95 People Who “Ate The Onion” And Believed That The Fake Satire They Were Reading Was Real

Satire is usually meant to be funny. However, it often serves a greater purpose too, providing constructive social criticism, using wit to draw attention to both particular and wider issues in society.

In the digital age, The Onion is probably the most prevalent satirical publisher—it produces articles on international, national, and local news. Even though The Onion ceased publishing its print edition in 2013, it has survived online where the company has been operating since the spring of 1996.

Occasionally, the serious, straight-faced manner in which The Onion “reports” on non-existent events, happenings, and ideas has resulted in people mistakenly thinking the stories are real news.

In fact, this started happening so often, it even gave birth to a subreddit, collecting screenshots of these gullible folks’ reactions. Continue scrolling and check out some of the top posts of r/AteTheOnion, which currently has over 509K members and has started featuring reactions to satire created outside of The Onion too.

#1 One Of The Many Reasons To Hate Sea World

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#2 Ate The Onion – Left The Cheetos

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#3 Please Tell Me I’ve Finally Found One

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#4 Dont Worry I Told Her It Was Satire

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#5 Spray My Kids In The Eyes With Vinegar? I’m Open To It

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#6 Go Blow Your Noodle

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#7 One Giant Leap For Apekind

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#8 Free Kidneys

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#9 The Onion’s Bias Is Showing Again

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#10 What In The Hell

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#11 You Know Who Else Didn’t Fight In Vietnam? Obama! Thanks Obama

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#12 The President Ladies And Gentlemen

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#13 I’m Done

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#14 Big Bollocks

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#15 Damn Liberals And Their Fake News About The Sun

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#16 Found One Today

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#17 My Whole Timeline Has Been Quoting This Tweet

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#18 Is There Any Part This Guy Can’t Play?

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#19 I Finally Found One

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#20 The Poster Doesn’t Quite Let The Number “42 Million” Really Sink In

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#21 Because There Are Overprotected Jimmy Carter Stans Out There

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#22 Cant. Believe. Brie. Would Do That

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#23 That Person Who Replied Must Of Felt So Intelligent Writing That

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#24 Harry Potter And The Order Of Penis

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#25 Please Help This Girl

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#26 Found One During A Random Onion Read Spree

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#27 Since Posting, Someone Tried To Tell Her In The Comments And She’s Still Arguing

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#28 How Amazing

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#29 Vaping Good Cigarette Bad

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#30 I Don’t Think I Can Trust You Though

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#31 At Least She’s Not Wrong

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#32 Drop-Off Blood Bins

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#33 Shared This On Facebook And All Of My Friends Are Freaking Out And Sending Me Frantic Dm’s

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#34 These Inflation Rates Are Terrible

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#35 Stupid Liberals

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#36 Ate The Burger

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#37 Onion-Like, Still Ate It

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#38 What A Guy

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#39 A Very Conservative Family Member Who Always Post Links To Sketchy “News” Articles Took A Bite

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#40 My Best Friend Fell For It

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#41 Poor Christians. Don’t Know What Hit Them

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#42 To Be Fair, It Sounds Like Something He’d Say

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#43 What Are People These Days

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#44 A Trio

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#45 Americas Team

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#46 People Just Can’t Accept Facts

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#47 If I Worked At The Onion, My Office Would Be Full Of Framed Screenshots Like This

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#48 Yes, It’s Real

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#49 That’s A Hearty Bite

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#50 I’ve Found My First In A While. Be Careful On The Roads

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#51 Eye Enlargement Surgery

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#52 Idiocracy

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#53 She Might Actually Be Vegetarian Based On How She Ate That Whole Onion Raw

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#54 Another One Has Fallen

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#55 What A Lovely Comment On Christmas

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#56 Defender Of Truth

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#57 Everyone Knows Women Can’t Learn Morse Code

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#58 How Can You Seriously Think This Is Real

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#59 Nothing Like Some Onion For Breakfast

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#60 Didn’t Take Long

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#61 That Sweet Sweet Babylon Bee

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#62 Dear Old Sarah Here Has Some Interesting Opinions About This Particular Movie Detail

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#63 Followed The Onion On Twitter Recently And The Replies Do Not Disappoint

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#64 What A Shitty Lie

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#65 Who Tells That To A Baby?

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#66 I Demand This Unewsworthy Piece Of Garbage Be Removed At Once

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#67 You Don’t Say

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#68 I Found An Onion Eater Eating Onions

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#69 Hook, Line, And Sinker

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#70 Calm Down Mate, Recall Where You Are

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#71 You’d Think The Name Would’ve Given It Away

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#72 Poor Dude Isn’t Happy With Clickhole’s New Article

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#73 This Guy Is Nuts

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#74 Please Be A Joke

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#75 Ate The Toy Catalog

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#76 Going To Gay Baby Jail

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#77 Probably Photoshop

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#78 I Hope This Was Satire

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#79 You Can’t Make This Up

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#80 Not The Worst, But Definitely Ate The Onion

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#81 Unfollowed

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#82 How Immature

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#83 Big, If True

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#84 Bunch Of Morons

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#85 Wiil Do Anything For Clicks

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#86 Next Level

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#87 Blithering Troglodyte

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#88 R.i.p Big Show

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#89 There Was A Reply To This Tweet Saying They Couldn’t Figure It Out Either

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#90 Encountered My First One In The Wild

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#91 Paw Patrol Gets Too Real For This Atetheonioner

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#92 Wake Up And Bite The Babylon Bee

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#93 Will Someone Think Of The Children

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#94 Such Disrespect

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#95 Greta Onionberg

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