1. deirdre

    deirdre Moderator Staff Member

    I've seen this one making the rounds:

    It's actually a satire piece by The Onion:

    http://www.theonion.com/graphic/august-23-1927-10571 https://archive.is/EACFS

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  2. Landru

    Landru Moderator Staff Member

    The article next to it describes the KKK holding a Monstrous Truck Rally.
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  3. M Bornong

    M Bornong Senior Member

    and Sacco and Vanzetti were convicted of "one count each, of being greasy, violent- prone wops." The date on the Onion headline is only 4 months after their execution.
  4. Trailblazer

    Trailblazer Moderator Staff Member

    The article is, as others have noted, from The Onion. More specifically, it is from a book called Our Dumb Century, published in 1999: http://www.amazon.com/Our-Dumb-Cent...d=1457347707&sr=1-1&keywords=our+dumb+century


    It's basically a satire on 20th-century events, written as if The Onion was a real newspaper publishing at that time.

    There are excerpts from the book on this Metafilter post, which include the "Billionaires buy U.S." headline: http://www.metafilter.com/121265/Every-Year-of-the-Twentieth-Century-Lampooned-by-the-Onion

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  5. MikeG

    MikeG Senior Member

    I have that book and it is absolutely hilarious.

    Still having a hard time believing that a CT would accept an Onion article as documented "proof."

    Is it a lack of due diligence, common sense, historical knowledge? Yea gods.
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  6. Trailblazer

    Trailblazer Moderator Staff Member

    Maybe if you have it to hand you could find the relevant page and post a photo of the physical book?
  7. MikeG

    MikeG Senior Member

    Unfortunately, I am traveling on research, but will dig it out of the "archives" when I get home.
  8. JesseCuster

    JesseCuster Active Member

    I have a copy of the book, so here's a sample of pics, including the article in question. It's genuinely worth buying and reading. It's absolutely fucking hilarious.

    edit: Moderator wanna delete the duplicate images? I can't make sense of how to upload images or delete the duplicates after the fact.

    edit2: Whoever posted this originally as evidence of some sort of conspiracy theory was clearly trolling. No way they didn't know it was a satirical article as they clearly had a copy of the book when they photographed it in the first place.
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  9. tadaaa

    tadaaa Active Member

    yes this is interesting because how much of the rubbish that is posted is "genuine" trolling (obviously "genuine trolling" is somewhat of an oxymoron)

    if you accept that trolling is simply posting to get a reaction / rise from your audience, rather than simply being an annoying idiot

    is this just an attempt to get something to go viral, - so you can sit back and laugh as it traverses the world?

    or are people really that stupid?
  10. deirdre

    deirdre Moderator Staff Member

    i cant believe how many of you actually have the book! :) Nice to know it might be a good Christmas present for guys though.

    probably a combo of all of the above. I don't think many people using the internet know how to look things up.

    I needed to use "Google Images" for this one, which i had never heard of before stumbling upon Metabunk. And basically you get alot of sites that reposted the fake, so you have to click "similar images" and browse through, clicking on them until you see something that sounds like a real source. This case was a bit easier, as under "similar images" i saw the full page pic with the Onion header.

    And then the Onion doesnt always make it easy to see it is satire. Let alone, not all people 'get' satire or sarcasm. It took me a few minute to find a section that mentioned their work is satire (and i had to read through FAQ..ugh). I guess i could have googled "the onion wiki", would have been faster.
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