Funny Aneurysm Moments that don't have their own categories yet.
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- A Federal Express ad features Steve Irwin dying of a snake bite because he used the wrong service to deliver the antidote. Granted, it wasn't a snake that ended up killing him, but still...
- A 2010 ESPN "This is Sportscenter" ad featured mild-mannered Dwight Howard getting the story on how Superman saved Hannah Storm from a coffee machine that caught on fire (the joke, of course, being that Superman is Dwight Howard's alter ego). In December 2012, Storm received severe facial and upper body burns after a gas grill's propane tank exploded in her face.
- Subway had a mobile game called Jared's Pants Dance marketed for kids, which becomes a very unfortunate name in light of Subway's promoter, Jared Fogle's convictions of child pornography possession and sexual abuse of minors.
- A 1996 Snickers commercial shows a football player taking a big hit and subsequently thinks he is Batman. Pretty funny at the time (to be honest, still funny today), but since then there have been a ton of studies and examples of the damage that can be done to football players by repeated head injuries.
- A minor one. In Calvin and Hobbes, Calvin discusses how gross sliced lunch meat is (such as saying the skin is plastic) and that apples are dyed and waxed to enhance their appearance, but you're basically eating a candle. Apples are actually waxed with "food grade shellac" (which is the stuff found on some insect carapaces)... but instead of it being for appearance it's to help preservation.
- 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 '80s 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".)
- 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...
- October 23, 1872: Unusual one from the US election — the legendary cartoonist Thomas Nast published in Harper's Weekly 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.
- Much of the early career of Richard Nixon was impacted by Nixon's involvement in the Watergate scandal.
- One 1952 campaign ad features Nixon (shortly after being named Dwight D. Eisenhower's running mate) has then-California Senator Nixon hammering away at the corruption that had plagued the administration of outgoing President Harry S Truman.
- Not long after being named the Republican Vice-Presidential candidate; a corruption scandal threatened to sink Nixon when he was accused of having a slush fund, with the scandal being serious enough to lead to his potentially being dropped from the ticket. Nixon then took to television to deliver what became known as the Checkers speech (named after the name of a dog given as a gift for Nixon's young daughters that Nixon emphasized they were keeping), and the controversy saved his career after it was revealed he was in the clearnote .
- Following his narrow defeat for the Presidency in 1960 by John F. Kennedy; Nixon decided to run for Governor of his native California against incumbent Democratic Governor Edmund "Pat" Brownnote . One of Nixon's campaign ads touted him as a man of integrity; complete with a still shot of evangelist and close friend Billy Graham.
- Prior to the 2000 U.S. Presidential Election, Dave Barry wrote a column talking about the election results, with blanks left for the winner. The joke was supposed to be that he couldn't be bothered to stay up late on election night to find out the results and asked the editor to fill it in later. However, due to the Florida recount controversy, the election ended up not being decided until over a month later.
- At ECW One Night Stand 2005 during the Mike Awesome (who was reviled by ECW fans for jumping to WCW without warning, while he was still the ECW World Heavyweight Champion) vs. Masato Tanaka match, Joey Styles commented, "Suicide dive by Mike Awesome, and it's a damn shame he didn't succeed in taking his own life!" In February 2007, Mike Awesome committed suicide.
- Part of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin's Face–Heel Turn in 2001 included him mistreating his wife and manager, Debra . This happened little more than a year before Stone Cold was arrested for domestically abusing her.
- On the 8/9/1997 Edition of Nitro the nWo ran an angle where they called Sting down from the rafters (as he'd been doing for some time at that point). However, Sting came down way too fast and crashed at ringside. Hogan and the rest of the boys start selling it like the man was really hurt. They gathered around him, called for help from the back, brought a stretcher down...and then they revealed that it was a dummy, and pulled it into the ring to mock Sting and have Hogan beat "him" in a match. Owen Hart would die from a rappelling stunt gone wrong two years later.
- It was a long one but when Kevin Sullivan divorced from his wife Nancy, it had sprung up from an affair she and Chris Benoit had while they were touring together as part of a storyline Sullivan had written while working in WCW. The joke was Sullivan had "booked his own divorce" by having them travel together to maintain Kayfabe. This led to their marriage, which unfortunately led to Nancy Benoit's death in 2007 when her husband murdered her, their son, and finally himself, which rendered the original joke pretty tragic.
- 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 I'm Sorry I Haven't 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 I'm Sorry I'll 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 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 (a rock station in St. Catharines/Niagara Falls, Ontario) 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.
- The crew of the Apollo 1 took this◊ mock portrait, jokingly praying to the untested craft. It becomes a lot less funny when they all burned to death inside it during a routine test.
- At the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards Show, which aired on August 28, Eva Longoria joked about a “small hurricane”. Well, that hurricane, which got Miami at the time, happened to be named Katrina and New Orleans suffered her wrath a day later.
- Herbert Viana, the lead singer of the Brazilian band Paralamas do Sucesso, finished an interview in 2001 by saying all he had bought a new plane, and all he wanted to do was fly (he was a pilot). Months later, he crashed the plane into the sea, in an accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down, and killed his wife.
- The New Hampshire state quarter◊, initially circulated in 2000, depicts The Old Man of the Mountain, which was a state landmark. Three years after the quarter was released, the Old Man naturally collapsed.
- Every joke about Dick Clark's eternal youthfulness has suffered from this since Clark's stroke in late 2004, which rendered him...somewhat less youthful.
- Now even less funny come 2012, since Clark has passed away of a heart attack.
- Still, one could look at it as it taking a massive stroke for Dick Clark to age, which is a lot more than it takes most people to move past appearing young.
- From "The Good War" — the massive set of WWII-based interviews by historian Studs Terkel (the brackets are part of the title, by the way): The interviewee, Maurice E. Wilson, talks about an apparently white man called Robert Brooks in his unit whom Wilson often called Nig on account of his features and hair. After Brooks died, it emerged that he was black and had lied about his race (he was pale enough to pass for white) to get into a white outfit.
- Jim Fixx, the guy who made jogging popular, died of a heart attack while he was jogging. This looks ironic on the surface, but the heart problem was known, and was actually the reason Fixx took up jogging. It likely extended his lifespan.
- Similarly, James Rodale - a writer and publisher who advocated for organic foods and healthy living in such publications as Prevention magazine - died of a heart attack at 72 while appearing as a guest on The Dick Cavett Show. Just minutes earlier, Rodale had predicted he would "live to be 100".
- Providence radio DJ Doctor Metal of the hard rock station WHJY threatened not to go see Metallica play during the summer (even though he supported them on the air since they were still in the underground) if their new album wasn't good. He then qualified the statement by saying he doesn't know what'll happen and he could be dead by then. Shortly after that, Doctor Metal died in the Station nightclub fire in Rhode Island in February 2003. Oh and that next album, St. Anger? It was almost universally hated by Metallica fans upon its release.
- In a documentary about countries that aren't internationally recognized, the crew's translator talks to the Russian peacekeepers in South Ossetia, and says that, if fighting begins, they will take off their peacekeeper badges and help fight for South Ossetian independence. Three years after the documentary was filmed, fighting did break out in South Ossetia...
- There is a show on the History Channel called Wild West Tech, hosted by David Carradine. A 2005 episode featured him detailing the differences between two noose knots. It gets better. At the end of the segment, he signs off: "Don't try this at home." The reruns since 2009 are...uncomfortable.
- When Dr. Guillotin presented his killing machine to French Convent (the ruling body during the Revolution), he joked: "With this machine, I could cut your heads off, and you wouldn't notice!". Most members of that Convent were later executed by guillotine, though not Dr. Guillotin himself.
- Even worse, that part about "you wouldn't notice?" Later testing with the guillotine during the Reign of Terror suggests that the head stayed alive for some time after being sliced off, and modern research has confirmed that from the perspective of the brain, the only difference between decapitation and sudden cardiac arrest is that there is no possible way to reverse decapitation. It is well known that cardiac arrest victims remain conscious for twelve seconds before collapsing, and the same can be said for victims of decapitation.
- Though however long it took, it was still far faster, more dignified and probably less painful than strangulation by short-drop hanging, which had been the normal method for ordinary people until then. Other western nations solved this in the early 19th century with the invention of the long-drop gallows, calculated to each victim to kill as fast as possible... by what is in all intents and purposes decapitation without breaking the skin.
- After a would-be terrorist tried igniting a bomb in his shoe in 2001, some comedian quipped, "...so now the government is looking in people's shoes. Thank god he wasn't trying to light a bomb in his crotch." Yeah...
- Captain Morgan rum is named for privateer Henry Morgan, who died of liver failure from drinking too much rum.
- The name "Hiroshima" translates literally as, and uses the characters for, "Spacious Island". As seen here◊, World War II left it a little too spacious.
- When Sandra Bullock appeared on David Letterman to promote The Blind Side, the music they played when she walked out was "I Wish That I Had Jessie's Girl."
- According to his childhood friend Asher Wright, Nathan Hale had a mole on his neck and as a boy he was teased about by other boys who said it meant he would be hanged. One day he and Asher were out sailing and a storm blew up. Nathan laughed and said cheerfully, "Don't worry, I know I won't be drowned today. I'm going to be hanged, you know."
- Inverted with Serene Branson's infamous mess up as she was reporting the Grammys. At the time people were worried she'd had a stroke but it turned out it was just a migraine so it became ok to laugh at the incident. There's even a remix of it on Youtube.
- When Amy Winehouse was a guest on Nevermind The Buzzcocks some of the jokes told by Simon Amstell included: "you want us all to sit here while you drink yourself to death?" "This is not a popquiz anymore, this is an intervention. [...] We used to be close, what happened?" Amy's response? "She's dead, let it go Simon"
Dear Ms Winehouse, congratulations on turning 100, best wishes, the Queen.
- Also on Mock the Week a Kevin Bridges during the segment ;Scenes We'd Like To See' came up with this:
- On Patton Oswalt's blog in 2007, in a gag list of his top five albums from the year he includes "Remembrance: The Amy Winehouse Box", giving Island Records credit for "embracing reality and preparing for the inevitable."
- Davy Jones quipping "You know I used to be a heartthrob, now I’m a coronary" in an interview in August 2011.
- Helen Keller, who lived during the first half of the 20th century, owned a dog named Kamikaze. That was a pretty beautiful name for a dog back then, as it's Japanese for "Divine Wind"... except thanks to World War II most people who hear "kamikaze" think of suicide bombers.
- One of the most famous letters written by Klemens von Metternich (1773-1859) says this : "My life has coincided with a wretched epoch. I came into the world too soon or too late (...). I ought to have been born in 1900 and to have had the twentieth century before me." Of course Metternich couldn't know that people born at the beginning of the 20th century had to witness far worse than the Revolutions that made him so bitter.
- One passenger on a Malaysia Airlines flight joked about his plane disappearing on Twitter before it was shot down over Ukraine.
- This report about a gamer who's raided by the police, all because of someone making a hoax phone call to the police. Any comment about overzealous homeland efforts is summed up as the now-idle game suddenly blurts out "TERRORISTS WIN".
- Kate Upton said in a 2014 interview regarding her not doing nude shoots: “...with social media and the Internet and not so great blogs and the attention like that, I don’t think that my pictures would be received in the way that I’d want them to be received. That’s why I’ve stayed away from them.” Not long afterwards, on Labor Day a hacker got hold of and released private pictures of herself, Jennifer Lawrence and other ladies... suffice to say she was right.
- During his performance of his song "We Saw Your Boobs" at the Oscars, Seth MacFarlane sang "...but we haven't seen Jennifer Lawrence's boobs at all." Well, thanks to a perverted cybercriminal, now we have.
- "My iCloud keeps telling me to back it up, and I'm like, I don't know how to back you up. Do it yourself." So spoke guess who.
- During his performance of his song "We Saw Your Boobs" at the Oscars, Seth MacFarlane sang "...but we haven't seen Jennifer Lawrence's boobs at all." Well, thanks to a perverted cybercriminal, now we have.
- At the 1994 Academy Awards, when Tom Hanks won the award for Best Actor in Philadelphia, he thanked his gay drama teacher in his acceptance speech. Unfortunately, Hanks was unaware that the teacher was still in the closet, and it got him tons of unwanted attention about his sexual orientation by mainstream media. This inspired the plot of the 1997 film In & Out.
- The Guardian published a letter from a reader wishing she could be out of the country to avoid the inevitable frenzy come the demise of the Queen Mother, but realising it wasn't the kind of thing one could plan in advance. It was published in the March 30 2002 edition, and you can probably guess where this is going...
- There once was a time when TV presenter Jimmy Savile acting goofy and silly was considered to be all in good fun. Even when he grabbed women and children or made Did I Just Say That Out Loud? comments which shocked, surprised and embarrassed people, everyone assumed them nothing else but innocent jokes. After his death, when he turned out to have been a gigantic sex offender of minors, all these antics have become Harsher in Hindsight. It has gotten to the point that all his memorials, statues, archive footage, pictures, fundraising organisations,... have been now been effectively removed, destroyed or disbanded, making him an Un-Person at this point.
- After the Columbia space shuttle broke up during re-entry, one of the items recovered in the debris field was the videotape that was being recorded in the cabin as they were re-entering (this was standard procedure on shuttle flights). The final critical minutes were missing (presumably because the outer layers of the tape on the take-up reel were damaged), but fifteen minutes into the recording, as the glow of the plasma caused by atmospheric re-entry becomes visible through the cabin windows and lights up the interior, Pilot Willie McCool says, "This is amazing, it's really getting fairly bright out there", and Commander Rick Husband jokes, "Yeah, you definitely don't want to be outside now"... A few minutes later they were.
- California is officially nicknamed the "Golden State", after the Gold Rush of the mid-19th century. In The New Tens, California was hit by the worst drought in its recorded history, and one widely-adapted water conservation measure is watering lawns less frequently, allowing them to turn a little brown, or "golden" as many PSAs put it—"Gold is the new green!" In other words, California is the "Golden State" for different reasons today.
- In an interview with GQ in 2007, Hayden Panettiere stated "You can’t schedule rehab for me... I think I’m going to be one of those boring girls." In 2015, she did go into rehab for postpartum depression.
- The city of Brussels started a campaign named #callbrussels in January 2016, to reassure potential tourists of how safe and welcoming the city was and to downplay the then-recently issued terrorist threat alert, two months later...
- In February 1959, Waylon Jennings lost a coin-flip to Buddy Holly and was forced to take a bus to Minnesota whereas Buddy took a plane. Before leaving, Holly joked "Well, I hope your ol' bus freezes up.", to which Jennings joked, "Well, I hope your ol' plane crashes." Tragically, the plane did crash, killing Holly and everybody else aboard. Jennings was haunted by those words for the rest of his life.
- Disney Theme Parks
- A popular joke on the Jungle Cruise has the skippers advising parents "Watch your children, or the crocodiles will". In June 2016, a two-year-old boy was dragged into a lagoon and drowned by an alligator near Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, and the cruise skippers were told to never use the joke again.
- 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 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.
- The part Enchanted Tiki Room Under New Management where Iago is charred by the tiki gods is slightly uncomfortable with a fire damaging the attraction in 2011. Though it could be Hilarious in Hindsight for those who hated that rendition and preferred the original.
- 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!" Guy really should've picked a better nickname....
- 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.
- The BBC intro for the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix featured mock-ups of video games with the characters replaced with F1 drivers and team logos, complete with faux Japanese voiceover. Near the end, a driver is seen performing a Mortal Kombat style "Fatality" on another driver, with the voiceover stating "Say sayonara to your breakfast!". It would take on a darker meaning when Jules Bianchi suffered an accident in the race which would ultimately claim his life.
- 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.
- During that same performance, he also made a remark about his daughters killing his son. Something like: "The boy is eleven. I don't think he'll make it to twelve. His sisters will kill him."
- Regardless of whether the allegations against Cosby are true, the fact that they exist at all makes his Spanish Fly routine very uncomfortable. Plus, it appeared in an album called It's True! It's True!
- Bill Cosby Talks to Kids About Drugs. That's all.
- 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".
- George Carlin's HBO special You Are All Diseased was recorded in New York City in 1999. It began with a typically scathing routine on airport security being "a stupid idea" and "a waste of money." A couple years later... well, you know what happened.
- Carlin twice tried to name an HBO special I Kinda Like It When a Lot of People Die. The first one was renamed Complaints and Grievances due to the September 11 attacks. The second was renamed Life is Worth Losing after Hurricane Katrina.
- John Mulaney comments on this in one of his bits. He mentions how he was Raised Catholic and was an altar boy in his youth. A hush falls over the audience and he comments on how everyone views being an altar boy as this crazy thing after the child molestation incidents in the church.
John: Isn't it weird how that became a scandalous thing? That was just some boring shit I had to do on weekends. But now it's like saying, "I was a French maid for a period of time."
- 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 have since passed away, 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...
- 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 The 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.
- 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.
- In this video, a man is frequently heard calling the coaster he's on a "Togo Death Machine" (TOGO was the name of the manufacturer). In Mid-2007, a woman was killed on that very exact ride when the trains derailed, and the park ended up closing later that year.
- David Gest, a music producer and celebrity contestant on numerous reality shows, was set to host a concert tour before he died in April 2016. The name of the tour, the David Gest Is Not Dead But Alive With Soul Tour was a humorous jab at a fellow contestant on Celebrity Big Brother who thought he was dead. Worse is that the poster for said tour has David emerging from a coffin...◊