- #ICEBae is reportedly a Democrat–and she has some things to get off her chest Tuesday 8:45 PM
- Fans are stoked that Taika Waititi is back to direct ‘Thor 4’ Tuesday 7:22 PM
- Sacha Baron Cohen thanks ‘co-stars’ Dick Cheney, Sarah Palin for making Emmy nominations possible Tuesday 6:43 PM
- Roger Stone barred from posting on all social media platforms Tuesday 6:03 PM
- The FaceApp challenge shows you how gracefully you’ll age Tuesday 5:16 PM
- Kylie Jenner opens up about her mental health in candid Instagram post Tuesday 4:38 PM
- Fans speculate wildly about Naomi Watts’ ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel role after leaked set photo Tuesday 3:54 PM
- New Jersey congressman joins House Democrats ‘Squad’ because of an Onion article Tuesday 3:09 PM
- Twitter begins rolling out new desktop redesign, and users aren’t happy Tuesday 1:54 PM
- Man asks his girlfriend to ‘unlove’ her ex—and people do not agree with him Tuesday 1:37 PM
- Relive a forgotten gem with the TurboGrafx-16 Mini console Tuesday 1:09 PM
- Judge says Daily Stormer founder must pay $14 million for harassing Jewish realtor Tuesday 1:01 PM
- Graphic depiction of suicide cut from Netflix’s ’13 Reasons Why’ Tuesday 12:55 PM
- Streaming titles seize 2019 Emmy nominations Tuesday 12:19 PM
- ‘Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein’ tries to find humor in bad actors Tuesday 12:02 PM
When reality sounds like an Onion parody, the news might end up on The Ononeon.
“Gullible people mistake an Onion parody story for reality” is a pretty commonplace event. Everyone laughs and rolls their eyes when, for example, a Chinese newspaper reprints as truth a sarcastic Onion screed gushing over pudgy North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un as the “sexiest man alive.”
And on Facebook, ordinary people take The Onion seriously every day, enough to fill an entire Tumblr with examples of credulous people mistaking parody for reality.
But what happens when reality sounds like an Onion parody? In that case, the news might end up on The Ononeon (also known as theon1on), which is not a parody website, nor even an “exaggerating for humorous effect” website, but a straightforward link aggregator collecting genuine facepalm-worthy news headlines under the subtitle “Sadly, this is not The Onion.”
Stories on The Ononeon are generated from the subreddit r/nottheonion. A small sampling of The Ononeon’s actual stories that are not Onion parodies include “N.Y. Mayor Bloomberg bans 2-liter sodas with pizza delivery” and “Court rules Arizona can prosecute sober people for driving under the influence,” two completely true news events from the past week.
Another true news story and Ononeon headline from Feb. 26 is “The Onion issues apology for tasteless Twitter remark,” which leads to another example where a mainstream news site took something the Onion said seriously.
Except this time, you can’t laugh and say “They took The Onion seriously? What hyper-gullible doofuses they must be,” because The Onion seriously intended to be taken seriously when it apologized for posting an offensive and catty tweet during an offensive and catty Oscar ceremony. (Got all that?)
Maybe The Onion jumped the shark, but it doesn’t matter now that reality has caught up with The Onion enough to make The Ononeon possible.
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Jennifer Abel was an early contributor to the Daily Dot's web culture coverage. Her work has appeared in Mashable, Salon, Playboy, the Guardian, and elsewhere.