“Ate The Onion”: 121 Of The Funniest Screenshots Of People Who Fell For Fake Satirical Articles And Embarrassed Themselves Online (New Pics)

Satire is a powerful tool. It’s funny, witty, and can be quite a challenge to the reader. It’s supposed to outrage and amuse, cause laughter and delight, prick your conscience and unveil uncomfortable truths — all at the same time. By its very definition, it aims to find the sweet spot between reality and absurdity. But for some people (read: naive), the line between satire and real news gets blurry — especially when they fall for these tales and share them as truth each day.

See, popular satirical news sites like The Onion are easily confused with the real deal. In fact, they are misunderstood so often that it even spawned a whole online community dedicated to ridiculing those who have been fooled. So let us introduce you to the wildly popular ‘Ate The Onion’ subreddit, a place collecting screenshots of people who failed to see the satire and immediately embarrassed themselves online.

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No wonder the community has gained a cult following with over 553k members cringing over hilariously painful scenarios they stumbled upon on the web. So below, we hand-picked an entertaining collection of some of their best posts to share with you. Continue scrolling, upvote your favorite ones, and be sure to let us know what you think of them in the comments!

For some more outrageously funny and gullible reactions to non-existent events and ideas, check out Bored Panda’s earlier post about ‘Ate The Onion’ right over here.

#1 Hulk Was So Sexy They Ate The Onion

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#2 :/

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#3 Oem Recommended

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To gain some insight on the role of satirical news sites today, we reached out to James E. Caron, a Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. In his recent book Satire as the Comic Public Sphere: Postmodern “Truthiness” as Civic Engagement, he examines well-known comedians such as Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, and Jimmy Kimmel, and discusses how satirical commentary on current events and politics affects the audiences.

“Good satire both entertains and informs,” Caron told Bored Panda. “Mock news sites sometimes are doing satire, but not always. Mostly they entertain.” At its core, satire raises people’s awareness and provides multilayered commentary on political communication and mass media by using humor and irony. With the power of clever ridicule, it challenges readers’ views and helps confront unpleasant truths.

“For an informed citizen interested in civic issues of the day, they take their place in the range of discourse available that makes some sort of attempt to shape our reality,” the professor added.

#4 Youngest Child Ever

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#5 Ate The Hamster

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#6 End Of An Era: The Blue Whale That Hangs From The Ceiling Of The Museum Of Natural History Has Died

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Being part of the entertainment industry, political satire reaches more people than ever before. Since it adds a sense of wit to the mix, it makes the audience incredibly receptive to it. It makes the bitter truth a tad sweeter to swallow, but it usually conveys the message nonetheless.

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However, is it a good teacher of how to address important political and social issues? “Some satire will include in its comic presentation an actual solution to a highlighted problem, but mostly not,” Caron explained. “But providing solutions is not the job of satire. That is what political leaders are supposed to do.”

“What good satire can do, however, is bring attention to important issues in ways that make the readers/viewers laugh and then think. That is what I call in my book ‘the theory of amusement.’ Laugh and then muse (think) about what you are laughing about. Satire is not so much a teacher as it is a traffic sign, pointing a thoughtful person toward a place of reflection.”

#7 Fda Approves First Artificial Tumor

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#8 They Must Be Punished

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#9 Embarrassing: The U.S. Is Ranked 182nd In The World Alphabetically

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A 2017 study conducted by The Ohio State University has shown that satirical news programs have real political effects on people who consume them, just like watching serious, fact-based news. After inviting 146 college students to watch regular news and satirical news sources, the research aimed to measure the impact programs such as The Daily Show have on the study participants.

The results revealed that people with little interest in politics were more likely to select satirical over serious news. In addition, satire even has the power to reinforce our pre-existing attitudes and even influence political efficacy — the way people believe they can influence political processes.

#10 Oh Boy, Former Coworker Eats The Onion With The Peel And Everything

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#11 She Hopes It’s Not Real

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#12 Krispy Kreme Human Glazing

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“Satirical news matters,” Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick, author of the study, said. “It is not just entertaining — it has a real-life impact on viewers.” The findings of the study indicate that satirical news can draw in and engage viewers who otherwise would about political content. “This suggests that satirical news could be a gateway into more serious news use for people who aren’t currently engaged in politics.” So while these entertaining new sources may seem funny, they bring serious and much-needed effects.

#13 Stupid Baby

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#14 To Be Fair, It’s A Plausible Sounding Story

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#15 Drank The Flat White Onion

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However, things take a different turn when news stories that should be taken as a joke are mistaken for real news. While satire may seem obvious and easy to spot for many readers, the serious, matter-of-fact manner that certain sites use to “report” fake events sometimes lead to misunderstandings.

According to professor Caron, people fail to note the irony or sarcasm built into satire because they are not paying attention to the underlying circumstance or event, or even historical fact that it plays with. “To get any joke, you have to have a specific piece of information that is being joked about,” he said. “Without that knowledge, the joke is missed.”

A brief scroll through this list will prove that not all audiences can spot the difference between satire and actual events. What’s worse, they perceive satire as hard cold facts, especially across social networks. These individuals may lack critical thinking skills or have poor media literacy — qualities that all informed and savvy media consumers should aspire to have. “Also, people believe what they already believe before they even read the satire/hear the joke,” Caron added.

#16 Grandma Took The Bee Too Serious

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#17 Aviyah Doesn’t Understand Ethics

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#18 Sorry To Burst This Bubble

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For our previous feature of ‘Ate The Onion’, my colleague Rokas got in touch with one of the moderators of this incredibly popular subreddit, who noted that satirical news is now as important as any other form of comedy. “News outlets have always favored tragic events over uplifting ones so, in a way, I think satirical news helps people see the bright side. Or at the very least it makes them consider that there might be a bright side and not everything is as terrible as it is presented on the news.”

The moderator TheCats_Bananas listed two main reasons why people fall for satirical satire, in their opinion. “The first one [is] that people are used to seeing news on their feeds so when they see a satirical headline, they don’t even consider that it might be satirical unless it’s extremely farfetched, so they just comment on it without much of a second thought.”

“The second reason is that in recent times, actual news headlines have gotten so unexpected and ridiculous that people have just accepted the fact that most of it is real so there’s little reason to doubt anything anymore,” they said.

#19 Got Him

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#20 Surprise Surprise, A Sub Full Of Paranoid Narcissists Takes A Great Big Bite Out Of The Onion

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#21 A Friend Sent Me An Onion Tweet And I Thought It Was A Real Article

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When we asked professor Caron whether the latter is true, he mentioned that we do live in strange times “when folks believe that JFK Jr. will appear at a rally” or “that the supreme court will reinstall Donald Trump as president.”

“If that is your reality, then nothing is ridiculous because everything is ridiculous,” the professor added. “People believe what they want to believe with real news too as well as the mock news created by satirists.”

#22 Idiot Parents Know Nothing Of Games

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#23 I Can’t Let This Bee Unseen

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#24 Vegans In An Uproar Over A Fake Article

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To become better at separating fact from fiction online, we must stay informed. “Think critically when you read crazy stuff on the internet. Just because you are reading it doesn’t mean it’s true,” Caron advised.

“Example: conspiracy folks, when told that Trump lost 60 of 61 lawsuits contesting the 2020 election, reply that the judges are all corrupt. Isn’t it curious that those judges were perfectly honest, no charges of corruption before they ruled against Trump? That’s a coincidence beyond belief for a thinking person.”

#25 Photoshopped

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#26 Good Thing We Got That Cleared Up

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#27 He’s Clearly Never Lived In A Big City Before

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To follow the wise words of Abraham Lincoln, “Don’t believe everything you read on the internet!” Don’t rely on your completely subjective assessment of the source, hone your critical thinking skills, and enjoy the constructive and hilarious dialogue that satire so often opens up. We’d love to hear your thoughts on the examples featured in this list. Which were your favorite ones? Did you ever fall for a satirical headline and embarrassed yourself online? Feel free to share your opinions and experiences with us in the comments.

#28 Carl Weathers Took A Small Bite It Seems

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#29 Woah! I Didn’t Know That!

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#30 Yes It Is

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#31 Obamna!

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#32 Is She Bluffing?

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#33 I’m Beta Testimg This Update. Some Of My Friemds Said It’s Ummecessary But I’m Just Tryimg To Do My Part

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#34 Tom Cruise Kills 18 Civilians

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#35 So Long Gay Bowser

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#36 Asked My Wife What She Was Raging About And She Sent Me This

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#37 Pretty Sure This Was From Something On Ifunny, But It Still Got Ate

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#38 This Is Going To Take Years To Clean Up

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#39 Uoᴉuo Ǝɥʇ Ǝʇ∀

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#40 Just Don’t Hold It Down For More Than 5 Seconds

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#41 This Guy Is Nuts

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#42 We Live In A Society

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#43 Anime Pfp And All

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#44 Need??a??hobby

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#45 Never Gets Old

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#46 Nft

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#47 When You Cant Remove Nipples Contour Contour Contour

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#48 Quote Tweeting A Comedian

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#49 The Comments On This One Are The Best I’ve Seen

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#50 I Uhm-

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#51 Love This Gnarly Response To A Clickhole Image

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#52 Fission Mailed

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#53 That Damn Pewdiepie Is Always Up To Something!!

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#54 I’m Too Busy Facedesking To Comprehend

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#55 Nom Nom Nom

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#56 Don’t Get Why This Is A Big Story

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#57 Finally Found One In The Wild

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#58 Bit The Hard Drive?

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#59 Ate The Onion

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#60 The Communists Are Taking Over!

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#61 A Royal Feast

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#62 *sigh*

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#63 My First One Caught In The Wild

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#64 Checked

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#65 Someone On R/Mildlyinfuriating Took A Big Ole Bite Of The Onion

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#66 Outright Insane Serial Killer Stuff

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#67 My Friend Ate A Classic Onion

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#68 Why Would They Do This?

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#69 Facebook Is A Magical Place

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#70 Ironically, I Ate The Onion

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#71 Haha

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#72 Learn, You Folks !

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#73 Mom Ate The Onion Pretty Bad

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#74 This Is Real

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#75 Can’t Unsee

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#76 You Obviously Know Nothing About Legs And Golf

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#77 Found One In The Wild

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#78 Got A Twofer On This One

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#79 Old But Gold

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#80 Looks Like Koolcat Is Sweating This Headline…

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#81 Seems Extreme

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#82 Is This Too Meta?

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#83 My Local Nextdoor Republican Group Is Full Of These

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#84 Wow He Was Really Craving This One

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#85 Referencing The Onion While Taking A Huge Bite Out Of One

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#86 Remington Debuts New Split Barrel Murder-Suicide Shotgun

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#87 They Got Another One

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#88 Someone Got Betooted

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#89 An Antimasker Believed A Babylon Bee Article About Fauci

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#90 Tampa Bay Gay Prositutes Gearing Up For Flood Of Closested Republicans

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#91 Wal-Mart Announces Plan To Slash Customers’ Throats

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#92 No, Not My Favourite Judge!

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#93 Yes, Clickhole Is Very Facepalm

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#94 Some People In My Tiny Hick-Fuck Town In Australia

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#95 This Can’t Be A Real Comment

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#96 Found One

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#97 “Why Is This Tweet Labeled Misleading @twitter?”

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#98 Ate The Crotchless Chaps

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#99 Biden Went To Jail???

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#100 What A Shitty Lie

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#101 Old Onion Is The Best

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#102 This Man Has Eaten Thy ?

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#103 Uhhh…

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#104 Dumbass:

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#105 Posting A Snopes Article Saying That The Information Is False

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#106 My Grandma Posted This On Facebook

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#107 Right Here On Reddit

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#108 Would FBI Save Hogwarts If Donald Was President?

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#109 Amazon Warehouse, The Final Frontier

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#110 Another One On This Masterpiece Of An Onion Video

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#111 Blanka To Have Purple Scar-H Confirmed

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#112 Do You Have Any Idea What He Is Talking About?

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#113 Awkwafina’s Roots

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#114 I’m Surprised At This One

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#115 “He Is Completely Deceived.”

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#116 So Many Fell For This One ?

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#117 Unemployment ❤️

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#118 Took A Big Ol’ Bite

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#119 The Mayor Of Knox County, Tn Aka The Wrestler Kane, Gets Stung

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#120 Stung By The Bee!

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#121 German Satire Site Cited As Real News. And They Say We Aren’t Funny

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