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The Onion is finally funny again


Back in college, I discovered The Onion,

a parody newspaper that most Web users are quite familiar with, even

though the majority are unaware that actual print versions of The Onion have existed for quite some time. It was irreverent, funny, very smart, and tapped into the same zeitgeist that has made The Daily Show so successful, only The Onion did it first. At least it used to.


Originally, The Onion was based out of Wisconsin, and was run

by a ragtag band of cheeky Midwestern quasi-college geeks. Then, they

got really famous, some investors showed up and the whole production

got moved to New York, which is when The Onion stopped being quite so funny. Sure, the retro collection Our Dumb Century,

which made up fake back issues covering 1900 to 1999, was

laugh-out-loud genius, but I haven't seen a "Microsoft patents ones and

zeroes"-level headline in quite a while.


Until today. This week's issue of The Onion is from the year 2056, and holy crap is it funny. Old-school funny. Glad to have it back.


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Jay Garmon has a vast and terrifying knowledge of all things obscure, obtuse, and irrelevant. One day, he hopes to write science fiction, but for now he'll settle for something stranger -- amusing and abusing IT pros. Read his full profile. You can a...

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