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Old 11-12-2010, 03:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The Onion anyone?

Anyone else here check in on "The Onion" from time to time? Sometimes I find their stuff laugh out loud funny, yet other time it's like they try to hard. They've recently been raking VP Biden over the coals, NYT had a recent article about their Biden jokes, article here.

I checked in today and found this-


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WASHINGTON—A CNN/Gallup Poll released Monday revealed that a vast majority of registered male voters would have strongly supported a naked woman in the 2010 midterm elections.

Respondents also requested a longer, hard-copy version of the poll be sent to their home addresses.

The online survey found that regardless of political philosophy or party affiliation, 85 percent of American men in every ethnic, age, and socioeconomic group consistently chose a completely nude woman over a Democratic, Republican, or independent candidate.

"Male voters from 18 to 85 were shown pictures of the candidates running in the midterms elections and then a picture of a naked lady," head pollster Gerald Walton said. "Across the board, they favored the naked lady."

"Even in highly contested Senate races in Colorado, Nevada, and Pennsylvania, it would have been a naked-lady sweep," Walton added. "And a naked woman would have easily been elected governor in all 37 states where the office was up for grabs."

According to the survey, 52 percent of respondents who preferred the naked woman said that nipple visibility was more important than job creation; 26 percent would accept higher taxes in exchange for a close-up view of her pubic region; and 18 percent stipulated that none of the good parts should be obscured by her hands if she wanted to earn their vote.
Rest of the piece here.

So anyone else here like The Onion? Or maybe hate it?
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Old 11-12-2010, 04:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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No. I don't like it. (don't don't like it?) I don't care for it.

I have never visited the website proper, and I've maybe only stayed on a page that was Onion-related three times, at most, and always less than a minute.

It's a premise to the site that I interpret as dry, trying-too-hard, nonsensical sarcasm parody. I only like two of the above types of humour, but having them combined is horrible.

The internet's version of The Daily Show / Colbert Report leaves me feeling and thinking, 'what else is on?', always.
(I don't respect Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert's alter-ego, and I barely can tolerate Steve Carell.)
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Old 11-12-2010, 10:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It's pretty obvious that I love and attempt to emulate The Onion as much as possible.

If The Onion was college-aged female, I would want her as my weekend fuckbuddy.
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Old 11-13-2010, 06:27 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I like The Onion because it's a confirmation I can always rely on: Yes. Yes, the world has gone insane.

They just go with it.



I still remember the first article of theirs I read that really won me over. It was this one here: Consumer-Product Diversity Now Exceeds Biodiversity | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
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Old 11-13-2010, 07:04 AM   #5 (permalink)
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C'mon, they have a 'frige magnet that says:

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Old 11-13-2010, 07:13 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 11-13-2010, 07:34 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I used to read the Onion regularly. Then for a while if you went to the website you had to sit through some bedamned commercial before you could access the content. Broke me of the habit, and now I don't even have it as a bookmark.

That said, I remember the headline after 9/11 - the first response I ever encountered of those events that wasn't either kneejerk or pedantic. They are not afraid of anything, and they are oh-so-often dead on when it comes to skewering what needs to be skewered. My one son shares links to Onion articles with me on Facebook from time to time, which keeps me checking in with them.

U.S. Vows To Defeat Whoever It Is We're At War With | The Onion - America's Finest News Source

Issue 3734 - 09.26.2001 | The Onion - America's Finest News Source

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Old 11-13-2010, 04:20 PM   #8 (permalink)
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That said, I remember the headline after 9/11 - the first response I ever encountered of those events that wasn't either kneejerk or pedantic. They are not afraid of anything, and they are oh-so-often dead on when it comes to skewering what needs to be skewered.
Totally. There was an interview with some writers who said the did, occasionally, not run an article because it goes too far. One example was an article they were thinking about for the 9/11 issue, "Country Safe For Now, Says Top Quadragon Officials."

Priceless.

Yeah, I love The Onion. I've been reading it for over a decade. And actually I think the Onion's sister paper, The AV Club, is the best pop media website out there. I'm a total fanboy, basically.

I think my #1 all-time favorite Onion headline was from right after Gene Siskel died: "Ebert Victorious."
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