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leave it to the German's to come up with a word for 'taking pleasure in other people's pain'

but really, doesn't it make you a little happy when like... an elevator closes on someone who's running toward it? or when someone falls on their butt?

okay fine i got all this from Avenue Q! but still :p


Asked by pookipoo at 9:59 AM on Jul. 28, 2009 in Just for Fun

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  • If you like shaudenfreude, go to :) some of those are pretty funny hehe

    Answer by srhmldndo at 10:30 AM on Jul. 28, 2009

  • I don't enjoy bad things happening to random people, but I find it particularly enjoyable when bad things happen to bad people. Then it feels like karma coming back to get them.

    Answer by SWasson at 10:08 AM on Jul. 28, 2009

  • They used the term on Boston Legal, too. :)

    I know of people who feel this way, but I do not. Well, when a speeder weaves dangerously in and out of traffic and I see them miles down the road pulled over by a traffic officer, then maybe I feel a pang of satisfaction. But I don't take satisfaction from an innocent person's discomfort. Similarly I don't care for the sitcoms where the husband and wife try to one up each other with sarcasm and tricks- to me it isn't funny.

    Answer by Bmat at 10:09 AM on Jul. 28, 2009

  • you guys are no fun! lol

    Answer by pookipoo at 10:11 AM on Jul. 28, 2009

  • I enjoy it when someone cuts me off then I pull up next to them at the red light! Then I laugh and wave.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:22 AM on Jul. 28, 2009

  • interesting i'll check it out LOL

    Answer by pookipoo at 10:32 AM on Jul. 28, 2009

  • aw some of those are really sad! its not funny when REALLY bad things happen to other people, only funny bad things :[

    Answer by pookipoo at 10:40 AM on Jul. 28, 2009

  • LOl! I checked that website out and some of them are pretty funny! But I'm laughing in a sympathetic manner.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:45 AM on Jul. 28, 2009

  • I can't say I get pleasure from someone elses embarrassment, or pain... I'm usually the one to run to someone if I see they have fallen or need help.. I guess I'm no fun but I do laugh at myself when it happens to me.

    Answer by MrsLeftlane at 11:04 AM on Jul. 28, 2009

  • I don't take pleasure from elevators etc...but I have to admit, if one of my friends fall...I almost pee laughing.

    Answer by salexander at 11:24 AM on Jul. 28, 2009

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