When you’re used to reading fake news, sometimes you forget what’s real.

I discovered The Onion, America’s Finest News Source, awhile back. But because the iPad app looks similar to other news apps, it’s easy to confuse real news with made-up news.

The Onion is sort of like “Weekend Update” on SNL, which I haven’t seen in a long time. It’s interesting: Every SNL generation thinks their cast was the best. The early ‘80s had Chevy Chase, Dan Aykdoyd, and John Belushi, among others. My favorites were Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman, and Adam Sandler, along with David Spade and Chris Farley.

I’ll frequently share on Facebook articles from The Onion. Here’s one that just cracked me up: “Desperate Pandora Employees Scrambling to Find Song Area Man Likes,” about a man who doesn’t like anything Pandora selects for him and keeps tapping the thumbs-down button.

I’ve written about Pandora before (see “Pandora Killed the Radio Star” and “If you can’t say anything nice …”). Recently, I discovered their comedy stations, which I just love. Though, a word of caution: Don’t listen to the comedy station while at the gym. It’s just not a good idea when you’re on the treadmill or when juggling dumbbells. Stick with ‘70s Pleasure.

Unfortunately, on Pandora’s comedy stations there is a lot of trash. (Thankfully, they have one called PG Comedy.) It’s the same with The Onion. They have some hilarious, at times outlandish articles that’ll have you wanting to read them to whoever’s in the room. Like the one about the mother who reportedly “just walked up the stairs, slammed the door to her bedroom, and locked it.”

But there’s also some garbage. Sadly, profanity (see my post “Stuff Boys Say in a Locker Room”) and sex get the laughs. But I prefer humor that tries harder.

Which is what I’ll do for you. Keep trying.

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