Tuesday, October 1, 2013

If There's One Thing I Can't Stand, It's Intolerance

Thought for the day:  My mother never saw the irony in calling me a son of a bitch. [Jack Nicholson]

If you're paying attention, life is jam-packed with irony. For example, I started blogging to try to build a so-called platform for my writing, but now I spend so doggone much time blogging, who has time to write...?

Not sure what irony is, you say? Simply put, it's a contrast, usually humorous, between expectation and reality. Which, of course, means I'm a huge fan. I hope you are, too, because we're gonna take a look at some pictures with a funny take on irony.

Jehovah's witnesses don't celebrate Halloween... I guess they don't appreciate random people coming up to their doors. [unknown]

That defaced stop sign is somewhat amusing, (Thank you, Wikipedia!) but it'd be even funnier if a car were parked right next to it. A police car.



All you English majors will especially appreciate this van-owner's sentiments about stupidity.  



(Bad spellers, untie!)







Didn't do a heckuva lot for the can, did it?

 Kinda like the 7-11 that's open from 9-5.

I'm not an optimist, but hopefully, one day I will be. [Nikhil Saluja]



Now, that's just mean...

Been there, done that! How 'bout you?

Okeydoke, and if you're illiterate, send 'em a letter?


The ballot is stronger then the bullet. [Abraham Lincoln!]


Gee, where's a spare tire when ya need it?


Interesting juxtaposition, dontcha think?


LOVE this one!


Um, maybe it's steak fish?

As soon as you stop wanting something, you get it.  {Andy Warhol]


Yeah, we wouldn't want anyone to get hurt, now, would we?




Drunken frat boys with bad aim, maybe?

Kinda reminds me of an item in a church bulletin that said, Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.







Okeydoke. It's closed...


Happens every time...

People who stereotype are all alike.









How about you? You have any favorite examples of irony? Like, as strange as it sounds, we drive on the parkway, and  park in a driveway. And isn't it funny that our noses run, and our feet smell? Okay, now... your turn.

Time to shut off the computer for a bit so I can get some other stuff done around here. (The health department hasn't knocked on our door with a threat of condemnation, but there ARE a few dust balls around here that require rearranging.) Oddly enough, to get off the computer, I'll be hitting the start button. Ironic, ain't it?

                            Until next time, take care of yourselves. And each other.

93 comments:

  1. ha! oh, baruther .... your blog just updated as I was waiting for the latest news of our dysfunctional congress.

    irony? Intolerance? yes.... Congress gets paid while other government employees do not .

    Our government has shut down... my DIL has no job beginning tomorrow morning ... they will have to draw from savings .. which isn't that much to pay bills... until the little boys get their way.... they are 24 & 28 with a brand new baby... they can't miss paychecks. unbelievable...

    the very thing they wanted to shut down ... Affordable Care Act is funded and will go forward ....

    We need a sign ... This Way ~~~> shit for brains congress

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    1. Yeah, the government. Here's a good one for ya: "Government Works." Riiiiiight.

      Let's hope their latest bout of insanity is short-lived.

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  2. Hysterical post! I'm not sure I have a favorite irony, although like Carolyn, if I thought on the impending government shutdown, I'm sure I could come up with something. For example, why do they call it a GOVERNMENT Shutdown. Is it possible for Congress to do less? Oh wait, Congressmen aren't really impacted are they? I keep forgetting. For them it's business and paycheck as usual. Sorry, got off on a tangent.

    I do have a favorite quote about irony:
    "The supreme irony of life is that hardly anyone gets out of it alive."
    ~Robert A. Heinlein (a writer with a good handle on irony).

    VR Barkowski

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    1. Glad ya liked it! Yeah, unfortunately, our government is presenting us with all kinds of irony these days. And I'm only calling it "irony" because I'm (ahem) a lady...

      Great quote.

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    2. Has anybody ever met anyone who got out of life alive?

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  3. Irony, whimsy, quirkiness and just plain zaniness are my friends. My good friends. So I love this post. Thank you.
    And one of my favourite ironies (and an oxymoron) is the term 'fun run'. I have see triumphant runners but can't remember seeing one who was having a good time.

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    1. Yeah, me, too. Maybe that's why we get along so swimmingly.

      "Fun run" is a good one. I used to love to run, but only for dashes. One burst of exhilarating speed until I could hardly breathe and my side was screaming in pain, and then I'd be done. And rolling on the ground, sweating. Hmmm, now why exactly did I love that...? "Fun run", indeed.

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  4. These are great, Susan. I especially like the one about Jehovah's Witnesses.

    I mocked a friend of a friend on facebook for insulting my friend by writing an almost illegible comment to him that questioned my friend's "intelligences." I informed him, among other things, that "intelligence" has no "s".

    PS I'm enjoying getting to know Pearl. =)

    xoRobyn

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    1. I'm glad you liked them, Robyn. I thought the one about the Jehovah's witnesses was a hoot, too.

      Um, let's face it. An awful lot of comments on FB don't have anything to do with "intelligence."

      Cool! I'm glad you're getting acquainted with the ol' gal.

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  5. There is another ironic dimension to the Nicholson quote that I won't go into here. I do however have my own take on the resilience, physical and emotional, of women that argues a higher ferrous content than is usually accorded them. Great post, Susan!

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    1. HA! Now you've got me wondering about that Nicholson quote, and the possibilities are quite amusing. As for female ferrous content, old broads have the most...

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  6. SUSAN ~
    I guffawed out loud so many times I couldn't count 'em! This has to be my favorite of all yer blog bits I've read.

    Needless to say, I'm a huge fan of irony. (What's "irony"? When you start with "needless to say" but then say it anyway.) Not to mention the fact that--- NO! I'm not going to do it AGAIN! (At least not so soon.)

    >>... You have any favorite examples of irony?

    There are so many examples of great irony that I could cite, but the one that jumps into my mind at this moment is...

    Some years ago, a group of women went on a "consciousness-raising" trek to alert people about the dangers of "man-made Global Warming", but they were forced to cancel the remainder of their journey and return home when they were suddenly blocked by an unexpected snowstorm.

    Oh... but TOO MANY to mention!

    Loved this blog bit!

    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. Thanks. I'm glad the post struck your funny bone. (Although when I hit mine, I don't find it at all "humerus.")

      Good examples. I have a feeling you could write a whole post of your own on this topic.

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  7. I love this kind of stuff!!
    Sadly, I can't think of a single ironic thing to list here, oh wait...a shop sign that said open 7 days, with a little sign underneath saying closed.
    Thanks for the laughs.

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  8. Thank you for providing us with so much delightfully humorous irony.
    Unfortunately, my wit is on hiatus tonight and I can't come up with one of my usual clever comments.

    I suppose there's bitter irony in the fact that I would actually think any of my previous comments were clever..... (*sigh*)

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    1. Glad ya liked it, Jon. Nah, I don't believe your wit is ever on hiatus, but maybe it went to bed without you. (4:30 AM???)

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  9. What fun - just what we need to cheer a cold October morning. (Well, it's a cold October morning here!)

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    1. Glad ya liked it, Jo. And there was a bit of a chill in the air here this morning, too. (I can't believe it's October already; I wasn't nearly done with September yet.)

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  10. Haha.. Susan, these were hilarious... I love ironic things... they always make me smile ;-) ... I can't think of anything off the top of my head but I always have a great laugh when one presents itself to me :-D

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed them, Launna. Always good to start the day with a few laughs.

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    1. Cleaning? Um, I seem to have forgotten... (After all, I AM still sitting here at the computer...)

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  12. I don't think I've ever seen "English Only" protesters who could actually use English correctly. The attitude is particularly offensive when you travel abroad and see how people in other countries pride themselves on knowing multiple languages. But then, I'm thinking most of the "English Only" folks have never left this country ... possibly never even left their hometown.

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    1. Good point. I don't think any of those "English-loving" protester types could get a job teaching English.

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  13. AHHH that nonstick pan HURTS MY BRAIN.

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  14. I think number 3 is my all time favourite. Stands to reason a bunch of bigots would be illiterate as well.



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    1. Butt who nose? They could be very nice people...

      Oh never mind. They're bigots, and if there's one thing we can't tolerate, it's intolerance.

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  15. Too funny! Thanks for sharing, sort of reminds me of my week. I spent over 40 hours this weekend on the final edit for my book - and then got my first royalty check notice - I made $12.98 ! Talk about irony - and a sobering fact - writing isn't about money - unless you're looking at the expense end of it!

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    1. HA! I know what you mean. Soooo much excitement about getting a novel published, but the monetary payback is ridiculous, especially if we consider how many hours went into all the writing, re-writing, querying, etc. On the other hand, it took me a weekend to write and submit a short story... which paid an immediate eight hundred bucks. (So WHY am I working on another novel???)

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  16. haha great finds indeed
    Here at your feed
    The chamber is rather umm dumb
    Maybe the same guy with the butt gave it a hum

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    1. I'd like to meet the ironic joker
      Who came up with the title investment broker.
      They claim their aim's to make us rich,
      But they drive our portfolios into the ditch.

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  17. Thanks for the laughs! You just have to shake your head when you see some of those signs.

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  18. I am with Delores - I like #3 too - what a bunch of bozos. And I didn't even notice the "Speak English" part - which makes it doubly ironic to me. I thought the irony was in the "stupid" part. I wonder why the inbred hasn't taken it off his truck? YOU KNOW someone has said something to the neandrathal. [sp?]

    We love irony, but right now I can't think of anything ironic. hee

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    1. Hi-ya, kiddo. Good to hear from you. Not sure if anyone would tell that fella about the errors in his sign or not. His buddies probably think it's a "grate" sign, and those who know better might not want to risk getting too close to him.

      12:34

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  19. Thanks for the morning laughs! The poor-spelling photo and the rummage sign were especially hilarious!

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  20. Loved the Weight Watchers above the Baskin Robbin's LOL

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    1. Yeah, they could have at least made it the other way around, so the weight watcher had to climb the steps to get an ice cream...

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  21. Hi! It's been a long time since I've visited, but I'm thrilled to see you still have a vibrant and wonderful blog, and that you haven't lost that fabulous sense of humor!!!! I loved the pictures. And maybe it's just my geeky engineering bent, but I laughed the hardest at the ironman pun, which wasn't really part of your irony pictures. Ironic, huh? :)

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  22. Hey, Chris! It's been a long time, but it's great to hear from you again.

    (I'll tell you a secret. The ironman pun is my favorite, too... but I already knew I was a nerd.)

    Don't be such a stranger!

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  23. Funny post, Susan!! Why does the term "military intelligence" come to mind?

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    1. I dunno... kinda like jumbo shrimp and cold heat.

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  24. These made me laugh out loud. Hard to pick a fave but the psychic probably wins LOL. :D

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    1. The psychic one made me laugh, too. (The person who made that sign probably predicted we'd laugh...)

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  25. It's like rain on your wedding day, a free ride when you already paid, the good advice that you just didn't take. You oughta know. It figures. Thank you, Alanis.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. HA... free! Reminds me of all the "free" pets we've gotten over the years.

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  26. Good post, Susan.
    One thing that comes to mind is the word freedom. It encompasses many ironies. People repeat things for the sake of defending their "freedom", but much of what they say goes against their own freedom.
    I hope there are pacifist ways of defending our freedom. Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King thought so too.

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    1. The irony of freedom is that it isn't free. Many people have paid for it with blood, sweat, and tears.

      I hope so, too, Julia.

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  27. Oh. and the other irony related to freedom. Those who are obsessed with defending our freedom but then get mad at the ones who have a different opinion about a certain matter.
    Don't we have the right to think differently?

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    1. You're right. Some people only believe in freedom to think and behave exactly as they do.

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  28. I'm still laughing. I think the Iron Man one was my fave :)

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  29. all very funny. Probably child-proof caps are the best irony. You need something opened - ask a kid.

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    1. Good one! Our grandchildren probably know how to block (and unblock) TV channels via so-called parental controls better than I do, too.

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  30. I once wrote a piece for our local newspaper about tolerance and all I received was hate mail.

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    1. Go figure. That's almost as bad as people fighting wars in the name of religion.

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  31. Funny funny post. I laughed all the way through!!! I read an email exclusively made up of funnies in church bulletins. What a hoot!

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    1. Glad ya liked it. I have a bunch of funny bloopers from church bulletins, too, and some of them really ARE a hoot.

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  32. You are so clever !

    cheers, parsnip

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  33. Love all those signs!

    My favorite example of irony? I got nothin'.

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    1. Me, too!

      (You'll probably wake up at 3AM, and some fantastic example will pop into your mind...)

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  34. Ever had your computer go down, call tech support and hear the recording that says you can fix your problem online? Makes me want to reach through the phone lines and choke somebody!

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    1. HA! No, I haven't, but I'd probably have the same reaction.

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  35. I love the psychic meeting canceled! And I love the two-pack punch with the title and the Jack Nicholson quote right from the start. What a pun post! (I know. Cringe.)

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    1. Nah, your comment isn't cringe-worthy at all, because I happen to live a pun life.

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    2. Better pun-acious than pugnacious. (Somebody stop me!)

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  36. The Psychic Fair one .. someone lost their sense of humour there. They are great aren't they .. I do see them and think of them - but then forget ... always good to read these, and have a chuckle as I pass on by ...

    Thanks Susan - fun thoughts or not ... it's the spelling that gets me too ..

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. Glad to offer you a bit of a chuckle as you pass on by, Hilary.

      Cheers back atcha!

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  37. LOL! I love these. I'm reminded of the "Eye Heart Dentist" sign we pass all the time. Awesome stuff.

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  38. These are some great examples. I know what you mean about the blogging and writing. But if it weren't for blogging I might not be writing anything these days.

    Lee
    Wrote By Rote

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    1. It's funny how blogging can kinda take over, isn't it? (But it's been a very peaceful coup...)

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  39. Lol! Closed it! Great reminders!

    Nas

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    1. Glad you found something here to LOL about. Take care.

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  40. They were all so funny. I thought I had a favourite, then I scrolled down and saw something even funnier.

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    1. Glad ya liked them. It is kinda hard to pick a favorite, is't it?

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  41. You've got some really funny ones here, the frying pan one...not funny. I hate when those darn sticky labels won't come off!! :)

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    1. Glad ya liked 'em. I dislike those overzealous labels almost as much as all those so-called easy-open packages.

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