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 'media 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 articles 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 misinformed 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 their funny comments together. Don't forget to upvote your favs!

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Symbole Simple
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1 year 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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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 funny stories 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
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1 year 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 white lies rag but as we know they have gone on to receive plenty more threats.

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Symbole Simple
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

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

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Herb Eaversmells
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1 year ago

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

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Paul K. Johnson
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1 year ago

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

Samhhain Cat
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1 year ago

Keep voting Republican, America, and this is what you get. Education is their lowest priority.

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Wil Vanderheijden
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1 year ago

Since a few years primary schools in our country teach "Media Wisdom". Kids learn how to use search engines to find information but also how to check the credibility. Luckily there aren't too much sites in Dutch spreading misinformation or just plain lies. I guess it's much harder for kids in countries where English is spoken. They have to find their information while there are thousands of sites that deliberatly post false information.

Symbole Simple
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1 year ago

I'd 've said 100% !

Kryogen
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1 year ago

na, some are using it for a different purpose "stare at the cucumber"

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Bill
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1 year ago

What about the other 2%?

Jose Antonio
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1 year ago

three words "when used properly"

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Joel Blazquez Sargatal
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1 year ago

Well, there was a European Union founded research to come to a conclusion whether beverages producers should be able to affirm that water prevents dehydration. It turns out that yes. Anything is possible with government (your, our) money

Ryo Bakura
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1 year ago

What about the other 2%?

Toast Of Saint Louis
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1 year ago

Ya don't say?

Godspeed
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1 year ago

This is why some people should not be allowed to breed.

ChiveChilly
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1 year ago

Well, it does.

FortnitePlayerGirl
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1 year ago

Wow. Some idiot actually believed this?

Mae Mosse
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1 year ago

Thing is so much money is wasted on stupid reports, tests etc that needn’t be done every year that it is possible that this could have been done. If you look up random facts on the internet, I mean anything that comes into your head, you’ll probably find that some research has been done on it! Money that could be spent on education, cancer research or any other damn thing that is actually needed!!

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Nick Sady
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1 year ago

Mary Poppins was his accomplice.

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Kururi.Orihara
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1 year ago

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

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Symbole Simple
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1 year ago

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

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Symbole Simple
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1 year ago

A snickering researcher, obviously!

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Chancey
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

Take it down a notch Karen. Safety first!

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Symbole Simple
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1 year ago

I'd pay to see that!

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Daria B
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

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

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Alexandru Bucur
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1 year ago

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

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Aaron W
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1 year ago

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

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Paul K. Johnson
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

Yup, deleting your Twitter account will fix the problem.

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Paul K. Johnson
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1 year ago

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

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Symbole Simple
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

Isn't that Amy Schumer?

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Symbole Simple
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1 year ago

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

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Symbole Simple
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1 year ago

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

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Savant
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1 year ago

DISCREPANCY DETECTED

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Symbole Simple
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1 year ago

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

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Symbole Simple
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1 year 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
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People without brains are a problem in every country.

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Barkleaf
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1 year ago (edited)

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

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