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  • Many animals will puff out their fur in an attempt to look larger and more intimidating. This includes guinea pigs. Guinea pigs.
    • Humans actually still have the capability to puff out their fur, despite most people not having enough fur to pop out. We call them "goose bumps".
  • Small dogs barking and growling while playing, or even better, at other dogs. It's just so amusing to see a tiny little fluffball act like they're some big scary monster.
  • Cats + Laser pointers + Linoleum floors = EPIC LULZ. Especially if you play so long they end up dizzy.
  • This classic report on an attempt to dispose of a dead beached whale by dynamiting it.
  • A zoo in China tried to pass off a dog as a lion. The ruse was revealed when the "lion" barked at the zoogoers.
  • Spongiforma squarepantsii is a sponge-like fungus named after SpongeBob SquarePants.
  • This dog taking his tail for a walk.
  • The fact that the Tamandua, a species of anteaters, T-pose's as a threat has resulted in many "T-posing-for-dominance" memes related to them. Possibly less funny (or maybe more-so) when you consider their claws are sharp enough to tear apart termite nest, and they're in the ideal position to slice apart predators/curious fools.
  • President Andrew Jackson's swearing parrot which caused such a disturbance at his funeral it had to be removed. The reverend reported that the mourners were both shocked and awed by its language.
  • This blue whale's excellent timing.
  • A fox on a golf course stealing a man's wallet, causing him to chase after it while his mates crack up laughing in the background.

  • In a moment that can only be described as "hilarious", Misha Collins reportedly snuck in to the Jared and Jensen panel (of Supernatural fame) at All Hell Breaks Loose con and asked them if it was "weird playing brothers on the show since they were lovers in real life." The fandom exploded.
  • Ricky Gervais hosting the 2011 Golden Globe Awards, but especially this one:
  • Shaun Micallef accepting a Silver Logie for Most Popular Presenter by reading Lawrence Olivier's 1979 Lifetime Achievement Academy Award speech.
  • While traveling to Belfast for a promotional screening, Matt Smith (a.k.a. the Eleventh Doctor) was stopped by security at Heathrow Airport after a scanner revealed a "potential weapon" in his luggage. The "weapon" in question? His sonic screwdriver. The joke really writes itself.
  • George Takei and his response to a homophobic basketball player's public statement. "As a gay man and a human being, I was shocked and saddened. But I want you to know, Tim. On behalf of gay people everywhere, that despite your ugly words, we don't hate you. As a matter of fact, we like you. We like you very much." *porn music starts playing* Just watch it. Someone on the Internet calls this announcement "setting phasers to PWN," and it's not hard to see why. (It turned Awesome and Heartwarming a few years later, as the player in question has rethought and has spoken in favor of gay rights and in support of politicians who do.)
    • Takei did it again to a school administrator who posted on line that gay kids "should all get AIDS and die". Takei's response? "Mr. McCance, you are... a douchebag", followed by a countdown to when McCance would be revealed to be gay himself (alluding to numerous anti-gay bigots who have been outed, like Ted Haggard). Doubles as a Moment of Awesome.
    • Takei's speech about the "Don't Say Gay" law being passed in Tennessee. Remember kids, it's okay to be Takei.
  • Joss Whedon's offer to buy the Terminator franchise for $10,000, and his proposal for what directions to take the franchise. Seen here.
    • This is itself a reference to a similar "offer" by Lorne Michaels to give the Beatles $3,000 to reunite on SNL (the going rate for 4 NBC studio musicians). The best part? It nearly worked, as the show is live and Paul was visiting John in New York at the time. The two saw the bit, nearly went, but decided against it at the last minute.
    • A sketch several years later when Paul was musical guest had him trying to collect 1/4 of the money from Lorne.
  • One year after winning two Golden Globes for The Reader and Revolutionary Road, Kate Winslet was interviewed for Sky News at the Golden Globes. The interviewer said "so you're not nominated for anything tonight?" to which Kate threw her arms up in the air and said "I know, YES!!!"
  • When Michelangelo Buonarroti was painting Last Judgement for the Sistine Chapel, one Biagio da Cesana complained about the figures being nude. Michealangelo's response? To depict Biagio in hell as Minos, and while censored, censored by a snake attacking Biago's privates. Pope Paul III's response:
    Paul III: As pope, I have power over earth and heaven. However, Michelangelo drew you in hell, which I have no power over.

  • The Boston Molasses Disaster of January 15, 1919. A 2-million-gallon molasses tank burst and flooded Boston at a speed of 60 km/h, killing 21 people. Yes, it's a tragedy, but it is kind of funny.
    • For those unfamiliar with English idioms, there's an old saying used to mock people - "You're slow as molasses in January". So the irony of that event negates the tragedy of it.
  • There was a tornado warning near Lake Okoboji in Iowa several years ago. The people caught in an amusement park congregated in a large building set up for an event. In the midst of the complete terror of not knowing whether the the storm would swing toward the park, and torrential rain pounding down, two pizza guys showed up who had been called to deliver food for the event (the warning was repealed eventually).
  • Hurricane Bawbag hitting Scotland, and the name hitting the net.
  • This report on Tropical Storm Kirk:
  • Opinions vary on whether it qualifies as a disaster (no one was hurt, but over 10% of global trade was disrupted and ships were forced to sail all the way around Africa like it's the 1700s), but the Ever Given getting stuck in the Suez Canal certainly provided a lot of amusement for people on Twitter and Tumblr. Made worse when it was prematurely announced the ship was free... only for it to immediately get stuck again.
    • While the ship was still stuck, a van carrying an Evergreen container — a container owned by the same company who own the ship, in other words — crashed on a Chinese motorway and caused a traffic jam.
    • This isn't even the first time an Evergreen ship has caused chaos. Back in 1992 the Ever Laurel spilled thousands of rubber ducks into the Pacific.
    • Several months later another ship ran aground in the Suez. (Luckily this time it didn't fully block the canal.) Cue much hilarity on Tumblr.
    • A year later another Evergreen truck overturned and partially blocked Japan's Hanshin Expressway. And then another Evergreen boat ran aground in Maryland.

  • Many of the CIA's plots against Fidel Castro in the 1960's and early '70's were truly hilarious and bizarre and read like material from a Saturday Night Live or Monty Python sketch. Several of these were not even assassination plots but attempts to merely humiliate Castro in the hopes that the Cuban people would no longer take him seriously and would then throw him out of power on their own (and presumably clear a path for a puppet dictator that the US could install). One such plot would have involved spraying the air ducts of the radio station where Castro made his weekly radio broadcasts with a hallucinogenic drug that would have caused him to have an acid trip and make a fool of himself on the air. Another plot—which is actually alluded to in the Oliver Stone film JFK—was a scheme to have a CIA operative, disguised as a shoe shiner, "clean" Castro's boots with a hair removal agent that, once Castro put the boots back on, would have caused his beard to fall out, hopefully destroying his macho image and charisma that way. Yet another plan, which actually involved taking Castro's life, was to disguise a bomb as a conch shell in a bay where Castro was known to go scuba-diving. However, for one reason or another, none of these plots ever came to fruition, obviously.
    • Similarly, some of the plots to assassinate/discredit Adolf Hitler were also pretty bonkers. One involved flying an airplane over Hitler's private retreat/bunker and dropping bombs loaded with various poisonous snakes to either kill Hitler or scare the crap out of him on a daily basis. Another involved trying to spike Hitler's food with estrogen to feminize him.
  • A man attempted to get the CIA to release Osama Bin Laden's collection of porn.
    "I’ll be damned. I just successfully wasted the time of the world’s most powerful spy agency."
  • Operation Acoustic Kitty was a failed attempt by the CIA to turn cats into listening devices by surgically implanting microphones in the cats and planting them near Soviet embassies in order to eavesdrop on them. The urban legend goes that the operation ended in failure when the one and only successful microphone cat was run over by a car the instant it was let out onto the street, but the true reason for the operation's cancelation is arguably even funnier. Apparently, everything went exactly as planned, up until the spies faced the insurmountable challenge of getting a cat to do what you want on command. Realizing they'd only get hours of dumpster diving and kitty mating calls if they went through with it, the operation was canceled, and reportedly the microphone was successfully removed and the cat lived out the rest of its days in the care of one of the operation's researchers.

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  • A historical example - Christina, Queen of Sweden, had two older sisters, and there were expectations that her mother would have a boy for the third child. When she was born, Christina was mistaken for a boy because she had a bunch of hair and screamed with a hoarse voice - but then it was discovered that the boy was actually a girl, which embarassed the women. However, they decided to let the king find out himself. King Gustavus Adolphus, rather than react in anger, actually smiled and said, "She'll be clever - she's made fools of us all!"
  • During World War II, Nazi Germany reannexed Alsace and Moselle from France and many street/square names in local cities and villages got germanized or were outright modified. Very often the main streets were renamed "Adolf Hitler Straße". One of said streets to be renamed after Hitler in Mulhouse was named "Rue du Sauvage" ("Savage Man Street") before, and naturally that fact didn't go unnoticed among the locals who had a good laugh about it, and it rapidly prompted German authorities to give another name to the street.
  • During World War II again, the Germans spent a good deal of time and trouble building a wooden decoy "town" complete with wooden housing estates, wooden factories with dummy (but smoking) chimneys, wooden cars in the streets, etc. The intent, to divert Allied air-raids away from genuine targets, was slightly subverted in that the only Allied bomber it attracted was a single RAF Mosquito which made a low-level run and dropped a wooden bomb on the town. But the story is a little fishy when you start to think about it.
    • What makes it even better is that the de Havilland Mosquito was made mostly out of wood, so that wooden bomb was carried and dropped by a wooden plane.
  • On 18 July 1944, during a strategy conference in the Wolfsschanze (Wolf's Lair), a fly began buzzing around the room, allegedly landing on Hitler's shoulder and on the surface of a map several times. Irritated, Hitler ordered his Waffen-SS adjutant, Fritz Darges to dispatch the nuisance. Darges snickered and suggested that, as it was an airborne pest, the job should go to the Luftwaffe adjutant, Nicolaus von Below. Hitler took Darges aside, dismissed him on the spot and had him transferred to the Eastern Front.
  • What happens when you do not pay much attention to what your enemies do: during World War I, both the British Royal Navy and the German Kaiserliche Marine were using auxiliary cruisers (merchant ships armored and given guns to protect themselves from enemy commerce raiders. The ships would also be "hidden" with fake markings, smokestacks and others that might, from afar, make those ships look like those of the enemy. In the 1914 Battle of Trindade, the German SMS Cap Trafalgar faced the British RMS Carmania, and both of them were disguised. The fun part was that Cap Trafalgar was disguised as the ''Carmania''. Hilarity (and British victory) ensued (though are we sure the right Carmania won?).
  • Vice President Aaron Burr taking issue with senatorial snacking.
    Just as the time for adjourning to tomorrow was to be put in the Secretary's office—Mr. Burr said he wished to inform the Senate of some irregularities that he had observed in the Court. Some of the senators as he said during the trial & while a witness was under examination walked between him & the Managers—Others eat apples—& some eat cake in their seats.
    Mr. [Timothy] Pickering [F-MA] said he [did] eat an apple—but it was at a time when the President had retired from the chair. Burr replied he did not mean him—he did not see him.
    Mr. [Robert] Wright [R-MD] said he did eat cake—he had a just right so to do—he was faint—but he disturbed nobody—He never would submit to be schooled & catechised in this manner.
    At this instance a motion was made by Mr. [Stephen Row] Bradley [R-VT], who also had eaten cake, for an adjournment—Burr told Wright he was not in order—sit down—The Senate adjourned—& I left Wright & Burr scolding.
  • During World War II the USS William D. Porter, which already had a reputation as a bad-luck ship, had the misfortune to launch a torpedo...right at the USS Iowa, which was then carrying President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The Iowa had to turn hard to avoid the torpedo, and for the rest of the war, the William D. Porter had to put up with every other US Navy ship they sighted signalling: "Don't shoot! We're Republicans!"
    • "Word of the accidental torpedo firing reached President Roosevelt. He wanted to see it and asked for his wheelchair to be moved closer to the railing. His loyal Secret Service bodyguard immediately drew his pistol as if to shoot the torpedo!"
    • "The crisis was over, and so were some careers. Captain Walter’s final utterance to the Iowa was in response to a question about the origin of the torpedo. His answer was a weak, 'We did it.'"
    • The reason for the torpedo launch is also hilarious. The Porter had a characteristically bad start to the mission, which included accidentally discharging a depth charge and having a sudden engine power failure which caused the Porter to lag far behind of the Iowa for most of the voyage. Not only was the President onboard the Iowa, but many high-ranking U.S military personnel as well, including the Chief of Naval Operations who roundly chewed the captain of the Porter out for the issues. Desperate for a chance to redeem himself on what would likely be the most important mission of his career, the captain of the Porter saw his chance when a few targeting balloons from a demonstration of the Iowa's anti-aircraft capabilities drifted their way. They dispatched the balloons, but the captain decided to go the extra mile. They were a destroyer, after all. So why not do a spontaneous combat torpedo drill? And since the Iowa was there, the captain figured it'd make a fine practice target...
  • Another example from the most devastating conflict in human history, this time from the Lapland War. Late in the evening of October 1st, 1944, the same day that Finnish forces arrived in the town of Tornio, they encountered a major impediment in their advance: a massive store of German booze.
    The Other Wiki: Order and discipline disappeared from the 2nd battalion of and from most of 1st battalion as well. Later on even the newly arriving 2nd battalion of Infantry Regiment 53 was also accidentally directed to the same location with similar results.
  • Stalin's nineteen pictures. Apparently when he wasn't leading the Soviet Union, Stalin liked to graffiti over them with colourful comments. For example, on a picture of a naked man with his hand near his genitals: "You need to work, not wank. Time for re-education." A painting of a nude man standing over a nude woman? "Idiot!!! You've completely forgotten what to do."
  • A group of anti-Catholics once barracked a carriage under the belief that Charles II's mistress Louise de Kerouaille was travelling in it. In actuality the occupant was Nell Gwynn, her rival, who stuck her head out the window and called: "Pray, good people, be civil. I am the protestant whore."
  • To this very day, we still somehow don't officially know what happened to the lost colonists of Roanoke while the Governor went back to England for a supply trip that got bogged down by a naval war with Spain. This, despite the word Croatoan - the name of a nearby native tribe - being found carved into a tree, and a number of pale-skinned, blonde-haired, blue-eyed tribe members of all genders and ages being found among the Croatoan tribe upon closer inspection. Truly, it is a mystery that may ever elude us.

  • From some of our next-door neighbours on EsperNet:
    03:54:43 <Mook1> eartch magnet stuck to 5 piercings on your left ear...
    03:54:44 <Mook1> SUCKS
    03:54:48 <Mook2> Owwww
    03:54:51 * Mook1 pokes back all growly
    03:54:55 <Mook2> D:
    03:55:01 * Mook2 sniffles, runs off crying
    03:55:04 <Mook3> Mook1 you okay? ._.
    03:55:18 <Mook1> removal of earth magnet
    03:55:25 * Mook1 frowns and follows Mook2
    03:55:33 <Mook3> Dude where did you get an earth magnet!?
    03:55:43 <Mook1> used them at work ...
    03:55:43 <Mook2> You can buy them. o.o
    03:55:44 <Mook4> I'll guess hard drive
    03:55:50 <Mook1> small magnets... but totally powerful
    03:55:53 <Mook3> oh..
    03:56:02 <Mook1> had one in my hand, when i was gesturing..
    03:56:07 <Mook1> next minute is CLINK
    (everybody laughs)
  • A lot of the comments for The Editing Room's abridged scripts.
    Dance Commander: can Kirk be blocked for taking life to seriously? Or at least have the link to his website removed? Link his comments, the website is bitter and a real buzz kill
    Rod Hilton: I'm going to leave his fanfic link. I think the fact that he's written well over 45,000 words of fan fiction for The Princess and the Frog serves to provide a great deal of understanding of why he hated this script so much. In fact, his apparent obsession makes his lengthy criticism of Craig even easier to dismiss as fanboyism. Besides, it's fan fiction, which is literally the only form of fiction writing less legitimate than abridged scripts (novels > plays > short stories > poems > screenplays > musicals > songs > parodies > abridged scripts > fanfic. It's a fact).
    • And some of the comments for the Hunger Games abridged script on Cracked:
      Yayy, I finally found a new website to read when I'm bored (or in the toilet).
      I'm never bored while on the toilet. Eh, eh? (Pooping is fun!)
      We have an anally fixated individual here!
    • This:
      Where's the funny?
      all up in and around your bum
    • This:
      I thought the same thing when the little sister gave her back the pin. I would've set it on fire and buried it ten feet underground. That s**t is cursed.
  • This Yahoo! Answers answer to the question "What is your worst nightmare?"
    I kept having nightmares about little angels pooping on my grill. I would come out back and open it up and there it would be, angel crap every freakin where. So then the tremors started...and the night sweats...then the hot flashes. Mainly had the hot flashes when little demons started giving me tips as to where these pesky angels were hiding. Long story short I ended up grilling the angels in their own crap and eating just their heads. Last few times I woke up with and of course I pooped the bed but what are u gonna do its 2012 who cares.
    • And this:
      Popcorn became famous in movie theaters when fat people started to become addicted to the drugs they put in it. The drugs are microscopic and have no taste or smell, so most people don't even know they are there. The drugs are more effective on fat people because of the juices in their stomachs. But very rarely the drugs can kill healthy people instantly. Source(s): True rights only love living
    • And this:
      Less demand means that it is less economically viable to produce meat. Farmers go broke, farm disappear, it's nor much but a start. Of course the fire bombings and vandalism help to drive our message home, so we will win eventually.
    • And then there is, of course, the semi-famous question of: "How is babby formed?"
  • The top-rated critical Amazon review on a packet of sugar-free Haribo's Gummy Bears goes into great detail on the "gastrointestinal experience" that ensued after eating them. Excerpt  What settles it, though, is the top-rated positive review, by DeleriouslyHappyTaxPayer [sic]:
    The reviews are so helpful. It is so difficult to be sure you are buying something over the internet that is exactley [sic] what you are searching for.
    I am sending a bag of these to every member of Congress to show my deepest gratitude.
    • Speaking of which, here are the customer reviews of Katie Price and Peter Andre's A Whole New World. Many of them claim that the album can, among other things, cure such ailments as asthma, baldness and erectile dysfunction. They're not all glowing with praise, though. These ones in particular needs to be seen to be believed.
  • "how is prangent formed" is a viral Dramatic Reading compilation by J.T. Sexkik of many people misspelling the word "pregnant" on Yahoo! Answers. They range from possible typos to downright bizarre errors that leave one wondering how one can misspell the word that badly. And it's only worse (and funnier) that most of these people are becoming parents.
    J.T. Sexkik: 38 + 2 weeks... [Beat] ...PREGANANANT?!
    • From the same uploader, Curse of The Weggy Board, where people flock to Yahoo! Answers asking all sorts of poorly-spelled questions regarding Luigi boards, and a host of other bizarre and hilarious misspellings in the same vein. These include such gems as the following examples:
      Wa weg board is that how u spell the evil game thing?
      Wa weg board.
      When I was a kid I used to mess about with a quiche board.
      Where do I obtain a wedgie board? Do I have to make my own wedgie or can I buy one from a witch or vegan ?
  • A Dramatic Reading of a YouTube Comment, an Exactly What It Says on the Tin video made in response to a YouTube comment discussing the portrayal of bullies on The Owl House.

  • Just look up anything from Jack Thompson's career as a lawyer while remembering he was taking this stuff very seriously, such as when he sent out photocopies to his legal opponents of his driver's license where he pasted Batman's face over his own.
  • Quite a few laws in many nations, many of these are based on legitimate concerns that are long outdated. For instance, the one in New York City where it is illegal for you to wash your donkey in a bath. But then there are others that make zero sense no matter what time they were written in, such as the law in Ohio forbidding its citizens from fishing for whales... but only on Sunday, the rest of the week you are in the clear. Or the laws regarding intoxicated fish. For non-American readers, Ohio is roughly 800 miles (1,300 km) from the nearest ocean.
  • The police department in the West Midlands, England got a request from the Crown Prosecution Agency (the guys that prosecute criminals in England and Wales) for a testimony from a witness named PC Peach. Turned out "PC Peach" was actually PD Peach, with PD meaning police dog, but the CPA still demanded a testimony. One of the cops then wrote up a testimony in the character of Peach, reading as follows: "I chase him. I bite him. Bad man. He tasty. Good boy. Good boy Peach."
  • New Brunswick, New Jersey, June 2009. A building superintendent places a freaked out call to 911: He thinks he's just found a terrorist cell. An apartment he just rented has been filled with nothing but two beds, maps of the city, surveillance gear, pictures of nearby buildings, and police radios. The Camden Police promptly call the FBI, who raid the place... thus taking down a secret NYPD operation that was illegally spying on Muslim college students in and around Camden. And just to add insult to injury? The superintendent who busted them is distinctly brown skinned and has an Arabic first name.
  • The Order of Transfer by Judge Samuel Kent from the Galveston Division of the district court of the Southern Division of Texas to the district courts of Washington, DC of Republic of Bolivia v. Phillip Morris Companies may very well be the funniest ruling ever issued by any court in the history of jurisprudence. It is too long to quote in full here, but here's a choice bit:
    [T]his humble Court by the sea is certainly flattered by what must be the worldwide renown of rural Texas courts for dispensing justice with unparalleled fairness and alacrity, apparently in common discussion even on the mountain peaks of Bolivia!
  • Washington State legalized the use of recreational cannabis in 2012. The Seattle Hempfest is one of the largest marijuana legalization rallies in the world. The Seattle police department wanted a painless and easy way to get 50,000+ stoners to read and abide by the state's laws on pot (yes, it's legal, but don't smoke in public or drive while high). How do they send out the message? By stapling a quick "dos and don'ts" flyer on bags of Doritos.
  • This actual court transcript. Sadly, there doesn't appear to be a video of it, but Justin Roiland was kind enough to reenact it as Rick and Morty.
  • A story of someone who phoned the police because of a person yelling "Help!" from the porch of their house. It turned out that they were just calling for their cat, named Help.
  • Another story of a phone call made by concerned parents about a man across the way who stood at his window staring at the nearby Learning Centre for hours on end. Police identified the suspect as a life-size cardboard cutout of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

  • Two nuclear submarines carrying nuclear missiles hiding at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, one British and one French, collide underwater (no crew casualties). Also qualifies as a Crowning Moment of Incredibly Bad Luck.
  • Switzerland accidentally invading (and technically occupying) Liechtenstein in 2007. Considering that both countries are neutral, Liechtenstein is basically Switzerland's protectorate and Switzerland has in the past aggressively defended its neutrality, this becomes all the more funny.
    • It's even funnier/cuter if you're a Hetalia: Axis Powers fan.
    • Better still is when the British Marines 'misplaced' Gibraltar and wound up invading Spain and scaring several fishermen. The real kicker is that Gibraltar is a 1,400 foot tall rock. One can't help but wonder why they actually landed when it should have been obvious they were in the wrong place.
  • Gen. Canrobert puzzled by the tactical style (or lack thereof) British troops demonstrated in the Crimean campaign, finally having the "Eureka!" Moment: "They fight as Queen Victoria dances!"
  • In the '80s, a Welsh farmer got so annoyed with Royal Air Force transport planes flying low over his property that he painted "Piss Off Biggles" in giant letters on the roof of his barn. Upon which the RAF began using the barn as a navigational landmark, though apparently they did respect his wishes and flew higher.
  • This is actual test footage of the F-22 Raptor. They're testing its ability to come out of a stall - a situation where the aircraft has absolutely no thrusting power and is essentially falling of its own accord - so it's easy to imagine how scared the pilot is. However, the short conversation at the end (or in this case halfway through the video) is just priceless.
    Pilot: Holy sh[censored].
    Control tower: Copy that.
  • The Cornfield Bomber: Gary Foust, a fighter pilot on a routine training mission, found his F-106 entering a flat spin. After trying unsuccessfully to recover, the pilot decided to eject from the plane, but the loss of weight and the ejection process changed the center of gravity of the plane, and it recovered and went into a gentle dive. As he watched his plane gliding towards a cornfield, one of the other pilots radioed him, saying "Gary, you better get back in it." The plane made a gentle belly landing in a field, and the local emergency responders were told by the Air Force to just wait until the plane ran out of fuel (even after it came mostly to a stop, its engine was still running, and so it continued to slowly inch forward), and it was returned to service after minor repairs. It can still be seen today in the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, along with photos of the incident.
  • The U.S.S Zumwalt, the first ship of the U.S Navy's high-tech new Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyers, is going to be helmed by Captain James Kirk. The Star Trek: The Original Series fandom and the media jumped on this fast, and William Shatner even sent a letter of encouragement to the crew.

  • Residents of Kraków were alarmed to see a creature lurking in a tree. One woman called the animal welfare officers for help. They arrived to investigate and discovered the "creature" was actually a croissant. Yes, you read that right: people were frightened of bread. How the croissant got into the tree remains a mystery.
  • The fact that it is entirely conceivable that the English town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, due to constantly changing hands, could still be at war with Russia.
    • Finally, the people of Russia can sleep soundly.
  • When Dave Barry did the Bad Song Survey, one of the people who wrote in (named Lee Jones) told the following story: "During high school, I played electric bass in the school jazz band. The night of the final spring concert, we were performing one of our band director's favorites, MacArthur Park — a song well established in the Pretentious Trash Hall of Fame. We got to the very end of the song, the band plays 'BOM! BOM! BOM!'; the band director pauses to give the signal for the last crashing chord...George Roth, a senior trombonist, stands up (in the front row), slaps his forehead, and says, 'Oh, Jesus! The CAKE!'"
  • Back twenty years ago, "Toughman" competitions were a popular crowd draw for a bar. People voluntarily (to the extent "voluntary" and "drunk" can coincide) sign up to box three one-minute rounds, winners get a cut of the take. Contestants tend to be long on liquid courage, short on technique, and the crowd can be harsh if the fight lacks drama. One such fight had the two guys completely gassed halfway through the second round, they could hardly raise a glove, much less make a punch. The crowd let its wrath be heard, but one leather-lunged fella made his point clearly above the din: "Hit him with your purse, you pussy!"
  • In what can only be described as both this and a Crowning Moment of Trolling, MI-6 hacked into an al-Qaeda website and replaced bomb-making instructions with Ellen Degeneres' cupcake recipe.
  • Real Madrid wins the Spanish Cup... Then runs over it with a bus. Poor Sergio.
  • Any time someone films themselves showing off their nunchuck "skills". More often than not, they end up either hitting themselves in the head or the crotch because holding it by the end allows for only minimal control. People trying to show off some advanced martial arts move with no actual training also tend to fail in hilarious fashion.
  • Missing man found by walking past news crew ready to report on missing man.
  • Another one from NOAA: Fed up with the 2013 Government Shutdown, one weather report hid a message to everyone in it. NOAA can be really snarky, can't they?
  • This guy messing with a telemarketer. The real gem is at the end:
    Telemarketer: You are interested in our debt consolidation program?
    Caller: Yes.
    Telemarketer: You are a resident of New York State?
    Caller: Yes.
    Telemarketer: You are also a moron?
    * beat*
    Caller: Yes.
    Telemarketer: Ah, good. Just checking. Wanted to make sure we had that on record. [hangs up]
  • A weather reporter ate cat vomit from his shoe on live TV. Why? He thought it was Grape Nuts.
  • A Facebook group calling for the lynching of Barack Obama has been hacked with pictures of goats and goat memes.
  • In the aftermath of her controversial Tweets about Valerie Jarrett, Roseanne Barr claimed that she was "Ambien tweeting". How did Sanofi U.S., the makers of Ambien, respond?
  • This group of New Zealand senior citizens deciding to spruce up death and the depressing, costly funerals by starting their own "coffin club" in which they build and customize their own coffins that they will rest in.
  • This parenting story:
    "Our children kept most of their belongings in their rooms - so rather than sending them to their own rooms as punishment when they were fighting, we sent them to each other's rooms. Our intention was for them to go around touching each other's stuff or mess the room up and they would have to clean it up themselves. Instead, they learned that if they shouted into the air vents they could hear each other - so rather than trash each others' rooms they just continued yelling at each other through the vents. They also didn't realize that we could hear them from the downstairs kitchen - where we spent the next ten minutes stifling laughter and realizing how it failed."
  • The epic livetweeting of the night someone spent at the hospital... with a dildo up his ass.
  • When you're a reporter standing next to a burning pile of drugs, expect the report to be a Stoner Flick. This is what happened to BBC reporter Quentin Sommerville.
  • The Chicago Transit Project, which is a real project dedicated to renting ad space on the Chicago subway and then putting up completely ridiculous messages. The project was masterminded by comedian Ben Larrison, and features such gems as:
    • "FACT: Statistically speaking, at least one ‘person’ on this train is actually 7 squirrels dressed up in human clothing. Don’t be a victim."
    • "Vanessa, please take me back. I wear button down shirts now. It’s a good look for me, I think."
  • After Fox News' "report" on "no-go zones" in France, a French TV show called Le Petit Journal sent people pretending to be Fox reporters to explore Paris, "the most dangerous city in the universe."
  • Though it's sad that it happened to a church, the fact that there's a real life graffiti version of Rouge Angles of Satin is hilarious.
  • A British fascist tries burning an EU flag, but fails to use kerosene or anything to speed up the process. The result? Three or so minutes pass and he's only singed the corner, in between his holding the flag up and staring in bemusement.
    • Even funnier: The reason the flag wasn't flammable? Because of EU fire safety regulations.
  • After rumors cropped up of a Russian submarine being spotted in Swedish waters, people called for an increase in the military budget, but The Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society wanted to find a non-violent solution. Their idea? Play on Russian homophobia with The Singing Sailor, an electronic sign with a sailor wearing nothing but a hat and loincloth, captioned with "Welcome to Sweden. Gay since 1944."
    • One Ukrainian citizen once shared his experiences when caught in the middle of a firefight during the Crimean Crisis: During a lull in the gunshots, the citzen took out a megaphone and shouted, "The next person who fires a shot is GAY!" as loud as he could. The shooting stopped immediately and neither side fired a single shot for five minutes.
  • A sousaphone player provides some accompaniment to a KKK/Confederate sympathizer march.
  • A news reporter broadcasting the demolition of the Alfred P. Murrah Building declares that it will come down in about five minutes. A split second later...
    Male Newscaster: Five minutes, huh?
    Female Newscaster: Surprise...
  • Anonymous hacked an ISIS website and replaced it with a Viagra ad. To put the cherry on top, the ad could actually be used to purchase Viagra with bitcoins.
  • Ford discontinued the Bronco in the Nineties. The stated reason was to make room for the Explorer and Expedition, although it couldn't have helped that O. J. Simpson used one as a getaway vehicle when he was under suspicion for his ex-wife's murder. In 2020, Ford confirmed speculation that they were planning to introduce a new Bronco and announced the vehicle would be unveiled on July 9. Shortly afterward, they announced that the unveiling had been pushed back to July 13. The reason? They discovered that July 9 was O.J. Simpson's birthday.
  • A four-year-old discovers a fire in a kitchen and her father tries to put it out while "For the First Time in Forever" from the Frozen soundtrack plays in the background.
  • A Polish workerman filmed a pipe with mud coming out of it. The mud then starts to get out of the pipe more aggressively to the point where it blasts out like a cannon as the cameraman laughs his head off.
  • As shown in the bonus features for Spirited Away, during production of many of their pictures, the animators are treated to dinner by one of their co-workers. At the end of key animation production for this particular film, the chef was none other than Miyazaki himself. He used ten(!) packs of instant ramen in one pot, but the best part is the crew's reaction to hearing who is responsible for their meal.
    Miyazaki: Is it good?
    Employee: Delicious!
    Miyazaki: That is the word I live for!
    Employee: What? Miyazaki-san made this?
    Miyazaki: Yep!
    Employee: WHAT?! You gotta be kidding!
    Miyazaki: Why would I lie?
    Second Employee: ...everybody's scared now.

  • Canadian Brian O'Dea began smuggling marijuana and cocaine to the United States, Great Britain and Canada, and by the 1980s had skillfully built his "business" into a multimillion-dollar operation, becoming a very rich man in the process. Unfortunately, by the end of the decade he was addicted to drugs and was finally captured by the Drug Enforcement Administration and convicted. While in prison, he cleaned himself up and became a legitimate businessman after being paroled. The Crowning Moment comes when, in an effort to find work, he took a series of ads in The National Post (a very conservative paper) advertising his services as a business manager and executive, openly admitting his criminal past as a drug dealer and claiming that his success in building his dope-smuggling ring as proof of his management skills. What makes this even more hilarious is that he got almost 600 job offers in response.
  • Slavoj Žižek, confirming his status as an academic Memetic Badass in this interview:
    For me, the idea of hell is the American type of parties. Or, when they ask me to give a talk, and they say something like, 'After the talk there will just be a small reception' – I know this is hell. This means all the frustrated idiots, who are not able to ask you a question at the end of the talk, come to you and, usually, they start: 'Professor Žižek, I know you must be tired, but …' Well, fuck you. If you know that I am tired, why are you asking me?
  • Hugely-talented-but-wasted N.I. footballer George Best. On being discovered one morning by room service at the London Hilton, on a bed covered with both cash (won at gambling) and the newly-crowned Miss World (1974 Miss USA Marjorie Wallace), the waiter asked: "George, where did it all go wrong?"
  • Samuel Johnson's famous response to a heckler:
    Dr. Johnson: Sir, your wife, under pretence of keeping a bawdy-house, is a receiver of stolen goods!
  • Wade Watts, head of the Oklahoma NAACP in the 1970s, was a regular target of threats from the KKK but chose to respond with an olive branch at all times. One night he was at dinner when a group of 30 Klansmen showed up at his table and told him to "think long and hard about what you're going to do to that piece of chicken" because they would do the same. He chose to pick it up and kiss it. Even the Klansmen laughed.
  • In 2017, British journalist Oobah Butler created a fake restaurant, The Shed at Dulwich, and by the end of the year, made it London's #1 restaurant on TripAdvisor despite no one ever dining there. Doubles as Awesome for the owner, who successfully proved one can game the system.
  • This little girl's response to being given homework during the 2020 lockdown.
  • A French man, disguised as an old lady in a wheelchair, threw a cream pie at the Mona Lisa, before also pulling out a number of roses and imploring people nearby to think about the planet. The Mona Lisa for the record was unharmed, being permanently under bulletproof glass.
  • One that's a mix of Funny, Awesome and Heartwarming: an Ohio teen, with a little help from his mates, asks his girlfriend to the prom...but as if it were medieval England.
  • Businesses that have become Memetic Mutations often attract satirical Google reviews referencing the meme, as with the listing for McDonalds Engadine (which became famous because a future Australian Prime Minister was alleged to have soiled himself there; hence, most of the joke reviews mention the peculiar consistency of the hot fudge/chocolate sundaes, discuss the standard of hygiene at the restaurant (although these can be difficult to distinguish from serious reviews), or claim to have saw the event taking place).

  • Richard Nixon was once driving along, and while stopped at a red light was flipped off by a teenage protester. Nixon proceeded to flip the kid off right back, then turned to his aide and said, "Now that kid will get to tell his grandchildren that he was flipped off by the President of the United States."
  • Jimmy Carter attacked by giant swimming rabbit. The younger folks in the audience probably think this is a joke.
    • It gets even funnier because initially the White House Press Office tried to keep a lid on the photograph, fearing that the press would portray him as afraid of even a cute little bunny. Instead, the press portrays him as bravely facing down a Killer Rabbit.
  • Despite the panic it probably caused, this quote is outrageously funny.
    Ronald Reagan: (during live soundcheck) My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.
  • British actress Joanna Lumley - of The New Avengers and Absolutely Fabulous - has long been a supporter of the rights of Britain's Nepalese Gurkha soldiers to settle in Britain and receive the same benefits as British-born servicemen. After being dicked around by the government for several years, and accused of being a shill for the opposition, she held a BBC press conference to set out her case in May 2009; the government attempted to overshadow this by holding their own press conference at the same time with Immigration Minister Phil Woolas. By coincidence Lumley and Woolas bumped into each other on the way to the studio, and in full view of the press cameras the formidable Lumley proceeded to intimidate a flustered Woolas into granting all the concessions she had demanded, live on TV. Photographs memorably showed the MP visibly flinching from Lumley's withering Death Glare.
  • After Gordon Brown was caught on microphone calling a woman "bigoted" in his car during the 2010 British general election campaign, Labour's senior leadership try to relaunch their campaign by unveiling a poster. During an outdoor speech by Lord Mandelson in front of one of the new posters, a car crashed into a bus shelter nearby. You can see the PM and ministers' heads turn to follow it.
    Mandelson: ...creating tax fairness, making sure that... (eeeeeeeeekCRASH) ...making sure that our pledges...
    • Even better was the driver's sketch of the incident on his insurance claims form - as well as including a sketch of his car crashed into a phone box (rather than a bus shelter) and a passing refuse lorry (which he alleged had bumped him into the shelter), he included a drawing of a crowd of frowning stick people, one bearing the label "PM" (Prime Minister), standing in front of posters saying "Labour are not rubbish". Snappier than the slogan they actually had, and conveying the same message!
  • Barack Obama re: Kanye West: "He's a jackass."
  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau once performed a mock strip tease for charity. The video from that later was used in attack ads.
  • A rather morbid CMoF: the Islamic Republic of Iran re-named Winston Churchill Boulevard in Tehran to Bobby Sands Street after the latter died in his hunger strike against the British. The funny part? This street happened to be where the British Embassy was located. The embassy was forced to move their entrance to another part of the building to avoid having their most famous political dissident's name in the address on their official embassy letterhead. Yes, the Khomeini government may have been rigid Islamic fundamentalists, but apparently they were also capable of being total wiseasses when the occasion called for it.
  • Stalin allegedly found "Kilroy was here" graffiti in a VIP bathroom, prompting him to ask his aides who this "Kilroy" was.
  • Mike Huckabee walks onto an airplane. A bunch of people say things to him like, "I'm sorry, Governor," and "I voted for you for President." Then, this one clueless guy says, "I know who you are—you're Mitt Romney."
  • During a Texas-Oklahoma football game in the late 70's President Gerald Ford was walking down the tunnel with Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer and Texas coach Darrell Royal at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. A drunk Oklahoma fan looks down the tunnel and yells "Hey, who are those two guys with Switzer?"
  • Anytime a prominent Politician or someone running for public office "gaffes" it's this. They are sometimes either Dude, Not Funny! or riddled with Unfortunate Implications, so your mileage may vary.
  • Barbara Walter's reaction to Herman Cain, who, during her interview with him, said that if he were offered a cabinet position, he'd like Department of Defense.
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Connie Schultz epically owns the ass of a conservative blogger who accused her of being overly friendly with a member of the US Senate. Awesome ensues.
    Blogger: We are doing an exposé on journalists in the elite media who socialize with elected officials they are assigned to cover. We have found numerous photos of you with Sen. Sherrod Brown. In one of them, you appear to be hugging him. Care to comment?
    Connie Schultz: I am surprised you did not find a photo of me kissing U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown so hard he passes out from lack of oxygen. He’s really cute. He’s also my husband. You know that, right? (technically, that is some pretty deep socializing. You could say they are even in bed together).
  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell tried to embarrass the Democratic party by presenting a piece of legislation that would allow the president to raise the debt ceiling without a vote from Congress. He believed that Senate Democrats would not bring the bill to a vote and would allow him to attack the president's desire for this exact piece of legislation. However, the Senate called his bluff, decided to bring the bill to a vote and McConnell was forced to filibuster his own bill. Whoops.
  • British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli once declared in Parliament that 'half the cabinet are asses'. When the Speaker asked him to withdraw, he replied, "Mr Speaker, I withdraw. Half the cabinet are not asses."
    • A century (give or take a decade or two) later, left-wing MP Dennis Skinner (aka The Beast of Bolsover), was railing at the corruption of the government. He declared that, "half the Members opposite are crooks!" The Speaker instructed him to retract the inflammatory comment. "All right, half the Members opposite are not crooks!"
  • During the 2016 election campaign, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were asked to name one thing they respect about each other, getting cackles out of the entire audience and both candidates. (Clinton praised Trump's parenting skills, while Trump praised Clinton as a Determinator.)
  • In one of her first acts as Vice President, Kamala Harris performed a swearing-in for three senators, including her own replacement, requiring her to read out a proclamation that "The chair lays before the Senate... a certificate of appointment to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of former senator Kamala D. Harris of California." Harris barely got through it before cracking up (as did many of the spectators), saying, "Yeah, that was very weird."
  • A week into his presidency, Joe Biden had a phone call with Vladimir Putin regarding a number of tense issues between their two countries. Later that day, during a press briefing, Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked Biden what he and Putin talked about, apparently not knowing that the White House posted a transcript of the call online. Without missing a beat, Biden replied, "You. He sends his best." The rest of the room erupted into laughter.
  • On February 27, 2022, Louisiana Representative Clay Higgins posted a nonsensical tweet apparently mocking leftists. It was such Word-Salad Humor, however, that he was mocked, and even the English Dictionary dot com account replied.

  • The existence of the PopeMobile. "Quick, to the POPE-MOBILE! Nanananana nanana... IL PAPA!"
    • Less funny when you know the reason it exists is because someone shot Pope John Paul II four times without it.
      • And more funny when you take George Carlin's criticism into account: "If he's scared of dying, what the fuck kinda chance do the rest of us have!?"
      • Sam Kinison also commented, "We know God protects the Holy Father, but just in case..."
    • And now we have rumors (since confirmed) that Pope Francis secretly administers to the homeless. This led to Stephen Colbert dubbing him "Batpope". The rumours being confirmed makes this even more hilarious. Especially since Pope Francis does so in the guise of a common priest.note 
    • Pope Francis also says that he would happily baptize an alien (as in, an extraterrestrial) should he need to. While it is sweet, the mental image of the Pope baptizing the traditional Little Green Man is hilarious.
  • The Wicked Bible. Best. Typo. Ever. For the record, it's 'Thou shall ̶n̶o̶t̶ commit adultery'.
  • The Westboro Baptist Church is a group of deranged bigots in the U.S. So it's hard not to laugh when people or circumstance mess with them.
    • The San Diego Comic-Con is the Shangri-La of nerds. When the former protests the latter, it's war... with signs. It's both a CMoF (for the signs and the chant of "What do we want? GAY SEX! When do we want it? NOW") and a Moment of Awesome for being able to embarrass the bigots enough to make them slink away.
    • Quote from when the WBC fail to show up:
      On the day of the canceled Westboro Baptist Church picket, there is still extra security around the school
      Student: Shame, isn't it? All this preparation and nobody shows up.
      Security Officer: Just as well, if it starts raining they might have melted.
    • WBC vs. Anonymous. Just watch. It's hilarious. WBC had no clue who they were messing with.
    • After announcing they would be picketing Leonard Nimoy's funeral.... they announced they got lost.
    • When Pokémon GO was released, it turned out that a Pokemon Gym was located at the WBC. It didn't take long for someone to take over the gym... using a Clefairy named LOVEISLOVE.
  • Two churches arguing and debating ideologies back and forth in the most passive-aggressive form imaginable—the bulletin boards outside of their churches. It's not real though, but still very funny.
  • A tweet from a New Zealander in response to Harold Camping's failed rapture prediction in May of 2011: "No rapture here. Just as well. Another delay into the filming of The Hobbit would have been terrible."
  • In Belgium, sculptor Joseph Geefs was commissioned by the church to create a sculpture of Lucifer, called "L’ange du mal" as part of a greater piece on good triumphing over evil. However, the church thought the final product, completed in 1842 and installed in 1843, was "too sublime", i.e. Lucifer was too sexy and would tempt young girls. So they commissioned Joseph's brother Guillaume to make a replacement. Said replacement is called "Le gènie du mal" (The Genius of Evil), or "The Lucifer of Liège", in 1848, and is even sexier.

  • Several funny incidents with the Space Shuttle:
    • During one launch, near the end of powered flight, a flight controller is monitoring the main engines, which are about to shut down, and also the valves on the external tank, which are not supposed to close while the engines are running, or else the vehicle will explode. The valves closed just before main engine cutoff:
      Controller #1: YIKES!
      Controller #2: We concur.
    • Steve Hawley, a mission specialist, made the most hilarious comment when his flight was aborted on the pad when the main engines shutdown:
      Steve: Gee, I thought we'd be a lot higher at MECO!note 
  • Apparently, we as humanity drew a penis on Mars.
  • The Apollo 17 crew having fun on the Moon.
  • This video showcases electromagnetic waves from far off celestial objects converted into sounds. Some sounds are fitting, with Earth giving off nature sounds, Jupiter with perpetual storms. Others horrific like Saturn and its moon. So what's the result of two black holes, powerful fields of gravity that bend light, colliding? A Whoop Sound.
  • In 2021, Blue Origin (a private aerospace manufacturer and spaceflight company founded and run by Jeff Bezos) launched its first successful manned flight, with Bezos aboard. Any sense of triumph, awe, or wonderment was immediately wrecked when everyone noticed that the rocket had an extremely phallic appearance; after that, the jokes flew faster than the ship (with many people noting similarities to a scene from Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me).