People have a hard time distiguishing between news, fake news and satire. Luckily there’s a nice guide for that. The fake news plague isn’t new, but it’s certainly worse than ever.
But The Onion has been blurring those lines for years and years for maximum satirical effect. Rather than trying to deceive readers, the satire is obvious, absurd and biting, often unearthing several grains of truth.
Its sister site, Clickhole, hasn’t been around as long but has quickly become even more relevant as it skewers the influx of 21st Centure clickbait sites in the same way its predecessors mocked print media.
Satire long has held a valuable position in societal discourse, plus they can be pretty consistently hilarious. Here’s a running tally of some of my favorite pieces from these sites.
Hijackers Surprised to Find Selves in Hell
Blue Angels Hold First Ever Open Tryouts
Black Guy Asks Nation for Change
Ho Ho Ho, I Saw You Masturbating
Planned Parenthood Opens $8 billion Abortionplex
Obama: Help Us Destroy Jesus and Start A New Age of Liberal Darkness
NASA Completes 52-year Mission to Find, Kill God
New Seaworld Show Just Elephant Drowning in Large Tank
Everything You Need To Know About Spider-Man
Education FTW: ‘Sesame Street’ Showed Grover Laying An Egg That Elmo And Ernie Both Hatch Out Of To Teach Children Not Everything Can Be Explained With A Catchy Little Song
8 Characters I Created To Teach My Kid About Dental Hygiene That Have Unfortunately Come To Life
Which One Of My Garbage Sons Are You?
Can You Match The Pigeons To The Way They’re Ruining My Whole Life?
Major Disappointment: This Little Boy Wanted SpongeBob SquarePants At His Birthday Party, But His Parents Could Only Find A Square Man Who Claims That He Lives In The Ocean
We Put 700 Red Dots On A Map
It’s The Sponge. You Love The Sponge.