears Won't Turn, Which I Guess Makes It A Fairly Apt Metaphor For School Districts And Education

#43

Nothing Is Written In Stone

Nothing Is Written In Stone

#44

I’m A Public Defender. The ATM In Jail Always Strikes Me As A Little Ironic

I'm A Public Defender. The ATM In Jail Always Strikes Me As A Little Ironic

#45

The Very Definition Of Irony

The Very Definition Of Irony

#46

Irony At It’s Best

Irony At It's Best

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#47

Ironic Misprint On An Eye Doctor’s Appointment Card

Ironic Misprint On An Eye Doctor's Appointment Card

#48

Found This Little Piece Of Irony In The Local Paper

Found This Little Piece Of Irony In The Local Paper

#49

Found A Travel Brochure From The World Trade Center While Cleaning Out My House

Found A Travel Brochure From The World Trade Center While Cleaning Out My House

#50

I Guess I’ll Be Drinking Some Irony This Morning

I Guess I'll Be Drinking Some Irony This Morning

#51

Oh The Irony

Oh The Irony

#52

“Straw Free” But Overloading On Plastic Cutlery

“Straw Free” But Overloading On Plastic Cutlery

#53

And That’s How Capitalism Works

And That’s How Capitalism Works

#54

Brags About Standing For Anthem. Sits His Ass On Flag

Brags About Standing For Anthem. Sits His Ass On Flag

#55

Great Advice

Great Advice

#56

Oh, The Irony

Oh, The Irony

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#57

Irony?

Irony?

#58

How Ironic

How Ironic

#59

The Irony Of This App’s Name

The Irony Of This App's Name

#60

My Mum Sent Me This Unintentionally Ironic Photo Of An Accident At Her Work The Other Day

My Mum Sent Me This Unintentionally Ironic Photo Of An Accident At Her Work The Other Day

#61

Irony

Irony

#62

The Irony

The Irony

#63

Ohhh The Irony

Ohhh The Irony

#64

Cut My Finger While Opening A Package Of Band Aids

Cut My Finger While Opening A Package Of Band Aids

#65

Irony

Irony

#66

How Ironic

How Ironic

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#67

My Wife Mocking The “Slippery When Wet” Sign. I Think The Sign Won

My Wife Mocking The "Slippery When Wet" Sign. I Think The Sign Won

#68

The Irony’s Not Lost On Me

The Irony's Not Lost On Me

#69

Oh, The Irony

Oh, The Irony

#70

Local Drive-In Theatre Showing The Two Most Ironic Movies They Could Show This Week

Local Drive-In Theatre Showing The Two Most Ironic Movies They Could Show This Week

#71

Oh, The Irony

Oh, The Irony

#72

Oh The Irony

Oh The Irony

#73

My Dad Tried Filling Up The Pool Today

My Dad Tried Filling Up The Pool Today

#74

Which Is The Greater Irony?

Which Is The Greater Irony?

#75

How Ironic

How Ironic

#76

The Perfect Irony Doesn’t Exist

The Perfect Irony Doesn't Exist

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#77

Irony

Irony

#78

A Healthy Dose Of Irony

A Healthy Dose Of Irony

#79

As We Speak, This Doctor Is Laughing At The Irony Of Where My Skin Infection Is On This Henna Tattoo

As We Speak, This Doctor Is Laughing At The Irony Of Where My Skin Infection Is On This Henna Tattoo

#80

Hipster Irony (Hint: Read Forearm Tattoo)

Hipster Irony (Hint: Read Forearm Tattoo)

#81

Wife Brought This Home Today And Was Excited To Hang It On The Wall. 10 Minutes Later My 1 And 3-Year-Old Took A Red Crayon To It While We Were Cooking Dinner. We Think It Is Perfectly Ironic

Wife Brought This Home Today And Was Excited To Hang It On The Wall. 10 Minutes Later My 1 And 3-Year-Old Took A Red Crayon To It While We Were Cooking Dinner. We Think It Is Perfectly Ironic

#82

Yes, Yes You Are

Yes, Yes You Are

#83

Anti-Plastic Book Wrapped In Said Plastic

Anti-Plastic Book Wrapped In Said Plastic

#84

Just Happened In My Neighboring Town. Truly Iconic

Just Happened In My Neighboring Town. Truly Iconic

#85

The Irony

The Irony

#86

Irony On The Bachelorette

Irony On The Bachelorette

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#87

Stopped At An Intersection, Saw This. The Irony

Stopped At An Intersection, Saw This. The Irony

#88

I Bought Socks Off Amazon Last Week. They Started Using Holiday Themed Boxes With Funny Quotes On The Sides. I Was Impressed By The Irony

I Bought Socks Off Amazon Last Week. They Started Using Holiday Themed Boxes With Funny Quotes On The Sides. I Was Impressed By The Irony

#89

This Ironic Drink Machine Doesn’t Give Many Choices

This Ironic Drink Machine Doesn't Give Many Choices

#90

Oh The Irony

Oh The Irony

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