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Stories about Humor

16 February 2020

Russian pranksters target Bernie Sanders

RuNet Echo

Notorious Russian pranksters posing as Greta Thunberg and her father claim that they have called up Bernie Sanders to offer an endorsement. Then their conversation went downhill, fast.

1 February 2020

‘Mario Kart’ cosplay company crashes and burns after appealing Nintendo ruling

Patrons were encouraged to dress up in costumes provided by Maricart as characters from Nintendo's popular 'Mario Kart' series and 'race' around the city, but those days are over.

23 January 2020

What's in a ‘Japanese Adult Cream Pie'?

The Bridge

"Didn't McDonald's Japan understand how bad it sounds in English?" was a common reaction. "What were they thinking?"

20 January 2020

Facebook apologizes for translating Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s name as ‘Mr. Shithole’

"And the president of China, Mr. Shithole, signed a guest record of the house of representatives."

6 January 2020

Chinese propaganda slogan ‘unifying Taiwan by force’ is losing its threatening edge

Ahead of Taiwan's 2020 presidential election, mainland Chinese propaganda has started to downplay the “unifying Taiwan by force” narrative.

5 December 2019

Parody song remembers Eastern European fighters in WWII's Battle of Britain

Historians say that, without the help of Eastern European soldiers, Britain would not have beaten Nazi Germany.

18 November 2019

Messages in motion: The art of Swahili sayings on public transport in Zanzibar

"They know that people will comment on the condition of their vehicle, or the way they drive. . . and they want to block you — they want you to...

1 November 2019

Celebrating “Mundane Halloween” in Japan

"Mundane Halloween" has become an October tradition in Japan.

15 October 2019

Is Rihanna Barbadian or Jamaican? Jamaican Twitter claims the superstar as their own

Barbadian Twitter users poked fun at the Jamaican Dollar exchange rate, so Jamaicans did the next best thing — they claimed Rihanna.

12 August 2019

A Brazilian journalist uses deepfake to make political satire

"They are not made to forge a reality, but a certain situation, with humour and in a critical way."

6 August 2019

A Hong Kong artist’s ‘surreal’ depiction of the anti-extradition protests

In addition to the Lennon Wall, the artist's work has likened the protesters to superheroes, compared protest power to Dragon Ball Z, and depicted the protesters fighting against Gozilla.

5 July 2019

New York Times ad for Nairobi bureau chief riddled with clichés about Africa

The NYT’s language to describe their ideal Nairobi bureau chief reignited the debate on Western media's perpetual use of tired clichés and tropes about Africa.

French expat forced to apologize for making a music video which mocks the Thai junta

"…criticizing a government and a regime does not equate to hating a country. I love Thailand, I just don't love dictators and military coups."

4 July 2019

Kazakhstan is in the middle of a political transition. So is its social media humour.

Kazakhstan's former president got to choose his own successor, but couldn't prevent him from becoming a figure of fun.

14 May 2019

Chased by dogs on Google Street View Japan

A cute dog on Google Street View has gone viral on Japanese Twitter, resulting in more than 100,000 retweets.

11 April 2019

Slovenian officials rebuff Hungary, refuse to censor cartoon satire ridiculing Viktor Orbán

Slovenian officials pledged to "never interfere in any of the media’s editorial policy."

27 March 2019

The Slovakian memes that tore apart the first round of presidential elections

Pro-EU candidate Zuzana Čaputová won the first round following an eventful race that was wittily captured by the Slovakian internet on memes.

25 March 2019

Outgoing baseball superstar Ichiro Suzuki's oddball t-shirts make him fan favorite

Ichiro, who has set more records than any other baseball player, recently announced his retirement.

6 March 2019

Carnival in Brazil looked extra orange this year as people protested ‘Bolsogate’ scandal

In Brazil, the Portuguese word for orange, "laranja,” is also slang for intermediaries of fraudulent financial schemes.

13 February 2019

Users flood Reddit with China censorship memes, balk at $150 million investment from Tencent

Advox

While Chinese companies regularly invest in US media companies, this makes for an unusual match.