Schadenfreude and the Grape Lady

The meaning of the word schadenfreude is when we gain pleasure from viewing the pain of others.   The direct translation of the word means ‘harm-joy’.  Who among us is big enough to not laugh when something bad (but not terrible) happens to someone.  For instance, I know this is a very old video, but I can’t resist laughing every time I see it.  The first time I saw this, I was literally crying I was laughing so hard.

Why is it that we as humans often get a kick out of someone else’s misfortune? Does anyone know?  I sure don’t, but I think Jim Gaffigan answered the question best in his comedic routine when he said, “No, but it’s delicious.”

Share your most delicious instance of schadenfreude below.

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