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Stories about Humor

20 July 2016

A Golden Age for Cow Urine in India

"We boycott the cow slaughter industry for a year. The saved $ purchases cows. We separate the gold from the cow urine. Hapi economics."

18 July 2016

Russian Artists Reimagine Pokémon Go With Soviet Cartoon Characters

RuNet Echo

Love Soviet cartoons? These Russian artists reimagined the beloved characters as creatures in the Pokémon Go game. Gotta catch all the Cheburashkas!

O Little Town of Danghara: Tajikistan Facebookers Mock Historical ‘Discovery’

"Adam and Eve were also from Danghara!"

16 July 2016

Myanmar's Online Community Anticipates Fall of Radical Buddhist Group with Funny Memes

"So you are saying that Buddhism, which has been a religion for 2,500 years will be destroyed if Ma-Ba-Tha does not save it and Myanmar will become a Muslim country?”

13 July 2016

Ugandan President's Leisurely Roadside Phone Call Inspires the #M7Challenge on Twitter

"i think it would be a good way to say STOP TEXTING/CALLING WHILE DRIVING"

David Cameron's Resignation as UK Prime Minister Has a Theme Song, and It Goes ‘Doo Doo Doo Doo’

A hot mic captured Cameron singing after he announced his resignation, inspiring a wave of remixes, memes and commentary.

11 July 2016

A New Species of Beetle Named After President Xi Is Blacklisted on Chinese Social Media

Global Voices Advocacy

"An act of ass kissing now turns into ass kicking…"

8 July 2016

There's Wisdom and Humour to Be Found Painted on the Back of Nepalese Trucks

"In America, young lead the country; Old get the pension. In Nepal, old rule the country; Young get the tension."

1 July 2016

Why Everyone in Madagascar Is Making Jokes About Pineapple

PineappleGate in Madagascar is much more than meets the eye.

Russia's Children's Rights Commissioner May Have Finally Landed in a Scandal He Can't Overcome

RuNet Echo

A single, poorly worded question displaying insensitive nonchalance after a tragedy appears to be the downfall of Russia's commissioner of children's rights.

29 June 2016

Belarusians Get Naked and Get to Work. (President's Orders.)

RuNet Echo

Belarusian Internet users have been taking off their clothes in the workplace, after President Lukashenka's video address went viral.

27 June 2016

An Argentinian Animator Reimagines the Game of Thrones Title Sequence for the Real World

"I saw the intro and the first thing I thought of was making an adapted version for my country".

17 June 2016

The Wild World of Telegram Stickers

RuNet Echo

It’s Friday and today we’re going to write about stickers—not just any stickers, but the stickers that have been flooding the instant messenger app Telegram for the past year.

14 June 2016

Japan's Love Affair With Capybaras

In Japan, there is an online subculture devoted to capybaras, the friendly giant rodent from South America.

12 June 2016

Oops! Facebook's Flag Error Unintentionally Puts the Philippines in a ‘State of War’

"Dear @facebook: It's not a happy Independence Day if our flag is like this. Like seriously."

10 June 2016

What Stereotypes Do Europeans Have of Japan? Google Autocomplete Offers a Clue

A new series of maps shows what Europeans may really think of Japan, and what the Japanese people may really think about other parts of the world.

9 June 2016

How Russians Learned to Laugh About the End of Money

RuNet Echo

Spontaneous encounters with ordinary citizens are always difficult for politicians, and Dmitry Medvedev—whose greatest political asset has been his absence of charisma—handled a recent incident as awkwardly as you'd expect.

No Country for Gags? Politicians Go After Indian Comedian Over Snapchat Video

Global Voices Advocacy

Indian right-wing political parties armed with police complaints have threatened comedian Tanmay Bhat for posting a parody video on two prominent Indian celebrities.

3 June 2016

Japanese Are Uploading Photos to Twitter to Prove They Live in the Boonies

From crab crossing signs to pheasant strolling through town, these photos show life in Japanese countryside.

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