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  • The eponymous character of Lamput matches the description of SCP-999, described as an orange blob of slime with the ability to shapeshift. Both characters also come from laboratories.
  • Our Friend Xiong Xiao Mi, a 2013 Chinese cartoon, stars a character who's basically a copy of Winnie-the-Pooh. The show itself uses an art style that looks remarkably similar to that of Peppa Pig. Winnie-the-Pooh and Peppa Pig ended up being Banned in China in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
Eastern European Animation
  • Me Cvimad Moval is a 1986 animated short about a girl befriending a snow boy. In 2016, a YouTuber named MrHaliboot released an animation called "Cloud", which is about a girl who befriends a cloud kid and shows a few similarities to Me Cvimad Moval.
Fan Works


  • Nintendo Power:
    • The Mario Vs. Wario comics printed in Nintendo Power shortly after Wario's debut in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins said that the reason for Wario's grudge against Mario was when they were playing cowboys as kids, he got to be sheriff only once. Ten years later, the GBA game WarioWare Inc.: Mega Microgame$ features a hidden version of Nintendo's arcade game Sheriff with Wario taking over the title role. Wario also gets to be a sheriff in Mario Party 2.
    • Another Nintendo Power example: when Lucario was suggested as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl in the letters to the editor, it was juxtaposed with a suggestion of Dora the Explorer and laughed off by the responder. Later along the line, Lucario was announced as a playable character. (Sadly, Dora didn't make the cut.)
    • During the early days, the Player's Pulse section once featured a topic of the issue being the most infuriating gaming moments for players. One such player ranted about something involving his sister, and ended his post with "God must be a girl!"note  Thirteen years later...
    • A fan letter published the December 1991 issue' detailed a fantasy game system which would come bundled with a game "better known as Super Mario Bros. 24", but would actually have the title of Super Mario Galaxy.
    • Another letter in the mid-90's had someone writing in about how awesome a game set in a courtroom would be, which the editors replied would've been a stupid idea. Capcom, apparently, was reading that letter, and came with the Ace Attorney series.
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly made an April Fools' Day joke about a code to get play as Sonic and Tails in Super Smash Bros.. Melee (even photoshopping an extremely convincing pic). Come the Wii generation and Brawl, Sonic (but not Tails) joins the cast of playable characters.
  • Cracked, when it was still a humor magazine:
    • A 1970s issue predicted youth culture 30 years later pretty well.
    • A 1984 issue featured parodies of recurring features in rival MAD, including two Don Orehek cartoons done In the Style of... Don Martin. Six years later, Don Martin left MAD over a salary dispute and started working for Cracked.
  • This Sports Illustrated cover taken during the 1984 Summer Olympics and its boycott from Soviet nations shows the red olympic ring in the far right corner fallen apart. Now here's the ring sculpture from the 2014 Winter Olympics' opening ceremonies.
  • The cover of the 2014 Hollywood issue of Vanity Fair had Chadwick Boseman and Brie Larson posed together. Maybe Annie Leibovitz had some sort of time machine and knew they were both gonna be comrades on the Avengers someday. What makes it funnier is other future MCU actors Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o and Chiwetel Ejiofor were on the same cover!
  • Wizard Magazine:
    • In issue #112 (January 2001), there's a funny little comic about the employees discussing possible directors for the Spider-Man movie. Copy Editor Andy Serwin thinks Disney should make it, believing Spider-Man is for kids. Eight years later, Disney owns Marvel Comics, and there are plans for an animated Spider-Man movie (though it'll be released by Sony Pictures). It'll be seven more years later for Spider-Man to finally appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe alongside the Avengers.
    • The April 2001 issue had a fancast for a live-action Titans movie. While many of the choices were questionable (like 39-year-old Tom Cruise as Nightwing and Sean Connery as Deathstroke), one of the ideas put forth was Kelly Hu as Cheshire. About a decade later, Kelly Hu would voice Cheshire in Young Justice.
  • The Sep. 07 '18 cover for The Week is titled "Swamped," showing Trump sloshing through a swamp that has encompassed the White House. MAD's 20 Dumbest People, Events, and Things of 2018 parodies Trump himself as the Swamp Thing.
  • A cartoon in Road & Track featured a car called the "Bug Royale" which had the front end of a Bugatti Royale and the rear of a Volkswagen Beetle. The cartoon was featured in an early 1990's issue, a few years before Volkswagen actually took ownership of Bugatti (1998).


  • The Amazons of Classical Mythology. In the myths, they were just about the only civilization at the time where women oppressed men instead of the other way around. What part of the world do you think they lived in? Ukraine and Russia (according to Herodotus, that is).
  • Loki from Norse Mythology is a jotun, or troll. During the age of the Internet, the term "troll" took on a whole new meaning: a person who sows chaos and discord (sometimes For Great Justice, sometimes For the Lulz), which is Loki's raison d'être. But wait, it gets better: trolls are known for "flaming" others, and guess what color Loki's hair is? Here's a hint: one of his kennings is "Flame-Hair." Bow before your god, all ye Internet trolls.
    • One of Thor's kennings is "Troll-Basher." What do administrators use to get rid of pesky trolls? The banhammer, of course!


  • In Episode 48 of The Scathing Atheist, the hosts talked about an Adventist Pastor named Ryan Bell, who decided to "Try Atheism for a Year", with them being Tongue-in-cheek about his sincerity. About a year and a half later, he is a notable figure in the atheist movement, and is interviewed in the show.
    Heath: It's like a white person trying out being black for a year by dancing better.


  • The poem For Heidi with Blue Hair by Fleur Adcock seems uncomfortable now considering it mentions "twittering", which to today's audiences, has different connotations than it did at the time of publishing...
  • Longfellow's The Jewish Cemetery at Newport which discusses the plight of the Jews, ends with the stanza "But ah! what once has been shall be no more! / The groaning earth in travail and in pain / Brings forth its races, but does not restore, / And the dead nations never rise again." He did not foresee the creation of the modern State of Israel.
  • In the short and little-known Shel Silverstein poem "Description", one character insist that God is black, another that God is female. It becomes this after "I Met God, She's Black became a popular slogan for T-shirts.


  • The Official Monster Raving Loony Party had a policy of passports for pets. Guess what was actually introduced in 2001.
  • In 1973, Margaret Thatcher said the following:
    I don't think there will be a woman Prime Minister in my lifetime.
  • Chris Rock starred in a movie called Head of State, in which his character runs for the (2004) Presidency as a long shot and wins. Fast forward to 2008, where Barack Obama did just that.
  • The Gettysburg Address, possibly the most famous speech in U.S. history and the only one that American students are likely to have to learn by heart, includes the line, "The world will little note nor long remember what we say here."
  • There was a report in a newspaper from the 1930s in which a spokesman for Nazi Germany accused Britain of oppressing its colonial subjects. Another paper of roughly the same vintage had a report detailing economic deals the Nazis had made with the Kingdom of Yugoslavia which were being enthused about by the German economics minister at the time. His name: Dr Funk.
  • There is a history documentary, made during the Cold War, in which a famous historian says "[The Berlin Wall] now separates Germany, a country that will probably never be united again." The documentary was made in 1988, one year before The Great Politics Mess-Up at its finest brought the wall down.
  • One of Richard Nixon's first tasks for his men once he got into office? Assembling a work crew to tear out a sophisticated surveillance system his predecessor Lyndon Johnson had installed for keeping an eye on his minions around the White House. Man, the way things don't change!
  • In 1974, Gerald Ford seriously considered appointing George H. W. Bush as his vice president. However, Ford passed him up after deciding that Bush's skills were more in foreign policy and that he was unfit to execute Ford's domestically-minded agenda. During his eventual presidency, Bush proved to be very skilled at foreign policy but rather inept at handling domestic issues.
  • Anyone remember the much-memed quote from Ted Stevens about the internet being "a series of tubes"? Now take a look at the dozens of "_____Tube" sites online (YouTube, XTube, FilesTube, etc). And people say that Al Gore invented the internet!
  • Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has often been quoted as saying, "There were three heroes in Arkansas: Jesus, Elvis, and FDR, not necessarily in that order." Now someone by the name of Elvis Presley is running for Governor of Arkansas.
  • In 1845, the Anti-immigrant Nativists in the US formed the (White) Native American Party.
  • This interview on the controversial CBC television show This Hour Has Seven Days is particularly hilarious for a number of reasons if you know your Canadian history. To explain/ruin the joke for the rest of you: note 
  • Sometime in the 1890's, president Stephen "Grover" Cleveland once met a young toddler. Cleveland said to him "I’m making a strange wish for you, little man; a wish I suppose no one else would make. I wish for you that you may never be President of the United States." The toddler's name? Franklin D. Roosevelt!
    • Something similar occurred in Canada about a decade later, when Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier was touring Western Canada. In one town, he stopped to chat with a little boy, and the kid eventually excused himself because he had to finish his paper route. That little boy was one John George Diefenbaker, who would himself run the country from 1957 to 1963.
  • King Ludwig II of Bavaria, ruler of a then-independent Bavaria, was so obsessed with building castles that the kingdom began drowning in debt. His nobles eventually got so fed up that they deposed him before he could bankrupt the country. Today, those castles bring in huge amounts of tourist revenue to the local economy.
  • Communist leader Santiago Carrillo had the nickname of Juan Carlos I of Spain picked out before his reign even began: "The Brief". 35 years later, Santiago is no longer leader of the Communist Party in Spain, but Juan Carlos is still King.
    • Juan Carlos continued as Spain's king until abdicating for his son in 2014. By that time, Carrillo had been dead for a year and a half.
  • In 2007, Senator Larry Craig was arrested in a men's room for allegedly engaging in lewd conduct toward another man, who ended up being an undercover cop. Several websites began playing a clip from 1998 during the Lewinsky scandal in which Sen. Craig referred to President Clinton as a "naughty boy."
  • In response to his opponent Dwight D. Eisenhower putting out the first political TV ads, Adlai Stevenson stated "presidential campaigns will eventually have professional actors as candidates."
    • Then there's H. L. Mencken's 1920 quote that seems to gain popularity every time a new US presidential election comes near:
    "As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."
  • In 1979, the famous French humorist Coluche joked about the left-wing party rising to power in 2012. The man died in 1986. Come 2012, France elects left-wing President Francois Hollande after seventeen years under right-wing governments.
    • What makes it even more hilarious is that French Presidents are now elected for a five-year term. In 1980, the presidential term was 7 years. There would not have been a Presidential election in 2012 by 1980 reckoning, had Jacques Chirac not worked to reduce the length of presidential terms in 2000.
    • His phrase could also refer to a potential massive victory of the left-wing in elections of the members of French Parliament, which happened every five years or when the French president dissolves the Parliament. Seen from 1980, there would have been one in 2013.
  • Though it's basically a footnote in American history now, there was actually a brief period during the War of 1812 when a radical faction within the United States' Federalist Party seriously advocated New England seceding from the Union and becoming an independent nation. So, yes, "the Yankees" actually tried to secede from the Union about half a century before anyone else did.
  • Shortly after narrowly losing his first bid for President to John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon decided to run for Governor of California; commissioning this particular ad that touts, among other things, his integrity (complete with picture of him with evangelist and close friend Billy Graham). When Nixon did become President, many of his actions would largely reveal his corrupt nature; topped of course by Watergate.
  • During the lead up to the 1993 Australian election, then-Prime Minister Paul Keating declared his opponent, John Hewson, "would make Malcolm Fraser look like a bleeding heart leftie," — Malcolm Fraser being the last conservative Prime Minister at the time. Fast forward a couple of decades, and Fraser's outspoken opposition to his old party on matters such as the war in Iraq, climate change and asylum seekers has gotten him labelled just that. For extra points, Hewson himself has also been opposed to the party on essentially the same issues.
  • In his April, 1917 speech to Congress urging them to declare war on Germany, Woodrow Wilson referred to the young Russian Revolution as "wonderful" and "heartening" for democracy.
    ...The great, generous Russian people have been added in all their naive majesty and might to the forces that are fighting for freedom in the world, for justice, and for peace. Here is a fit partner for a league of honour.
    • Wilson also had the Serbian flag raisen over the White House as a show of support to the little country's plea during WW1. Serbia's flag is still the only non-American flag to ever fly over the White House. But 80 years later...
  • The 1998 9th Circuit Court of Appeals case MicroStar v. FormGen Inc. involved the question of whether fans could sell player-designed Duke Nukem 3D levels with the game's build editor. One of the reasons the court gave for holding that fans could not sell these levels was so FormGen (the parent company of Duke Nukem developer 3D Realms) wouldn't be impeded in making more Duke Nukem games. The sequel to DN3D, Duke Nukem Forever, took fifteen years to make and was made by another company.
  • During a 2008 Democratic Primary debate, then-Senator Barack Obama was asked about using Bill Clinton's former cabinet members as advisers on foreign policy. Then-Senator Hillary Clinton quipped that she wanted to hear the answer. Obama responded, "Well, Hillary, I'm looking forward to you advising me as well." Guess which former-Clinton adviser became Secretary of State once Obama was elected.
  • John McCain, who lost the 2008 Presidential Election, found out several years later on Finding Your Roots that he and George Washington, the first President of the United States, are second cousins seven times removed.
  • In the 2007 Australian federal election, a lot of advertising by the Labor Party was based on the idea that John Howard, who had been Prime Minister for eleven years, may leave part way through his term if he won the election, and the highly unpopular Peter Costello would replace him. After Labor won, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd missed out on running for his full term when his party replace him with Julia Gillard. After Labor won the next election, Julia Gillard was herself replaced... by Rudd again. After the Liberal Party won again in 2013, Prime Minister Tony Abbott was himself replaced by Malcolm Turnbull after barely two years. And then after barely winning the 2016 election, Turnball was replaced with Scot Morrison, preventing him from winning a full term.
  • This image of then Mayor Boris Johnson getting stuck in a zip line during a promotional stunt for London's Olympic Games in 2012 became a perfect summary of Johnson's situation after Britain voted to leave the European Union in referendum, four years later. Johnson's panicked appearance on TV, not even 24 hours later, all but confirmed that Johnson had campaigned heavily for 'Leave' as a way to distance himself from sitting PM David Cameron (who campaigned for 'Remain') and to postulate himself as his successor at the head of the Conservative party in the future, all while being confident that 'Remain' would win by a short margin and not wishing it to happen in reality himself. Instead, 'Leave' won and Cameron announced his resignation, leaving Johnson no choice, in case he finally succeeded Cameron, to either handle the exit from the EU himself and take the blame for all negative consequences (which Johnson said would be none), or to go back in his stance and cancel the UK's exit from the EU. Either way, Johnson would be exposed as a liar and his political career, compromised. Johnson chose not to run.
  • During a 2013 Canadian Parliament debate, then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper accidentally referred to then-MP Justin Trudeau as "Minister". In the October 2015 election, Trudeau handily defeated Harper to become PM.
  • Around 2013, lots of references were made to a potential Jeb Bush victory in the 2016 US presidential election, such as President Ellis in Iron Man 3 being made to look like him and Glee outright referencing him as the incumbent president in the flash-forward to 2020. Bush was widely considered to be a shoo-in for the 2016 Republican nomination, but ultimately his campaign crashed and burned and he was crushed by the unprecedented political firestorm that was the campaign of Donald Trump. With Jeb's failure, many doubt that a Bush will ever become president again at least for the foreseeable future.
  • Donald Trump in politics:
    • When he campaigned for President of the United States in 2000, he went under the Reform Party platform. He said that he found it disturbing that the people that were running alongside him in the Reform Party included a Klansman and a Communist. 16 years later, Trump's Presidential campaign (as a Republican) found endorsements from both the Ku Klux Klan and North Korea.
    • God only knows how many people joked about how he would never be President, including Barack Obama and John Oliver. The anti-Trump Seth Meyers joked after the election that, given how inaccurate his predictions regarding Trump's campaign were, he was probably going to be a great president.
    • In 2012, he tweeted "The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy." In the 2016 election, he lost the popular vote, but won the electoral college and the presidency — retweets for that tweet surged following the announcement. Whether that proves his original tweet right or wrong is a topic best left to other sites.
    • In 2012, he tweeted that "Robert Pattinson should not take back Kristen Stewart". The most popular response tweet was "YOU SHOULD BE PRESIDENT FOR SAYING THAT". Four years later...
    • In 2010, then-State Department spokesman Phillip J. Crowley warned against visiting North Korea, saying, "We only have a handful of former presidents." In 2017, in part thanks to the Trump Administration, North Korea released three Americans.
  • The Leader of the Nazi Ahnenerbe Organization, Herman Wirth, was fired by Heinrich Himmler (among other reasons) for stating the idea that in the future, Germany will be ruled by a woman which would be called the "great mother". Angela Merkel, who became the German Chancellor in 2005, got the nickname "Mommy" or "Mother". Thus, in a certain way, Wirths prediction turned true.
    • Wirth also later became a feminist, making him literally the first literal Feminazi.


  • An episode of Saturday Night Fry (1988) included a sketch where Stephen Fry went on a night out in London. At one point he goes to the theatre: "I spent a thoroughly enjoyable time watching Simon Gray's The Common Pursuit. Half way through the interval, I realised I was supposed to be performing in it." This was eight years before he abandoned the West End production of Simon Gray's Cell Mates, something he's made jokes about since.
    • In the same radio show, he also said the word "iPhone". That's right. Stephen Fry claimed the iPhone.. in 1998. See here.
  • Early on in this podcast of a 4e D&D game, one of the players goes off on a tangent about a "Rat King", an urban legend about a monster rat that is formed when the population of rats is so dense that they fuse together. Guess what they run into later on in that session...
  • In the early 2000's, BBC Radio DJ's Mark Radcliffe and Marc 'Lard' Riley used to broadcast sketches featuring two naff club singers with the names Skel Nonch and Erk Dre who specialised in 'Cumbrian Tight-throated Singing'. One of the items of clothing the duo sported, a symbol of their terminal out-of-touch naffness, were trilby hats...
  • In August 2001, an episode of Old Harry's Game featured Satan showing Professor the truth behind his image of England. This included a cricket match which turned out to be fixed by the bookies. It was rebroadcast in September 2010, while this scandal about fixed cricket matches was still in the news.
  • In the first series of You'll Have Had Your Tea: The Doings of Hamish and Dougal, in 2002, reference is made to the Red Hot Chilli Pipers. When first broadcast, it was a simple pun on the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Repeated later, it sounds like a reference to the actual Red Hot Chilli Pipers, who formed in 2004.
  • The fact that Martin Crieff of Cabin Pressure skipped reading the majority of literature in favor of Principles of Climatology for Pilots is much funnier now that his actor Benedict Cumberbatch is playing Sherlock Holmes.
  • Paul Hayes used to present mid-mornings on 96.6 TFM around mid-2003, and the station slogan was "The Best Variety of Hits". He presented 10am - 1pm weekdays and the occasional weekend show. Now that it's been announced he's joining Radio Aire, this is a lot funnier considering a decade later he'd be presenting on their sister station in Leeds with the exact same slogan. However, it's not the first time he's worked at Radio Aire; he covered Late 'n' Live Sunday - Thursday 10am - 1pm for a few weeks, but that's ignored by radio "geeks" and airbrushed from his CV by them.

Recorded and Stand-Up Comedy

  • Jack McBrayer's routine in the 2012 Just for Laughs festival, in which he reads entries from his childhood diary, "or, as boys call it, a journal." Entries include:
    • 1985: Listened to Michael Jackson's "We Are the World" and though "He is such a good singer, and so good with kids" (also counts as a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment due to the molestation charges that would ruin him, though the fact that he was found not guilty does make it funny, but it still kind of hurts).
    • 1997: While on vacation in Paris, sees Princess Diana in the next car. "Mom is chasing her so I can take a picture. Oh. Oh."
    • 2004: Tina Fey sends him a copy of the script for 30 Rock, which sounded good, but he was more interested in Matt LeBlanc's new sitcom Joey.
    • 2008: Meets Tiger Woods and thinks "He's so much like me. A very nice guy and shy around the ladies."
    • 2012: Gets invited to Alec Baldwin's wedding ceremony, and decides to surprise him by bringing some photographers.
      • That last one he tore out and said "To the graveyard." In another reading, he says "I will burn this immediately."
  • Mitch Hedberg joked about being a stubborn McDonald's owner that had restaurants that served spaghetti instead of hamburgers and cheeseburgers. In The New '10s, spaghetti was added to the menus of some McDonald's restaurants in the Philippines.


  • Brazilian example: sports manager Vicente Matheus was known for his "brilliant" phrases, among them "I'd like to thank Antarctica for the Brahmas they sent us". Well, in 1999 (2 years after his death) both breweries merged...
    • Another, which might not count: basketballer Rafael Araújo (who even played some time for the Raptors) was known in Brazil as Baby. Then for numerology, he decided to rewrite his nickname as... Bábby. Yes.
  • A television ad proclaiming American Football quarterback Eli Manning to be "Unstoppable" became hilarious as he had two of the worst games in NFL history, then became funny in an ironic sort of way when the same player had an uncharacteristically great run in the playoffs, and then...
  • A T-Mobile ad which took several moments from everyday life, replacing the word "goodbye" with the word "hello", featured a Brett Favre press conference, spoofing his recent retirement: "After seventeen seasons, it's time for me to say... hello." By the time the commercial made it to air, Brett Favre had already stated his desire to play another season.
    • It's become even more hilarious since Favre has retired AND unretired again. He's retired again now, but who knows if it'll stick.
  • In an Adidas soccer ad during the 2006 FIFA World Cup, a shot by England midfielder Frank Lampard hit the goal line and was counted as a goal despite arguments from Oliver Kahn (star goaltender for Germany). Four years later, Lampard shoots a similar shot against Germany, but it doesn't count despite evidence showing the contrary.
    • Even funnier is England's 1966 World Cup Final win over West Germany, where Geoff Hurst scored a goal that didn't actually cross the line (though it was due to the match officials not being able to speak the same language. FIFA wasn't as smart then than is is now).
  • Given Helio Castroneves indictment for tax evasion there's something cruelly amusing about his trademark victory celebration of climbing up race track debris fences/prison fences.
  • Terrell Owens, after Dallas's early playoff exit, tearfully defended Tony Romo, saying "That's my quarterback". Next season, Owens accused Romo and tight end Jason Witten of conspiring to keep him out of the offense.
  • A baseball manager once said of weak-hitting pitcher Gaylord Perry that "a man would land on the moon before he hit a home run." He was right... by about 15 minutes. Perry did the deed on July 20, 1969, shortly after Apollo 11 landed. Snopes couldn't quite verify the quote, however.
  • Everybody found Michael Phelps's insanely large diet surprising, to say the least (12,000 calories a day?). Then that photo of him using a bong showed up...
    • Now he's always in Subway commercials advertising a meal that (in the commercial) comes with BAKED chips. It's a lame joke, but someone HAD to have thought that one out.
  • During the Week 5 NFL on NBC pregame show during the 1995 season, following a "News and Notes" segment that included a story on efforts to re-introduce instant replay to the NFL (this was midway through the period where replay was dropped thanks to lengthy delays). While the other panelists were making their comments and when it came to NASCAR team owner and former Washington Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs, Gibbs quipped that the interest in reviving instant replay was "...too late for Mike (Ditka) and I". The modern challenge format of instant replay was introduced in 1999, in time for Mike Ditka's final season as New Orleans Saints head coach, while Gibbs got to use it during his four-year return to the Redskins between the 2004 and 2007 seasons.
  • During the lead-up to the 1988 World Series opener between the Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Dodgers; much had been made of Kirk Gibson not being likely to play due to a nagging leg injury. Following the National Anthem performance by 1980s teen pop star Debbie Gibson, NBC pregame host Bob Costas commented that, "The Dodgers have Debbie Gibson. If only they had Kirk Gibson". Late in the game, of course, Kirk Gibson would hit the famous game-winning homer (his only at-bat during the series) while limping his way through the bases.
  • In the acclaimed 1993 documentary Baseball the Red Sox and the White Sox both had "and they never won a World Series again" after respectively selling Babe Ruth to the Yankees and the Black Sox Scandal. They did win, eighty-something years later (Red Sox in 2004, White Sox one year later).
  • In the 2006 NFL Draft, the first pick was held by the Houston Texans. There were three pretty big names in the draft: Vince Young (who'd just led the University of Texas to a stunning national championship), Reggie Bush, and Matt Leinart (who both played for the then-dominant University of Southern California). Instead, they chose to draft defensive end Mario Williams, and were roundly criticized by everyone. The funny part comes five years later: Leinart's a backup, Bush's team has all but severed ties with him, and Vince Young's team's owner has gone on record as saying he won't be back next year. Meanwhile, Mario Williams has gone on to be one of the game's better linemen.
  • The Miami Heat were doomed to this with all of their pre-season theatrics from Lebron's "Decision" to a smoke-machine-included press conference to announce the big three to them predicting they would win "three, four, five, six..." championships. All they had to do to avoid the ridicule was win the first one. Too bad the Dallas Mavericks had other plans.
  • After the Dallas Mavericks won the NBA Championship, they went on The Late Show With David Letterman to read the Top Ten for an evening - "Top Ten Perks of Winning the NBA Championship". The #1 entry via Dirk Nowitzki was "finally, I'm gonna get my shot with a Kardashian sister!" That next offseason, Khloe's husband Lamar Odom was traded to the Mavs. Dirk's prediction may come true...
  • NASCAR: In 2008, Clint Bowyer said that "Michael Waltrip is the worst driver in NASCAR, period." Cut to 2012: in his first season driving the #15 5-hour Energy Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing, Bowyer won three races (Sonoma, Richmond, and Charlotte), made the Chase, and finished second in the final points standings.
  • In the 1995 post-season of the Premier League, Manchester United sold three of their starting players - Paul Ince, Mark Hughes & Andrei Kanchelskis - and proceeded to replace them with three of their youth team; Paul Scholes, David Beckham & Nicky Butt, also bringing Gary & Phil Neville into the squad aswell. In their first game of the 95/96 season, United lost 3-1 to Aston Villa, prompting Match of The Day pundit Alan Hansen to declare "You don't win anything with kids." Come the end of the season, United won the Premier League & the FA Cup.
  • The Boston Bruins of the NHL sells shirts at TD Garden that say "Subban Is A Bitch" in reference to PK Subban of the Montreal Canadiens. However, with Boston's recent drafting of PK's younger brother Malcolm, we'll see how long those shirts will be around.
  • Mets rightfielder Bobby Bonilla appeared in an episode of Living Single, where he agrees to write a column for Khadijah's magazine during the 1994 strike. While in the office, Bonilla clashes with a Jamaican employee who dismissively calls him an "overpaid cricket player". After the strike ended, Bonilla played for the Orioles, Marlins, and Dodgers before returning to the Mets in 1999. In a desperate move to free up cap space, the Mets agreed to an infamous deal: instead of releasing Bonilla and paying him his last $6 million up front, they would defer payment, with interest, until 2011 (Bonilla's playing career ended in 2001). This ensured that Bonilla will stay on the Mets payroll until 2035 and net nearly $30 million in the process.
  • In 1993, the England football team were looking for a new manager. One candidate was approached by the FA, but turned the job down, telling them "You've Got to be joking. Even the Pope would have second thoughts." The Candidate in question, Roy Hodgson, would become England's manager in 2012.
  • The Complete Book of the World Rally Championship called Tommi Makinen's four Championship wins "a feat unlikely to be surpassed for some time". The book was published mid-way through the 2004 season. Sebastien Loeb went on to win the Championship that year, starting his run of nine consecutive Championship wins.
  • When Arizona Diamondbacks GM acquired Didi Gregorious in 2013, he compared him to a young Derek Jeter. Fast-forward to December 2014 when Gregorious was traded to the Yankees to replace...Derek Jeter.
  • The Oakland Raiders who found themselves on the other end of the famous Tuck Rule Game would eventually sign defensive lineman Justin Tuck.
  • In 2013 Forbes magazine named Virginia men's basketball coach Tony Bennett one of the most overpaid coaches in college basketball. Two years later, Virginia has earned its first ACC tournament championship since 1976, back-to-back 30-win seasons for the first time ever, and in 2015 Bennett was voted by his peers the best defensive coach in college basketball.
  • In fourth grade, Colin Kaepernick of the 49ers predicted that he would become a pro-football player and play for either the Niners or the Packers. He also accurately predicted that he'd be 6 foot 4 inches in height.
  • During Halloween 2009, Manu Ginobili famously swatted a bat out of midair with his hand. This becomes funnier when you realize that there IS an animal called the Manu short-tailed bat, and it lives in South America.

Tabletop Games

  • In Mekton: Operation Rimfire, one of the characters had a girlfriend called Maria who was brainwashed and given an alternate identity. Especially given that it's a mecha game, the similarities to a plotline in a certain anime series are amusing.
  • There is a certain Call of Cthulhu scenario called "Final Flight", in which the characters are on a plane with a disguised serpent person. To make it obvious: There is a motherfucking serpent man on the motherfucking plane.
  • Dungeons & Dragons
    • The Spelljammer box had Lorebook of the Void advising to remember it's a big Universe and vary creatures as you go on, even if it's just a change in appearance - for example... "Change in color (blue elves)". Which was just a throwaway line until Avatar.
    • In the 4th edition Player's Handbook, a section on why you'd want both melee and ranged weapons says: "When the flying monster makes its getaway, you don't want to be hurling insults at it." The Player's Handbook 2 released the Bard...which can kill enemies by insulting them.
    • One of the 4th edition races is a race of anthropomorphic dragons known as the Dragonborn. No, they do not get a shout attack.
  • An old Dragon Magazine article discussed ways to avert the Aerith and Bob trope in a campaign, advising DMs about how to establish consistent cultural motifs for character and place names. The article's title? "What Do You Mean, 'Jack the Samurai'?"
  • From the Pokémon Trading Card Game we have Double Rainbow Energy.
  • In the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, there is a pseudo-God Card named "Thor, Lord of the Aesir", who is listed as a Beast-Warrior-Type. Furries will get a kick out of this, due to an infamous parody picture that had floated around years back of Anubis, lamenting his change from God of the Dead to furry sex symbol, with Odin (Thor's father) comforting him by telling him Thor "wasn't spared, either", a reference to near-life sized horse dildo created during the time. To clinch the hilarity, Thor is a Synchro monster, which requires a Tuner monster called "Guldifaxe of the Nordic Beasts" to bring out. Guldifaxe, in case you're wondering, is a horse.
    • Speaking of Yu-Gi-Oh and furry internet memes, one popular meme is that Krystal can't have her sandwich. In the card game, there's a Fusion monster called Sanwitch who, at present, is very hard to get out - its Fusion Materials and most of the alternative ways of bringing it out are either banned or limited to one per deck. So Krystal can't have her Sandwich.
    • 2ch users created a hoax so convincing, it tricked Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! fan sites. The hoax basically stated that Lightsworn were dolls who were slaves of an evil force, which describes the new Shadolls perfectly.
    • Nekroz of Trishula can be seen as a personification of Trishula. Unfortunately for the Pixiv fanartists, Nekroz of Trishula is a guy. Tenpester even mocked it by having the Trishula gijinka's clothes be stolen by Archamage of the Nekroz.
    • Remember the time when players did the Tour Guide From The Underworld + Sangan combo? That's what Burning Abyss players do now.
  • Our page for the player archetype of Munchkin has the quote "Munchkin: one who, when informed the campaign is about politics and intrigue in 17th-century Italy, asks to play as a ninja." Years later, Assassin's Creed II was released... On the Munchkin page the quote was soon potholed to the game's page, up until wiki policy changed to forbid that.
  • The Munchkin Ctulhu standalone game features the Fez of Fazooli, represented by a guy wearing a fez, a jacket and a bowtie (bottom left in this image). Several years later, guess who wore an almost identical outfit?
  • A writing guide written in 1994 would have various decrees that would be heavily violated by future works. Stuff like "No writing about the history of the Jedi", "No writing about the rise of the Empire", "No extra-galactic invasions". Of course, this document was a guideline for freelancers, so if anyone was going to do anything setting-breaking, they'd probably want to do it in-house rather than hand it off to some random person writing an RPG module.


  • This article about an early beta of Vista.
  • At the advent of computers it was declared by Thomas J. Watson that there would never be a market for more than five computers in the entire world.
  • Conversely, Danny Hillis talks about the first computer conference he went to, where he proclaimed that the market for microprocessors would be in the millions. One wag asked, "What, will there be a computer in every doorknob?" Flash forward to Danny Hillis returning to the same hotel, where the room keys had been replaced by keycards. There was a computer in every doorknob.
  • This video of one of Steve Jobs's keynote speeches. Him explaining the "Megahertz Myth" is so much funnier when Apple switched to Intel in 2005. On the subject of the myth, he practically predicted the future when the Pentium 4 decided to completely milk the "clock speeds are everything" concept for all it was worth, until the massive performance and overheating problems killed the worth the Pentium name once had.
    • The Take Thats at Intel in Apple's old "Snail" and "Toasted Bunnies" ads as well.
  • This iPod parody. Two years later...
  • This 1972 photo of a "Super Airbus."
  • This video on all the exciting possibilities offered by The Internet in... 1996. Just try to watch the guy earnestly enthusing about "multimedia files" and "special interest groups" without thinking of The Internet Is for Porn.
  • Apple and Samsung are bitter rivals. However, Sam Sung was once an Apple employee.
  • This April Fools' Day article from 2013 by Infoworld mocks the early failures of Windows 8, by saying that Windows 9 is "too good" and Microsoft is skipping straight to Windows 10. Just a little over a year later, the exact same thing happened in real life. (Well, minus the "too good" part, but still.)
  • Guilty Gear Xrd -sign- was famous for a visual style that many felt was impossible for the Unreal Engine. That was before Unreal Engine 4, famous for it's versatility in both visual aesthetics possibilities and platform useability (showcased by Epic Games releasing a mobile app in the form of a Flappy Bird clone), was released to the public.
  • ''This student PSA from 1995 accurately predicts all the possibilities that the internet will offer by the time the students are in college.


  • Beatrice's line, "No, not till a hot January" in Much Ado About Nothing sounds somewhat ridiculous to anyone in the Southern Hemisphere (except maybe Antarctica). It's even funnier, and maybe a little less ridiculous, when you realise she's talking about getting along with Benedick.
  • The entire "We Need a Little Christmas" number in Mame. The entire point of the scene is that the characters are at such a low point in their lives that they decide to cheer themselves up by starting their Christmas decorating early, even though, to quote the lyrics, "it's one week past Thanksgiving Day now". Now that retailers have extended the holiday season to well before Thanksgiving, it's hard to see how Mame and co. are rushing into things; if anything, they're dogging it.
  • Early on in Act II of Iolanthe, the Fairy Queen sings of Captain Shaw (London's fire chief at the time and a Big Name Fan), and in the premiere she stretched out her arms towards him while singing "Oh, Captain Shaw! Type of true love kept under!". A few years later, Shaw was mixed up in a messy adultery scandal.
  • Nick Jonas playing Marius in Les Misérables opens up an entire can of recursive funny at Eponine's expense. The first is, obviously, her Stalker with a Crush status making her the original Jonas Brother fangirl; the second, she has a crush on her brother. (For those of you not in the know, Nick Jonas originally played Gavroche in Les Mis.)
  • In Bell, Book and Candle, Shep refers to himself as having been "bewitched" — "I didn't say I meant it literally." Guess what Fantastic Comedy Bell, Book and Candle inspired?
  • In Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Mrs. Lovett calls the title character "Mr. T." Pity the fool...
  • In the 2003 revival of Tell Me on a Sunday, the girl tells her mother that the latter "managed very well going from vinyl to CD" in an effort to urge her to get online and write emails instead of letters in the post (blatant use of the latest technology and references to modern pop culture were the main ways the show was updated for the revival). Now CDs are essentially obsolete, while vinyl is enjoying a resurgence of popularity.
  • Towards the end of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, there's a lot of talk about being, or not being, On A Boat.
  • In the 2008 concert revival of Chess, Idina Menzel plays Florence, signing the line "a battleground for rival ideologies to slug it out with glee". Fast-forward a couple of years, and she's in actually on a TV show called Glee.
    • That performance of Chess also features Kerry Ellis as Sveltna, Forence's romantic rival. Both Menzel and Ellis have portrayed Elphaba in Wicked onstage.
  • Wicked: Speaking of Idina Menzel and Wicked, since Idina starred in Frozen, people can't help but notice how many parallels Queen Elsa has to Elphaba.:
    • In Wicked, Elphaba is a misunderstood older sibling, has magical powers, has a dramatic "I Am Becoming" Song ("Defying Gravity"), and stars alongside a blonde-haired actress whose first name is Kristin. In Frozen, Queen Elsa is a misunderstood older sibling, has magical powers, has a dramatic "I Am Becoming" Song ("Let it Go"), and starring alongside a blonde-haired actress whose first name is Kristen. Coincidence? Well, maybe, but that doesn't stop it from being both hilarious and awesome.
    • When Glinda confronts Elphaba near the end and says "I mean they're just shoes... let it go!". Try to hear that now without mentally playing "Let It Go" in your head.
    • One part of "No Good Deed" goes, Is that all good deeds are/When looked at with an ice-cold eye.
    • In "What Is This Feeling?", Elphaba pins Galinda's personality down to one word: "Blonde". What is Elsa? Blonde.
    • A Disney Animated Canon version of Wicked will likely never happen but fans have noticed both Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth have appeared in Disney films—Menzel as Elsa from Frozen and Chenoweth as Maleficent from Descendants. Jokes about Elphaba being a hero and Glinda taking a Heel–Face Turn have popped up.
    • Caissie Levy, the first actress to play Elsa in the Broadway musical adaptation of Frozen, also used to play Elphaba on Broadway. While Patti Murin, who plays Anna, was Glinda on Wicked's first national tour.
  • In the 2011 theatrical adaptation of Frankenstein, Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch alternate the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature. At the time, Cumberbatch was already playing Sherlock Holmes on Sherlock, and now Miller is playing the character as well, in the American TV series Elementary.
  • In the play The Seven-Year Itch, Dr. Brubaker complains about his publisher retitling his book Of Sex and Violence and giving it a lurid cover "making Meyerheim's victim—all of whom incidentally, were middle-aged women—resemble in a number of basic characteristics, Miss Marilyn Monroe." This line was omitted from the film version, in which Monroe played a quite different role.
  • Take the line "Donald Trump and I on the links, and he's my caddy" from "96,000" in In the Heights. When it was written in the mid 2000s, Donald Trump was a "generic rich guy", especially to the people of Washington Heights. A decade later, we have President Donald Trump, who is known for his anti-immigration policies (almost all of the characters are immigrant or immigrant-born), tenuous race relations with Latinos and African Americans (all the characters are Latino, except for Benny, who said the above line, who is black), and for taking many, many weekends off to golf. The idea of him being the caddy of African-American, friend-of-immigrants Benny became about 20x funnier.
    • Also, putting the show in the Washington Heights. Lin-Manuel Miranda's next show, Hamilton, prominently features George Washington as a character - and his role was originated on Broadway by Chris Jackson, who played Benny in In The Heights.
  • A few, in universe, in The Drowsy Chaperone, usually having to do with how poorly the Show Within a Show has aged:
    • The Man in the Chair notes that a rainy November is a laughable thought nowadays, thanks to global warming.
    • The back of the record advertises "Mix-ups, mayhem, and a gay wedding!". The Man in the Chair is quick to say that "Back then, gay meant fun!"
    • The Drowsy Chaperone was said to have played in the Morosco Theatre on Broadway. When the show itself went to Broadway, it opened in the Marquis Theatre, which was built on the same ground as the Morosco Theatre was.
  • In My Fair Lady, Henry's mother advises him not to talk politics and to "stick to two subjects: the weather and your health". These days, with increased political polarization, not even the weather (climate change) and health (the anti-vaxxer movement) are immune from heated debate.
  • The short-loved Broadway musical Smile has one of the characters, Doria Hudson, sing an "I Want" Song about visiting Disneyland. The Smile lyricist, Howard Ashman, and Doria's actress, Jodi Benson, would collaborate with Disney only a few years later, on The Little Mermaid. Naturally, Benson's character, Ariel, eventually "made her home in Disneyland" through several attractions and entertainment.


Other Examples

  • From Lore Sjoberg's Online Book of Ratings written in 1998:
    "I'll limit myself to observing that with the increasing popularity of vampires, we're on the verge of the unicorn syndrome all over again. If it hasn't happened already, in a few months look for airbrushed posters of sad vampires in Wal-Marts everywhere, and in a decade look for female college students saying to each other 'Were you into vampires when you were nine? Me too! We were such dorks!"
... nailed it (well, aside from being about ten years off), didn't he?
  • The Barney the Dinosaur scene in this mock Watchmen: PG Version trailer can easily become this if you read the Dark Fic Day of the Barney (Or a plain old Funny Aneurysm if the fic gave you Nightmare Fuel.).
  • This page on a wrestling website lists various disturbing search terms that have lead people to pages on that site. One of them is "Cowboys Humping".
    • There's a similar one in an episode of South Park, where Cartman talks about artsy "movies about gay cowboys eating pudding". Matt or Trey even joked that they would sue if they saw any pudding in that movie.
  • This Chris Benoit action figure, which changes his expression from nice guy to screaming angry bastard, is funny for the wrong reasons.
  • A 1995 issue of Odyssey Magazine had an article titled "A Note From The NASA Administrator". The accompanying photograph showed the author of the article, then-administrator Daniel Goldin, and astronaut Charles Bolden talking to schoolkids about space exploration. In July 2009, Bolden was appointed as... NASA's Administrator.
    • In the 1997 movie October Sky, one of the men who helps the boys build their rockets is named "Mr. Bolden". And he's black, too.
  • There was a Tolkien/Harry Potter joke in Russian from 2005, which said "I already know what will happen in book 6: The Invisibility Cloak will turn out to be the One Cloak". Well... off by one book.
  • This Entertainment Weekly story mused about the possibility of Paula Abdul dancing with Fred Astaire after seeing Elton John playing with Louis Armstrong for Diet Coke. Well, it wasn't Fred, but it was close enough...
  • One Nickelodeon special from January 2004, just after the Spirit and Opportunity rovers landed on Mars, featured two celebrities having five minutes to build any sort of contraption out of some random materials on a table. One guy made a very dumpy-looking car-like thing out of straws and gum, with waffles for wheels. When the host asked him what it was, he said "A Mars rover." "Do you think this thing could really go to Mars?" "This is the one that's been having problems." (Spirit had a computer problem at the time.) During this exchange, the thing starts to fall apart. Flash forward six years, and Spirit and Opportunity are still roving, despite being made to last only 3 months.
  • In 1977, long before the book Night at the Museum was ever published, a commemorative book from the Smithsonian opened with an essay titled "I Wonder What Happens At Midnight", about everything in the museums magically coming to life after closing time. In 2008, Night at the Museum 2 came out, with that exact premise.
  • The USAF revealed in January 2010 through Jane's that they are modding Sidewinders for air-to-ground usage. Funny how all those arcadey flight-action titles like Ace Combat, Afterburner etc. had us using ersatz Sidewinders for multirole purposes well before this, eh?
  • There is a Social Psychology textbook written in 2008 which contains the following line: "More than anything else, the celebrity power of Tiger Woods is based on his athletic performance, his youthful charm, and his winning smile." A perfectly reasonable statement at the time of writing. Now? Yeah...
  • On the subject of academic writings...
    It follows from such a view that psychology may be an interim science destined to wither away as neurology advances. I think this is about as imminent as the withering away of the Soviet dictatorship but I would not deny the possibility. — Roger Brown, Words and Things, 1958
  • This troper was reading a book on Italian politics written shortly after the election of Berlusconi which referred to him as 'a breath of fresh air after so many years of sleaze and corruption'. It's true that Italy doesn't have the most admirable past, but that description of Silvio is definitely hilarious now he's on trial for both sleaze AND corruption.
  • Bob Saget and his remark about how Full House "gave him Tourette's" does count.
  • Ever heard of the flappers? ("Modern" feminist women from The Roaring '20s?) Hard to take them serious since a certain webcomic popularized the term "fappers" for something completely different...
  • In this 1997 interview, the reference to Tom Cruise at the very end is pretty hilarious in retrospect. So is the earlier part about how good she is at picking projects, considering that she hasn't had a major starring role since that interview came out.
  • From 1989 through 2004, Disney/MGM Studios in Orlando, Florida had an attraction called The Magic of Disney Animation which had a short film at the beginning called Back To Neverland (not to be confused with Disney's direct-to-video Peter Pan sequel Return To Neverland), starring Robin Williams and the late Walter Cronkite. In it, Robin is a huge fan of Peter Pan and actually becomes an animated Lost Boy, and he defeats Captain Hook with a little help from both Tinkerbell and his quick improvisational comedy skills. Doubly hilarious in hindsight in that not only would he later get a chance to really show off his improvisational skills in a full-length Disney filmnote , but first he would also get the chance to actually be Peter Pan himself (courtesy of Steven Spielberg and TriStar Pictures).
  • In 1989 palaeontologists chose the name Revueltosaurus for a new species of dinosaur discovered in Revuelto Creek, New Mexico. Years later, it was determined that the partial skeleton used to describe this species was actually a mix of bones from different animals and that the most of them probably belonged to a basal crocodilian, not a dinosaur. It just happens that "revuelto" is Spanish for "messed up".
    • Apatosaurus' name means "deceptive lizard", which turned out to be very fitting, as its fossils have deceived their very discoverer as well as the general public. Paleontologist O. C. Marsh famously named the second Apatosaurus specimen he discovered Brontosaurus, and outfitted it with a fossil skull that in reality belonged to a different dinosaur. It continued to deceive people for near a century, and the two names (or rather three, the third being the little-known Elosaurus) and skulls in fact still do confuse many people who grew up knowing it as Brontosaurus.
    • Allosaurus, whose name can be translated as "other lizard", was the top-dog predatory dinosaur in media before being dethroned by — who else? — Tyrannosaurus rex, leading it to be seen as basically "that other lizard".
    • this bog points out that the first depiction of the Spinosaurus is actually one of its most accurate
  • In 2008, BP sent an angry email to the activist organization known as The Yes Men, complaining about usage of their trademarks in a half-finished parody website run by the group. In their response, the Yes Men argued that "BP does every bit as much damage to this planet as does Exxon" and deserved a fully realized parody site. Two years later...
  • This 1835 British children's book says about the Chinese, "It is from China that we obtain tea and silk, and fine muslins." Little more than a century later...
  • In Mayan mythology, Quetzalcoatl is portrayed as a "feathered serpent," which is also what his name means in the Nahuatl language. Millennia later, paleontologists discovered that theropod dinosaurs, among the largest reptiles that ever lived, were feathered.
  • Walt Disney saw Pollyanna make less money than expected, and commented, "I think the picture would have done better with a different title. Girls and women went to it, but men tended to stay away because it sounded sweet and sticky." Decades later, Disney executives would use the exact same logic to justify the retitling of one of the CGI films, which came off the heels of another underperforming film with a "girly" title.
  • Seth Meyers at the 2011 White House Corespondents' Dinner making jokes about Osama bin Laden. Little did anyone who wasn't Barack Obama or a member of his staff know that the very next day...
    • The joke in question is at 2:05 in this video of Seth's standup. Note Obama's reaction to the joke: in retrospect, his face seems to be saying "That joke is going to be even funnier in about 48 hours."
  • In what may be an amazing example, on the DVD commentary for Field of Dreams, director Phillip Alden Robinson shared that while making the movie based on W.P. Kinsella's novel "Shoeless Joe," the studio decided to change the name of the film to its eventual title: "Field of Dreams". Robinson, upset, called Kinsella to tell him the news, not telling him the new title, and had this conversation:
    Robinson: They want to change the name from "Shoeless Joe."
    Kinsella: Oh that's alright, that wasn't even my title. That was the publisher's title.
    Robinson: What was your title?
    Kinsella: "Dream Field."
  • Here is James Rolfe's "Angry Batman" comic, which was created in the early 2000s. Not too far off from what Frank Miller would give us years later.
  • This Rosie O'Donnell doll made by Mattel from the 1990s (around the time of her talk show and massive popularity), which depicts her as Barbie's best friend. In 2002, Rosie would come out as a lesbian, adding a whole new level to their "partnership".
  • The asteroid Antiope was discovered in 1866, and named after one of two characters in Greek mythology with that name (there's some dispute about which one). Fast forward to 2000, when it was discovered that Antiope is in fact a double asteroid (two pretty equally sized bodies orbiting a point between them), and it takes on another dimension.
  • In the wake of the August 2011 liberation of Tripoli, Libya comes this story of one rebel's trophy from the conflict... a hat..
  • "Bucket Filling". Any Homestuck fan will be able to tell you why this is hilarious.
    • Unless they're sick of the joke.
  • Clinton wasn't the first President to not inhale. All of Reagan's cigarette ads qualify (and a lot of other tobacco product ads on the subject of inhaling.)
  • "Wisdom teeth" were originally named because they appeared later in life e.g. when someone is "wiser." Modern science suggests that we have wisdom teeth because over the course of our evolution, our growing brains caused our jaws to shrink. We have wisdom teeth because of our species' growing "wisdom."
  • In the beginning of the 20th century, when paleontologists were firm in their belief that dinosaurs and birds could not possibly be related, they tried to explain bird evolution by coming up with a purely hypothetical, four-winged gliding reptile-bird transition, named "Tetrapteryx" or "Proavis". In 2000, Microraptor is discovered, which was a real four-winged gliding reptile. But unlike what those early scientists expected, it was a dinosaur, which reaffirmed the modern belief that birds descended from dinosaurs.
    • Likewise, cheap plastic figures of Pteranodon (the famous crested pterosaur) often erroneously gave the animal teeth, much to the annoyance of paleontologists. In 2003, a newly discovered crested pterosaur is published, and this one really did have teeth — this trope is even lampshaded in its name: Ludodactylus, meaning roughly "toy finger".
    • Jurassic Park's Chaos Effect toyline featured a mutant hybrid between Velociraptor and Archaeopteryx called "Velociraptoryx", and was essentially a raptor with bird feathers (and the wing finger of a pterosaur, somehow). Raptors with feathers, what a crazy idea! Except that today we know that all raptor dinosaurs were covered head-to-tail in a feathery plumage, and Archaeopteryx has also been reclassified as a raptor in recent years.
  • The existence of the meme Pedobear, in 2012 the BBC stated that the charity mascot of "Children In Need", Pudsey, was no longer allowed to be alone with children and instead of hugging them had to either wave at them or shake their hands. Naturally, the two bears had been crossed over before.
  • After the revelation that General David Petraeus had an affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell, the title of her biography, All In: The Education of General David Petraeus, took on a whole new meaning. Not to mention all the publicity touting how Broadwell was "afforded extensive access by General Petraeus."
  • When actor Dick Sargent (yes, the real Other Darrin) outed himself in the early 90s, there was the expected snickering over a gay actor named Dick. The snickering would've been much louder if more people were aware that Sargent was a stage name. His birth surname: Cox.
  • The Princeton Review, a test-preparation service company, has long made use of a naive straw-man character in its lessons, who demonstrates what not to do on standardized tests by always choosing the multiple-choice option that only looks correct upon superficial reading. In American courses, this gullible patsy is named "Joe Bloggs", a surname that pre-dates the World Wide Web and the rise of blogging: a phenomenon which, if read superficially by the naive, can give people a very misguided notion of what's factual.
  • In 2008, someone posted this picture on Flickr
  • During The French Revolution, Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte was a fervent supporter of Revolutionary ideas, to the point that he supposedly had "Death to the kings !" tattooed on his chest. Guess what he became...
  • In Liverpool, Merseyside there is Beacon Lane, Severn Street, Wye Street - which were around well before Beacon Radio was established in 1976, Severn Sound in 1980 and Wyvern FM in 1982. Coincidentally, all three stations could be heard in the same area in the West Midlands - and they were exactly Beacon, Severn and Wyvern (named from Wye and Severn rivers). So it looks like street-planners predicted commercial radio brand names...
  • Bill Clinton was commonly joked to be 'the First Black President'. And then came the first real Black President.
    • One of Clinton's campaign slogans in 1992 was "The Man from Hope," as in Hope, Arkansas. (He also gave a speech about still believing in a place called Hope at the Democratic Convention that year). Obama would also use "Hope" as one of his slogans, spawning a memetic poster.
  • Some 70s newspapers abbreviated "Three Mile Island" as "TMI", which creates some chuckles when reading through newspaper archives several decades later, now that people often use the exact same letters to mean "too much information". "Senator Calls for TMI Investigation" indeed...
  • Los Angeles Metro Rail has the Pico (Boulevard) station, which is where one exits to get to Anime Expo, located at the Los Angeles Convention Center, which is also on Pico. There is an infamous ero OVA series known as Boku no Pico. This did not go unnoticed.
  • The biggest airport of São Paulo is known by the code "GRU" due to being located in nearby Guarulhos. The emergence of another Gru in coincidence to the recent operators of the aiport opting to market the place as "GRU Airport"...
  • There is a banquet hall in Woodbridge, New Jersey called "Ariana's Grand." This becomes really funny thanks to the rise of a certain Nickelodeon pop starlet.
  • Land-O-Lakes dairy products were frequently abbreviated to "LOL" on receipts and signs some time before the text speak meaning of "Laughing Out Loud". You may LOL if you see LOL CHEESE on your receipt these days...
  • The aerospace and defense company BAE Systems, founded in 1999. The mid-2010's brings us the slang term "bae".
  • New York chef Anthony Bourdain remarked in the foreword to his tell-all memoirs Kitchen Confidential that the book would not get him his own show on the Food Network. The book made Bourdain a celebrity chef, who ended up getting his own show on, yes, the Food Network.
    • Later in the book, he and a fellow chef dismisses the Spanish chef Ferran Adriá, and his molecular gastronomy, as "bogus", "shock value" and "that foam guy's shit". Adriá went on to completely revolutionize fine dining, and Bourdain would later make a fawning documentary about him and his cooking.
  • Miss Philippines 2015 Pia Wurtzbach tweeted this in the aftermath of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather fight in May of that year (it translates to "Calm down, guys. I've got this. We'll fight back at Miss Universe!"). Guess what title she won seven months later...
  • The 1995 book Unuseless Japanese Inventions featured a selection of humorous gadgets that "performed a useful function, but were too impractical or embarrassing to ever actually use." On page 250 is a couple using a camera mounted on a stick to take a self-portrait, 20 years before selfie sticks became the hottest fad item. Apparently, people got over their embarrassment.
  • One that'll speak to theatre fans: The blog Everything I Know I Learned from Musicals featured a list of the worst musicals of the 2000s. Discussing the show Ordinary Days, he remarks that the Roundabout Theater's sub-par track record makes him automatically expect their shows to suck. Two years later, the Sutton Foster-led revival of Anything Goes, followed by similarly successful revivals of Cabaret, Violet, and She Loves Me, helped redeem their reputation in a big way.
  • At the 1998 Tony Awards, Gregory Hines preceded the presentation of the Best Featured Actress in a Musical award by discussing previous winners and how any of the nominees could go on to become legends as well. Doubly hilarious when you consider:
    • The winner was Audra McDonald for Ragtime, who Hines might not have known had already won two Tonys and definitely didn't know that she'd go on to win another three, making her the first actress to win Tonys in every acting category. So, not only did she become a legend, she was kind of a legend already.
    • One of the nominees was a young woman from the show High Society. While she hasn't won a Tony since, I'd say Anna Kendrick has done alright for herself.
  • A French museum harbours a 18th century Japanese mask which looks uncannily like former French president Jacques Chirac (or rather like his puppet in Les Guignols de l'info)... it's actually the mask of a powerful evil demon called Ôbeshimi. For more hilarity, Jacques Chirac is well known for having fondness for Japanese culture and art.
  • Until 1975 the West African nation of Benin was named Dahomey, which is pronounced exactly the same as ''da homie.''
  • In 1947, Isamu Noguchi created a model for a sculpture called "Sculpture to be seen from Mars", which depicted a giant face staring up at the sky. In 1978, Viking 1 captured an image of a mountain which resembled a face on Mars.
  • In a quote condemning Nicholas Copernicus, Martin Luther described heliocentrism as being akin to "somebody moving in a carriage or ship [holding] that he was sitting still and at rest while the earth and the trees walked and moved". Not only is heliocentrism the dominant astronomical theory today, but a few centuries after the quote was made, Einstein published the Special Theory of Relativity that explained motion as being relative to the observer, meaning, yes, someone in a vehicle can indeed describe themselves as being still while the world around them move with justification.
  • Italian singer Francesco Salvi for his nationally broadcasted performance of his parody/novelty song "Esatto" surrounded himself with dancers in hip clothes and wearing big animal masks, and he's seen wearing in the beginning a yellow raincoat. The video is from 1989, by the way.
  • A local Ohio news station's coverage of the 2001 CSX 8888 incident described it as "like something you'd see in a Hollywood action movie". Cut to 9 years later, the incident actually did insprie a Hollywood action movie, namely Unstoppable.
  • The summer of '95 at one point saw a western-themed Nicktoons lineup. March 2011 eventually saw the release of Rango, an animated film set by default in the old west.


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