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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Lie Witness News

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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.

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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!

M.A.D.
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1 year ago

I lost it when I saw the falling bear on the far right side! XD

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comboplush
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1 year ago

Love the detail of the one tumbling off the ice berg on the right side.

Mascha Claessens
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1 year ago

That's what I wanted to say too. :')

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Esther
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1 year ago

Ummm......

THEPS
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1 year ago

LOL the one falling off :)

Ryo Bakura
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1 year ago

One falling off is like "I regret nothing!".

sanjay ramrakhyani
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1 year ago

This might happen in next 10 years if we dont kill them all sooner

Lily Mac Dennard
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5 months ago

save the environment and kill polar bears

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Bryce Pingleton
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1 year ago

Avengers: end game

WillemPenn
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1 year ago

This one actually made me sad even though it's not true.

tuzdayschild
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1 year ago

Looks like a fun party

FortnitePlayerGirl
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1 year ago (edited)

And that's called the arctic circle?

BRIANNA SHANNON
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1 year ago

look at the one falling off!!

rhyan lumilay
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1 year ago

Jeez see the polar bear fell in the right corner.

Adam Cantor
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1 year ago

I laughed...at least now maybe they'll have more babies and repopulate their species being forced to live in such tight quarters to each other.

Daniel Tinelli
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1 year ago

And they say that global warming is a real thing. They are all ON ICE! How can that be global warming?

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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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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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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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