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->'''Jazmine:''' What's so funny?\\
'''Robert:''' Oh, nothing. Hilarity just ensued; that's all.\\
'''Jazmine:''' It '''did'''?!
-->-- ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks''

Alleged consequence of any event that could be dangerous or illegal often leads to injury, arrest, job dismissal, explusion from school, deportation, or other dire consequences. Thankfully for our fictional friends, both the RuleOfCool and the RuleOfFunny keep them safe (the latter more prominently).

Traditionally seen in the capsule descriptions of episodes found in programming guides: "Jimbo accidentally glues his boss to a golf cart and hilarity ensues." Outside of these descriptions, though, the phrase is usually used sarcastically, indicating that the consequences are anything ''but'' hilarious. The less charitable might say that hilarity is what happens for those hearing about it afterward.

Variants include "...with hilarious consequences" (more common in the UK), "wackiness ensues", and "hijinks ensue." In extreme cases "wacky hijinks ensue." Hijinks are often "aplenty." Compare SillinessSwitch, when the hilarity is a choice in an otherwise serious medium.

NotToBeConfusedWith the {{webcomic}} ''Webcomic/HijinksEnsue''. Or with HumanityEnsues. When something serious happens and it's not played for laughs, you may end up with RealityEnsues. If the aforementioned hilarity is a lawsuit, it may be a case of HilaritySues.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''LightNovel/KokoroConnect'' after Taichi and Yui [[FreakyFridayFlip personality swap]], [[spoiler:after finding out that Yui has an extreme case of [[DoesNotLikeMen androphobia]] due to her almost getting raped,]] Taichi kicks Yui in the balls to show [[spoiler:her]] how to disable any man. This drops Yui to the ground in pain as [[spoiler:she]] wonders why it hurts so much. After the GroinAttack, Taichi says that is all it takes. Taichi continues to talk for a few seconds until Hilarity Ensueswhen he is interrupted suddenly and [[spoiler:finds himself in his original body on the ground in pain from sore, freshly kicked, nuts.]]
* You can summarize most non-action-based episodes of ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' in this manner. Sousuke goes to school; hilarity ensues. Sousuke goes to the beach; hilarity ensues. Sousuke goes on a date; hilarity ensues. Sousuke goes to a festival; hilarity ensues. If you swap out "hilarity" and "violence" as appropriate -- or more frequently combine the two -- you can summarize ''every'' episode that way.
* About half the plots against Loki in ''Manga/MythicalDetectiveLokiRagnarok'' have this at some point.
* On ''Manga/DragonBall'', [[DirtyOldMan Master Roshi]]'s interactions with a female character, any female character. Also when Vegetto gets turned into a gumball by Buu. Everything from that point until when Kid Buu [[spoiler:destroys the Earth]] qualifies as this.
* What happens when you assign a class of untrained, inexperienced, ADHD-afflicted ten-year-old kids to pilot and monitor a [[Anime/ZettaiMutekiRaijinOh giant robot capable of untold destruction]] when placed in the wrong hands? Hilarity!
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'': A 10-year-old wizard has to teach an all-girls class! It's wacky! [[GenreShift At first.]]
* In the first episode of ''Manga/{{Mitsudomoe}}'', the class hamster is named Nipples.
* Take a powerful, macho martial artist and throw him into a GenderBender cursed spring. Then add liberal doses of ComedicSociopathy, [[UnwantedHarem way too many]] [[StalkerWithACrush girls after him]] (not to mention [[AttractiveBentGender the guys...]]), a {{Tsundere}} fiancee, and a [[LordErrorProne couple of]] [[DirtyOldMan perverts]]. Welcome to ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. Oh, and let's two of his rivals the King of {{Wangst}} who [[DisproportionateRetribution blames]] [[ThePowerOfHate Ranma]] for it all (and [[spoiler:gains the ability to channel it into an AngstNuke]]), and the King of the HyperspaceArsenal (who keeps forgetting to ''[[BlindWithoutEm put on his glasses]]'').
* ''Manga/SchoolRumble'': High school romance comedy. Idiot delinquent (Harima) has a secret, obsessive crush on an even more clueless classmate (Tenma), who is in love with a complete oddball (Karasuma), who is in love with food (curry). Tenma's [[NiceGirl quiet, gentle]] sister Yakumo, her {{ojou}} friend Eri, and the [[HelloNurse hot school nurse]] may or may not have feelings for Harima, depending on the rumors you believe and the time of day. Also, both Tenma and Harima's cousin Itoko think Harima is in a relationship with Yakumo. {{Class rep|resentative}} Hanai is loudly in love with Yakumo (thus seeing Harima as his rival), while two or three girls may or may not have feelings for ''him''. And that's just the beginning.
* The entirety of ''Manga/ToLoveRu''. The manga sequel ''To-Love-Ru Darkness'' opts instead for having more plot, though still being comedic.
* Tons of examples in ''Manga/OnePiece''. The rather off-the-wall thought processes of the Straw Hats and plenty of other characters make everything comedic fodder. The idea behind a stretchy hero is, in the first place, to make serious situations funny.
** Made all the funnier when an outsider (Vivi, Jimbe or Law) teams up with the straw hats and has no idea how to respond to their antics.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Me, SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}, in... well, any- and everything I happen to appear in actually. I've considered attempting to usurp the throne of [=Hilarityensusia=], but I've concluded that it's probably, like, a LOT more appropriate to be the court jester, instead. Now, if I could only find a way to by-pass his JokerImmunity and off SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker...
* Similarly, ''Comicbook/TinyTitans''. Especially at Wayne Manor and Pet Club.
* The ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'' series. Video game elements, and ex-boyfriends as evil bosses? Hilarity indeed! Balanced by the relationships, which are all treated really nice. The comic is best summed up as Hilarity Ensues, followed by RealityEnsues With Hilarity.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Referenced in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'': "Any homely featured man who for whatever reason has to [[DisguisedInDrag disguise himself as a woman]] will inevitably become [[AttractiveBentGender attractive to otherwise perfectly sane men]], with, as the ancient scrolls say, hilarious results." Unfortunately, laws of reality had to go against [[spoiler:Nobby]] and admit defeat.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', one of the short stories can best be described as "Harry has a day off. Hilarity Ensues." It's [[CrowningMomentOfFunny glorious]], too.
* In ''Literature/ThePaleKing'', Creator/DavidFosterWallace gets [[MistakenForSpecialGuest mistaken for David F. Wallace]] due to a screw-up with the IRS's records and has to spend his first few days in the Peoria REC [[FeigningIntelligence attending meetings he knows nothing about]]. The ''other'' David gets stuck in a bureaucratic nightmare because the IRS already has records of him arriving and won't allow him to register.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheHoganFamily'': Played straight, then {{re|alityEnsues}}versed in the Season 2 episode "Leave It To Willie." Willie is a diehard fan of a TV sitcom where the main protagonists are seemingly allowed to get away with little more than a slap on the wrist for various offenses, and deduces he, too, can get away with being an unlicensed driver while taking his father's convertible out for a joyride, causing a hit-and-run accident, and keeping quiet as his mother rakes his older brother, David, over the coals about the incident (believing David to have been responsible) and then is asked if he knows anything. After he has an ImagineSpot where he sees getting away with his actions, Willie finally admits he caused the damage to his father's car only for Val to become furious and punish him. But even worse tells him she's lost trust in him and that it's going to take awhile to regain it making Willie realize that in the real world, hilarity does NOT ensue and that [[RealityEnsues actions do have consequences]].
* In the "Save Our Bluths" ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' episode the narrator described their dinner party emergency as a "relatable situation with a promise of comedy", to emphasize something more conventionally sitcomy over the family's massive incestuous implications.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
** The episode "Becoming":
-->'''Spike''': "Let me guess. Someone pulls out the sword... The demon wakes up, and wackiness ensues."
** Also in episode "Tough Love":
-->'''Willow''': "So we made a triangle with our bodies, and that's when I called Xander 'obtuse' and he got really grumpy. And then Dawn said we were 'acute' triangle and, well... hilarity ensued."
* Referenced in ''Series/{{Community}}'':
-->'''Jeff''': "If you're lying to me, if my father isn't coming, if a car pulls up and anyone other than my father steps out, say an actor or you in a wig, if you pull any Ferris Bueller, Parent Trap, Three's Company, FX, [=FX=]2: the Deadly Art of Illusion bull... I will beat you. And there will be nothing madcap or wacky about it."
** On the other hand, the beating was pretty hilarious.
* The ''Series/FatherTed'' Christmas special begins with Ted finding [[AwayInAManger a baby left on his doorstep]]... which is swiftly reclaimed by the mother, who had gotten the wrong address. Ted and Dougal are left musing over all the hilarious situations they could have gotten into while trying to take care of a baby... then conclude that it wouldn't have been funny at all.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'':
-->'''Jayne''': Remember that time she came at me with a butcher's knife?\\
'''Wash''': Wacky fun.
* ''Series/KeepingUpAppearances'': [[VillainProtagonist Hyacinth]] tricks Richard into stealing a car, and then she blames him, but neither of them is known to suffer any legal consequence.
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'': "And next week, Dan falls into a vat of human dung, with hilarious consequences."
* Referenced frequently by early seasons of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''. Any time it appeared that plot threads were about to converge, Joel would shout, "Looks like we're on a collision course with ''wackiness!''"
* Evoked by name in an episode of ''Series/MythBusters'' which involved testing the slipperiness of banana peels and their conductivity to comical pratfalls. After an already hilarious starting test which Jamie managed to fail by virtue of laughing too hard to get up after a fall, the Mythbusters decide to try for a comparison test and cover their testing field in [[RefugeInAudacity animal birthing lubricant]]. As Adam notes of the proceedings, "Hilarity will ensue." Adam promptly validates his guess mere moments later.
* ''Series/VeronicaMars'': Veronica charges extra if Hilarity Ensues.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' uses a similar phrase to describe the typical plot of an episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}''. Jason complains to Andy that the restaurant where he's scheduled an impressive party is removing foreign cheeses from its menu, finishing with "I just know madcap hijinks will come of this!"
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* ''Wrestling/{{WWE}}'' Superstars, especially faces, will constantly assault their bosses in kayfabe. The most popular of these is Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin constantly beating up owner Wrestling/VinceMcMahon. He has threatened arrest and termination, but has [[ForTheEvulz preferred to get revenge out of a sadistic pleasure in making him suffer]]. In the real world, even if the employer was in the wrong, assaulting your boss and/or co-workers results in termination, prison and likely being blacklisted from virtually every industry even delivering newspapers or flipping hamburgers.
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[[folder:Stand-Up Comedy]]
* Referenced and parodied by Music/BillBailey right at the beginning of ''Part Troll'' when explaining why he can't tell traditional jokes. He tends to bail out because:
--> Three blokes go into a pub. One of them is a little bit stupid, and the whole scene unfolds with a tedious inevitability! ''(slumps, shuffles about for a moment)''
* Stephen K. Amos claims that his entire life can be summed up in the phrase, "A black family moves in next door to a white family... hilarity ensues!"
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* "Hilarity ensues" is a good way to describe what happens when Orks go to war in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' because, to the Orks, it really is hilarious -- they're having a great time, and the bigger the stuff they blow up, the more fun it is. To say that everyone else in the galaxy does not reciprocate the Orks' feelings on warfare and Ork invasions would be an understatement. For another perspective, an Ork Waaagh!, or campaign, is referred to in the background as a mix between a [[CrazyAwesome holy war and a pub crawl.]]
* Tends to pop up whenever anything involving ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' is discussed. Indeed, the latest release features slogans down the bottom, including one ''requiring'' hilarity to ensue.
* Actively invoked in ''TabletopGame/TeenagersFromOuterSpace'', where, should the mood be getting too serious, it's expected that the players make it funnier. There are actual instructions in the rule book to also interrupt any romantic moment getting too romantic with...[[DropTheCow anything]].
* ''TabletopGames/{{Fiasco}}'' also has this written into the rules. In set-up, people create characters by defining their relationships to each other, motivations and attached places and objects, meaning that everyone is automatically placed at cross-purposes to each other, usually with elements written with such a tone as to encourage the creation of UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist-type characters. There are only two outcomes in ''Fiasco'' - Good and Bad - and these are either determined by the other players on the table by consensus for your character, or determined by you at a penalty of allowing the other players on the table to determine whatever ridiculous thing your character is actually doing to succeed or fail at. The result is that everything soon goes spectacularly wrong, and after half of the game is played, an event called "The Tilt" happens which adds a bunch of extra, awful events on top of everything that inevitably is already going wrong. The mechanics make it very difficult for characters to have a happy ending, with getting out of the situation back where you started but with a bunch of fresh physical and emotional scars being about as best as a player can hope for unless they get really lucky. That said, most players like to [[BlackComedy play to lose]].
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* This is endemic in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'', be it the CruelPlayerCharacterGod sort of hilarity (let's flood the baron's bedroom with lava!), the "made an engineering mistake" sort of hilarity (watch the dorfs attempting to outrun the well overflowing because you forgot to prevent a water pressure backup!), or one of the infamous [[DisasterDominoes tantrum spirals]]. Just bear in mind that Losing is Fun. Then go back to [[EvilLaugh laughing]] as goblins attempt to invade and get turned into [[ChunkySalsaRule goblin salsa]] when they hit your wall of weapon traps loaded with giant swinging axe blades and huge serrated steel discs.
* GoodBadBugs often leads to this. For example, in ''VideoGame/{{Makai Toshi SaGa}}'' (aka ''The Final Fantasy Legend''), the player can OneHitKill virtually anything with a {{chainsaw|Good}} ([[spoiler:up to and including God!]]), often leading to laughter -- which wouldn't happen in real life!
* Weapons that allow the player to [[WreakingHavok throw about objects or people at will]], like the [[VideoGame/HalfLife2 Gravity Gun]] or [[Franchise/{{Halo}} Gravity Hammer]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Magicka}}'' oh so much. Easily accessed nuke spells, no mana bar, squishy player characters, and friendly fire? Check, check, check, and check. Seriously. Go watch the LetsPlay/{{Yogscast}}'s Simon and Lewis and [[Creator/TheCynicalBrit TotalBiscuit]] play Magicka together. Half the hilarity is from watching them kill one another. Both on purpose AND by accident. And a majority of the deaths are Simon's fault.
* ''VideoGame/{{Solatorobo}}'' is this in spades. It happens a few times in the main storyline, but at least 90% of {{Sidequest}}s are able to be summed up as "Red takes a job and then Hilarity Ensues."
* A lot of ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' 's appeal comes from the fact they took the team-based warfare of ''VideoGame/TeamFortressClassic'' and threw in, among many things, one key element: '''a sense of humor'''. The general idea with [=TF2=] is that if you're going to pit two teams against each other, you might as well [[RuleOfFunny have fun doing it]]. A 2011 update invokes this trope by name, describing the Payload Race game mode (where the teams compete to escort their team's cart to the goal first) thusly: "''Two teams, two carts, two tracks. Hilarity ensues.''"
* Invoked in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' where the final step of a quest is to "''sit back and watch the hilarity ensue''". Said "hilarity" is the angry and armored dinosaur you just freed rampaging through a troll camp.
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[[folder:WebComics]]
* [[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=15 This]] ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFoxhound'' comic, a subversion in that Octopus happens to be correct.
* [[http://www.shapequest.net/?id=112 Drake mentions this]] in [[http://www.shapequest.net Shape Quest]] when Lance considers travelling to his land.
* From ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'': "Once [the fire] reaches your eyebrows, that's when hilarity really ensues."
* [[http://www.pvponline.com/comic/2009/11/16/the-incident-part-one This]] ''Webcomic/{{PvP}}'' strip could probably qualify as the page image.
* In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0434.html this episode]] of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Xykon uses the phrase to describe his murder of Roy's father's master, Archmage Fyron. From his point of view, it actually was hilarious.
* ''Webcomic/NewSchoolKids'' has this as the missing events during the ''Yeahijinks'' comic.
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'':
-->'''Ethan (angrily)''': YOUR BALLS AND MY FOOT! HA HA HA! [[http://www.cad-comic.com/cad/20060915 HI-LARITY ENSUES!]]
* [[http://revfitz.com/msi187.html This]]''Mr. Square'' is a self parody on it's weekly updates, "I'm deppressed blah blah something random" followed by a panel with nothing but "Hillarity Ensues!"
* ''Webcomic/YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic'' characters bring hilarity in rather regularly. Especially when [[TheLoonie Charlotte]] or [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Cap'n Fang]] are allowed to run wild.
--> '''Charlotte''' (cheerfully): [[http://yafgc.net/?id=1825 ...sounds]] like ''great'' fun!
--> '''Lucas''' (thinks): I'm in a room with the end of the world!
* ''Webcomic/TheStupiders'' - In fact, it says so right on the [[http://www.stupiders.com website's homepage!]]. You can't get anymore straight forward then that!
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[[folder:Web Originals]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this at the end of this [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail155.html Strong Bad Email]]. "And his first guest... is hilarity!"
* "Hilarity ensues" is one of the cliches often used in headlines at not-news website Website/{{Fark}}. A variant, used for stories that involve idiot criminals, is "jailarity ensues".
* Used frequently in the summaries of {{Fanfiction}}. Can sum up the first part of the Prolecto series, though it's deconstructed later on. "Girls get turned into Succubi, Hilarity ensues. Emphasized by the character of Kayla, who is stark-raving mad.
** http://www.furaffinity.net/view/6721353/
** The use of this trope in fanfic is lampshaded by WebVideo/TheFanFictionCritic in the first episode, "The Disney Seven" where she describes the events of the plot as "Wacky Hijinks!" It seems to be a PetPeeveTrope, since the Wacky Hijinks are detracting from the significant plot events...if there are any.
* Thomas Wilde and Dan Birlew's [[http://www.gamefaqs.com/console/gamecube/file/535836/2204 Resident Evil Plot Analysis]] frequently uses the phrases "hilarity ensues" when giving the preliminary outline to the plot of a game. Since the games involve zombies, mutants, {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s, and vast amounts of death, it's safe to say this is ''slightly'' ironic...
** "I hadn't realized I used it so much. It's Fark's fault. - Thomas Wilde"
** Wilde's usual writing style usually has an extremely sarcastic tone to it, so it's not so much ironic as two tons of {{deadpan snark|er}}.
* [[http://www.tuckermax.com Web Author]] Creator/TuckerMax uses "hilarity ensues" in the titles of his short stories on occasion, e.g. "Tucker ruptures appendix, hilarity ensues". Or "Tucker fucks fat girl, hilarity ensues". Also used in inverted form once, with the story, "Tucker tries buttsex; Hilarity does not ensue."
** Which is a lie. It ensued, all right. [[BlatantLies Just not for Tucker...]]
* The entirety of ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}''. Yes, all of it.
* FanFic/UninvitedGuests. So the borderline insane and chaotic soldiers burn down their own barracks and decides to move into the barracks of division right next to them, which is led by a rational captain who just wants everything to go all normal. '''MADNESS ENSUES'''
* So, a guy suddenly breaks up with his girlfriend and is force (along with the others in his apartment) into the dangerous, violent world of male prostitution in {{Manwhores}}. Somehow, Hilarity Ensues.
* Players in a [[WebVideo/TheGuild Guild]] meet in real life for the first time. Hilarity Ensues.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** Moe gets on a soap opera, only to be led to think his character will be killed off. He decides to have Homer spoil the future plot events on live broadcast. All the plot summaries written seem to end with "...with sexy results".
-->'''Homer''': Gabriella's baby shower will be invaded by terrorists... with sexy results.
-->'''Moe''': Ooh! That's unexpected. What else?
-->'''Homer''': Well, Sister Bernadette will leave the convent and start a softball team... with sexy results.
** In one ''Simpsons'' comic, Bart convinces professional ButtMonkey Milhouse van Houten that [[MadScientist Professor Frink's]] dumpster has rendered him (Milhouse) invisible. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d, because when Bart's thought bubbles include the phrase "hilarious hijinks", he concludes he spends way too much time reading program descriptions in the TV guide.
** In the episode "Marge on the Lam", Homer ensures the kids that if a burglar comes, [[Film/HomeAlone it will be a very amusing and hilarious situation]].
* Lampshaded in the "Sweet Stench Of Success" episode of ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'':
-->'''Bloo''': But imagine what would happen if someone spotted me and I became a big celebrity! That would lead to all manner of crazy and hilarious consequences, don't you think?
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': Virtually everything that Peter Griffin and/or Glen Quagmire do, particularly any time Quagmire (or, in some recent episodes, Peter) talk of or nearly molest or abuse children (especially for Quagmire, who, according to "Emission Impossible," is a registered sexual offender under Megan's Law). Nevermind that Joe (their friend and neighbor) is a police officer and should have arrested both of them for all the crap (sexual and otherwise) they've done if this show followed reality. Since it doesn't, it just becomes one big, [[BlackComedy dark joke]] about [[PoliceAreUseless police incompetence]].
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* A lot of times, little kids manage to pull this off. When a three-year-old calls Uncle Bob fat or says that Grandpa sure has a lot of gray in his hair, it tends to be kind of funny. When ''you'' do it, expect to get a lot of {{death glare}}s aimed your way.
* People have reported (complained) about getting/downloading what they thought was Disney's ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' for their kids when it ended up being [[SimilarlyNamedWorks the OTHER]] ''Film/{{Frozen}}'' with a group of tasty friends stuck in the snow on a ski lift and hungry hungry wolves.
* A lot of the more riskier pranks performed by people on friends and family are this...unless things go horribly wrong.
* There are an enormous amount of hilarious accidents that happen to people but which people come out of alright. The Internet would be made out of these videos and photos if it wasnt for cats (half the cat videos are these situations anyway). These could have resulted in debilitating injuries but everything worked out and a good laugh was had and remembered down the years.
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