Remember: The Onion is satire!
Wired is running a very humorous article describing a few instances where stories from The Onion were taken seriously. It’s amazing how many people have been duped by The Onion‘s obviously satirical stories. Among the victims: A writer for the Beijing Evening News, MSNBC’s Deborah Norville and Branch County (Michigan) detective Dan Nichols. Nichols described what it felt like once he knew that he had goofed: “‘It felt like I’d been had,’ he remembers. ‘I was just kind of ticked off at myself for not verifying it before I passed it along, and not making sure it was satire. I have no problem with satire. I enjoy a good joke. I just hate it when it’s on me.'”