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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Americans suffer from a critical 'satire defiency'

Sad, but hilarious at the same time. "Literally Unbelievable" a collection of Facebook quotes from people who have taken The Onion articles literally. The most common one is 'Planned Parenthood opens $8 billion abortionplex' in Topeka, Kansas no less.

Not even such over the top copy as this tipped people off that maybe this was satire:

"Although we've traditionally dedicated 97 percent of our resources to other important services such as contraception distribution, cancer screening, and STD testing, this new complex allows us to devote our full attention to what has always been our true passion: abortion," said Richards, standing under a banner emblazoned with Planned Parenthood's new slogan, "No Life Is Sacred." "And since Congress voted to retain our federal funding, it's going to be that much easier for us to maximize the number of tiny, beating hearts we stop every day."

Then again, for people who get their worldview from Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh something like this fits in perfectly with their paranoid ramblings.

This headline, "Obama makes it through another day of resisting the urge to launch all U.S. nuclear weapons at once" elicited this response:

So much for Obama being the peace President. Reagan was horrified by the thought of nuclear war and pushed his Soviet counter part to seek a treaty banning all nuclear weapons. Is Obama a nutcase or what?

In Glenn Beck's world this all makes perfect sense.

All the atrocities/hilarity here.

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