14 Sneaky Insults That Sailed Right Over People's Heads

Some insults are obvious, such as comments regarding the build or sexual habits of a rival's mother. But other insults go completely unnoticed. And as much people say you shouldn't explain jokes, the following ones really need explanations, else you'd never know they're jokes at all. 

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The Democratic symbol is an insult weixoogi. IWAHAT TAN BANKT MECRANIS WrEXT ITANKDE lddror Cartoonists used to portray Andrew Jackson as a jackass, calling him stubborn and stupid. Then they shifted TO using the symbol for the whole party, who learned to embrace it. The Republican elephant also began

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Goldfinger was a real guy lan Fleming based Bond villain Auric Goldfinger on a modernist architect he disliked. The architect wanted to cover everything in concrete, so Fleming wrote a villain who wanted to cover everything in gold. Incredibly, Goldfinger was the actual name of the despised architect.

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Schrodinger's Cat is ridiculous CRACKEDOON People reference it anytime something's uncertain. But the cat isn't just indeterminately dead or alive. It is simultaneously dead AND alive. Which makes no sense, but neither does quantum mechanics (said Schrodinger), which is why he invented the absurd thought experiment.

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Coyote and Road Runner was satire ORACKEDCON Chuck Jones took the concept of Tom and Jerry and mocked it with the most over-the-top chases possible, with speedy animals constantly breaking the laws of reality. It came off as funny, not critical, and other cartoons (including Tom and Jerry) soon copied

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Homeland's set design mocks the show 99900 wl# ow h Suox The show contracted artists to design some Arabic street art. The artists made several messages that the producers didn't bother checking before airing, including Homeland is a watermelon (an insult that loses something in translation) and the above Homeland

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Yankee Doodle mocks Americans CRACKED The song talks about an uppity American shoddily making his own clothes and wrongly thinking he's as good as the British. Later verses openly mock George Washington. It's impressive that America somehow turned this into a patriotic anthem.

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Poe wrote a revenge fantasy CRACKEDCO The Cask of Amontillado is a famous story but is very strange. NO reason is given for why the narrator walls up his enemy and kills him. Turns out the victim is based on rival author Thomas Dunn English, who had previously written a

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Anything can look like deep poetry to Commscmorate the Australian Poet Ern Malley A couple Australian poets figured the industry was a joke. so they took some non-poetic texts Clike a mosquito breeding grounds report), inserted line breaks, and submitted them as poems. one journal devoted a whole issue

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Biff Tannen was a studio exec parody CRACKEDco When Robert Zekeckis and Bob Gale pitched an earlier movie, a studio exec named Ned Tanen behaved aggressively toward them. so they named Biff for him, then humiliated the villainous character. or course, in the sequel, he was also based on a

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Hitchcock made a producer villain a CRACKED CON Alfred Hitchcock also had a bad experience with a movie mogul, David o. Selznick. After a seven-year rocky relationship, he made Rear Window, and he cast a bad guy who looked a lot like Selznick-and found glasses similar to Selznick's, to make the

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People took Valley Girl seriously CRACKEDcO For this '80s song, Frank Zappa had his daughter Moon improvise a bunch of nonsense words to make fun of the sort of way Valley girls talk. But people who heard the song, and perhaps hadn't even heard of Valley girls before, thought it

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Joke political party turned real A satirist in Poland figured that revolution wasn't realistic and so created the polish Beer-Lovers' Party. Its platform: more beer, less vodka. The party won 16 seats in parliament. Then it split into a couple different parties, one of which renamed itself to the

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Dirty Harry killed film a critic The New Yorker's Pauline Kael criticized the violence in Dirty Harry. So for the final movie in the film series, they created a film critic character who looked like Kael, and had a murderer stab her to death. With her final words, the

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A fake romance became bestseller a Naked Came The Stranger by Penelope Ashe CRAGKEDCON Naked Came The Stranger was supposed to parody bad romance. Collaborators didn't even read each other's work before slapping the drafts together to make a novel. It wasn't a funny parody, just a hoax. But it

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