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DailyDirt: Ironic Deaths

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There are the Darwin Awards and the list of inventors who were killed by their own inventions. Death is always a serious topic, but sometimes the circumstances are just too bizarre not to be a bit amusing in some way. Here are just a few examples. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post.


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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 12th, 2013 @ 5:21pm

    A few years ago a certain band recorded a song called "If I Die In A Car Crash". One of their members later died in a car crash.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 12th, 2013 @ 6:09pm

    they would call them the "swartzies"

     

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    Jesse (profile), Feb 12th, 2013 @ 6:18pm

    Number 1 and 2 are not ironic. Irony means it's unexpected. It's fully expected that someone who eats lots of fatty foods will die of a heart attack. There is nothing ironic about choking on cockroaches, unless it was a fundraiser for raising awareness of the benefits of eating cockroaches or something.

    The last one is probably ironic, because he likely advocated for the safety of segways or something.

     

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    Jesse (profile), Feb 12th, 2013 @ 6:19pm

    Re:

    Btw the only thing ironic about the song "Ironic" is that there is no irony in the song. Meta!

     

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    Colin, Feb 12th, 2013 @ 7:13pm

    Re: Re:

    Unless you're in a knife store and the only thing you can find is 10,000 spoons...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 12th, 2013 @ 7:21pm

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    That's just poor stock keeping practices

     

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    Adam Wasserman (profile), Feb 12th, 2013 @ 7:55pm

    Definition of irony. Anyone? Anyone?

    None of those deaths are ironic. And irony does not mean it's simply unexpected. Unexpected means it's unexpected.

    Irony means the use of words to express the opposite of the literal meaning, or an incongruous result - something that turns out the exact opposite of what one would naturally assume.

    John Alleman living to be 100 years old while some notable health guru died at 50 would be ironic.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 12th, 2013 @ 8:10pm

    irony....opposite of wrinkly

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 13th, 2013 @ 2:52am

    Irony....rather like an iron

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 13th, 2013 @ 5:21am

    Irony tends to become rusty

     

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    btr1701 (profile), Feb 13th, 2013 @ 10:43am

    Re: Definition of irony. Anyone? Anyone?

    > Irony means the use of words to express
    > the opposite of the literal meaning, or
    > an incongruous result - something that
    > turns out the exact opposite of what one
    > would naturally assume.

    Yes, but so many people use the word 'irony' incorrectly these days, that *you* are actually wrong for telling them they're wrong. Apparently if a mistake becomes pervasive enough, the word suddenly doesn't mean what it used to anymore.

    'Decimate' is a prime example of this. Masnick constantly uses it in his articles here to mean 'to completely destroy' (as did Obama in last night's State of the Union), when it actually means 'to reduce by 10%'. Since that leaves 90% intact, being decimated really isn't that serious of a blow.

    However, the couple of times I've pointed it out, I've been told that I'm the one who's actually wrong because no matter what the real definition of 'decimate' may be, most people think of it as a synonym for 'annihilate', so that's what it now means.

    I suspect a similar fate has befallen 'irony'.

     

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    Gwiz (profile), Feb 14th, 2013 @ 2:09pm

    Re: Re: Definition of irony. Anyone? Anyone?

    I suspect a similar fate has befallen 'irony'.

    I blame Alanis Morissette. I knew nothing good would ever come from all that angry chick music in the 90's.

     

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