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
Community Member
1 month 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
1 month 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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1 month 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
Community Member
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

what a nice person

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#8

I’m Done

I’m Done

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Truth Monster
Community Member
1 month 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
Community Member
1 month 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
Community Member
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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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1 month 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
Community Member
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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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Sasy
Community Member
1 month ago

I would agree this one seems dangerous, way too many people that take things like this seriously.

Wendillon
Community Member
1 month ago

I'd say it's just natural selection at that point....but sadly it's the kids of the morons that would suffer.

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Maddie
Community Member
1 month ago

"woke af about cancer"

Mishka Katira
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Its not good for eyes. Don't try it, it'l make you go blind. BUT its very good for a safe, clean detergent. Kills 95% of all germs, including Covid-19. But it is horrible for eyes, don't try it, even for a tiktok.

Natalie Bohrteller
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Sometimes it's hard to believe that any of the comments really exist and are not fake. But you make me get rid of all my doubts. I've been laughing way more at your comments than at the actual posts 😂

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Sinkvenice
Community Member
1 month ago

The account is called "Woke AF About Cancer", the hashtag is Hungry Eyes for Pete's sake AND it says vinegar gets rid of "eye measles". How on earth could anyone think this is anything but satire. I hope she doesn't breed, the moron gene will stop with her >-D

Catlady6000
Community Member
1 month ago

People also eat detergent pods and lick toilet seats, soo.......

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Luisa Vasconcelos
Community Member
1 month ago

But I'm open to new methods it's what you say before drinking blech to prevent corona virus.

Jakub Koziorek
Community Member
1 month ago

Pain. Has. Purpose.

Philly Bob Squires
Community Member
1 month ago

You do know that you can make a nice set of contacts from one of those Listerine breath strips...

Tambot
Community Member
1 month ago

Ooooh, I'll try it tonight! If it's in writing it must be true.

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Carolina Fernández González
Community Member
1 month ago

This one is dangerous and there's a lot of stupid people out there believing it...........

Sophia Li
Community Member
1 month ago

I tried this one time as a natural cleaner

Wordfloe-Acid-Test
Community Member
1 month ago

Eye measles.

ComfyPanda
Community Member
1 month ago

Eye measles...WTAF?!

Grace
Community Member
1 month ago

The company name though! Who would buy any of their stuff?

Michelle Brandt
Community Member
1 month ago

Pfffttt!!!! Eye measles???? Bwahahahaha!!!!

Lynn Smith
Community Member
1 month ago

They shouldn't say stuff like this. Some idiot will try it.

Jude Bennett
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

This is actually the recipe for an excellent kitchen cleaner.

Nikki Sevven
Community Member
1 month ago

I feel like people should have to pass a basic intelligence test before procreating. Their poor children!

prov dawg
Community Member
1 month ago

If even one kid gets sprayed in the eye with vinegar because their parents are spastic, is this even worth it?

Lena Hill
Community Member
1 month ago

I love the name.. “Woke AF About Cancer: Pain Has Purpose”

juji
Community Member
1 month ago

THIS IS ACTUALLY REALLY SERIOUS YOU KNOW SOME IDIOT KAREN WILL SEE THIS AND BELIEVE IT AND THEN BAM! HER KIDS BLIND

Colin Mochrie At Its Finest
Community Member
1 month ago

If anyone contemplates doing this to their kids, they should never have procreated.

Noemie Houtekie-N'Da
Community Member
1 month ago

What's eye measles? That's a thing?

Hollysmom
Community Member
1 month ago

Seriously

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Deal _Anneal
Community Member
1 month ago

This is a joke...ryte :)......ryte :( ....?

A Random Panda
Community Member
1 month ago

My nose is crying imagining this.

Mae Mosse
Community Member
1 month ago

That would hurt like hell and pickle the eyeballs or burn them. Orange oil is seriously flammable. Why would people believe this?

*sigh*, The Yellow Teletubby
Community Member
1 month ago

I think what scares me the most is the fact that they said "But I'm open to new methods" as a response to this lmfao

SF Angel
Community Member
1 month ago

Ouch!

backatya
Community Member
1 month ago

At least they'll smell citrusy

Luuta
Community Member
1 month ago

Eye measles 😂😂😂

Christel Nellemann
Community Member
1 month ago

Bwahahah “woke AF about cancer, pain has purpose”

Creepersam69
Community Member
1 month ago

ok boys lets get these oranges and vinegar

Batwench
Community Member
1 month ago

You just know that the people who would do this would also probably inject bleach into themselves.

ilikeplants
Community Member
1 month ago

Only if she tries it out on herself first...

Anton Kider
Community Member
1 month ago

Hahahaha ... Why not use lemon juice ?

Curry on...
Community Member
1 month ago

These are the people who cut English Lit class. They have no idea what satire is.

Dreamwolf
Community Member
1 month ago

Are eye measles a thing?? I'm dumb

Lemonclouds20
Community Member
1 month ago

Hahaha "I'm open to new methods" . People will believe anything. Scary.

Lexi Mitchell
Community Member
1 month ago

Eye measles, lol

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
1 month ago

Didn't this same people drank bleach just like two months before?

ethan simpson
Community Member
1 month ago

ummm plz don't i value my sanity

Phil Seiden
Community Member
1 month ago

Kills wiener and coochy cooties too.

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#19

Such Disrespect

Such Disrespect

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Athena June
Community Member
1 month ago

No respect for the president? I wonder why?!

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#20

One Giant Leap For Apekind

One Giant Leap For Apekind

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Hazel Waring
Community Member
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

So what is your point?

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#26

Found One Today

Found One Today

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

😄😄😄😄😄

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#30

What In The Hell

What In The Hell

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Marcellus the Third
Community Member
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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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1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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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1 month 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
Community Member
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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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1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

These replies must be trolling!

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#44

Idiocracy

Idiocracy

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Wendillon
Community Member
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

Those unattended children....RIP Harambe

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