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Is It Ironic That...?

1 the saddest guys can be happy drunks?

2 I find you to be an eloquent writer with a certain ironic truth. Is that ironic, not sure?...

3 my (female) character's uncle stipulates in his will that she must get married before collecting on her inheritance, but she does not get married because she is more successful than he ever was?...

4 Irony is that, these issues are unresolved as on date of writing.

5 Learning English as a second language, my Russian friend said to me, "The hardest part of learning English is the pronunciation." At least that's what he meant to say, but he mispronounced pronunciation....

6 Years before, Bob, a (supposedly) reformed ex-con, hid a stash of diamonds. After years of living honestly, but meagerly, he finally quits his job, retrieves his diamonds, puts them in a bank safety deposit box, and begins selling them a few at a time as his means to live. Another man, Fred, is associated with a criminal gang. But he is also a paid informant to the police. Feeling the heat, Fred accuses Bob of actually being the snitch, pointing out that even though Bob no longer works, his lifestyle has improved significantly. The gang kidnaps Bob, intending to force him to reveal information about his supposed informing before they murder him and dispose of the body. Interrogating Bob, they learn of his actual means of income. They believe his story. They'd love to acquire his huge stash of diamonds, but determine that attempt to do so now, after having committed the kidnapping, is too risky. Had they known in advance, they could have figured out a way to get those diamonds. But now that Bob's missing, the cops will soon investigate his disappearance. The clock is ticking, and there's no time for the criminal gang to find a way to acquire the diamonds. The criminal gang stumbled upon a treasure that became unreachable by virtue of the fact that they stumbled upon it....

7 A Dyslexia Research Center is in Reading?

8 I am reading a kindle in a library?

9 A slave (Frederick Douglass) sees the ship that enslaved him as a symbol of freedom...

10 People teach their kids that it's bad to hurt someone, while people nuke each other?...

11 Is the ending of "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson, Ironic?

12 a fictional character says the difference between them and Harry Potter is that they aren't fictional...

13 people don't know their rights in their own country

14 I misspelled the word "oversight" in a work email today

15 My teacher said to do a project about Fahrenheit 451, a book about books being illegal, where we made a robot that will help the censors burn books more efficiently, and I made a reference to Charlotte's Web...

16 An alliance of (now) thirteen cities is still known as "The Twelve Cities" after several of the now allied cities destroyed one of the most prominent cities and two more were built in its place?...

17 i believed a broken automaton would save me

18 Trumps administration hyerbolally hyping terrorist attacks, and the actively defends the authoritarian leader of Russia....

19 a kid tells his dad he has cancer and then his dad gets cancer

20 victor spent his time trying to make life but is about to die

21 In the story a visit for charity is it ironic that marian got something from the ladies, but wouldn't give something as simple as a penny back...

22 Would it be ironic if over time the word etymology came to mean something else?...

23 Gilray kept pestering me with letters about his chrysanthemum. He seemed to have no faith in me-a detestable thing in a man who calls himself your friend. ...

24 Alan Moore said he will never return to write super heros comics is now writing darking duc...

25 Dr Suess Did not like children.