The world is an ironic place, but just try imagining the most facepalm moment you’ve ever had and multiply that by a thousand. That still won’t come close to some of the strangest and most annoying coincidences to occur over the course of time. Whether it’s slicing off a finger on a blender you created or drowning in a puddle, this list from Distractify convinced me that it’s probably happened somewhere.

Here are some of the most ironic moments in history!

1. A man once drowned in a pool party that was celebrating a year with no drownings at a New Orleans Pool.

It was attended by a 100 lifeguards.

Source – mysafela

2. The building holding the patent to the fire hydrant burned down in 1836.

So nobody knows who invented it.

Source – wtyefm

3. John Morales, an actor who played McGruff The Crime Dog, was imprisoned for possessing 1,000 pot plants and a grenade launcher.

Source – thedailybanter

4. Gary Kremen, the founder of, lost his girlfriend to a man she met on

Source – internetthisstorypodcast

5. Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia ” is the fear of long words.

Yeah, try pronouncing THAT.

Source – deviantart

6. In 2014, a Los Angeles memorial tree dedicated to George Harrison was killed by an infestation of beetles.

For the uninitiated, George Harrison played in The Beatles.

Source – filmlinc

7. A statue of a homeless Jesus sleeping on a bench was installed in Orlando where the homeless are banned from sleeping on benches.

Source – distractify

8. In 1974, 80,000 lapel buttons created by the government to promote toy safety were recalled as their edges were too sharp.

Source – distractify

9. Condoms were given out at a Canadian university with notes attached promoting safe sex. These were later recalled because the staples used to fasten the note had punctured the condoms.

Source – msgboard

10. Barry Manilow’s 1976 hit ‘I Write The Songs,’ was written by Bruce Johnson.

Source – sfexaminer

11. Union General John Sedgwick was shot and killed moments after standing from his trench and telling his men to stand because Confederate soldiers ‘couldn’t hit an elephant at this distance.’

Source – distractify

12. A man sued the Guinness Book of World Records for damages after they awarded him the world record for ‘ Most Lawsuits Ever Filed ‘, at over $ 10,000.

Source – guinessworldrecords

13. Gunpowder was invented in the 9th century by the Chinese alchemists who were attempting to find an ‘elixir of immortality.’

Source – wikia

14. Otto Lilienthal, creator of the flying glider, died after a flight crash.

Source – comcast

15. William Bullock, creator of the rotary printing press, died from injuries at the hands of his own machine.

Source – chacha

The world is a cruel mistress.