But as news leaked out about the death of Osama bin Laden on Sunday, humor was embraced. Here, a look at how celebrities and non-celebrities alike tried to make light of the terrorist's demise.
Fox News was a popular punchline:
As was Donald Trump, who pressured President Obama into presenting his birth certificate last week:
And the question of where bin Laden went after he died:
Others pointed out the pop culture opportunities presented by the news:
The rest of the jokes riffed on the name of the suburb where bin Laden was found, the shock of the news, and more:
And, finally, some of the Twitter humor was (apparently) unintentional: