Funny Aneurysm Moment: Other
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- In Kyon Big Damn Hero's prologue Kyon tells Ryoko that she is the most reasonable person to ever try to kill him but that he remembers that time she stabbed him all too well. This becomes hilarious later on when we learn another two of his classmates tried to kill him during separate occasions, and when he's fighting for his life against some Yakuza.
- The fan-fiction writers for the site Ghostbusters West Coast have a particularly bad record for this. One story had Michael Jackson as a werewolf who got savagely beaten up by the main characters and then arrested for murder, and another had a character explaining that he almost ran over an old man because "I thought you were Ted Kennedy."
- In From Shizunes Perspective Shizune once tells Misha "Eat Me", prompting Misha to quip that she told Shizune that she didn't go that way, to which Shizune responds with a nonchalant "Your Loss". In the actual visual novel, the full version of which was released after the fic Misha is a lesbian who confessed to Shizune and got rejected, but Shizune continued to keep her around, counting on her for her friendship. Misha takes the rejection and Shizune's continued presence quite hard, and these issues come to a head at the end of Act 3, potentially ending their friendship and Hisao's relationship with Shizune if you make the wrong decision.
- In How I Became Yours, Toph, after hearing that Sokka revealed Zuko and Katara's love child Kuzon's existence by sending a letter to Zuko, says "Katara is going to kill you... I can only imagine what Mai will do to Zuko...". A demonized, Out of Character, Yandere Mai poisons Katara, causing her to miscarry note , and later tries to kill her herself. In the sequel comic, Mai apparently is the one who killed Zuko.
- In a 2009 episode of Calvin and Hobbes: The Series, a panicking Calvin claims that "Japan is going to fall into the ocean!" in 2011, Japan and the ocean found themselves in a rather unpleasant relationship.
- Blaze's original story, The Conversion Bureau has three lines that were supposed to be funny when the story was written:
- This quote from Twilight in the original was intended to be a joke but it's a lot less funny with the numerous stories that have the barrier being intentionally expanded as a means to force ponification.
Now, I'm almost positive all of you are here because you want to become a pony. This is a fact. You don't come here because you don't want to be a pony, unless someone forced you at gunpoint, but that's a different story. - Twilight Sparkle
- This statement is a lot less amusing once you read through stories that have the PER in them.
Our plan is to ponify you, the sooner the better. Expect this to happen when you least expect it. - Twilight Sparkle
- The author's note in the Google Docs version is not quite amusing anymore now that there are tons of Conversion Bureau dark fics and war stories.
I've seen a lot of backstories written about how Equestria is simply a post-apocalyptic Earth set in the distant future. I decided to expand on it in a much less...grimdark fashion. - Blaze (Author's Notes)
- In the anniversary chapter of You Got HaruhiRolled! (written in July of 2010) one of the many ridiculously over-the-top things to happen in the SOS Brigade and Anti-SOS Brigade's fight is that Mikuru somehow gets into position to smother Fujiwara with her breasts, almost killing him before the others intervene. Of course it was only a gag then, but once the eleventh novel of the source material is released, it is revealed that Mikuru and Fujiwara are siblings. Now it becomes so much more disturbing.
- Averted by MAD, who halted plans to publish an issue with a cover image of George Bush burning the American flag (the flag had Alfred E. Neuman on it). The issue in question ended up coming out right before Desert Storm, making the publishers glad they didn't use the "flag" cover.
- Averted again in 2001, when a cover showing Alfred running the NYC marathon and breaking through security tape at a crime scene. The issue was scheduled to come out a month or so after 9/11. The cover of course was drawn months before, but ended up being withdrawn and replaced with a close-up of Alfred's face, with the gap in his teeth being replaced by an American flag.
- Played straight, however, in 2009. In Mad's "20 Dumbest People, Events, and Things" for 2008, Amy Winehouse's destructive behavior was listed at number 11. The end of the entry stated: "It makes us wonder if her next full-house appearance will be at a funeral home." About two-and-a-half years later, Winehouse was found dead in her London flat at age 27.
- A feature from the late 70s, guessing where celebrities would be by 1996. Particularly painful examples from that feature include John Lennon in his 50s and discussing Frank Cosell, who died in 1995.
- A fall movie preview feature in 2005 said this of Get Rich or Die Trying: "Plans to release the movie in 3D were scrapped out of concern that real bullets would be flying in the theater." After the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting that left 12 dead and 59 injured, it's no longer funny.
- The same article featured a preview of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire remarking that Harry's scar would be applied with a knife to save on makeup costs. It stopped being funny in 2008 when Harry Potter actor Robert Knox was stabbed to death outside a London pub.
- There was once a mock ad for a driving game produced by "Crapcom". Considering how blatantly that company's been alienating its fanbase, that's already become an appropriate nickname for the real Capcom.
- Nintendo Power's Player Pulse section in volume 72 (May 1995) featured a list of "Top 10 Crime Games". #10 was "Super Bomber Man 3: The World Trade Center". Let that sink in for a moment...
- In the March 2012 issue, Chris Slate said something among the lines of "The world hasn't ended yet, but until it does, we'll be covering the hottest games throughout the year." The magazine ended in December that year.
- Time's highly positive cover story on the Xbox 360 in 2005 showed the console with two red lights glowing on its power ring. Looking at it now that we know what the "Red Ring of Death" is, it doesn't look quite so positive...
- The July 20, 2012 issue of Entertainment Weekly had a cover◊ about The Dark Knight Rises, calling it "Batman's Killer Finale". If only they knew how right they were...
- The June 1993 Disney Adventures cover featured Michael Jackson carrying a delighted Pinocchio (his favorite Disney character, according to the magazine) on his shoulders. Two months later, Jackson was first accused of child molestation and in the years to come his Neverland Ranch would be compared to Pleasure Island, where young boys were free to play but had to pay a horrific price for their fun — including at his 2004-05 trial on a second set of charges. Similarly, all the "Pied Piper of Pop" accolades that flew around him in The Eighties turned sour in the wake of the accusations, as people remembered what happened to the kids he enchanted. (A Cracked back cover in '93 spoofed this with Jackson as "The Pied Piper of Encino".)
- The online magazine W*E*N*N once poked fun at actor Tim Curry for being rather chubby. It seems pretty humorous at first, until you realize the main reason why Tim had put on weight in the first place was due to being so creeped out by his more "rabid" Rocky Horror fans.
- In January 2009, The National Enquirer claimed that Michael Jackson had six months to live. They were right.
- A National Enquirer in early 2009 said that Ted Kennedy "wouldn't live to see Labor Day". Kennedy died about a week before Labor Day.
- In a 1967 issue of the New Yorker (see here), they quote a TV Guide entry: "The Nov. 5 entry of ABC's Discovery, dealing with the preservation of our natural resources, will feature Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and his family." Underneath, they joke, "They're second only to the Grand Canyon." Considering what happened to members of that family in the future....
- Charb, cartoonist and editor in chief of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, published a drawing on January 7th 2015 on the magazine's Twitter, titled "Still no terrorist attack in France", in which a terrorist said "[they] had until the end of January for the wishes." A few hours later...
- "The French people are incapable of regicide" — Louis XVI.
- February 22, 1861: Just over a week before his inauguration, Abraham Lincoln stated in a speech at Philadelphia's Independence Hall that he "would rather be assassinated on the spot" than to surrender the principles embodied in the Declaration of Independence.
- October 23, 1872: Unusual one from the US election — the legendary cartoonist Thomas Nast published in Harper's Weekly (the Time Magazine of its era) a cartoon featuring newspaper publisher Horace Greeley, then running for President, being carried back into his home like a corpse. One week after the cartoon was published, Greeley's wife died. On November 29, Greeley himself died.
- For a public political figure, having a publicity photograph taken with someone admired in a local scale is a great way to gain respect amongst people. However, it can become a complete nightmare◊ if you are the First Lady of the United States and you are photographed shaking hands with John Wayne Gacy who, at the time of the photograph, was admired as a local volunteer.
- 1910: A postcard◊ features an ancient Hindu good luck symbol and an associated verse explaining its significance and wishing the recipient well. A few decades later, the symbol in question would take on a much darker meaning thanks to Hitler. It's still used quite a bit in India and in many other places around the world, where it's been used for thousands of years, but then it becomes sort of poignant and touching that it can still be used innocently by millions of people and Nazism's perversion of the symbol hasn't completely ruined it. It's like a testament to Hitler's failure, or perhaps a dadaist testament to his prior roaring successes.
- Before Trotsky was a Bolshevik, he claimed that if Lenin was to rule Russia then he would be a tyrant and a veritable Spiritual Successor to Robespierre. Fast-forward to 1917, and look at what Lenin's doing — and who's standing next to him.
- 1918: In a political cartoon, two dejected German soldiers ride home after the war. One says "Vell, it didn't pay" — referring, of course, to the war. The other soldier says "Not this time."
- The Olympic Greet Statue from Gra Rueb in Amsterdam◊ may have been fine and friendly during the 1928 Olympics, but looks a touch suspicious after Those Wacky Nazis.
- A famous political cartoon depicts how the leaders of the victorious forces from WWI leave the Versailles peace conference which preceded the outbreak of World War II by twenty years. The weeping child in the background has "1940 class" (that is, the child will be old enough to be conscripted in 1940) written over its head.
- November 1963: "If anyone is crazy enough to want to kill a president of the United States, he can do it. All he must be prepared to do is give his life for the president's." The person who said this was President John F. Kennedy. Two days later, his assassin was shot and killed on live TV.
- Another notable example from JFK — when discussing the pros and cons of picking Johnson for his vice-president, he apparently said "It really does not matter that much; I am 42, I am not going to die in the office". Of course, he was lying. It wasn't publicly known at the time, but JFK was suffering from both Addison's disease and hypothyroidism, which he himself privately confessed made it unlikely he would survive more than a single term in office.
- 2000: Anchorage International Airport was renamed to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, a highly unusual move as Senator Stevens was still among the living at the time. As of August 11, 2010... not so much. Cause of death? A plane crash.
- December 2007: Although obviously written before, Parade Magazine ran a cover story about Benazir Bhutto running for Prime Minister of Pakistan, calling her something like "a shining beacon of hope for the Middle East"... a couple of weeks after she was assassinated.
- May 2010: Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama was celebrated as one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the world. He resigned about two weeks later due to a controversy over a US military base.
- There's a lot of Latin on the seal of the state of South Carolina. One piece of Latin is "Quis separabit?"note (South Carolina was the first state to secede.)
- Speaking of Confederate symbolism, while The Clansman: An Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan is offensive enough, it has an Ambiguously Jewish Eastern European character with Funetik Aksent who sympathizes with the protagonists. In 1920, the Ku Klux Klan would be revived, this time targeting Jews as well.
- After the 2010-2011 Queensland floods, the Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard thanked New Zealand for the help given during the floods and promised to repay the kindness next time New Zealand is hit by a natural disaster. The opportunity came sooner than she might have expected.
- Gordon Ramsey asks Irish Broadcaster Gerry Ryan if he's had his heart checked. Ryan died of an apparent heart attack sometime afterwards.
- An episode of Im Sorry I Havent A Clue from 1995 where, after they both try to speak at once, Willie Rushton says to Barry Cryer, "No, you go first, you're likely to die sooner than me". Willie Rushton died the next year.
- During a game of predictions in 1986, Willie predicted — to much laughter — that one of the sad events he foresaw for 1996 was his own death that January; he died in December.
- In 1995, Tim Brooke-Taylor predicted that a 2010 Radio Times would include a listing for "I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue with Humphrey Lyttelton, Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden, and Tim and Samantha Brooke-Taylor." Willie, the only one of the regulars left out, died the next year, while the others were all alive up to Humph's death in 2008.
- Willie often complained about the "___'s Ball" games full of punning names about various subjects. At his last ISIHAC recording, the chosen subject was "Undertaker's Ball," full of puns about death and burial.
- On an episode of Fibber McGee and Molly from March 20th, 1945 where Fibber is trying to fix the radio, Molly says "I hope you fix it in time for Roosevelt's next inauguration!" Franklin D. Roosevelt died 23 days later.
- In one early episode of the Bob & Ray show, Ray explains that he was off yesterday due to 'a sharp pain in my lower back', joking to the effect that since he's in radio, he didn't know if it was a cold (ie., a kidney infection) back there or a knife. In hindsight... he's evidently joking about a very early symptom of the kidney failure that would kill him years later.
- The special 25th anniversary edition of Im Sorry Ill Read That Again in 1989 ended with David Hatch reading the credits and finally saying "I hope to see you all again in 25 years' time", to laughter and cheers from the audience. All the original performers were (and as of 2015 are) alive 25 years later — except David Hatch.
- Anything said about GMG Radio's portfolio and Real Radio becoming Heart (a Global Radio brand) online now seems uncomfortable to read rather than comedy; given that their Christmas Day schedule is only 4 hours (6am-10am) local this year, compared to previous years, all due to syndicated programming. However, Real Radio still retains its "wacky DJ" personality which Heart does not have.
- Now it has started to come true, and a severe Internet Backlash was seen at Radiotoday.co.uk about this
- The week before he suddenly died of a brain anyeurism, radio DJ Kidd Kraddick did a segment called "Deathbed Confessions", where he imagined what he would say to his radio cohosts when he was on his deathbed.
- 97.7 HTZ-FM DJ "Iron Mike" Bensson died of cancer in early November 2013. The fact that he received his nickname "Iron Mike" due to his perfect nearly-20 year daily broadcast track record, hosting shows even through sickness and tragedy, makes his death a cruel irony. His last few shows, where he broke the news of his cancer, are especially tough, hearing him talk about how he just wants to keep working, as Iron Mike has gone through illness before, and he will again...
- One of the Running Gags on Car Talk, established in the show's early years, was that Tom could never remember the previous week's Puzzler. Tom eventually developed Alzheimer's disease.
- Many Americans are familiar with Rollen Stewart, more commonly known as the "Rainbow Man" who attended many sports games from the 1970s and 1980s wearing a cute rainbow wig and carrying a sign that simply said "John 3:16." This caught the attention of the cameras, and sports fans from that time period watching games on television would invariably see Rainbow Man, guaranteeing him a positive place in American pop culture. That was, until he was sentenced to life in prison in 1992 for kidnapping and terrorist threats.
- All those highlight-reel moments of Dale Earnhardt's failures in the Daytona 500. Especially the last lap blow-out in 1990 that happened yards from where he crashed and died on the last lap eleven years later.
- Comedian Jeff Foxworthy had a joke where he was discussing Red Necks' love of commemorative plates,and NASCAR, referring to a "Legends of NASCAR" plate with Dale Earnhardt. Foxworthy's redneck says "That's Dale Earnhardt, he wasn't in a wreck or nothin', that's just catsup on the plate"
- In 2007, NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield was sponsored by 360 OTC, an over the counter prescription line for 10 races. This sponsorship takes on a whole new meaning considering his suspension from NASCAR for testing positive for methamphetamine, or his recent arrest for drug possession.
- Football manager Alan Pardew- who was out of work at that time- was censured for comparing a challenge by Michael Essien as a rape during the Chelsea vs Manchester City in March 2009. The player who was victim of that tackle? Chedwyn Evans who was imprisioned for a real case just 3 years later.
- Rob Moroso was named the 1990 NASCAR Rookie of the Year, despite dying in a DUI accident earlier in the season. The scary part to this is that his first sponsorship in a NASCAR race was Old Milwaukee beer! This is even more frightening if you consider that for the two races he was sponsored by Old Milwaukee, he was only 17!
- The development of Nomex firesuits in the 1960's for race car drivers was brought on by the deaths of three drivers due to fire, and the lackluster protection drivers were offered at the time. The first driver to die was a NASCAR driver by the name of Edward Glenn Roberts Jr. His nickname? "Fireball Roberts!"
- This Subway commercial features an American football referee with a number 85 shirt admitting to missing a call. In 2008, referee Ed Hochuli admitted to missing a call to the San Diego Chargers coach, which ended up costing the Chargers the game. Hochuli's shirt number? 85.
- At the age of 25, college basketball legend "Pistol" Pete Maravich stated in an interview, "I don't want to play 10 years in the NBA and then die of a heart attack at 40." A leg injury necessitated his retiring from basketball after 10 seasons. And he died of a heart attack, at 40.
- In a 2006 Toronto Star interview, Then-Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Wade Belak was asked where he'd be in 5 years, and jokingly replied "Dead". Belak commited suicide 5 years later, in 2011, and the interview was reprinted
- In a Take That to the accusations of rules violations regarding overseeing his players' academic progress that led North Carolina State basketball coach Jim Valvano to resign in 1990, he titled his autobiography Valvano: They Gave Me a Lifetime Contract, and Then They Declared Me Dead. The book came out in February of 1991. Valvano was diagnosed with cancer in June of 1992 and died less than a year later.
- Eugene Robinson was a longtime free safety who joined the Atlanta Falcons in 1998 after having appeared in the previous two Super Bowls with Green Bay. The morning before the 1999 Super Bowl (the third consecutive he appeared in), Robinson, who had been outspoken about his Christian faith, received the Athletes in Action Bart Starr Award for outstanding Christian character. That night, Robinson got arrested for soliciting a prostitute who turned out to be an undercover cop. Robinson returned the award, but his distraction was made obvious when Bronco wide receiver Rod Smith burned him for an 80-yard touchdown pass near the end of the first half.
- In September 2009, troubled former NHL player Theoren Fleury began a much-publicized attempt at a comeback by signing a tryout contract with the Calgary Flames. On September 25, though making an admirable effort to return to the game after recovering from alcohol and drug addictions, he was released from his contract. Even worse for Fleury? An article about his comeback published by Canada's largest sports network TSN was titled "Snuffed Out." Given Canada's obsession with the game of hockey, this being just an oversight is... well, unlikely.
- French-Canadian Formula One driver Gilles Villeneuve called the Belgian Zolder circuit "a good killer" in an interview in early 1982. (meaning it would be extremely tiring in the hard-sprung cars of the time). He was killed in crash at that track later in the same year.
- Before the 1999 British Grand Prix, Martin Brundle on his gridwalk spoke to Damon Hill, and urged him to "Break a leg mate". Damon didn't, but Michael Schumacher did, literally.
- Jochen Rindt, upon winning the 1970 German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, claimed that his car was so easy to drive that a monkey could have won the race. 2 races later and Rindt was dead, having crashed the very same car.
- Rindt was advised a year before he died by his manager (one Bernie Ecclestone); "If you want to win, join Lotus. If you want to live, join Brabham". He joined Lotus.
- Murray Walker signed off the 1994 Pacific Grand Prix coverage by remarking how interesting the season was turning out, and told us to look forward to the next race at Imola where anything could happen. We soon found out what could happen.
- On the Eurosport coverage of the 2nd qualifying session at Imola, the commentators were joined by one of the team mechanics. The subject of Barrichello's accident the day before was brought up, and the mechanic went into a long spiel of how safe Formula One is now and how the cars protect the drivers so well. Before he had the chance to finish what he was saying, Roland Ratzenberger's shattered car, complete with fatally injured driver, popped up onscreen.
- 10 years before, Clive James narrated the official season review tape with his signature wit. After a start line shunt in which Nelson Piquet lost a wheel, narrowly missing Ayrton Senna's head, James remarked "Luckily, the flying wheel did not kill Senna this time". What was a little remark in 1984 now sounds so different post-1994.
- F1 journeyman Andrea de Cesaris had an unfortunate reputation for crashing often, gaining him the nickname Andrea de Crasheris. Funny at the time, but now takes on a different meaning after he was killed in a motorcycle accident near his home in 2014.
- A columnist writing for the San Jose Mercury News joked in his October 17, 1989 column that, as the two teams contesting the World Series were from California (San Francisco and Oakland), an "earthquake could rip through the Bay Area before they sing the national anthem for Game 3". The Loma Prieta earthquake, the most intense earthquake in California for 35 years and in San Francisco for 80 years, struck at 5:04pm that day... during the warm-up for Game 3.
- Declan Sullivan, a Notre Dame student, had a job filming the school's football practice from a hydraulic scissors lift. On an extremely windy day, he tweeted, ""Gusts of wind up to 60 mph. Well today will be fun at work. I guess I've lived long enough." During work that day, the lift collapsed and he died.
- "I will never have a heart attack. I give them." - George Steinbrenner
- "I probably won't be alive to see it (his record 88-game winning streak broken)" - John Wooden (Died June 2010, record was broken by The University of Connecticut Women's Basketball in December 2010.)
- "This is gonna be a spectacle. This is a great way to go out." - Dan Wheldon to ABC during pace laps of the final race of the 2011 Indy Car Series, commenting on the scale of the event and his shot at a $5,000,000 prize in Las Vegas. He would be killed from injuries sustained in a mass accident 11 laps into the race. I guess blunt force trauma from hitting your head on a fencepost wasn't the greatest way to go out, huh, Dan?
- Greg Moore, injured in the paddock following an accident on his scooter the day before the final race of the 1999 CART season at Fontana, gave an interview to ESPN before getting into his car. The reporter handed back to the commentators with the words: "Greg's ready to fly today". Just under an hour later, Greg's car became airbourne and hit a barrier. He was killed instantly.
- Penn State's venerable college football program was rocked in 2011 when allegations of child sexual abuse against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, spanning several decades, became public. Back in 2001 Sandusky had published an autobiography. The title? Touched: The Jerry Sandusky Story.
- "Babe Ruth is 'dead' as far as the Yankees are concerned." Jacob Rupert October 22, 1935...13 years later that quote had a much sadder reality behind it.
- Before the 2013 Sprint All-Star Race and Coca Cola 600, Fox Sports devoted a large amount of time talking about their new camera that flies over the track. Around lap 122 of the Coca Cola 600, a cable on the camera broke, damaged a few cars like Kyle Busch and Marcos Ambrose, and led to a red flag to sort out the damage. This bragging is even worse in light of the fact that NASCAR has now banned these cameras from use at NASCAR events.
- Shortly after the law banning cigarette advertising on race cars in the United States was signed into law, Benny Parsons was discussing the matter, and stated at length that he supports Winston as the title sponsor of NASCAR's top series. This discussion takes on a whole different meaning after his death from lung cancer.
- Australian Rules Football: In 2013, Essendon's slogan was "Whatever it takes". Then news of the doping scandal broke.
- One of Tony Stewart's most infamous moments came at Bristol in 2012 when in a moment of anger after a wreck he got out of the car and threw his helmet at Matt Kenseth. It's a lot less funny since he hit and killed a driver who was confronting him in a sprint car race.
Stand Up Comedy
- In this rare stand-up footage of Chris Latta (using his birth name Chris Collins), known for voicing Starscream and Cobra Commander, refers to himself as "a psychotic who managed to market his psychosis". He later died of cerebral hemorrhage.
- One of the tracks on Bill Cosby's "Himself" album is titled "Kill the Boy". It begins with Bill's wife telling him to go upstairs and kill their son. Not so funny after Ennis Cosby's murder.
- In the Eddie Murphy standup special RAW, the comedian talks about the problems with marriage. In one (extremely politically incorrect) part, he details how he would court and marry a poor impoverished African woman as opposed to an American one, as all American women are interested in are "half" of a man's net worth; but he notes that, in the US, the African woman would soon be interested in the same thing. Then in the movie Coming to America, Murphy plays a prince of an African kingdom who comes to America to find love because all of the women in his kingdom only want him for his status. In Real Life, Murphy married an American woman, who eventually divorced him, and fathered a child with a British singer (Scary Spice).
- Standup comedian Louis C.K. did a routine in his 2008 stand up special "Chewed Up" where he described his marriage as "almost done". Later that year, he and his wife divorced.
- An oft-repeated Billy Connolly routine from the 90's onwards revolved around his visit to the doctor for a prostate exam. In 2013 he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Luckily he has now been given the all-clear.
- Before she passed away, Joan Rivers was set to do a UK tour called "Before They Close the Lid".
- The core rulebook for White Wolf's Vampire: The Requiem includes, in a passage about storytellers embellishing the "dark and gritty" elements of the World of Darkness, a description of the differences between the real world version of New Orleans and the World of Darkness version; this was an example for the book. The last paragraph detailed how the street level was just below the water level of the Mississippi River and that the water was held back by levies that were ill-kept. Vampire: The Requiem was first published in 2004, one year before Hurricane Katrina caused the canal levies in New Orleans to break and flood the entire city. That has been described as the worst natural disaster in American history... The street level of New Orleans was, and still is, several feet below the water level of the Mississippi. And the canal levees were not especially well kept at the time of Katrina; they were made to withstand a category 3 hurricane's flood, but unfortunately not a category 5's.
- The real clincher? There was a sidebar describing how, if you really wanted to shake up the political situation of the Kindred of New Orleans, have a hurricane sweep through, break the levees, and cause devastation, no doubt destroying a few elders when their havens are destroyed and the sunlight comes streaming in. The books detailing the individual clans then had to follow through on this chain of thought in detail when real life decided to step in...
- A fairly (in)famous example would be the "Terrorist Nuke◊" card from Steve Jackson Games' 1995 CCG Illuminati: New World Order. Granted, it's implicitly a bomb going off rather than an airplane crash, but they even got the positioning right.
- A Running Gag in the GURPS Illuminati University setting involves the crushing amounts of debt racked up by students (to the point where the university often has claim to all future earnings from the student, assuming they let them graduate). Not nearly so funny since 2012.
Still Other Examples
- An Alternate Reality Game based on NUMB3RS called Chain Factor revolved around a flash game designed by a villain with the goal of forming an algorithm to destroy the world's economy. The ending revealed that the plan succeeded, though it would be impossible to tell when it would go into effect.
- In January 2009, Cinema Blend did an article on the 100 People most likely to die in 2009. It said that Michael Jackson would die of "the wind blowing him over". Other people on that list that died in 2009 are Ed McMahon and Ted Kennedy. Several other people on the list are dead, but they didn't die in 2009 (Gary Coleman, J.D. Salinger, Peter Falk, Senator Robert Byrd, Dick Clark, etc.)
- In the RiffTrax of Batman & Robin, when Bane is charging through Arkham Asylum with Mr. Freeze's Power Armor in a shopping cart, the joke that's made is "Just like Wal-Mart on Black Friday." In 2008, a Wal-Mart employee was trampled to death on Black Friday.
- 1976: A column by Mike Royko noted that some viewers were irrationally offended by the appearance of an elderly Mary Pickford on the Academy Awards telecast. He wrote: "If you turn your head away from Mary Pickford, and find it all so distasteful, then there's something wrong with you, kid, because it's perfectly normal. It happens to all of us, unless we croak first. We get old. Take Margaux Hemingway, the tall stunner who was on the show. One of these days she's going to wrinkle up, and maybe her teeth will fall out, maybe even her hair, and her knee joints will go crackety-crack. Is that too terrible to face — Margaux Hemingway's knee joints going crackety-crack?" As it turned out, none of that happened to Margaux Hemingway; she died of a drug overdose at age 42.
- A video created for the 5th anniversary of the Spirit rover's landing on Mars used a song with the lyric "She's run aground, she's run aground." Shortly thereafter, Spirit got stuck in a sand dune and can no longer, um... rove.
- Actor Corey Feldman has a tendency to make jokes about what a trainwreck his career is, the irony being that his friend Corey Haim was doing even worse. And now he's dead...
- The Universe of Energy at EPCOT was once sponsored by Exxon and while it discussed clean energy at length, it also ended with a long celebration of Exxon and their wonderful, wonderful oil tankers. This...didn't go over well after a certain incident in Alaska and the show was changed...
- ...into a new show that might as well be renamed "I Love Fossil Fuels". It was probably unfunny to start with, but people were apparently leaving the theater after the gas crisis and the show plays even worse now. (As of yet, there are no stated plans to change anything.)
- Observe this board game from the 1970s, branded with BP's logo, all about managing an offshore oil rig.
- This fan-made poster for a live-action Fairly Oddparents movie is pretty hard to find funny now that the movie finally got made after being on the planning board for a long time. That Other Wiki claims that Wishology may have actually been originally planned as a cinema movie.
- On the first of March of 2011, adoptable pet website Chicken Smoothie released a line of adoptable dogs themed after Japanese woodblock prints, including the famous and iconic "The Great Wave off Kanagawa"◊, colloquially known as "The Tsunami." This ended up being the worst timing ever, after the earthquake later that month ended up rocking Japan with its worst earthquakes and tsunami in more or less its recorded history.
- The Formspring Question of the Day on March 10, 2011 asked something to the effect of what you would do if you had 24 hours left to live. Unfortunately, that wasn't a hypothetical situation for many people...
- In the webcomic adaptation of Christian Humber Reloaded, Normalman's Author Avatar appears in a cameo at the end of Part 1, talking about how he plans on writing a webcomic about Christian Humber Reloaded even if it humiliates the kid who wrote it. Vash himself responds by saying that he "sound(s) like an asshole". Not long into Part 2, the Humber family heard of the comic and complained, which resulted in Normalman stopping work on the comic.
- This Jewish joke: Two shnorrers are standing at the roadside and watching some workers repair the street. One of them muses: "Today, we have a bad life... but soon, a Messianic Archetype will come, and then everything will be exactly the opposite." The other one thinks about it and states then: "You mean - we will repair the street, and they will watch us?"
Definitely becomes unfunny when you think about that some time after this joke was made, The Nazis made the Jews do all kinds of forced work, including street repairing, while Germans would oversee them.
- Canadian model Tanya Melissa Makse (whose profile can be found on a certain model website), mentioned on her official Facebook page about Wigan/Bolton/Bury council's planned budget cuts for 2011, speculating about them. The date?? April 2010. Fast-forward to now, and it seems incredibly Harsher in Hindsight, not to mention eerily prophetic.
- Although Tanya herself has become, ironically, somewhat popular in Northern England.
- Incidentally, although her Facebook page still exists, her modelmayhem.com profile disappeared (but if it will return is another issue!)
- Now she's back on modelmayhem.com, but as Tanya Makse, dropping her middle name.
- Possibly this essay from George Lucas on preserving films.
- NEC never specified exactly what the name for its PC-FX stood for. One interpretation happens to be "Personal Computer - Future Unknown". It's no secret that they had no future with video game consoles, or even games themselves, after the system bombed.
- Google's Chrome browser's Incognito mode is designed to leave no local trace of your web activity once you exit it. One of the warnings about traces it cannot cover is "surveillance by secret agents". Edward Snowden's turned that fluffy bit of absurdist humor into rather dark commentary.
- Gamersgate is a Digital Distribution website for PC games that was founded in 2004. 2014 brings us the GamerGate controversy. Gamersgate CEO Theodore Bergqvist had to put out a statement clarifying that the site had nothing to do with GamerGate.