Talk:The Onion

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Print distribution in Austin seems to have ceased in Summer 2013[edit]

http://www.reddit.com/r/Austin/comments/1jtbq8/did_the_onion_stop_circulating/

Christmas[edit]

I added the most recent modification not because there was a new funny headline, but because that is a distinct, and very pervasive, type of humor which The Onion has relied on through the years, and I thought it had been wrongly neglected in the sentence.

I added the Christmas Tree clause to this sentence:

"Its humor often depends on presenting mundane, everyday events as newsworthy ("Area Man Too Poor To Afford Movers, Too Old To Get Help From His Friends"); reflecting the weirdness of everyday events if they occurred in a world different from our own (such as a world without Christmas: "Terrifying Man Selling Dead Trees Out Of Middle School Parking Lot"); or parodying the media's portrayal of news ("NSA Wiretap Reveals Subject May Be Paying Too Much For Long-Distance")."

I could also have used as an example "I'm Like A Chocoholic, But For Booze," qualifying that the 'world different from our own' here is 'a world without awareness or stigma around alcoholism.' That article is from 13 years ago. But I just figured I would check the Onion homepage and see if there was a recent example.

Anyway, again, this is a distinct and pervasive type of Onion humor that should be mentioned in the article intro.

184.144.104.41 (talk) 16:49, 15 December 2013 (UTC)

This seems very close to "presenting mundane, everyday events as newsworthy" - the dead-tree guy is newsworthy because is bizarre. Someone deleted your edit without explanation, but I've merged it back in as "presenting mundane, everyday events as newsworthy or alarming". --McGeddon (talk) 10:38, 21 February 2014 (UTC)

Walken in "The Onion taken seriously"[edit]

We can't say that MSN Movies was taking the Onion seriously when reporting the Walken/Star Wars story: it needs a secondary source of another news source pointing out that MSN Movies made that mistake. This would both establish the MSN mistake as significant, and confirm that they weren't just running it as a joke. --McGeddon (talk) 16:57, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

Was the New York Times taken in by The Onion's Tiger Beat Obama cover?[edit]

It has been going around the internet that the venerable New York Times ran a picture of a fictional cover of Tiger Beat featuring Barak Obama during the 2008 election, yet this is not mentioned on the Onion taken seriously heading. Here is an example from Mediaite, which I don't know is WP:RS or not

http://www.mediaite.com/print/the-onion-fools-the-new-york-times-with-fake-obama-tiger-beat-cover/

Did this really happen?--Bellerophon5685 (talk) 15:42, 26 October 2014 (UTC)

Western Onion[edit]

Is it correct that the the original name was "Western Onion", a take-off on the name of the now-vanished telegram company Western Union, and that the name was changed to The Onion after a "cease and desist" letter from Western Union's lawyers? deisenbe (talk) 06:17, 4 March 2015 (UTC)