An online satire website and tabloid, The Onion reports on local, national and international affairs in a completely different manner. It features satirical articles and multimedia content that’s appreciated by millions of its readers all over the world. Awesomeness of The Onion is just out-of-the world and anyone can notice that by reading an article or two. It parodies traditional online and print news dailies like none on the planet. Listed below are the top 10 reasons why The Onion can really make you laugh your socks off.
10. Offbeat stuff:
Content at The Onion is not based around real world political fights, football matches, celebrity life, business and other subjects. It does not fail to come up with offbeat stuff now and then. What does it take to come up with a topic like ‘Study: Depression Hits Loosers the Most’? It takes brains made up of crackers; The Onion, it seems, has got many.
9. Comedy comes naturally to The Onion team:
There’s a famous saying: Dying is easy, comedy is hard. It’s a wonder how people at The Onion continue to add natural humor to their stories, one after the other. Natural comedy strikes the chord with the audience within no time. What do you think about this headline: ‘Study: Many Americans Too Fat To Commit Suicide’, or this: ‘Man Finally Put In Charge Of Struggling Feminist Movement’? Their comedy is that natural.
8. Creative humor:
Writers, graphic artists and others at The Onion do not just tear apart political, economical, sports or daily-life situations; they rip off the facts first, set the stage and add a dash of humor in the end. It’s creative humor that keeps you entertained till the very end and subtle flip-flops make you laugh until you cry.
7. Help you relate easily:
If you’ve tried to make someone laugh in the recent past, you’d probably know how much it helps to pick up a topic they’re aware of. The Onion does exactly that. Each one of its articles or content pieces is woven around topics that people are well aware of. Even if they propose a subtly contrasting opinion, they do it in a manner that you end up holding your belly by the end, trying not to laugh more than your intestines can handle.
6. Unique tone:
Well, it’s not easy to consistently write something that sounds funny. The Onion is an online satire portal and paper modeled on the lines of online news portals and papers, and it has to stick to its theme. It cannot go about publishing feature articles on random jokes that make people laugh. They have maintained a unique tone in all their stuff, articles and videos, such that humor and journalistic style of writing or commentary appear to be perfect harmony.
5. CNN style graphics:
Although The Onion is one hell of a satirical newspaper running stories that make millions laugh, people behind The Onion have made sure that its tabloid and website appear just like real newspapers and news portals complete with graphics and pictures. Precisely, this could be one of the reasons why The Onion readership continues to grow with each passing day. A new reader first reads the story as if it was ‘real’, and laughs out loud when he finds out the truth. The reader then usually becomes a regular one.
4. Hilarious entertainment:
What if there was an Olympics for satire? Sure, The Onion would have been the undisputed winner. The satirical news source had announced last year that ‘Sexiest Man Alive for 2012’ is Kim Jong-un, the Supreme leader of North Korea. Surprisingly, a Chinese English language website not only ran the story, but also inserted a gallery of 50 pictures showing Kim Jong at his best.
3. Laugh out loud headlines:
The first thing you’ll ever notice about The Onion is its headlines. They’re the points that elicit the first wicked smirk on your face. Astutely stated, you know immediately the pun intended. One of the best ever headline by the news satire organization read: ‘Future U.S. History Students: It’s Pretty Embarrassing How Long You Guys Took To Legalize Gay Marriage’.
2. Newsworthy joke:
Probably what makes The Onion even more legendary is how closely it mimics news stories and videos. The writing is artful and subtle. The satire points out similarity by establishing a difference in the degree of what’s real without changing the type. So, it’s news but seriousness converted into satire that most of us might not have thought in our minds.
1. Unbelievable satire:
Whether it is making fun of the Presidency or just normal folk walking down the street, The Onion has always been good at creating satires out of serious stuff. It went ahead with news like: ‘Bush Urges the Nation to be quiet for a Minute while he Tries to think’. In 1988, the first year of their operation, The Onion had summed up the success of the anti-drug movement by stating ‘Drugs win drug war’.