Your RDA of Irony

Papal Mache

Irony #1:

In a display of unimaginable humility, Pope Francis admitted that Argentina was in South America.  This was considered an act of heresy in his native country which insists that it is part of Europe.  Argentina acknowledges a slight proximity to Brazil and Paraguay but dismisses the coincidence as mere guilt by association.  “The geography is an optical illusion” explained the Argentine Chamber of Commerce; “It really is more accurate to think of us as western Italy.”

While Chile’s population is also of European extraction, Argentina denies even being extracted.  The rest of South America agrees with Argentina’s assertion but also adds some very unkind adjectives.

Irony #2:

Covering the papal election of Francis I, a NBC reporter exclaimed, “South America has been waiting 2,000 years for this.”

Without even knowing there was a Church?  During those first fifteen centuries,  South America probably did not need a Pope unless it was to judge potato-carving contests.  At least in North America, the Pontiff would have been gainfully employed as the lacrosse commissioner.

And perhaps South America has been waiting for its own Pope since it split off from Pangaea.  Of course, at that time His Holiness would have called the Diosaur.  This is not to suggest that every large reptile was a practicing Chretacian.  There were also Jewrassics.  Who do you think got blamed for the meteor?



  1. Michele says:

    I’ve been a little stunned by the media adulation surrounding the new pope. Isn’t the power of the Vatican supposed to be waning? Pedophilia, money-laundering, persecution of nuns, misogyny, homophobia…and yet no journalistic distance or critical thinking is applied. The New York Times coverage has been worthy of a fanzine. I cannot wait for it to end.

    • Darlene says:

      In total agreement with you Michele, from one woman to another. Unfortunately, I would not hold my breath waiting for it to end.

      That said, it begs the question: With South America’s amazing ability to split off from Pangaea, why would it even need a pope?

  2. Eugene Finerman says:

    When Francis first came out on the balcony, I kept waiting for him to burst out “Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina.” How many of you had the same anticipation?

    Argentina–Italy with more beef and less charm.


    Once South America split from Pangaea, someone had to walk on the water.


  3. Leslie Jo says:

    Gino, your comment about the Pope coming onto the balcony singing Don’t Cry for me Argentina” is killing me…in a good way..

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