The Onion is the world's most popular humor periodical. Its first book, Our Dumb Century, was a New York Times #1 best-seller and winner ...
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The Onion's Finest News Reporting is a compilation of the best articles from the satirical newspaper, The Onion. The articles cover a broad scope of world topics, including remote-controlled remotes, bans of same-sex friendships, and the tragedy of a toy wagon crash ("Family Dog Suspected Cause" (Onion 50)). The characters in each individual article are famous people like Bill Gates and Bill Clinton, random names of people like in real news article testimonials, and entities like God, all used to make the ridiculousness of the articles relatable. The basic theme of the articles usually is to ridicule society, calling out silly topics like laugh tracks in sitcoms ("It sounds like many people laughing, like a crowd of hundreds of people, yet I can't see them." - sitcom character (Onion 37)), the lack of vowels in the names of some Middle Eastern cities ("Clinton Deploys Vowels to Bosnia, Cities of Sjlbvdnzv, Grznc To Be First Recipients" - Onion reporter (Onion 80)), and the excessive reactions against gays.
As a fan of parody and satire, I thought this book was amazing. The variety of topics keeps readers from getting bored of the same topic, and the articles themselves are laugh-out-loud worthy, as they poke fun at topics that simply don't make any sense, like sitcom laugh tracks and remote remotes. Some articles are relatable as well, like motor accidents on a toy scale, which I used to do when I was a kid. As long as you don't freak out at the first signs of obscene language, this book will not fail to entertain.