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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 of the 1999 Thurber Prize for American Humor.Now The Onion returnswith Volume One ofthe paper's greatest, most hard-hitting stories, including:
--Clinton Deploys Vowels to Bosnia: Operation Vowel Storm Will Make Countless Bosnian Names Mor
Paperback, 176 pages
Published April 4th 2000 by Three Rivers Press (first published April 1st 2000)
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Julie Decker
Aug 15, 2014 Julie Decker rated it really liked it
This is a collection of the best Onion articles--with politics, social issues, individual people's opinion pieces, and "science" all squished together with absurd writing. The headlines jump out at you, and the articles just get funnier. You can read about how actually babies are stupid, or an in-depth hard-hitting piece about what a drunk guy yelled about his nether parts on a street corner one night. What makes it the best is that there's always a string of truth in there--something we all rec ...more
Nov 21, 2011 Jimyanni rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor
This book is a collection of spoof, "Harvard Lampoon" style, irreverent "newspaper articles", poking fun at some standards of the newspaper trade. The one way in which their parodies are NOT perfect is that they are actually BETTER written and edited than real newspaper stories; I found only one typo in the entire book. So not only are they hilariously funny, they're also COMPETENT. Of course, they're completely politically incorrect and generally irreverent; if you have any capability of being ...more
Jul 03, 2010 Bryan added it
This onion will leave you crying...from laughter!: This is yet another great example of brilliant and witty writing on the part of the Onion's writers. From GM introducing "new, instant-win airbags" to Saddam Hussein stepping down because of a sex scandal and a local child destroying an ant colony, the writing is better than ever. The writers' ribald and vulgar sense of humor is sharper than ever, too, as Monica Lewinsky gets subpoenaed to "re-blow Clinton on Senate floor." It's tough to pick a ...more
Susan (the other Susan)
Jan 24, 2014 Susan (the other Susan) rated it really liked it
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A collection of famous news stories as they ought to have been written. Fabulously funny and truer-than-true.
Jun 03, 2014 Hilary rated it liked it
This collection was funny, but not quite as funny as I was expecting it to be. It actually got a little bit tedious after a while, as all of the articles were essentially making fun of the same sort of thing. Most of the topics were also pretty outdated, which I hadn't expected, but should have had I looked at the publishing date. It would be good for someone who really likes The Onion, but only if they really, really like The Onion.
Aug 08, 2011 J. rated it liked it
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Like everything the Onion does, 99% of the humor is in the headlines--and they are hilarious--but the articles rarely add any humor to the situation, unless you enjoy the idea of treating the nonsensical headline seriously. But this joke doesn't stretch quite as long as this book is.
...a collection of stories and commentaries with a sublime satirical bite. Devotees of the Madison, Wisconsin, weekly will erupt with laughter at each turn of the page, while newcomers will wonder how they have done without such headlines as...
Dec 28, 2007 Agrimorfee rated it it was amazing
This book deserves 5 stars if only for including the post-September 11, 2001 issue...the most profound, funniest and riskiest satire I have encountered in my lifetime.
Dec 18, 2013 Mike rated it really liked it
Very entertaining, and laugh out loud funny at times. Some articles can be easily skipped over after reading the headline only, but those are scarce.
Aug 10, 2011 Chandler rated it it was amazing
Excellent selection of great Onion stories. After all, what is better than a copy of The Onion? A collection of the best Onion stories.
Sep 18, 2014 Erika rated it liked it
funny and offensive. as only the onion can be.
Aaron Goodier
May 04, 2009 Aaron Goodier rated it really liked it
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One of my favorite Onion jokes is the headline "Clinton Found Alive."
Mar 26, 2010 Peacegal rated it really liked it
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The Onion is always a lot of fun, and this great coffee table book.
Jun 26, 2009 Bethany rated it it was amazing
You know, cause it counts as literature. Or something.
Aug 20, 2008 Swankivy rated it really liked it
Read it cover to cover. Mostly while on the john. You care?
Jul 08, 2009 Laura is currently reading it
This what I am reading in the bathroom :D
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Feb 13, 2008 Rob Haas rated it it was amazing
T. Herman Zweibel is a hell of a guy.
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