The word “irony” is defined as “the expression of one’s meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect.” With its roots in ancient Greek philosophy, varying forms of iron – verbal, dramatic, and situational – were classically used as a way to assert the truth. But in the more modern sense, irony is very often used to assert humor as well. For your benefit, here are a few daily facts that you may not know that just so happen to ironic, truthful, and hilarious.

Fear of Fears

There is a word for just about any kind of fear a person could conceivably have from the understandable to the truly strange. But what is the strangest fear of all? The fear of long words…or rather the word for the fear of long words: hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia. Yeah, that happened.

Medical Wonders

Mothers like to tell children that playing too many video games will melt their brains. Actually, surgeons in the medical community who grew up playing video games make an average of 37% fewer mistakes than their video game illiterate colleagues.

Footballer or Traitor?

Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, better known as Ronaldinho, is currently a successful football/soccer player and formerly a successful soda spokesman. He once had an endorsement deal with the Coca-Cola brand, but was immediately fired by the soft drink company when he was spotted drinking a Pepsi.

Monogamous Cheaters

People get divorced for all sorts of reasons, but what’s the silliest? That award probably goes to a Bosnian couple that officially split in 2007 after the couple discovered that the secret online affairs they were both having happened to be with each other.

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