Satire is usually meant to be funny. However, it often serves a greater purpose too, providing constructive social criticism, using wit to draw attention to both particular and wider issues in society.

In the digital age, The Onion is probably the most prevalent satirical publisher—it produces articles on international, national, and local news. Even though The Onion ceased publishing its print edition in 2013, it has survived online where the company has been operating since the spring of 1996.

Occasionally, the serious, straight-faced manner in which The Onion "reports" on non-existent events, happenings, and ideas has resulted in people mistakenly thinking the stories are real news.

In fact, this started happening so often, it even gave birth to a subreddit, collecting screenshots of these gullible folks' reactions. Continue scrolling and check out some of the top posts of r/AteTheOnion, which currently has over 509K members and has started featuring reactions to satire created outside of The Onion too.

#1

One Of The Many Reasons To Hate Sea World

One Of The Many Reasons To Hate Sea World

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Lúthien
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3 months ago (edited)

Honestly, if it were possible I think they would

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One of the moderators of the subreddit, TheCats_Bananas, thinks that satirical news is now as important as any other form of comedy. "News outlets have always favored tragic events over uplifting ones so in a way, I think satirical news helps people see the bright side. Or at the very least it makes them consider that there might be a bright side and not everything is as terrible as it is presented on the news," they told Bored Panda.

#2

Ate The Onion - Left The Cheetos

Ate The Onion - Left The Cheetos

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Juan Hernandez
Community Member
3 months ago

those actual dont look that bad

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Robert "Bob" Mankoff, an American cartoonist who was the cartoon editor for The New Yorker for nearly twenty years, agrees with this statement. To justify mockery that is political satire, he goes back to Aristotle: "By holding bad behavior up to ridicule we might, as it were, 'laugh folly out of existence.' Syllogistically, a la Aristotle, it might be put something like this: 1) Politicians behaving badly will be mocked; 2) Politicians don't like to be mocked. 3) Politicians will stop behaving badly."

However, is that what really happens? Not really. But more than two millennia later, political folly is still as much with us despite the fact that political satire reaches more of the populace than ever before, as part of the entertainment industry. "There's now a veritable satiric-industrial complex. Furthermore, that populace is no longer just a passive recipient of Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, The Onion or an occasional New Yorker cover or cartoon, but is actively participating by blogging, Twittering and Facebooking their own material. Don't get me wrong, I like political satire and would like to think that it has some effect other than tweaking the mighty and getting laughs. But I think that would be confusing appearance with reality."

#3

The Onion’s Bias Is Showing Again

The Onion’s Bias Is Showing Again

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Rick
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3 months ago

Netflix and kill

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TheCats_Bananas believes there are two main reasons why people fall for fake political satire. "The first one [is] that people are used to seeing news on their feeds so when they see a satirical headline, they don't even consider that it might be satirical unless it's extremely farfetched, so they just comment on it without much of a second thought," they said. "The second reason is that in recent times, actual news headlines have gotten so unexpected and ridiculous that people have just accepted the fact that most of it is real so there's little reason to doubt anything anymore."

Their insights really make sense—I think r/AteTheOnion isn't laughing at the people in the pictures; it provides multilayered commentary on political communication and mass media. And that's why the subreddit is awesome.

#4

Damn Liberals And Their Fake News About The Sun

Damn Liberals And Their Fake News About The Sun

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Quaxaryar
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3 months ago (edited)

*Cease. Reading books might help with these errors.

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#5

Big Bollocks

Big Bollocks

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Juan Hernandez
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

im all for massive Mohammed

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#6

Please Tell Me I've Finally Found One

Please Tell Me I've Finally Found One

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Shelp
Community Member
3 months ago

I mean, the real sommeliers spit out the wine after having tasted it. Given that children have better taste buds than adults, it could be a good idea.

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#7

Free Kidneys

Free Kidneys

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Juan Hernandez
Community Member
3 months ago

what a nice person

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#8

I’m Done

I’m Done

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Truth Monster
Community Member
3 months ago

This one actually could have been cool if real. Auction off the first doses to help pay for the rollout for us normies.

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#9

To Be Fair, It Sounds Like Something He’d Say

To Be Fair, It Sounds Like Something He’d Say

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Rick
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3 months ago

Jesus may have turned water into wine but did he covfefe?

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#10

Dont Worry I Told Her It Was Satire

Dont Worry I Told Her It Was Satire

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BlackestDawn
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3 months ago

While this one is satire it wouldn't really surprise me if the much more militant and extremist segment of vegans would actually make such an argument.

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#11

Poor Christians. Don’t Know What Hit Them

Poor Christians. Don’t Know What Hit Them

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Juan Hernandez
Community Member
3 months ago

i wish these was a thing

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#12

Bunch Of Morons

Bunch Of Morons

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wandile dludlu
Community Member
3 months ago

When you can't see the real moron

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#13

You Know Who Else Didn't Fight In Vietnam? Obama! Thanks Obama

You Know Who Else Didn't Fight In Vietnam? Obama! Thanks Obama

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Athena June
Community Member
3 months ago

Every time I read news about Trump, I am genuinely not sure if it’s satire or not

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#14

I Don't Think I Can Trust You Though

I Don't Think I Can Trust You Though

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Amy Pattie
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3 months ago

Trust me I’m a “parent”? How is this not a parody page?

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#15

Please Help This Girl

Please Help This Girl

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Paul K. Johnson
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3 months ago

"And then she said sir... I like it when they say sir... please help this girl. You're the only one who can. And I told her I'd love to help her. But she has to do something for me first..."

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#16

Paw Patrol Gets Too Real For This Atetheonioner

Paw Patrol Gets Too Real For This Atetheonioner

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Bettye McKee
Community Member
3 months ago

Didn't he have to reload a couple of times? Sounds like the black Lab was just asking for it.

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#17

The President Ladies And Gentlemen

The President Ladies And Gentlemen

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Sanguinius
Community Member
3 months ago

TRUMP IS AN IDIOT LOL

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#18

Spray My Kids In The Eyes With Vinegar? I’m Open To It

Spray My Kids In The Eyes With Vinegar? I’m Open To It

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Sophia Li
Community Member
3 months ago

I tried this one time as a natural cleaner

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#19

Such Disrespect

Such Disrespect

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Athena June
Community Member
3 months ago

No respect for the president? I wonder why?!

RavenClaw
Community Member
3 months ago

id have more respect for a 2 year old than him

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Michelle C
Community Member
3 months ago

I wish this was true

Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
Community Member
3 months ago

So do I Michelle, so do I.

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Bettye McKee
Community Member
3 months ago

The response is funnier than the meme.

Maddie Star ⭐
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

Surely even gullible people know Britain drives on the other side of the road to the US? Though, I would have loved it if we had done this. 😆

Carter Brown
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

Literally the best thing i have ever seen. This proves that Trump is a d**k

Hollysmom
Community Member
3 months ago

You needed this for proof?

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Sam Standerwick
Community Member
3 months ago

Escorting him on the wrong side of the road too 😉

Leslie Burleson
Community Member
3 months ago

Omg ! I'm an American, and I endorse this lol

Casey B
Community Member
3 months ago

I am too, and so do I..... He hasn't earned respect, but that... That, he has earned.

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Chris
Community Member
3 months ago

Wrong side of the road for a start

Wolfstar
Community Member
3 months ago

Want some respect? Then don't be a lying sh*t!

Kookamunga
Community Member
3 months ago

Now, this is: a) completely believable and b) hysterically funny. So glad that it's only a couple more weeks and the Tangerine Terror will be gone from the WH.

Batwench
Community Member
3 months ago

It’s the wrong side of road for UK drivers and our police bikes do not look like this, even from above. This is so obvious false that I really think that there are some places in the gene pool that need more chlorine.

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
3 months ago

Not even the Queen likes Tr*mp :P

Jill Bussey
Community Member
3 months ago

Trump's legacy will be that he is the least respected president ever. And no, British Police officers would not have behaved in this way.

Eric Lafleur
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

Wrong side of the road so, not England. But please! tell me this actually happened!

Rob Williams
Community Member
3 months ago

While I can believe our police would pull a prank like that, that isn't a road in England...

Yasmin Janette
Community Member
3 months ago

This really made me laugh, picture should have been taken on an English road to make it believable lol

JustSomeKid
Community Member
3 months ago

I know this is fake but tbh once he has basic human respect for anyone but the straight white male, no one will be respecting him <3

Lord Ponsonby
Community Member
2 months ago

how do you know it's fake, oh that's right it's literally the point of the posts. Sometimes ....

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TheGirlFromTheNorth
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh how I wished this was true...

real._.izuku
Community Member
2 months ago

Honestly... Trump seems to be asking for this kinda thing tbh

Meami
Community Member
3 months ago

All of the Trumper responses just confirm how gullible that group is.

backatya
Community Member
3 months ago

it should have been an orange one lol

Amanda Hunter
Community Member
3 months ago

Respect is earned.

Bobby Sammons
Community Member
3 months ago

Respect is earned, not just given.

Carole Strawn
Community Member
3 months ago

Maybe it's something about respect being earned? Hmmmmmm?

Sue Hazlewood
Community Member
3 months ago

Respect has to be earned

AlmightyOne
Community Member
3 months ago

Lmaoooooooooo

tomruns12
Community Member
3 months ago

The only kind of respect Trump deserves is disrespect.

jonnotheGOAT
Community Member
3 months ago

well he aint pres no more

Jim Ellington
Community Member
3 months ago

A LOT can happen in 12 days.

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Angela-Jayne Linford
Community Member
3 months ago

🤣🤣🤣🤣

The 5-star rated 5-star rating system
Community Member
3 months ago

Respect must be earned.

CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
2 months ago

This is done for EVERY leader of EVERY country! GROW UP!!

Luuta
Community Member
3 months ago

Trump did tell them to prick people's interest

Lexi Mitchell
Community Member
3 months ago

They should’ve grabbed him by the pussy.

Lexi Mitchell
Community Member
3 months ago

Lmao so THAT isn’t censored?

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Pantea
Community Member
3 months ago

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To be fair, I think every US president in the last 50 years deserved this :))

Vance Neumann
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3 months ago

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The comment isn't wrong though. I don't care who it is or how much you hate them, no one deserves hate. The only way you change someone is through kindness. Hypocrites are asking for respect every day and you can't even give it out yourself. Humans are pathetic

Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
Community Member
3 months ago

So Vance, you're telling me that someone who openly supports white supremacy (just look at what happened at the U.S. capital this past Wednesday), tear-gassed innocent protesters for a photo-shoot with a bible he probably doesn't even know how to read, and openly spew hateful racist rhetoric should be treated with kindness and care? Hmm, I don't know what "puppies and rainbow" world you live in, but an ex-president who supports racism, white supremacy, and homophobia is CERTAINLY NOT WORTHY OF MY RESPECT. ~Kisses and hugs, a person who does not tolerate hatred

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3 months ago

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what

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#20

One Giant Leap For Apekind

One Giant Leap For Apekind

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Hazel Waring
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3 months ago

Haha if you think animals haven't been launched into space to die before you've got another thing coming...

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#21

Since Posting, Someone Tried To Tell Her In The Comments And She’s Still Arguing

Since Posting, Someone Tried To Tell Her In The Comments And She’s Still Arguing

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Athena June
Community Member
3 months ago

Not a James Bond fan? Then why, pray tell, are you so invested in commenting on something about James Bond?

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#22

Is There Any Part This Guy Can't Play?

Is There Any Part This Guy Can't Play?

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Marcellus the Third
Community Member
3 months ago

You know it'd be Andy Serkis to play the worm, not Bale.

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#23

Wake Up And Bite The Babylon Bee

Wake Up And Bite The Babylon Bee

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Wolfstar
Community Member
3 months ago

In my case, a Bible was a weapon. I got disowned when I was 16 but before I was thrown out of the house, my bat sh*t crazy cousin threw the Bible at me and hit me on the head. I hope she has multiple concussions for the rest of her life.

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#24

Onion-Like, Still Ate It

Onion-Like, Still Ate It

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Sanguinius
Community Member
3 months ago

r/wooosh

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#25

At Least She's Not Wrong

At Least She's Not Wrong

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Bettye McKee
Community Member
3 months ago

So what is your point?

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#26

Found One Today

Found One Today

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
3 months ago

The IQ of the statue of Yogi Bear is 4 times higher than any of those guards.

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#27

People Just Can't Accept Facts

People Just Can't Accept Facts

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Truth Monster
Community Member
3 months ago

Cool. Can I have their stuff?

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#28

Dear Old Sarah Here Has Some Interesting Opinions About This Particular Movie Detail

Dear Old Sarah Here Has Some Interesting Opinions About This Particular Movie Detail

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Rick
Community Member
3 months ago

This is just disrespectful to 90s actor Leonardo Dicaprio who drowned during the making of Titanic

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#29

Will Do Anything For Clicks

Will Do Anything For Clicks

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Bettye McKee
Community Member
3 months ago

😄😄😄😄😄

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#30

What In The Hell

What In The Hell

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Marcellus the Third
Community Member
3 months ago

"Wasting your time on Twitter"? Inconceivable!

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#31

How Can You Seriously Think This Is Real

How Can You Seriously Think This Is Real

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Marcellus the Third
Community Member
3 months ago

"How can you seriously think this is real"? By living in the UK, for starters. He doesn't want to be seen banning things, that's the only part that gives it away --- the deep feeling that it's wrong that kids get something for nothing was there for sure; these urchins should work in the mines or something.

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#32

Shared This On Facebook And All Of My Friends Are Freaking Out And Sending Me Frantic DM’s

Shared This On Facebook And All Of My Friends Are Freaking Out And Sending Me Frantic DM’s

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Truth Monster
Community Member
3 months ago

Excuse me, I have to go start a bonfire

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#33

What A Guy

What A Guy

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Bettye McKee
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3 months ago

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This is the most improbable one yet. I would be astounded if Bernie Sanders (not his real name) ever worked a day in his life.

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#34

Eye Enlargement Surgery

Eye Enlargement Surgery

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Athena June
Community Member
3 months ago

What big eyes you have! All the better to see you with

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#35

Defender Of Truth

Defender Of Truth

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Bettye McKee
Community Member
3 months ago

They couldn't put it on the internet if it wasn't true.

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#36

I've Found My First In A While. Be Careful On The Roads

I've Found My First In A While. Be Careful On The Roads

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James016
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3 months ago

The way some people drive, this could actually be a good thing

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#37

The Poster Doesn’t Quite Let The Number “42 Million” Really Sink In

The Poster Doesn’t Quite Let The Number “42 Million” Really Sink In

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Hazel Waring
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3 months ago

Tbh I wouldn't put it past the USA at all!

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#38

You'd Think The Name Would've Given It Away

You'd Think The Name Would've Given It Away

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Athena June
Community Member
3 months ago

Now you say it, the resemblance is uncanny!

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#39

Please Be A Joke

Please Be A Joke

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Amy Pattie
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh crap, I too am married to a former teenager. Hope the feds don’t find me.

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#40

Go Blow Your Noodle

Go Blow Your Noodle

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Adam C
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3 months ago

You should work for WHO

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#41

She Might Actually Be Vegetarian Based On How She Ate That Whole Onion Raw

She Might Actually Be Vegetarian Based On How She Ate That Whole Onion Raw

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Bettye McKee
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes, I'll have the baby back ribs, and make sure it was a white baby.

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#42

Americas Team

Americas Team

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Truth Monster
Community Member
3 months ago

if they chopped him in half, that would bring a new meaning to "halftime show"

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#43

If I Worked At The Onion, My Office Would Be Full Of Framed Screenshots Like This

If I Worked At The Onion, My Office Would Be Full Of Framed Screenshots Like This

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Amy Pattie
Community Member
3 months ago

These replies must be trolling!

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#44

Idiocracy

Idiocracy

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Wendillon
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3 months ago

Every year that movie becomes less of a comedy and more of a documentary...

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#45

I Finally Found One

I Finally Found One

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Bettye McKee
Community Member
3 months ago

Please, people, check the source BEFORE you comment. It's The Onion.

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#46

That Person Who Replied Must Of Felt So Intelligent Writing That

That Person Who Replied Must Of Felt So Intelligent Writing That

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Juan Hernandez
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

or would they take there helmets off

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#47

What Are People These Days

What Are People These Days

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Marcellus the Third
Community Member
3 months ago

"Florida employing a Predator instead"

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#48

That Sweet Sweet Babylon Bee

That Sweet Sweet Babylon Bee

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Bettye McKee
Community Member
3 months ago

Don't make me repeat myself.

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#49

My Whole Timeline Has Been Quoting This Tweet

My Whole Timeline Has Been Quoting This Tweet

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
3 months ago

At the same time bulletproof backpacks are real.

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#50

R.I.P. Big Show

R.I.P. Big Show

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Truth Monster
Community Member
3 months ago

Those unattended children....RIP Harambe

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