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Geekend: Onion Or Real?
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David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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6/30/2014 | 3:11:42 PM
Re: Onion Or Real?
That's OK, zerox203. You also get a special salute for your perfect imperfection:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWGn6_EH2gM

 
zerox203
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zerox203,
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6/30/2014 | 12:01:59 PM
Re: Onion Or Real?
hahahaha, I actually got every single one of them wrong. I think I tried to 'metagame' it too hard and guess which ones you would plant or frame a certain way to throw us off. For example, of course I could guess that someone, somewhere has gotten stuck in a tree trying to save a cat - it must have happened at least once. However, I also figured the Onion would write an article about a fake instance and ham it up extra hard... and I figured you'd plant it here a 'trick' easy question. Likewise with the ESPN article - I guessed it was real because it would be 'too easy' of a target for a joke... but I guess The Onion likes low-hanging fruit sometimes. As for the guy with the giant arm? Well... you got me on that one.

I think for some of the fakes, I just sort of believe they're true, whether or not the articles in question came from The Onion. The pizza thing, I would guess, would be proven true by a real study (after all, you just wrote about it the other week). maybe not 'the best' example of human cooperation, since that's not really objectively provable (that should have been the giveaway). Likewise with the pigs in a blanket - I actually found myself thinking of summer cookouts and innocent times gone by at the mear mention. As for the Taco Bell thing? Well.... employees aren't supposed to touch some foods with their bare hands/skin - that's a fact (even if Taco Bell food isn't toxic). Just because The Onion also wrote a troll article on something doesn't mean it's not true.
SunitaT0
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SunitaT0,
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6/29/2014 | 4:18:02 PM
Re: Real Life or Parody
I think we're moving towards a world where an Onion is easily detectable and proven to be a lie right away given the power of commnunication.


@tzubair, I dont think that is the case always. Sometimes some fake news are circulated on social media websites and it would be hard to know if the headline is true or fake.
SunitaT0
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SunitaT0,
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6/29/2014 | 4:15:50 PM
Re: Real Life or Parody
I think what's interesting to see here is the fact that there's an actual demand for Onion news items.


@tzubair, I totally agree with you. In india recently Indian satire portal Faking News was acquired by  leading online news portal Firstpost.com. This clearly shows that there is demand for Onion news items.
SunitaT0
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SunitaT0,
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6/29/2014 | 4:09:44 PM
Re: Real Life or Parody
@Bhori, I also read the stories couple of times but still couldnt make out if its real or fake story. I have read many true stories on internet which are hard to believe. Hence its very difficult to find difference between true and fake stories.
SunitaT0
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SunitaT0,
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6/29/2014 | 4:05:24 PM
Re : Geekend: Onion Or Real?
@David, thanks for the post. Really interesting collection of headlines. Unfortunately i missed the Speacial geekend salute by just 4 points :). I got the first 4 wrong.
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glenbren,
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6/29/2014 | 10:34:41 AM
Re: Real Life or Parody
Oh yeah, so true! I think it's awkward on both sides of the counter.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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6/25/2014 | 7:39:45 PM
Re: Real Life or Parody
And a truer Onion story has never appeared. http://www.theonion.com/articles/report-shame-of-walking-out-without-buying-anythin,36357/
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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6/25/2014 | 4:00:11 PM
Re: Real Life or Parody
I can just see the leaders at Mad Magazine saying, "the Onion? What, me worry?"
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Technocrati,
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6/25/2014 | 3:55:03 PM
Re: Real Life or Parody
@Dave    Oh Wow,  Thanks for the info.   And you are probably right - More competition now-a-days. 

But good to know I can get my Mad fix through the Net  the next time I need one.
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