Definition: “A state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often amusing as a result.”
Alanis Morrisette sang it best:
“It’s like rain on your wedding day
It’s a free ride when you’ve already paid
It’s the good advice that you just didn’t take”
Isn’t it ironic that Ralph M. Steinman died just a few days before being awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology? Not amusingly ironic – no disrespect here – but ironic all the same. He succumbed to pancreatic cancer at the age of 68 but was awarded the prize posthumously for his research on the immune system (specifically for ‘his discovery of the dendritic cell and its role in adaptive immunity.’)
It just doesn’t seem fair that he won’t get a chance to enjoy the award. Each 2011 Nobel Prize winner takes home (SEK) 10 million (about $1.5 million) for a full prize…maybe Dr. Steinman would have used the money to further his research or on cancer therapy. Or maybe he would have flown to Tahiti first class. We’ll never know. Life isn’t fair sometimes. It’s just ironic. Congratulations Ralph M. Steinman – may you rest in peace.
Other things in life that are ironic:
– Washing your car in the morning and driving in a thunderstorm that afternoon.
– A co-worker bringing in donuts when you just started a diet.
– Finding out you are allergic to the pain medication prescribed by your dentist after a root canal.
– Spilling coffee on your shirt right before the job interview.
– Finding the perfect pair of shoes but not finding them in your size.
Has anything really, really ironic ever happened to you?