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Stories about Humor

Moldova's meme heroes promote solidarity with Eurosong spoof amid COVID-19 crisis

Titled "Mom, stay home," the spoof encourages citizens to follow the prevention recommendations by the World Health Organization (WHO) while also sending positive energy to the elderly.

Russian pranksters target Bernie Sanders

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.

Viral prank video mocks Putin's cult of personality

Russian blogger Bashir Dokhov hung a huge portrait of Putin in the elevator of a Moscow apartment block. He then installed a camera to record the reactions of stunned residents.

A Mexican engraver revives a mostly-forgotten Russian printmaking tradition

Interview with Alejandro Barreto, the engraver who makes unique Mexican lubki.

The world of satire in Myanmar's comical profiles Facebook group

Facebook's community standards encourage users to use real identities on its platform, but a popular trend in Myanmar is likely baffling the social networking site.

‘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.

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

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

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."

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.

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.

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...

Celebrating “Mundane Halloween” in Japan

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

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.

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."

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.

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."

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.

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.

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."

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