- an atheist going to heaven
- the sun rising at midnight
- a girl named “Guy”
- a convicted killer saving someone
- pirating cable from someone who just had it shut off
- now loving someone who used to love you
- being able to pay all your bills from your phone except your phone bill
- a famous linguist constantly using the word “ain’t”
- when you finally decide to be faithful and then your wife starts cheating on you
- a rich homeless man
- a pilot who is afraid of heights
- a chicken who refuses to cross the road
Not all irony is funny, and in fact many times it’s simply sad, but all irony is definitely unexpected. It’s the combination of the unexpected and the interesting that make irony so fascinating to study and to use in everyday life. What I love most about irony is its ability to shift the mood in a room when it is used correctly, especially when a conversation has been mundane to that point.
I was once involved in a conversation with an acquaintance about why drugs are so dangerous. We went back and forth for a while, talking about how stupid baseball players were for using them when I blurted, “Yeah, I wouldn’t have wanted to spend good money on drugs.” Which was ironic because we were talking about how dumb baseball players were for breaking the rules of the game, when I instead had a fiscal concern. Definitely unexpected, which is just the way I like it.
“It’s like 10,000 spoons when all you need is a knife…”