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Believing the Onion

Wednesday, 14 April 2004

I particularly enjoyed this article in Wired about people who have taken stories in The Onion seriously. I am truly amazed to hear about the sheriff who launched an investigation into al Qaeda’s telemarketing scams.

The one which had me in stitches is right at the end of the article and tells of the fundamentalist Christian groups who entirely believed an Onion story which reported that it had been shown that the Harry Potter books had led to a rise in Satanism amongst school kids. Believing every word of it they launched massive campaigns against the books and were incensed by J K Rowling’s ‘comments’ about Jesus.

Posted 14 April 2004, 12:53 BST