Thursday, February 24, 2005

The Creepy Thing Is...

...this strikes me as frighteningly possible. The first couple of paragraphs are the best (as with a lot of parody, the initial idea is great, but it doesn't sustain as well), and I kind of wish they'd stopped there. But still.

5 Comments:

Anonymous L.N. Hammer said...

I suspect the more you work with people like that, the more the satire builds. The Onion people are frickin' geniuses at authenticating details -- the little things that add authority.

The one on "World's Scientists Admit They Just Hate Mice" had me busting a gut.

---L.

12:20 PM  
Blogger Madeleine Robins said...

You really don't need to read the article to crack up over that one.

My favorite of the Onion's ouevre is still the one where God laid down the word: don't kill, period. Heartbreaking and howlingly funny in the same sentence.

12:29 PM  
Anonymous L.N. Hammer said...

Oh yeah.

Including its killer last line.

---L.

2:25 PM  
Blogger Gregory Feeley said...

I made a few posts one evening from my sister-in-law's dial-up connection in their log cabin (really) in central Pennsylvania . . . and upon returning home, I find none of them posted.

I think I said something in reply to this thread, about how (the killer last line excepted) most Onion stories say it all in the headline, and I usually read no further.

Their all-time greatest one being: "Commemorative Plate Industry Calls for Tragic Death of Barbra Streisand."

10:34 PM  
Blogger Madeleine Robins said...

I don't read the Onion a lot--mostly when someone refers a specific piece to me. I can certainly see that a lot of their best work is in the headlines, or at least the first graph or two. I missed the Commemorative Plate article, but as you say, Greg, the headline says it all.

10:58 PM  

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