I never thought any of the things in that Alanis Morissette song were actually “Ironic.” For example:
It’s like rain on your wedding day (no, that just sucks)
It’s a free ride when you’ve already paid (also just sucks)
It’s the good advice that you just didn’t take (just dumb)
Who would’ve thought … it figures (no, it doesn’t)
Irony is actually an incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs. So the good advice you just didn’t take isn’t ironic. The good advice that you just didn’t take…after reading Norman Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking and resolving that the key to success is making your own decisions…that’s ironic. Credit to B Rock for that one.
Another example of irony? A fire in a laptop battery plant in South Korea. I’m of course referring to the recall of many laptop batteries that caused explosions like this:
What’s not funny is the shortage of laptop batteries it has created. See the article about that. What’s also not funny is the battery in my laptop. I sprung for the extra power, and regardless of my computer settings, I can’t get more than an hour out of this beast. Crappy batteries are really dragging down the entire personal tech industry!