And the coveted Irony Award goes to…

March 7, 2010

Well, it’s time again for the big prize.

hong kong gun crop 240Regular readers know that every year on the day of the Oscars I take advantage of the frothing public interest in awards by presenting my own Irony Award.

That way, a few confused people Googling words like AWARDS and WINNER will wind up here on my blog, by mistake. By the time they figure out how to leave, I’ve got several more pageviews!

This year’s golden statuette, The Ironic Colonic, goes to…the envelope, please…THE CHINESE ARMY, for opening a naval base to visitors and letting them pose with a pistol.

CHINA/The open house was held to celebrate International Women’s Day. No, I don’t get the connection either, but the big-ass batch of irony shows up in this photo of a woman playing with a gun while wearing a shirt that says:



By the way, close inspection shows that the semi-automatic pistol is on a lanyard tied to the table leg, so what’s the worst she could do?

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A visitor from China’s Guangdong province poses with a gun during an open day at a People’s Liberation Army naval base in Hong Kong, March 6, 2010. The open day was held to celebrate the upcoming International Women’s Day. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

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The officer looks like he’s enjoying himself more than he’s allowed to. :)

Posted by knit_nurse | Report as abusive

True, Nurse, but I didn’t include the next photo, taken two seconds later…

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

I always “think again” that women are more dangerous without weapons.
(just kidding)

Posted by armstrongfl | Report as abusive

“the semi-automatic pistol is on a lanyard tied to the table leg, so what’s the worst she could do?”

Shoot him and then run away, leaving the gun behind ?

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

Oh CrowGirl, always so quick to think the worst in people…

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Is that what is meant by a gat-leg table?

Posted by HaroldW | Report as abusive

Soldier’s thinking…”If only there were no cameras b***h”


Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

Shes actually the daughter of the vice admiral.

Posted by TheMagHouse | Report as abusive

I agree with CG on this one…. just shoot him…. :)

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

So responsible decisions are made without thinking?? Wow, that let’s me off the hook for a lot of things.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

ha ha ha…. you bet, Mr.Pilot… :P

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

“I could’ve shot a Red Army Officer but all I got was this lousy T-shirt”

Posted by HBC | Report as abusive

Very nice, HBC….

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Probably, the worst she could do is cut the lanyard, steal his spare mags and run away shooting more of them, but I’m guessing she’s the type to get distracted by shiny things, so it’s probably all fine.

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

I’d guess she’s laughing at the puny gun and how much the army likes to think it is being prudent by keeping it tied to the table. I guess they haven’t seen what she’s packing underneath that t-shirt and trousers!

Posted by justM | Report as abusive