Safety Instruction Parodies

Safety Instruction Parodies

Updated Apr 15, 2014 at 09:27PM EDT by Brad.

Added Dec 03, 2012 at 12:29PM EST by Brad.

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Safety Instruction Parodies refer to various illustrations and diagrams typically seen in safety instruction manuals accompanied by humorous captions that are generally subversive in nature.


The website Airtoons[1] was launched on February 21st, 1999, featuring illustrations from aircraft safety cards accompanied by humorous captions (shown below). According to the site description, the creator came up with the idea for the parodies after viewing a flight card that did not have any captions while traveling on an airline.


Fight Club Promotion

On October 15th, 1999, the black comedy film Fight Club[6] was released, in which the protagonist placed parody flight cards in commercial aircraft. For promotion of the film, Fox Movies[7] released images of the flight cards for download off their official website (shown below).

Homeland Security Advisory System

On March 22nd, 2002, the Bush administration unveiled the Homeland Security Advisory System (HSAS), a color-coded alert mechanism that would reflect the degree of terrorism threat within the U.S. territories at any given moment. Due to its ambiguous criteria, the HSAS initiative was widely panned by critics and pundits alike, eventually spawning a slew of parodies using a color-coded scale.

FEMA Ready Campaign

In February of 2003, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) launched[3] as part of a public service advertising campaign to provide information on how to prepare for national emergencies. The site provided various illustrations that were considered ambiguous by many viewers, prompting the creation of the parody site,[4] which featured humorous captions alongside original illustrations from the website (shown below). Airtoons subsequently added different parodies of the images under the heading “Additional Government Safety Measures.”

On April 24th, the Titled Forum Project[2] philosophy board member Gatecrashed posted a thread titled “Parodies of Airplane Safety Brochures,” which reblogged many notable examples from the Airtoons website. On December 27th, 2010, the pop culture blog Unreality Mag[5] highlighted many of the Airtoons images in a post titled “Funny in Flight Safety Cards a La Fight Club.”

Gym Workout Diagrams

On September 10th, 2010, the Internet humor site College Humor[8] published a post titled “Realistic Gym Workout Diagrams,” which featured parody workout posters for exercising specific muscle groups (shown below).

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Necro910:  That Krieger Dude
Necro910: That Krieger Dude

There are hilarious, and the “try not to cry” one is a common reaction image. While these are popular, I’m not entirely sure if it’s actually a meme as opposed to a series of unrelated parodies of a common thing.

Since the page is only one sentence at the moment, I’ll wait before saying aye or nay.

+1 work, of course.


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