Back in 9th grade, my English teacher Mr. Chung attempted to explain the concept of irony to us, and just like clockwork, some obnoxious student burst out into that classic Alanis Morissette song.
“No, Tina,” he said. “Those things she’s singing about are coincidences.” He then went on to explain the literary definition of irony, which, in its broadest sense, refers to something being the exact opposite to what it appears to be on the surface.
So when reports emerged about a Chicago factory bursting into flames late last night, Morissette popped into the world’s collective thoughts when they discovered that the factory made fire extinguishers. Thankfully, no injuries were reported at the factory, except to my confidence in my use of literary devices, because this would be an example of a coincidence, not irony.
The fire took over 200 firefighters to battle, and required the use of a HazMat team to come in to deal with the possibility of dangerous chemicals, including those often used in fire extinguishers. The teams later ruled that the chemicals were safe, but if they were hazardous and/or combustible, well — that is irony.
Watch below via CBS Chicago:
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