Every month I receive a copy of the Everything Jewish catalog. I'm not certain how I ended up on their mailer, for I didn't order anything. Still every month, no matter how many times I move, there is a new copy of the catalog in my mailbox.
Since I can't afford the items they offer ($600 menorahs and the like.) the catalog spends a month on the "Catch All" table by the front door and then gets recycled.
This month, I decided to flip through it.
Me: (flipping through the catalog, stops suddenly.) Wow, that's just...wow.
J: (playing a video game) What?
M: Um, the Everything Jewish magazine has a Disney* endorsed menorah for sale.
M: Yea, is that real irony or just Alanis** irony?
*Walt Disney hated the Jews. Every awful, ridiculous, negative stereotype about Jews, he just knew was truth. The man's prejudice was so ridiculous. He probably protested the States involvement in WWII secretly.
(Remember that Robot Chicken sketch where Disney wakes up from his cryogenic sleep asks if the Jews are still around, finds out yes and seals himself back up? Yea, the humor isn't in the idea of the dude who invented family time and the world's favorite cartoon rodent hating a group of people. The humor is in the fact that he actually does hate the Jews and if the cryogenic rumors are true, would probably reseal himself up.)
**Alanis references Alanis Morrisette, known for a pop song in the mid 1990s titled "Ironic". However the incidents she refers to in the song are not examples of irony, just rotten situations. Still, there is a generation of people in the States who received their one major grammar lesson on what irony*** is from a pop song.
***Irony is a literary or rhetorical device, in which there is a gap or incongruity between what a speaker or a writer says and what is generally understood (either at the time, or in the later context of history).