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Happy birthday Eric Cantona!

To anyone who enjoys their football (or soccer depending on which part of the world you are in), the 25th of January 1995 is considered to be a legendary date, thanks to a major event that took part on an English pitch. Or should we say, from the pitch into the crowd. We would've published the FML, if FML had existed at the time. We owe this magnificent moment of grace to Eric Cantona, who turned 50 today. 

Today, I got kicked in the face at a soccer game. Everybody clapped. FML

It's obvious, this FML could've been written by the Crystal Palace supporter at the time. Ever since this admittedly hilarious event, whether on a film set or in the hearts of football supporters, Eric will remain the King. A very happy birthday to King Cantona, whose name some of us didn't hesitate to wear as a badge of honour: 

Today, for Christmas, I finally received the branded and very expensive European football club shirt that I’d been dreaming of for ages… With my name scribbled upside down next to the name of a famous player. Yep, permanent marker onto thin wrapping paper: red card, dad. FML


En 1988, Eric Cantona called Henri Michel, a French football manager, a "Sac à merde" (bag of shit, in French). Whether he deserved it or not, others who met "Le Grand Eric" never got over the encounter. 

Today, my ten year-old son shook hands with his favourite soccer player. Ever since, he refuses to wash his hands. FML

During an infamous press conference, Eric Cantona said: "When seagulls follow the trawler it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea." The journalists who were present, as well as the supporters awaiting an explanation never really knew what he was getting at. Thanks to FML and pastries, a sort of explanation seems to appear if you consider that Cantona is a seagull and… Yeah, no, we don't know either. 

Today, I went to work, eating a nice pastry on my way. I noticed that all the drivers were staring at me from inside their cars. When I got to a pedestrian crossing, I looked behind me. At my feet, ten seagulls were following my pastry and me. FML

If Eric Cantona, who is celebrating his 50th birthday today, is probably one of the greatest rebels to have graced our pitches, following in the footsteps of George Best before him, it only seems logical that his descendants follow the same path. Happy Birthday Eric!

Today, as school headmaster, I asked the mother of an troublemaker kid to come in and see me. Her opinion ended up being, “I’m proud of my son’s strong personality! The greatest geniuses in the history of the world were rebels who didn’t do well in school! The school has to adapt to him, not the other way round!” FML

 


(Eric Cantona, here being played by Eric Cantona)

Cantona isn't on our pitches anymore, and sightings of his brilliance are pretty rare, despite various appearances on the small and big screen. This won't stop us from celebrating his brilliance, his legend and class, in the way that football supporters do. In that very same spirit, FML joins the rest of football fans in waiting for the beginning of Euro 2016. 

Today, and for the past 7 months, my OB-GYN and my husband, big soccer fans, have spent the major part of my scans talking about footballs instead of my baby. The birth is set for the 10th of June: France vs Romania. Erm, is there a TV in the delivery room? FML

See you on the 10th of June on FML for more football-related stuff. Until then, get your away kit on.

#1595 - Illustrated FML - On 05/24/2016 at 6:37am by Alan - 9 comments

Vote for the Historical FMLs


Hello friends! FML received heard you 5 out of 5! The CB radio* overheated, the UHF aerial trembled while receiving your radio transmissions, and our telegram receivers sang their tune to transmit your Historical FMLs to our team. We thank you for your interest, your talent and your sense of humour.
 

OK, great. Now what?

We're getting to it, keep your hair on. To be able to calibrate the machine behind all this, we're going to insert into the comments below a selection of 5 Historical FMLs, right at the top. Thanks to the thumbs, you will be able to vote up (or down) with a simple click. Then, based on the votes, we'll post the ones you preferred onto FML. Easy, ain't it?


Anything else?

No, I think that's it. Oh yeah: don't hesitate to to go through the Historical FMLs and only vote for the one(s) you really like, and not just the ones at the top of the comments. It has been suggested that we picked a caption for our FML Photos because it was well voted for, and that these captions were well voted for because they were first on the list, and that we should've been a bit more shrewd and picked according to votes + content quality. Unfortunately, we can't please everyone. If we'd done that, people would've suggested that we didn't listen to democracy and user votes, and that the whole thing was rigged, and that witchcraft was involved. So pick wisely, we don't want any more trouble. And as usual, feel free to suggest more Historical FMLs in the comments below.

Here we go!

 

* Ask your grandparents, they'll remember. Maybe.

#1593 - About FMyLife - On 05/20/2016 at 4:23am by Alan - 12 comments

Caption today's FML Photo!


Hello everyone! FML is giving you yet another opportunity to caption a picture. This time, there's only one, so we can avoid the curfuffle of two captions in one comment (meaning we couldn't work out which caption people were voting for) or people captioning both photos one single caption (meaning we thought drugs were involved).
 

How does this work again?

We're putting up a picture, which is a stock photo. Nothing well known from all over the Internet, no celebrities or anything recognisable. Just a guy with a plaster cast, a sad expression on his mug, staring at his phone. Just come up with a funny caption for each photo, using the "Today, FML" template that we all know and love. Then, according to your votes, and a totally arbitrary choice on our part, we'll post the FML Photo and credit the author of the caption.

The FML Photos are a colourful addition to FML. You can make them legendary. To do so, we're once again appealing to your creativity and sense of humour. Show us what you've got!


Get on with it. Show us the photo!

Here it is:


Feeling inspired?
If so, add your suggestions and captions in the comments below, in the best FML style you can think of. The funniest will be published in the FML Photos category and on the homepage, and the author will be showered in the glory of having their name mentioned alongside their creation. Ready? Go!

Subtly warning: Captions posted in response to top voted captions, or even captions in the first few positions, will be disqualified/deleted. Comment on the article, so the votes actually count.

#1594 - About FMyLife - On 05/17/2016 at 1:15pm by Alan - 94 comments

The Historical FMLs



The Historical FMLs have appeared on FML, and our users have reacted in two distinct ways. You either love them, or really hate them. They're like Marmite. So, did we undersell them? Did we explain them badly? The idea behind the Historical FMLs is to use the classic FML format to write amusing stories, loosely based on well-known people from distant and not-so-distant history (and sometimes from fiction) who could've written an FML. We're not trying to teach people history lessons, or be completely realistic and/or accurate with the facts. It's just a bit of fun with the past, in the same way some have a bit of fun with the present.

The Historical FMLs are a test. Help us make it the greatest. To do so, we're appealing to your creativity and talent. It's your turn to suggest your own. 
 

I've got a good one. Where/how do I send it?
 

You can take part in the fun by creating  your own Historical FMLs, and the funniest will be published, and you will be acknowledged. To submit yours, just post them in the comments below. As some of you have pointed out, it's tough to come up with something side-splitting, but we're pretty sure that there are some comic geniuses amongst you. For now, we'll keep posting the little jokes we have, hoping that one day we'll stumble upon THE formula that everyone likes. 

So, post your Historical FMLs in the comments below, we're waiting for your best ones. The rest of us will vote on them and decide whether or not they are any good!

#1588 - About FMyLife - On 05/16/2016 at 10:04am by Alan - 77 comments

Caption the FML Photos


Hello everyone! FML is moving forward, progressing, evolving, and heading we hope in the right direction. We've listened to you. Yes, we have, honest! As with the Historical FMLs, it was always on the cards that the FML Photos would become a team effort between us and you. So here we are for a first try out.
 

How does this work, then?

We're putting up two pictures, which we've found here and there. Nothing really super well known from all over the Internet, because reposting is contrary to FML's ethics. Now it's your turn. Just come up with a funny caption for each photo, using the "Today, FML" template that we all know and love. Then, according to your votes, and a totally arbitrary choice on our part, we'll post the FML Photo and credit the author of the caption.

The FML Photos are a colourful addition to FML. You can make them legendary. To do so, we're once again appealing to your creativity and sense of humour. Show us what you've got!


Come on then, show us the photos!

Photo 1:

 

Photo 2:


Feeling inspired?
If so, add your suggestions and captions in the comments below, in the best FML style you can think of. The funniest will be published in the FML Photos category and on the homepage, and the author will be showered in the glory of having their name mentioned alongside their creation. Ready? Go!

#1592 - About FMyLife - On 05/11/2016 at 12:06pm by Alan - 80 comments