Stories about Humor from June, 2015
Japan's ‘Too Handsome’ Gorilla Is a Social Media Sensation
Some outside Japan wrote the story off as another “Weird Japan” piece, but that didn't sit well with everyone.
Who Are the 5.5 Million Facebook Fans of Chinese State Newspaper People's Daily?
Communist party mouthpiece People's Daily has millions of likes on Facebook, a social media platform that is blocked in China. Chinese netizens are wondering who those fans are.
How Russia’s Biggest Homophobe Joined an LGBT Social Community
One of Russia's most popular satirical online communities has used the recent US Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage to troll St. Petersburg's most infamous homophobic politician.
Girl Group Goes Head-to-Head With Japanese Prime Minister Over Reinterpreting Constitution
A Japanese girl group's clash with municipal government highlights increasingly vocal opposition to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government.
Kazakhstan Fears Mosquitoes Will Mar EXPO-2017
"The overwhelming tendency of our people is towards all that is ostentatious - most important is not to lose face in front of guests."
The Man Who Supported Ostriches and Other Viral Adventures of Viktor Yanukovych
Did Viktor Yanukovych really just happen to live in a private zoo owned by someone else? And what's the deal with those ostriches? Social media users explain.
Humorous #BeingGhanaianHasTaughtMe Trends in Ghana
"#BeingGhanaianHasTaughtMe to look both left & right before crossing a one-way road."
Smokey the Bear, Meet Your Russian Cousin and Eat Your Heart Out
A national park on the coast of Kamchatka has hired a popular online cartoonist to illustrate a series of public service announcements intended educate visitors about safety around bears.
Bicyclists, Hang Up That Phone. Japan’s Traffic Laws Just Got Tougher
The newly revised laws are meant to curb dangerous behaviour, such as riding through stop signs, failing to yield to pedestrians, and riding while drunk or holding an umbrella.
John Oliver 2, Jack Warner 0: Trinidad & Tobago Is #ROTFL
The comedy keeps on coming as funny man John Oliver challenges beleaguered ex-FIFA Vice President Jack Warner to a game of one-upmanship in "shit-talking videos".
In Search of Integrity in Trinidad and Tobago
The country's Integrity Commission, a constitutional organ created to fight corruption, is a place of perennial scandal and intrigue.
Ex-FIFA Exec Jack Warner Unintentionally Strikes ‘Comedic Gold’ With His Response to John Oliver
How many more inadvertently ROFL-inducing videos will Jack Warner release? This one's in reaction to John Oliver's roast of the ex-FIFA VP on Trinidad and Tobago television.
Australia's Prime Minister Is No Fan of ‘Ugly, Noisy’ Wind Farms
Remarks by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott that wind farms are visually awful and noisy have brought a swift response on social media.
John Oliver Survived His Trinidadian TV Debut, But Will Jack Warner Survive the FIFA Scandal?
The British comedian's barbs at Warner, who threatened last week to reveal an "avalanche" of secrets related to FIFA and Trinidad and Tobago's government, were less side-splittingly funny than usual.
“Where de Lizard?” Why the Caribbean is Fascinated with Them
These little creatures have different meanings in other cultures. Ancient Romans believed that the lizard symbolized death and resurrection, because it sleeps during winter and reawakens in Spring. For the Greeks and Egyptians, the lizard represented divine wisdom and good fortune. In the Caribbean, lizards have special significance as well....
Protecting South Africa's President With a Chicken Run, Swimming Pool, Amphitheatre and Sacred Cattle Kraal
"Zuma's cows sleep in a [$80,000] kraal whilst our people live in shacks with open toilets"
If I Were FIFA President…
After the recently reelected FIFA president, the Swiss Joseph “Sepp” Blatter, surprisingly resigned on June 3 amidst a corruption scandal that hit the supreme football organization, Twitter users started to speculate not about who might become the next leader, but what would happen if they were. The result was the satiric hashtag #SiYoFueraPresidenteDeLaFIFA...
Ugandans Find Humor in Burundi's All-Too-Familiar Third Term Crisis
Mass riots and a failed military coup followed Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza's attempt to extend his two-term limit. The president of Uganda is seeking a fifth term.