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(Des Moines Register)   The city of Des Moines, Iowa was shocked to hear there was a mass exodus from their city, only to learn they'd been pranked by The Onion   (desmoinesregister.com) divider line 30
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2012-07-20 10:16:30 AM
If you're exodusing this way, drop off a couple of fifths of Templeton Rye.
 
2012-07-20 10:19:14 AM
Area man no longer in area?
 
2012-07-20 10:22:09 AM
Nothing in the article says that the city was shocked, or surprised, or that anyone took this seriously. It's just the Mayor bragging that they got name-dropped, and the local paper explaining the concept of fake news.

I wish I got greenlights this easily. 'Pranked', indeed.
 
2012-07-20 10:23:03 AM
I wish that article was fake, it was stupid.
 
2012-07-20 10:23:36 AM
"Whether they're laughing with us or laughing at us, they're talking about us."

Rest assured, good sir.. We are laughing at you.
 
2012-07-20 10:27:44 AM
Most people in Iowa are only here because they're unaware that they're allowed to leave. Word must have leaked out somehow.
 
2012-07-20 10:27:50 AM
Fail tag for subby's reading comprehension.
 
2012-07-20 10:34:01 AM

poe_zlaw: Rest assured, good sir.. We are laughing at you.


especially when he says things like this with a straight face: "People are recognizing there are a lot of great things going on in Iowa,"
 
2012-07-20 10:39:31 AM

UNC_Samurai: If you're exodusing this way, drop off a couple of fifths of Templeton Rye.


Easy to find in San Diego, now. I guess they finally caught up to demand.
 
2012-07-20 10:40:25 AM
The Onion, in this case, is not a vegetable to be chopped atop a burger, but a collection of satirical media that includes a newspaper, several websites, a TV show and 30-second radio-style clips. The gag is that all their news looks, sounds and reads like real news but is, in fact, fact-free.

Are we sure this wasn't written by Mr. Romero?
 
2012-07-20 10:42:23 AM
Actual news: Des Moines making the Onion is actual news in Des Moines. Somebody needs to write a story about that immediately.
 
2012-07-20 10:53:44 AM
Hence the Idiots Out Wandering Award acronym.
 
2012-07-20 10:53:57 AM
 
2012-07-20 10:58:24 AM
Now why does it not surprise me that Des Moines would still be clueless about The Onion. After all, it's only been around for about a decade.
 
2012-07-20 11:01:17 AM
Idiots
Out
Walking
Around
 
2012-07-20 11:08:04 AM

JackieRabbit: Now why does it not surprise me that Des Moines would still be clueless about The Onion. After all, it's only been around for about a decade.



Why does it not surprise me that you are still clueless about how long The Onion has been around? After all, if it's not on the web, it doesn't exist at all, right?
 
2012-07-20 11:23:20 AM

Christian Bale: JackieRabbit: Now why does it not surprise me that Des Moines would still be clueless about The Onion. After all, it's only been around for about a decade.


Why does it not surprise me that you are still clueless about how long The Onion has been around? After all, if it's not on the web, it doesn't exist at all, right?


The Onion was founded by Tim Keck and Christopher Johnson in 1988 (that's 24 years ago), when they were students at the University of Wisconsin. It was first a print media, available in several cities. In 1996 (16 years ago) it went on-line. I started reading it at about that time.

You were saying something about clueless?
 
2012-07-20 11:26:03 AM
TheraTx: do they know what the queers are doing to their soil?


Now, Stuart, if you look at the soil around any large US city,
There's a big undeground homosexual population. Des Moines, Iowa,
For an example. Look at the soil around Des Moines, Stuart.
You can't build on it; you can't grow anything in it. The government
Says it's due to poor farming. But I know what's really going on,
Stuart. I know it's the queers. They're in it with the aliens.
They're building landing strips for gay Martians, I swear to
God.
 
2012-07-20 11:26:37 AM
If there was a mass exodus, would they take the Ohio-Iowa-Idaho-Hawaii Highway?
 
2012-07-20 11:36:37 AM
FTFA "But Cownie said Thursday that he's happy to see Des Moines sneaking into fake news headlines, an area usually dominated by New York, Los Angeles and Albuquerque, N.M."

Really??!? Albuquerque, N.M.???!1?
 
2012-07-20 11:51:25 AM

JackieRabbit: Now why does it not surprise me that Des Moines would still be clueless about The Onion. After all, it's only been around for about a decade.


Try 24 years.

I remember discovering the website in the late 90s. In 2001, I was in Madison, WI and saw it as an actual printed newspaper. It blew my mind.
 
2012-07-20 12:05:15 PM
I like living here...
 
2012-07-20 12:43:36 PM

BullStrings: FTFA "But Cownie said Thursday that he's happy to see Des Moines sneaking into fake news headlines, an area usually dominated by New York, Los Angeles and Albuquerque, N.M."

Really??!? Albuquerque, N.M.???!1?


I can actually envision people wanting to leave Albuquerque. It's a shiat hole.

/Edgewood
 
2012-07-20 12:44:23 PM

Christian Bale: JackieRabbit: Now why does it not surprise me that Des Moines would still be clueless about The Onion. After all, it's only been around for about a decade.


Why does it not surprise me that you are still clueless about how long The Onion has been around? After all, if it's not on the web, it doesn't exist at all, right?


And honestly, this should be the first thing taught to any journalism class in the last decade.
 
2012-07-20 12:49:54 PM

BullStrings: FTFA "But Cownie said Thursday that he's happy to see Des Moines sneaking into fake news headlines, an area usually dominated by New York, Los Angeles and Albuquerque, N.M."

Really??!? Albuquerque, N.M.???!1?


Happy to see that someone else had this go through their mind as well. Since when is Albuquerque in competition with NY and LA? Hint: you can tell it's not because they had to put the state abbreviations after the name on the city.
 
2012-07-20 01:14:49 PM

BullStrings: FTFA "But Cownie said Thursday that he's happy to see Des Moines sneaking into fake news headlines, an area usually dominated by New York, Los Angeles and Albuquerque, N.M."

Really??!? Albuquerque, N.M.???!1?


Albuquerque's a funny name. Like Turd Ferguson.
 
2012-07-20 01:43:27 PM
Thank you, Des Moines Register, for once again making us look like a bunch of dumb farmers. Way to go.
 
2012-07-20 02:28:16 PM
As a resident of West Des Moines, this humors me.

Moved here last year from Chicago, still amazed at the existence of people.
 
2012-07-20 04:03:06 PM
Dateline, Houston, TX

Locals declare "It's a hot one!" as unseasonaly high temperatures hit 100 this July for the 120th year in a row.
 
2012-07-20 08:22:24 PM
"gotchoo?"
 
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