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Stories about Humor

29 November 2015

When in Doubt, Ask Yourself “What Would the Tanzanian President Do?”

Tanzania's President John Magufuli's radical measures to save money have led to a humorous trending hashtag, #WhatWouldMagufuliDo.

25 November 2015

Welcome to the #StandwithRussia Movement

RuNet Echo

Russian Internet users are getting quite inventive about conveying to Turkey how they feel about an attack on a Sukhoi Su-24 jet earlier this week.

24 November 2015

If You Want to Know What #1in5Muslims Thinks, Don't Ask UK Newspaper The Sun

The British tabloid inspired the hilarious hashtag after twisting the results of an already dubious telephone poll into the Islamaphobic headline: "1 in 5 Brit Muslims' sympathy for jihadis".

‘Charlie Hebdo’ Tweets Are Now Banned Throughout Russia

RuNet Echo

A municipal court in Chechnya has banned the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo's Twitter account. In accordance with Russian federal law, the ban is effective nationwide.

23 November 2015

Greece's Opposition Party Loses Its Own Election

Greek netizens mock the country's chief opposition party, New Democracy, for failing to hold internal party elections, leading to a fiasco with hilarious online reactions.

20 November 2015

Ukrainian Men's Travel Ban News Debunked as Fake by Military

RuNet Echo

"Santa Claus will not be paying a visit to those who spread rumors and unverified information."

7 November 2015

Shiseido's Gender-Bending Commercial

Japanese cosmetic company Shiseido has produced a gender-bending commercial that is turning heads.

4 November 2015

Animated Series ‘South Park’ Showed China's President Kissing a Woman. Who Is She?

Chinese fans worried the scene, in which Xi Jinping kisses a Korean-speaking woman who is not his wife, could get the show banned.

15 October 2015

Kyrgyz Civil Society Forces Parliament's Hand in #120Seats Campaign

Kyrgyzstan's new MPs did not even have time to take their seats before the public got on their backs.

Ladies, You Can Wear Men's Briefs as Shirts to Save Money. Just Ask This Russian TV Show.

RuNet Echo

Oil is cheap, the West has levied sanctions, Moscow’s military interventions in Ukraine and Syria are costing who-knows-how-much money, and women are being encouraged to wear men’s underwear as shirts.

9 October 2015

‘Doubles’ Price Increase Sends Trinidad & Tobago Foodies Into Tailspin

Sellers of doubles, the nation's most beloved breakfast food, caused outrage when they announced a one dollar price increase, despite the fact that the raw materials cost has remained the...

8 October 2015

‘Running on Fumes'—Trinidad & Tobago Faces $8.5 Billion Deficit

Trinidad and Tobago's new government delivered its maiden budget speech in parliament this week. While many feared the news wouldn't be good, they didn't quite expect this...

24 September 2015

‘Halal’ Internet Advertisements Pop Up in Toronto, Canada

'Halal' Internet refers to Iran's national intranet project, but ads for censorship software associated with groups of parents protesting Ontario's sexual education curriculum are using the term.

Breaking Down Cultural and Racial Stereotypes About Latin Americans, One Joke at a Time

Flama uses humor to foster cultural understanding. Its collection of short videos seeks to address the complexity of Latin American identities and their sometimes-simplistic representation in North American society.

22 September 2015

Charlie Hebdo's Cartoons of Alan Kurdi Spark Another Round of Free Speech Debates

French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo kicks off a new free-speech debate with its latest cartoons about the refugee crisis and specifically deceased Syrian toddler Alan Kurdi.

18 September 2015

Russia's Favorite Beer-Eating Patriot Has Now Burned, Eaten, and Stomped on 20,000 ‘Dollars’

RuNet Echo

This week, Baretsky burned up, chewed up, stomped on, and then sprayed with beer a stack of dollars and euros. He said it was about $20,000—his supposed life savings.

14 September 2015

Learn To Speak English With a ‘Pershian’ Accent

The group behind the project explains, "As a Persian living outside of Iran, I miss speaking Farsi. Whenever I hear someone speak with a Persian accent it makes my day."

13 September 2015

What President Nazarbayev's Foie Gras Faux Pas Tells Us About Kazakhstan

"In times of crisis, if there are no cakes to hand out, PR should work punctually, and very subtly, so as not to aggravate the situation."

10 September 2015

Outgoing Trinidad & Tobago Government Says Election Results Illegitimate. Voters #ROTFL.

Trinidad and Tobago has a history of fair elections, free from interference or violence. No wonder voters were amused by the outgoing government claiming the results are null and void.

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