The term 'fake news' has been everywhere - especially on, well, the news. While platforms like Facebook are being forced to take steps to prevent the spread of false information, this does not prevent lazy people from being tricked by satire organizations like 'The Onion.'

'The Onion' is a satirical 'news outlet' that was created by Scott Dikkers in the late 1980s. In a speech at Marquette University in his home state of Wisconsin, Dikkers clarified that satire and fake news are completely different. "It's satire. It's totally different from fake news, and it bothers me when those fake news organizations are basically out there printing lies or propaganda label themselves satire." Fake or not the following list of people who allowed themselves to be duped by 'The Onion' shows just how little research people do when it comes to their news sources. "If 'The Onion' ever wrote a story that fooled people, that was an accident, and that was because they didn't know better," Dikkers said. Scroll down to see the stories that people somehow bought and don't forget to upvote your favs!

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Symbole Simple 3 months ago

Knew it !!!

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How does did a small-town satire newspaper grow into an online media presence that caused the lawyer of the U.S president to write an angry letter telling them to remove one of their fake articles? The company was founded by a group of University of Wisconsin students Tim Keck, Christopher Johnson, Scot Dikkers and Peter Haise 1988. "People always ask questions about where the name The Onion came from", said former President Sean Mills in an interview with Wikinews; "and, when I recently asked (co-founder) Tim Keck, who was one of the founders, he told me...literally that his uncle said he should call it The Onion when he saw him and Chris Johnson eating an onion sandwich. They had literally just cut up the onion and put it on bread." 

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BingeFest1 3 months ago

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When The Onion was in its early days it was just a popular publication among the universities in the area, primarily made-up of cartoons by Dikkers. They remained a small print publication until 1996 when one of their articles titled "Clinton Deploys Vowels to Bosnia" began circulating around the internet but without any attribution. Thus The Onion's official website the onion.com was born (largely so they could get Internet credit for their work).

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Symbole Simple 3 months ago

Disgusting! I'm gonna get rid of my set of The LOTR DVDs!

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In 1996 the owners of the publication got their first taste of celebrity when Janet Jackson threatened them with a lawsuit for an article titled "Dying Boy Gets Wish: To Pork Janet Jackson." This could have been the end for the satire rag but as we know they have gone on to receive plenty more threats.

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Symbole Simple 3 months ago

In which states is that allowed!? Just asking...

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The Onion website won its first Webby Award for "humor" in 1999 and in fall of 2000 the company had grown large enough to move its offices from Madison, Wisconsin to the Chelsea neighborhood in Manhattan, NYC. The company has continued to evolve and now is full on production company with video content.

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Linda Something 3 months ago

I knew it!! I've always believed that I was a deformed freak!!!

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Herb Eaversmells 3 months ago

I think even the onion caught some flack after this one.

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Paul K. Johnson 3 months ago

This is why we need better education and courses in how to think critically.

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Nick Sady 3 months ago

Mary Poppins was his accomplice.

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Kururi.Orihara 3 months ago

Those damn backstabbers....Don't worry! I'll avenge you all!

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Symbole Simple 3 months ago

I think it's because the eye of the storm is safer

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Symbole Simple 3 months ago

A snickering researcher, obviously!

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Chancey 3 months ago

This one actually made me laugh out loud in the doctor's office and people turned around and looked at me!

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tuzdayschild 3 months ago

Take it down a notch Karen. Safety first!

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Symbole Simple 3 months ago

I'd pay to see that!

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Daria B 3 months ago

Errr... The Bible teaches Jesus resurrected, actually... And flew away back to his planet. We can be with him only if we pass the test. Then we will be granted a visa to his kingdom.

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Symbole Simple 3 months ago

What's the job requirement? I need to update my CV!

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Alexandru Bucur 3 months ago

Don't give Beijing any ideas... they might just make that a public holiday... XD

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Aaron W 3 months ago

....Well if you can't make it up, you can't make it up.

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Paul K. Johnson 3 months ago

Maybe it wasn't a hot iron but tattoo needles. Some horses are into that kind of thing. Read 50 Shades of Neigh.

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Aaron W 3 months ago

Yup, deleting your Twitter account will fix the problem.

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Paul K. Johnson 3 months ago

Do reprimands ever really work? Disney isn't taking any chances.

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Symbole Simple 3 months ago

Does hating dumb people who believe this group exists is a requirement enough to be part of the group !? I wanna join!

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Nick Sady 3 months ago

Isn't that Amy Schumer?

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Symbole Simple 3 months ago

Right!? There are more pressing dangers in the world! Duh!

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Symbole Simple 3 months ago

Or maybe she was just a very skillful DIYer, you sick people!

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Savant 3 months ago

DISCREPANCY DETECTED

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Symbole Simple 3 months ago

That makes sense! The guilty ones don't deserve TLC!

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Symbole Simple 3 months ago

How would you like to be a local and not being able to enjoy rides because of too many people !?

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Uwe Theiss 3 months ago

People without brains are a problem in every country.

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Barkleaf 3 months ago (edited)

Thousands of donkeys rampaged through Iowa later that night. Destroying crops and homes.

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