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Have there not been a few cases of their stories being reprinted in other papers?
where the Onion had published a "quote" from Neil Armstrong admitting it was all a hoax, and a load of proper newspapers around the world ran with it as real news. LOLtimes.
after watching The Onion film. worst thing ever made.
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A while ago I was laughing about how I heard someone ranting about that "Smoking Makes You Gay" fake campaign that the Onion reported on, believing it to be real. I said to some people I know "I heard someone ranting about that Smoking Makes You Gay thing from The Onion. I love when people don't get a joke". Then the people I know were like, "But it isn't a joke. It's so shocking. Only that can happen in America - that's why I'll never there." Then I was like, "Uh... No, it's completely fake. It's from the Onion, a satirical news site. It's... it's fake!" And then they were like, "Nope. Totally real." I was in such a state of LOL I had to go "Yeah. Maybe you're right. Maybe it is real..."
there was a London band fairly recently called We Smoke Fags, apparently a load of their myspace fans were Americans from the midwest :D
that i'm talking about this time too :D
and of course there was that Kanye West King Of Pop story that took off from a sub-Onion spoof site and was printed so far and wide West felt obliged to deny it.
didn't the whole urban myth of Bob Holness playing the saxophone on Baker Street originate that way?
in a conversation where you realise you're going to have to go along with somebody's wrong-ness because it would be too humiliating to actually set them straight. Stupid social conventions.
smokes pot.....with me. i know him.
i love the youtube comments on their videos, it mostly confusion.
not being able to get the email address email@example.com when gmail first started. it was reported in the far east as real.
in fact, i think there's a list on wikipedia of stories that have been reported as real.
and some people got offended that i found it funny.
My favourite Onion output I think. Highlight is the headline the day after the moon landings:
Holy shit! Man walks on fucking moon!
TRANQUITY BASE: This is Tranquility Base. The Eagle has landed.
Jesus H. Christ, Houston, we're on the fucking moon. Over.
HOUSTON: Roger. Tranquility we copy you. We cannot believe you
are on the fucking moon. Repeat. Cannot fucking believe it. Over.
TRANQUILITY: It was a smooth touchdown. The moon for Christ's
sake, the moon. Over.
HOUSTON: Roger that. You're clear for TI, walking on the moon. Over.
TRANQUILITY: We copy. Walking on the moon. Jesus. Over.
HOUSTON: We read you. Over.
TRANQUILITY: I'm on the bottom rung of the ladder. Just one more
step and I'm... (long pause).
TRANQUILITY: Holy (pause) living (long pause) Fuck!
HOUSTON: Tranquility? Do you copy?
TRANQUILITY: Are you fucking believing this? Over.
TRANQUILITY: I abso-fucking-lutely am standing on the surface
of the fucking moon. I am talking to you from the goddammed
fucking moon. Jesus H. Christ in a chicken basket.
HOUSTON: Holy Shit.
TRANQUILITY: Holy mother of fuck. The fucking moon. Over.
HOUSTON: A-fucking-affirmative. Over.
and I love 'Our Dumb Century'
One of my favourites is the front page for the outbreak of WW2, the headline is just a massive "WA" because they'd used a fontsize so big and dramatic that it couldn't fit 'WAR' on one page...you probably have to see it first hand.
Our dumb century was my favourite ever stocking-filler.
to all this.
i don't have the book but i have flicked through it longingly in shops a few times.
WORLD'S LARGEST METAPHOR LAUNCHED
Warhol's Factory lays off 67 junkies.
"Sinatra warns Russkies: knock off this commie bunk or it's ring-a-ding-ding for you bozos", but everything in that book is incredible
i feel ill.
Nothing if not well-informed, this guy.
on a similar note, have you seen this one?
as is this: http://www.theonion.com/content/node/28459
The diagram makes it even better.
I've not seen that before.
"I was screaming at the top of my lungs, 'Get down! Get down, party people!'" said Garry Hodges of Ladder Company 42, "but the more I shouted out, the harder they danced."