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[[caption-width-right:350:[[{{Mondegreen}} Oh, the huge manatee!!]]]]

StockPhrase for whenever someone sees something particularly horrible. So horrible, in fact, that you just can't help but shout your horror to the heavens. Originated in 1937, when reporter Herbert Morrison witnessed UsefulNotes/TheHindenburg disaster first-hand. Morrison kept reporting, though he was clearly horrified, and, overcome, exclaimed "Oh! The humanity!" ("Humanity" was apparently a term Morrison frequently used to describe any large group of people; in context, immediately prior to the disaster, he'd used the word to refer to the "mass of humanity" awaiting the blimp's arrival, and was expressing concern that they could be injured rather than appealing to humanity as an abstract concept.)

Today, nearly always PlayedForLaughs. Not to be confused with OhGodWithTheVerbing.



* The much-lampooned ''Comicbook/{{Doom}}'' comic book's version:
-->'''Marine''': Why can't we find a way to safely dispose of radioactive waste and protect the environment? Even if I personally stop this alien invasion, what kind of planet will we be leaving to our children? And our children's children, and... ''Oh, the humanity!'' My big gun is out of bullets!
* The last issue of Franchise/ArchieComics' [[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Sonic Mini-series]] (the four comics printed before the main series began), Sonic (disguised as a Roboticized version of himself) inputs the wrong coordinates for Robotnik's missile, causing it to strike his Buzzbomber factory. The Buzzbomber that was with Robotnik cries "Oh, the inhumanity!"

* A RunningGag line in ''Film/{{Heathers}}'' (mostly by one of the cops).
* From ''Film/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'': "Oh the Who-Manity!"

* Although it's not used ''in'' it, there's a spoof self-help book out there bearing this name.

* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', when Sheldon is told that money that could go to the physics department might go to liberal arts instead, he shouts, "Oh, the [[{{Pun}} Humanities]]!"
* Chandler in ''Series/{{Friends}}'' gives a deadpan one of these after watching Ross's terrible attempts to hit on the pizza delivery girl.
* ''Series/KenanAndKel'': [[ChewingTheScenery I...DROPPED THE SCREW IN THE TUNAAA]] , OH THE HUMANITY.
* Directly parodied by the "Who Cares Hindenburg" on ''Series/LateNight with Jimmy Fallon''. After bringing up some useless news stories, usually celebrity gossip, Jimmy Fallon declares that all those stories are going into the "Who Cares Hindenburg". Then we see StockFootage of the Hindenburg exploding while an announcer sarcastically mourns the loss of all those stories, ending with "Oh, the humanity! WHO CARES?!"
* In ''Series/MadMen'', in the episode "The Benefactor", Jimmy cruelly imitates the "Oh, the humanity!" speech.
* Series/{{Monk}} says this a lot, for reasons most wouldn't. HilarityEnsues.
** "Mr. Monk and the Kid". Monk is performing a diaper change.
--->''[sound of Velcro ripping]''\\
'''Adrian Monk:''' Oh! Oooohhh! Oh, my God! Oh, the humanity!
** "Mr. Monk and the Paperboy"
--->'''Adrian Monk:''' ''[accidentally wipes his hands with an oil-covered cloth]'' Oh, my God! Oh, the humanity!
* Used so often it's almost a running gag on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''. In the ''Film/PrinceOfSpace'' episode, they pun over it:
-->''[The rocket that is key to Japan's space program explodes violently.]''\\
'''Mike:''' Oh, the inanity!\\
'''Tom Servo:''' Oh, the ''Japanity''!
* This line is uttered in an episode of ''Series/TheRedGreenShow'', when a canoe that had become airborne due to hydrogen gas explodes.
* Newman tops off a CrowningMomentOfFunny in ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' by yelling it as his mail-truck catches on fire.
* ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati'': Les Nessman yells it during the infamous Turkey incident.
* ''Series/TheDailyShow'' used a variation when a scandal was busted by UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter 's grandson: "Oh, the Habitat for Humanity!"
** There was also a sketch about the Herman Cain sex scandal called "Oh the Hermanity!"

* The narration of the first Martian attack in the famous Orson Welles/Mercury Theater broadcast of ''Radio/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' was based directly on UsefulNotes/TheHindenburg broadcast, including the famous "Oh the humanity". This verisimilitude may have been one reason why some people found it so convincing and panicked. Reportedly the actor listened to the original several times in order to get into character.
* ''VideoGame/GuiltyParty'' features a manatee named Hugh. At one point, he [[ItMakesSenseInContext rescues the heroes from an exploding zeppelin.]] "OH, HUGH THE MANATEE!"
* In ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}'', you get an achievement for finding Earth and [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential obliterating it]]. One guess as to what it's called.
** An urban legend is that a similar achievement "Oh, the Huge Manatee" is found for getting eaten by the giant sea monster in creature stage.
* In ''VideoGame/SpongebobSquarepantsBattleForBikiniBottom'' if Spongebob is hit by an attack during a boss battle:
** Fish Head: OOH! THE HUMANNITY! or should I say... THE FISHANITY!
* ''VideoGame/ResonanceOfFate'' has [[EmoTeen Zephyr]], of all people, saying it if he examines Leanne's closet:
--> '''Zephyr''': What's this? My hand is moving on its own! Oh the humanity!...Damn! There's nothing there.

* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' makes a pun on this. In Paris there is a poster featuring Agatha, an airship and the text "eau de humanity".

* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' uses it verbatim:
-->'''Tristan:''' My voice gives me super-strength!\\
'''Kemo:''' Yes, but [[CatchPhrase my hair]] allows me to defy gravity!\\
'''Tristan:''' *Falling after getting hit by Kemo's flying kick* Oh, the ''humanity''!

* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', the central character says it in mockery as he has to embark on a blimp.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'', where XR utters "Oh, the Technology!" upon seeing a mutilated robot.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'' the Red Guy is playing with toy cars. He has a fuel truck crash into a regular car (complete with explosion and fire) and yells the phrase.
* Parodied by WesternAnimation/{{Daria}} as she and Tom watch a parade float burning after a very slow-speed crash:
-->'''Daria:''' Oh, the lack of humanity.
** If you look carefully, Daria has the iconic photo of the Hindenberg in flames on the inside of her locker door.
* On an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', Drake takes Gosalyn camping. While they're roasting marshmallows, Gosalyn sets her marshmallow on fire and quotes Morrison's commentary.
* Edd of ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' used the "inhumanity" variation on occasion, often when faced with something [[TerrifiedOfGerms particularly unsanitary,]] usually concerning [[ThePigPen Ed's]] clothing, possessions, basement lair, or body odor.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}},'' when the Professor thinks Amy and Bender have died:
-->'''The Professor:''' Oh, the humanity! [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Also Bender]].
* On ''{{Disney/Hercules}}'', a balloon crashes into the cloud where the gods have gathered to witness a festival, causing Homer to shout, "Oh, the divinity!"
* Mikey says this line in ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' a number of times.

** He also said it in the Dodgeball game on Toon Disney's website (now gone) when you hit him with a dodgeball.
* A ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'' short has Ren shout out this phrase as pro wrestlers have their way with Stimpy.
-->'''Ren''': "Oh, the ''humanity'' of it all!"
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' does it in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisa_the_Beauty_Queen "Lisa the Beauty Queen,"]] when the Duff Beer blimp crashes Kent Brockman mutters "Oh, the humanity... anyway..." and carries on talking as if nothing had happened.
** Another ''[[TheSimpsons Simpsons]]'' episode has Bart showing off his checkbook flip-book of the Hindenburg crash, with the last check reading, "OH THE HUMANITY"
** In one episode of ''The Itchy & Scratchy Show'', Scratchy is blown up like a blimp and explodes. A nearby reporter exclaims, "Oh, the hilarity!"
** In "500 Keys" Chief Wiggum in a low speed blimp chase shouts "Oh the Zoomanity!" after crashing into a ''[[Creator/CirqueDuSoleil Zoomanity]]'' billboard.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', this is Sergeant Hatred's reaction when the Monarch's cocoon, which he already, accidentally, set on fire, crashes and explodes in a huge fireball.
* In WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb, "The Fast and the Phineas", as Dr. Doofenshmirtz's blimp hits a broadcasting tower, the announcer only has time to say, "Oh, the hu-" before the feed is cut.

* The TropeMaker: Famously spoken by Herbert Morrison, a WLS Radio announcer witnessing UsefulNotes/TheHindenburg disaster. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F54rqDh2mWA Warning, extremely sobering moment.]]
** Also possibly a {{Mondegreen}}: it's entirely possible he ''really'' said "''All'' the humanities, all the passengers."
** And before you start snickering, the recorder was running slow that day, making him sound like a chipmunk. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUVDmXvXcbk&feature=related This is what he actually sounded like.]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7Fc8kIyMCo&feature=related And this is what he saw.]]
*** A researcher who studied the recording with a microscope concluded that the force of the explosion was enough to affect the speed of the recording, which is why the recording sounds relatively normal and then suddenly changes on the exclamation "It's burst into flames!"
** Morrison and his assistant Charlie Nehlsen were making an experimental audio recording, not a newsreel. It was played on WLS that night and on the NBC Radio Network the following day, but not dubbed onto newsreel footage until some time later. Today, the discs reside in the National Archives.
** Also, Morrison was not fired. In fact he was commended for being a heroic IntrepidReporter. He left WLS for a higher-paying job at WOR in New York the following year.
*** Isn't it weird that a quote from a very terrifying, traumatic event in which dozens died has become a comedic pop-culture RunningGag?
*** HumansAreBastards.
*** Perhaps helped by the fact that most people only know the fast recording with Morrison The Chipmunk and the wording and delivery sounds like {{Narm}} to modern ears. Similar things have happened to the phrase "Houston; We have/had a problem". Also; It happened a very long time ago, it surprisingly had less casualties than one would've expected, was an accident and the ship was associated with Nazi Germany. It's probably less HumansAreBastards and more like dark humor.