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Is North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un the sexiest man alive? The Onion said he is, and China’s People’s Daily took it seriously. The online, English-language arm of the People’s Daily ran a 55-image slide show of Jong-un, along with the Onion‘s appraisal: “With his devastatingly handsome, round face, his boyish charm and his strong, sturdy frame, this Pyongyang-bred heartthrob is every woman’s dream come true.”
For those who didn’t realize the Onion is a satirical paper and might have wondered if it were serious about Jong-un, there were clues. The Onion noted that its previous sexiest men included Bashar al-Assad, Bernie Madoff, and Ted Kaczynski. But the People’s Daily ignored the hints, and exposed Jong-un to ever more ridicule than he’d have sustained from the Onion piece alone. Satire on the Web had claimed another innocent victim.
The Daily Currant, an online satirical newspaper, disclosed in September Michele Bachmann’s concerns that falafel was a gateway food to terrorism. “It starts with falafel, then the kids move on to shawarma,” the Currant quoted the Minnesota congressperson. “After a while they say ‘hey this tastes good, I wonder what else comes from Arabia?’. . . Before you know it our children are listening to Muslim music, reading the Koran, and plotting attacks against the homeland.”