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Doyle Overdosed on Heroin? Oh God. That makes Christian Kanes comments on the DVD make a lot of sense. They must have been friends. What a terrible waste.

Drop Dead Gorgias: I'm looking for the opposite of this, in which someone has a horrible aneurysm or something, and it's supposed to be awful, but the acting or set-up is so bad that the moment is funny. I'm specifically thinking of the "Narm!" moment in Six Feet Under (that was so bad that glarkware made a t-shirt for it), but I'm sure there are others. Is there an article for this yet?

Gus: Not as such. And Narm in Fan-Speak would rock like a ... thing that rocks.

Drop Dead Gorgias: Gus... you're my muse.

Scifantasy: What about the Babylon 5 effect where practically anything J. Michael Straczynski said or wrote came true, within the next week or so? (Writes a character asking "what, have you got a broken arm?" to Garibaldi; Jerry Doyle breaks arm. Says "let's say you got sick from eating that fish" in a time travel discussion over lunch to an actor, who gets sick. Writes about Ivanova's "good relationship with [her] left foot; Claudia Christensen breaks her left foot. Makes Delenn pregnant; Mira Furlan gets pregnant.) It's not quite a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment, because the lines aren't really tragic, but there has to be something.

NOTKNOWNYETPERSON: Not quite tragic? OK, what about this: G'Kar dies, then Andreas Katsulas dies.

Scifantasy: I pulled the The West Wing example—it doesn't fit in the slightest.

Jordan: I think a famous real-life example is all of the censorship of Dr. Strangelove following John F. Kennedy's assassination such as dubbing Vegas over Dallas and cutting the pie fight scene.
Lale: Would this count — in the Teen Titans' seasonal, ridiculous, over-the-top-no-holds-barred comedy A Day at the Bizarro episode "Mother Mae-Eye," Robin has this one line that most fans take as deep and meaningful: "Lady, you are not my mother!"

Mewtarthio: Probably not. I've never seen the episode, but it sounds like it's just a serious moment interrupting a mostly funny episode. Of course, if it was originally viewed as funny, but Robin ends up with mother issues later in the series, feel free to include it.
Uknown Troper: The page quote — which to my knowledge reads: "My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death; one or the other of us has got to go." — was intentional gallows humour from Oscar Wilde (and also, reputably, his last words). Using it as an example of a funny aneurysm would be Did Not Do The Research to me.

Anonymous: Pretty much. I heard it somewhere as just more wit from Oscar Wilde, and felt it fit. Humorous statement turns out to be tragically true, right? Though somehow, it being Oscar Wilde, it still works as funny even though... y'know... he died. The misquoting would be my bad, though.

Bunnyofdoom: Uh, I don't know if I should throw this in or not, but in the 70's Frank Zappa wrote and sang a song called "Why does it hurt when I pee". In 93, he died of Prostate Cancer.....
Uknown Troper: Removing Darker Than Black example — the Contractors are already a deconstruction of the japanese 'superpowered human with unique powers' character and aren't supposed to be funny.
Travis Wells: The last comment to the mice subculture thing made me laugh, since it links to Rule Thirty Six while talking about fat-love. Did you know the person who coined rule 36 ran a fat-porn site for quite a while? Not exactly Funny Aneurysm, but surprising coincidence at least.

Charred Knight: cut this since Start of Darkness was released before this strip was made.

  • Order Of The Stick appears to create one of these with the punch line of this strip. The aneurysm doesn't come until/unless you read the Start of Darkness prequel in which the reader realizes just how low Xykon can go (and how painfully aware Redcloak is of it).

Cromage: It may not fit the letter of the trope, but it definitely fits the spirit.
Anonymous Mc Cartneyfan: Now that we actually have Reverse Funny Aneurysm, we do not need this in the Funny Aneurysm Page. Thus, it is now here.

  • The exact opposite of this phenomenon appeared frequently in Arrested Development, when a character would make an off-hand remark only for something in a much later episode to put a comic slant on it. Effectively a very subtle form of foreshadowing. For example, Buster has a chair shaped like a hand. In one episode, he sees a similar chair at a garage sale and comments how much he would "miss his hand" if he didn't have it any more. Then, towards the end of the season, his left hand gets bitten off by a loose seal. Sometimes, but not always, these lines would be accompanied by a sinister musical sting. Another example would be me using the phrase "off-hand" in the first sentence. See? Aaah.
    • Or when Buster finds a toy-grabbing Claw Machine. It shows him using the claw to pick up a seal and makes a swiping motion at it, possibly even with the hand he loses (I forget).

Meems: Could somebody explain what The Lights Went Out On Broadway is about and why it fits this trope? I've never heard it. Remember that Self Explanitory usually isn't.

Anonymous Mc Cartneyfan: I don't believe it truly fits this trope, but I tried to explain it. I may have missed some details the original poster knew, though. Break out a copy of "Miami 2017"?
Anonymous Mc Cartneyfan: Cut this and put it here. This Frank Miller example borders on being more harrowing than 9/11/01.
  • One of the more egregious examples: The Dark Knight Returns, Frank Miller's most famous Batman story, was published in 1986. Over the course of the story, Two-Face plots to blow up "The Twin Towers" in Gotham, but is stopped by Batman. Shortly thereafter, an electromagnetic pulse caused by the detonation of a powerful nuclear warhead in the western hemisphere knocks out all power to seemingly the entirety of America. A 747 then falls out of the sky and crashes into the Twin Towers, blowing them up and setting all of Gotham on fire. While The Dark Knight Returns isn't lighthearted at all, the effect is still quite chilling.

BLG: I moved the Miskel Spillman SNL example to the area where the other SNL examples are and, because I already included information about Belushi's infamous "Don't Look Back in Anger" sketch in this page (which consisted of a link to the sketch's transcript and a link to Belushi's Wikipedia article), I deleted the sentence below the Spillman example describing the sketch.
Anonymous Mc Cartneyfan: Cut this and moved it here. Decided that those protesting the Steve Irwin entries mostly had a point: death by crocodile would've been less shocking than what actually happened.
  • In a scene in Dr. Dolittle II, the title character "guest stars" on a nature documentary with an Australian man named "Steve". While Steve describes how he is going to surprise a Crocodile, Dolittle hears the Croc describe how he is aware of Steve's plan and is going to likewise surprise him by biting off his arm. Steve goes off screen to wrestle the Crocodile after Dolittle tries to tell him not to. Minutes later, Steve is heard shouting "Crikey, me arm." The role was, in fact, played by Irwin himself, according to The Other Wiki and IMDB.
    • Is it really a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment when everyone kind of saw it coming? The man spent his career poking dangerous animals with sticks; getting attacked by one of those animals is not exactly surprising.

Large Blunt Object: Cut
  • A scene from the Firefly episode "Shindig" where Wash thinks of an epitaph for his wife Zoe is seen in a new and darker light due to the events of The Movie Serenity, where Wash is killed by Reavers.

...shoehorned much?

Elihu: Cutting a lot of examples that either weren’t originally meant to be funny or fail to qualify as "Funny Aneurysm" Moment for some reason - mostly due to people just writing in anything that was vaguely coincidental or creepy. Feel free to revert anything back that you can explicitly justify.

Besides most of the comments misunderstanding or ignoring what FAM really means, most Steve Irwin comments were just natter:
  • Really, is it at all surprising that someone suggested Irwin might get killed by an animal? Given what he did, some people expected that in every episode. Now, if someone had done a sketch where he survives countless deadly creatures only to die from a relatively harmless animal...
    • That's the thing. Irwin didn't even know that stingray was there. He was there to check out an entirely different animal, and it took offense when he swam over it.
  • The point isn't whether it's surprising or not, the point is whether it makes people cringe or not. It makes this troper cringe, and probably many other people nowadays too.
Under Music, not a FAM:
  • The music video for Tom Petty's "Free Fallin'" features a group of pro-skaters on a ramp. It's somewhat cringe-worthy once you learn that one of the skaters appearing in the video, Mark "Gator" Rogowski would be incarcerated a few years later for murdering an ex-lover's friend.
and John Lennon examples are mostly just creepy irrelevant stuff.
  • He even once mentioned that he'd probably be killed by "some nutter".
  • You want creepy? The day John Lennon was murdered, he recorded an interview in which he refers to a time "when I'm dead and buried, which I hope is a long time from now." Yikes.
  • He also stated, "I don't want to be dead at 40." He was 40 years old at the time of his death.

Scud East: Does this example belong?
  • "Thirty Three," a song by The Smashing Pumpkins released in 1995, features lyrics such as "Deep in thought I forgive everyone" and "You can make it last forever you." The song, although influenced by both the Bible and singer/songwriter Billy Corgan's turbulent relationships, did take on another meaning: Corgan was 33 years old when his band The Smashing Pumpkins broke up.
It took on another meaning, but does the song now make listeners cringe because of it?
Anonymous Mc Cartneyfan: Cut this and put it here. That line was always meant to induce cringes in the film's audience.
  • Charlie Wilson's War has a line about the President of Pakistan of the time "not having killed Bhutto" which was pretty shocking given the recent assassination of Benazir Bhutto, the daughter of the one referenced in the film.
    • It was shocking inside the film, too. The president of Pakistan at the time was suspected to have arranged the hanging of the Bhutto referenced in the film.

  • Not sure where to put this.... Bush: 'Our Long National Nightmare Of Peace And Prosperity Is Finally Over' This says it was written in Jan 2001. "Bush swore to do "everything in [his] power" to undo the damage wrought by Clinton's two terms in office, including selling off the national parks to developers, going into massive debt to develop expensive and impractical weapons technologies, and passing sweeping budget cuts that drive the mentally ill out of hospitals and onto the street."

This was probably a lot funnier before Bush actually did most of that stuff....
Anonymous Mc Cartneyfan: Put these here for now. I don't know if this trope covers "from seriously disturbing to even more seriously disturbing."
  • The Tom Clancy novel Debt Of Honour ends with a 747 crashing into the Capitol Building.
    • The follow-up novel Executive Orders is primarily concerned with a bioterrorist attack on the United States immediately after the crash, eerily paralleling both 9/11 and the Anthrax attacks. An US invasion of Iraq also takes place in the second novel.
    • The Dale Brown novel Storming Heaven has an aircraft being flown into a passenger terminal and one going for the White House before a Heroic Sacrifice. The latter still causes severe damage to Washington DC.
    • The Turner Diaries ends with the protagonist crashing an aircraft into the Pentagon. Since this is done to destroy the last vestiges of the race-traitor United States and pave the way for an Earth cleansed of lower men, it does not really rise above the background level of disturbing.

Qit el-Remel: Nuking the insulting and inaccurate bit about FAs, as it's akin to calling homosexuality a "fetish" and claiming that all gays are into buttsecks. (Well, being a FA is more analogous to preferring redheads than to being gay. But you get the point.)

Twin Bird: I'm tempted to cut a number of these on the grounds that "everybody dies." Specifically, the ones dealing with death in Douglas Adams books, or the quote about Gerald Ford being "alive, but unconscious." It's one thing if there's an eerie resemblance to the circumstances of the actor's death, but...really?

Rissa: Seconded. Humorous mention of death plus eventually dead author does not equal FAM. If Gordon Way had dropped dead of an unexpected heart attack, then maybe, but he was killed accidentally by a very confused robot. That one definitely doesn't belong.

J Caesar: I'm thinking several' of these are in the "everybody dies" category now and could be cut. Specifically: The Scrubs joke about Paul Newman dying several years before it happened when the guy was already in his late 70s/early 80s; the "The Contest" stuff about JFK, Jr. (even if he died young, his significance to "The Contest" was that he was a handsome man, not an airline pilot or something similar); Oh God being a comedy starring two men who died 20 years later, even if one of them was relatively young (while the other had passed his 100th birthday); Shakespeare's Twelfth Night being a comedy set in a country in Europe where a lot of people died in the 20th century (funny thing about that...); all the jokes George Carlin did about death (going back to extended bits he did in the '70s) if the only reason they supposedly became "creepy" later is, well, eventually, Carlin died, too (possibly excluding that the first half of It's Bad for Ya! is about people dying - but even that's debatable. If you're a comedian who does extended bits about death in all of your specials, eventually, one of them will be the last special you do to include extended bits about death); Johnny Thunders dying a decade after the Replacements pointing out that, yeah, he was gonna. I'd also say tons of these should be moved to the comparatively anemic page Unfunny Aneurysm Moment (anything that's not a joke, basically).

BLG: I am deleting the "Jack Ruby is still alive" sentence. Ruby died in 1967.

Dion Shmion: I don't get the page picture. Can someone explain?

Rissa: See the 'Death' section in Redd Foxx's page on the other wiki, they explain it better than I can.
Greenygal: Do examples along the lines of "this wasn't meant to be funny in the first place, but then 9/11 made it even worse" really belong on this page?
Janitor: This one:
  • Blink 182's Music Video for "All the Small Things" is certainly one of the funniest music videos of its time, aside from the opening shot of Travis Barker nonchalantly walking off a plane...
... needs some explanation of the significance of planes for Travis Barker. Couldn't find anything about it on wikipedia. Must be fairly obscure.

Grev: Uh, there's an entire section on its significance on Travis Barker's wikipedia page.
grendelkhan: Removed the following.

  • Due to a severe case of Cerebus Syndrome, College Roomies from Hell!!!!!! is chock full of these. A few examples:
    • An early running gag has Roger vehemently deny being a werecoyote, despite the fact that nobody actually accuses him of being one. By the time he reveals that he is one, the strip's taken a dark enough turn that a terrible bloodlust, to which his mother has already succumbed, is a major plot point.
    • Another early story has April and Roger get possessed by ghosts inhabiting a television set and a hairdryer, respectively, to do battle. Later stories show that Roger is particularly vulnerable to possession by Satan in his werecoyote form, and April's gradual progression to Yandere and eventually Manipulative Bastard is implied to be at least partially due to Satanic influence.
    • The king of them all, however, is in the earliest storyline of note: A paranoid Marsha stabs Mike, hospitalizing him. Immediately afterward, she blames April, because "Miss Wimpy didn't want any bloodstains on her wimpy clothes!" It's Only a Flesh Wound, and Mike (a consummate Manipulative Bastard) recovers perfectly, then leverages Marsha's guilt to start off their relationship. In a much later storyline, Mike is Killed Off for Real when April, following an argument with Marsha about her relationship with Mike, fatally stabs him.
  • Order Of The Stick manages to create an Aneurysm Moment retroactively with the punch line of this strip. The aneurysm doesn't come until you remember (or read, if you hadn't already) the Start of Darkness prequel in which you realize just how low Xykon can go (and how painfully aware Redcloak is of it).
    • There's also the Cliffport police chief talking about how the mayor was going to have his head on a pike because of the ruckus Nale caused. A couple of strips later, Nale cuts off the Chief's head and impales it on his sword. Mmm...shishkabobs.
  • A Clan of the Cats strip from the very first storyline has Chelsea asking her mother about the "changes" she's going through, and her mother is convinced she's coming out to her. Three years later, she realizes her bisexuality (and her crush on her best friend) when she's seduced away from her boyfriend by a child-killing Lesbian Vampire, complicit in her feeding off a hairdresser and Hannibal Lectured into nearly killing an old woman in cold blood, ultimately forced to kill her lover, and nearly Driven to Suicide.

None of that is Funny Aneurysm; it's just Cerebus Syndrome. It's work done by the same creator adding GRIMDARK to their canon; it's not a strange coincidence that makes something uncomfortable in hindsight.

Twin Bird: did read what the trope is named after, right?
Anonymous Mc Cartneyfan: Cut this and put it here. We can reinstate it when someone finds the footage. (And did John Belushi's death involve a swimming pool?)
  • John Belushi made a guest appearance on the show Police Squad! as a murder victim, found dead in a swimming pool. Belushi, unfortunately, died before the episode was scheduled to air, and the scene was deleted as a result. Efforts were made to recover the Belushi scene and air it on TV in the 1990s, but the footage wasn't found (remaining lost to this day).

Neophos: Just a question here: This is for funny remarks turning unintentionally tragic. However, it's named for Buffy, for which I'm seeing praise all over this wiki about how Whedon planned every single detail in every season three years ahead of writing them. And in that case, how could he ever not do something like this intentionally?

Zeke: That's an easy one. Whedon doesn't plan that far ahead, he just has overenthusiastic fanboys. That said, it's not impossible that it was deliberate foreshadowing; "The Freshman" was one of his episodes and the two events were only a year and half apart. I wonder if he's ever been asked about it.

Removed this, because it's clearly dark Foreshadowing that was never meant to be amusing.

  • I'll do you one better: in the season one finale (a full season before Kate dies), Gibbs has a nightmare of coming down to the morgue and seeing Kate dead with a bullet between the eyes. And it's implied this is because she was shot by Ari. The guy who goes on to actually kill her. Yeah.

osh: This entry is getting a bit unwieldly. How about a vote to split it up, or do we not have a clever icon for that yet?

Be: Removing the Big Brother example, unless somebody objects:
  • Jade Goody became famous as a contestant on Big Brother in the UK. She was popular for her ignorant but funny quotes such as "Rio de Janeiro, ain't that a person?" and "What's asparagus? Can you grow it?" Six years later, she was diagnosed with cervical cancer while appearing on the Indian version of the show, and burst into tears when the news was broken to her in the "diary room." What's even more ironic is that she previously appeared on Celebrity Big Brother, where she was accused of racism towards Indian actress Shilpa Shetty.
    • It gets even better, with rumours being that Jade is going to show how she copes with the cancer, etc., on a new reality TV show.

I wouldn't use the word "funny" in any proximity to Jade Goody to begin with, but since she wasn't making jokes about cancer or people with the disease when she first appeared on the show, it doesn't make sense being here. If the intention was to highlight that she received the news on the Indian show when she'd made racist remarks about Shetty in the past, that's both a stretch and still not applicable.

Revolos55: OK, so 623 went to town on this page, most of which I agree with, but I'm wondering why-

  • A What Would Tyler Durden Do thread published in 2007, simply stated that "I predict Jett Travolta will die in the bath and be found by his caretaker at the end of 2008 due to Scientology. So sayeth the crystal ball." Yuck!

-was deleted. Seems fairly on the money to me.

Be: Strange. Doesn't seem like it should have been at all.

((Revolos55}}: I know there's some discussion as to whether something going from "not funny in the first place" to "even more disturbing" falls under the purview of this page, but I'm gonna put it back on the main page for now.

Cy: Deleted:
  • The voice actor swap in the Pokemon dub really stings now because Maddie Blaustein, the original voice for Meowth, died recently.
  • Also, the last line in this video: "I wish this party could go on forever".
  • She also voiced Chef Kawasaki in Kirby: Right Back Atcha, which makes the good chef's status as an enemy in some games painful as well. Worse yet, a remake of Kirby Super Star, the game Chef Kawasaki first appeared in, was released pretty shortly before she died.

Everyone dies eventually and the work itself wasn't relevant to the nature of death. "The actress has died so now it bothers me to see characters she's played" is way too nonspecific to qualify as a Funny Aneurysm.

Penguin Factory: I'm not suggesting this be deleted or anything, but this:

  • In the episode Werewolf, Crow makes fun of a gas station for its unusually high prices. The gas station sign said that regular unleaded gas was one dollar and thirty-four cents per gallon. This was in the year 1995. In 2008, people often pay three times that amount.

- just seems hilariously out of place among all the tragedies listed on the page.

Anonymous Mc Cartneyfan: 8-)
Anonymous Mc Cartneyfan: Cut this and put it here, for now. When it's reinstated, please explain further why this belongs here. (Almost) everyone dies sometime.

  • This troper finds the 'Space Mutiny' episode, particularly the part where Elijah Kalgan's enforcer explodes (and the subsequent "and his eyes open..." bit) to have lost part of its magic in the wake of John Phillip Law's death.

Six23: It doesn't really belong, as Law's death has no particular resonance to his appearance in Space Mutiny (the joke is that there's a long pan over to his character's supposedly dead body, but Mike and the Bots are impatiently waiting for him to open his eyes and the get the poorly done Sequel Hook over with). No doubt that it's a little less funny than it might have been before, but only because he passed away recently, not because it has anything significant to do with his death.
The Sneakers line about crashing airplanes doesn't fit. While the character giving the line was a bit giddy with the situation, a good half the cast was seriously disturbed by the possibilities. The entire point of the exchange was to underscore the terrible destructive capability they had as easily as child's play.
Crazyrabbits: Did some pruning of irrelevant entries:

  • O.J.Simpson's Hertz commercials, in which he ran through an airport past what would now be security checkpoints.

This example doesn't have much to do with being cringe-worthy.

  • The famous running gag of Fred Sanford faking a heart attack on Sanford and Son is a little painful to watch now since Redd Foxx died of a heart attack while relaxing between takes... which he might have survived had everyone around him not thought he was just doing his old schtick. (it's the source of the page image, by the way)
    • A real-life example: This troper's father used to joke with him as a child by doing a peaceful backfloat, knowing that in a minute or so this troper would jump in next to him. He'd also had a prior heart attack. This had this troper fooled for just a moment when the big one did come...guess what this troper thinks about the gag now?

I made a copy of this so it could be moved to Troper Tales.

  • Remember when Sarah Silverman showed up on her longtime boyfriend Jimmy Kimmel's talk show to show off a music video announcing she was breaking up with him and had begun "fucking Matt Damon"? Remember when that became a huge hit on the interwubs? And the response video, where Kimmel, alongside a truly jaw-dropping array of celebrities, revealed he was fucking Ben Affleck? Yeah... They're somewhat less funny with the knowledge that Silverman and Kimmel have since broken up in Real Life. Dammit, will no one think of the comedy?

They reconciled.

  • This troper first watched The Day After Tomorrow on New Years Eve 2004. Five days after the Boxing Day tsunami. Naturally, while the film wasn't designed to be upbeat to begin with, scenes of New York being flooded were not as entertaining as they might have been before.

Should probably go in Troper Tales, as it's more personal opinion than an actual moment.

  • This troper, back in September of 2008, was gleefully watching the show and thought to herself "Wouldn't it be so awesome if Robin Williams appeared in the next movie? Maybe as a celebrity head in a jar... or maybe even as Mork! Yeah, Mork on Futurama! That would be so cool!". A couple months later, Bender's Game came out and, well...

Same comment as the previous response.

  • In the Aladdin TV series, Aladdin asks Razoul if he'll ever stop calling Aladdin a street rat. Razoul says "get rid of that parrot, and I'll think about it." In the third Aladdin movie, Iago leaves Aladdin to go on adventures with Cassim.

And how is this cringeworthy?

  • Celebrity Deathmatch examples:
    • Dale Earnhardt killed Jeff Gordon. Earnhardt was later killed in the 2001 Daytona 500.
    • The Two Fat Ladies killed Emeril LaGasse in their match. Jennifer Paterson, one of the Fat Ladies, died of a heart attack in 1999.
    • In two separate matches, Al Gore kills "Weird Al" Yankovic, and Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale kills George W. Bush. Bush defeats Gore in the 2000 Presidental Election.

I'm still trying to figure out how the death of the opposite person in the match is supposed to make the real-life death of the winner more cringeworthy. Until someone figures that out, it goes. I condensed the entry.

  • Speaking of MGS2, I can't be the only one who winces when Raiden tells Emma that if she doesn't hurry, that sunset will be the last she ever sees.

This needs a better explanation.
Anonymous Mc Cartneyfan: Cut this and put it here for now. We have quite a few examples like this - where it's not that the joke has turned sour or bitter by later events, but it's lost its meaning because of them. Should this and examples like it be moved to "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny, or rephrased and replaced, or what?

  • Less tragic and more "joke is lost to modern audinces" is another Simpsons example: in an older episode, Homer drools over a TV commerical for "The Good Morning Burger," obviously meant as a humorous exaggeration of unhealthy fast food. Over a decade later, Burger King creates the Enormous Omelet Sandwich, which is almost the exact same sandwich. It only lacks the "rich creamery butter."

Praetyre: I've watched every single episode of season 4 of BSG (not season 4.5), and Ellen doesn't even come up, much less in the context implied by that BSG example involving her having sex with Cavil. Unless that's a spoiler from 4.5, in which case I am seriously pissed off the author didn't mark that, since "4" commonly refers to the season that ended with "Revelations".

Anonymous Mc Cartneyfan: Battlestar Galactica aeason four-and-a-half!? I suspect whoever put the original entry in wasn't as hardcore, and so lumped 4.5 in with 4.
Kalle: Hate to add to the glut of the many Michael Jackson examples, but: Look at the date of this Scary Go Round strip. The artist put up a newspost the day after he died explaining that this wasn't meant to be cashing in on the tragedy or anything, but still.
Anonymous Mc Cartneyfan: Cut this and put it here, for now. It's confused.
  • In the film Hitler: Rise of Evil, Adolf gives his young niece a small smile. In real life, years after, Hitler tried to persuade her to romance him. When he failed, she was found soon dead by medication OD.
    • If the niece you're thinking of is Geli Raubal, she was instead the one who was shot to death by one of Hitler's SS goons in the second episode after a "won't somebody rid me of this turbulent priest" tantrum by Schicklgruber. It happened in real life, though whether she was murdered by Hitler's orders in a jealous rage, killed by Hitler himself or had committed suicide due to Hitler's alleged... interesting... sexual demands upon her is unclear to this day.

Anonymous Mc Cartneyfan: Cut this and put it here for now. I expect it'll be replaced soon. I was going to move it to Hilarious in Hindsight & edit it because of the justification, but I realize it's not that simple. The critical questions are these:
  1. Is it true that the British government thought Mugabe was okay at the time this episode was filmed?
  2. Did the British people think Mugabe was okay?

  • An episode of Yes, Minister has a character off-handedly cite Robert Mugabe as a positive example of post-colonial government, which was indeed how the British establishment saw him at the time. Nowadays... well, see for yourself.
    • Although the line actually seems FUNNIER now, given that the show was all about clueless, ignorant and self interested politicians. Having a character cite Robert Mugabe of all people as a positive example of ANYTHING other than how to be a big fat murderous bastard, seems to fit with the general tone of the show.

Anonymous Mc Cartneyfan: Cut this and put it here. We need context to know why this is a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment and not a non-sequitor or Hilarious in Hindsight.

  • A second-season episode of Moonlighting, David is talking to a client that has taken important phone numbers hostage. He asks the client to give him Madonna's number because "no one will want her number next year, anyway."

Does this count? I remember an episode of The Simpsons where -then popular and titular nice guy- Mel Gibson, under Homer's bad influence , begins acting more and more like a total Jerkass. Since then, Real Life actor was arrested for drunken driving charges, spouted anti-semitic insults and has been engaged in a divorce procedure...
Lots42 - I'm reminded of the Columbia disaster. Fox was planning to show Armageddon, where a space shuttle was destroyed. They replaced it with the second Aliens movie, which featured shuttle being destroyed. Does this count? Fox is crazy.
Krisnack: There seems to be two kinds of 'aneurysms' listed, one where the aneurysm-causing event occurs later in the show/comic, and one where it occurs later in real life. Right now the two types are haphazardly mixed together.
Caphi: Can we please rename this? I can never remember the name because it appears to be a slightly obscure reference to a show I don't watch.