The Onion: A Shock
Recently, while searching for news on the internet, I stummbled across an interesting article from a source by the name of The Onion. The article, titled "Head Lice Going Around the Senate," immediately made me speculate it's validity from the opening paragraph.
WASHINGTON—Eighteen senators were sent home from Congress Tuesday after a routine screening found an infestation of nits, larvae, and adult parasites living on the scalps of high-ranking Washington lawmakers.
However, I found myself unable to stop reading the article. I ended up reading several other articles on the website and then doing some further investigation on the news organization. I found out that
The Onion is an American "fake news" organization. It features satirical articles reporting on international, national, and local news as well as an entertainment newspaper and website known as The A.V. Club. It claims a national print circulation of 690,000 and says 61 percent of its web site readers are between 18 and 44 years old.
I had never heard anything of this news source until I stummbled upon it accidentally one day. I do not quite understand why people spend their lives writing for a fake newspaper. But, I enjoy it, and have found myself revisiting the website several times since my discovery.