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The Onion's Finest News Reporting, Volume 1

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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.

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Smosh

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New video every Friday. Make sure you also check out our 2nd Channel for 2 bonus videos every week! Contact Us: http://smosh.com/contact-us
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Smosh is a YouTube channel dedicated to humorous skits, some of which are parodic, like advertisements for silly products, and some of which are plainly for laughs, like food masquerading as other items. The topics frequently relate to media like movies and video games, but sometimes the skits just showcase the antics that life has to offer.

Smosh's videos and The Onion's Finest News Reporting both feature amusing stories of stupidity and the silliness of life's aspects. The Onion points out the mysterious origin of sitcom laugh tracks (Onion 37) and Microsoft's patenting of the binary system (Onion 120), while Smosh showcases how unrealistic video games and movies are when applied to reality, and also depicting the amazing 15 hour energy drink.

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I am America

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Congratulations--just by opening the cover of this book you became 25% more patriotic. From Stephen Colbert, the host of television's hi...
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I Am America is a book loaded with Stephen Colbert's outlook on various aspects of life, like sports, science, and family. Although, since Colbert is a comedian, this outlook consists of ridiculing society of the past, present, and future through true statements twisted to be funny and condescending. Littered throughout the book are side comments that either mock or add extra "info" to the main paragraphs, intended purely for humor.

I Am America is much like The Onion's Finest News Reporting, as both titles exist to mock society and to provide humor for readers. The Onion mocks society through outside examples like the lack of vowels in Bosnian cities (Onion 80), while Colbert covers more domestic oddness like the uselessness of certain sports (Colbert 80). Both books consistently amble from topic to topic in a discursive manner, and sometimes their paths even cross. A diagram of a cow in The Onion points out the parts of the cow that resemble plant anatomy (Onion 9), while Colbert uses a cow diagram to show what food item each part of the cow becomes (Colbert 36).

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Stephen's comment, May 28, 2013 10:22 AM
very well written scoop it displays the similarities well
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Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

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Directed by Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones. With Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam. King Arthur and his knights embark on a low-budget search for the Grail, encountering many very silly obstacles.
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Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a parodic movie of the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. The film is intentionally completely nonsensical, with bloodless limbs detaching from bodies ('Tis a flesh wound"), coconuts instead of horses, and a particularly deadly rabbit. In the end, the majority of the film is unfaithful to the actual legend (besides the names of the knights (minus "Sir Not In This Film")), but the humor of the film starts with the opening credits and continues incessantly until the film is over.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail and The Onion's Finest News Reporting mainly share the violation of the usual concepts of certain groups While The Onion talks about the Amish giving up and assimilating to society (Onion 24), Monty Python is all about bumbling, not-so-courageous knights ("Brave Sir Robin Ran Away") who attribute any successes to dumb luck.

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