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2012-08-04 08:14:37 AM  
I'm hoping the tag is for anyone who gets offended by planes flying into buildings. Am I right, subbers?
 
2012-08-04 08:24:33 AM  
Of course it's never to early for Teabaggers to actually fly planes into buildings, is it?

assets.nydailynews.com
 
2012-08-04 09:19:47 AM  
It never fails to amaze me how many people will send me an Onion article thinking it was real. When they did that article about the Planned Parenthood mega complex, I saw it at least 4 times linked by someone who was all "ZOMG!!! OUTRAGE TO ELEVENTY!!??!!?11!!?!!

I'm kinda surprised I haven't received that one about the roving band of gays.

/ The Onion rocks. Always a great time sink.
 
2012-08-04 09:30:34 AM  
"It's still the Sears Tower to me dammit!"
img.photobucket.com
 
2012-08-04 09:36:31 AM  

alwaysjaded: It never fails to amaze me how many people will send me an Onion article thinking it was real.


I send these to friends TELLING them it's a parody done by a parody site called The Onion and they STILL think it's real. These are college grads, fairly sharp otherwise, etc. And conservatives I should add.

Something about the intertubes dummifies people.
 
2012-08-04 10:05:15 AM  

edmo: alwaysjaded: It never fails to amaze me how many people will send me an Onion article thinking it was real.

I send these to friends TELLING them it's a parody done by a parody site called The Onion and they STILL think it's real. These are college grads, fairly sharp otherwise, etc. And conservatives I should add.

Something about the intertubes dummifies people.


Yup. I'll get one that says "Obama caught in 3 way with gay unicorn and a hermaphroditic Sasquatch" and instead of just chuckling and knowing it's absurd, the rallying cry goes up "N0bama's in cahoots with foreign dignitaries from Neverland. DOWN WITH BIG FABLE!!?!!?11!!"

I wish I could say something should be so absurd it would be unbelievable but then again, Alex Jones has a pretty popular website and I'm sure today I'll get a few links that says "The lizard people have turned oxygen into cyanide. Read up on a secret organization that supposedly controls all the internet yet allows us to reveal their dastardly schemes."

/ *sigh*
 
2012-08-04 10:17:31 AM  
The Onion is a national treasure and is a testament to the fact that living in a society with free speech doesn't always involve having to tolerate hateful bigots who picket funerals. It helps balance out the derp.
 
MBK [TotalFark]
2012-08-04 10:24:08 AM  
In response to questions about the criticism and using such an image, The Onion marketing director Grant Jones stuck with the newspaper's tone. He wrote in an email that, "9-11 must never be the fodder for jokes. Perhaps you didn't see the news that humor died after 9-11."

Alright, which one of you bastards works for The Onion.
 
2012-08-04 10:25:40 AM  

edmo: alwaysjaded: It never fails to amaze me how many people will send me an Onion article thinking it was real.

I send these to friends TELLING them it's a parody done by a parody site called The Onion and they STILL think it's real. These are college grads, fairly sharp otherwise, etc. And conservatives I should add.

Something about the intertubes dummifies people.


I think there are a lot of people who still don't get that anyone can put anything up on the Interent. They're too used to the old model of media, where everything was edited, filtered, and fact-checked (sort of) before it went out. So they see something like this and think "Sounds legit."
 
2012-08-04 10:26:25 AM  

logistic: I'm hoping the tag is for anyone who gets offended by planes flying into buildings. Am I right, subbers?


It should be. Welcome to the internet.
If you don't like it, don't look at it.

Jesus, people ought to be outraged that an asshole could take an airplane full of chickenshiat sheep out.
 
2012-08-04 10:28:14 AM  
Get over yourselves. Some terrorists crashed planes into a couple buildings. People died. How about we acknowledge all the people dying from war, famine, disease... Or how about we acknowledge the atrocities committed in China or North Korea?

A few thousand American's die and all of a sudden it's crying bald eagles and fark anyone who dares to parody it. Well fark you. In the grand scheme of things, the WTC attack was a pittance. Maybe next time you stuff your face full of fast food you can stop and think a moment about the people of the world who are breaking their backs to keep from starving to death today.
 
2012-08-04 10:28:39 AM  
I'll just leave this here.

/Hey, they took a week off, whadayacryinabout?
 
2012-08-04 10:29:01 AM  
Subby learned that in this post-9/11 world no one reads the article before submitting the headline.
 
2012-08-04 10:29:16 AM  
What's funny is that the Onion is considered a 'satirical newspaper' and USA TODAY isn't.
 
2012-08-04 10:30:09 AM  
zedzeek.com

What's going on in this thread?

/hot from a GIS that tied it to a fark thread
 
2012-08-04 10:30:51 AM  
People offended over joke.
 
2012-08-04 10:32:53 AM  
Honest Bender: That's the dark side of American exceptionalism. That's what led to the development of the strategic bomber.
 
2012-08-04 10:33:15 AM  
Amazing that 911 still evokes such emotion so many years later.

Guess PNAC was right on the mark four years before 911 when they called for a "New Pearl Harbor." They got that, and more. The airlines, airports, etc. are laughing all the way to the bank as they collect things like "911 security fees" and TSA agents confiscate snow globes from Disneyland (no shiat, snow globes are on the banned list...)

How long was the original Pearl Harbor an untouchable subject, and other than the obvious memorials, was it enshrined and ingrained into the country's collective conscience anywhere near as much as 911 is now? It would seem to me that, since Pearl Harbor was the event that began the Pacific phase of WWII, it would have been remembered more as a catastrophic opening battle for that part of the war than as a unique event.

Thoughts?
 
2012-08-04 10:34:41 AM  
No joke here,

I work in a store selling foam (polystyrene etc) and a guy came in 2 weeks after 9/11 to buy some sheets for a fancy dress party, he was going as the building and his mate was going as the plane :)

I wish I had of gotten some images!
AUSTRALIANS ROCK!
 
2012-08-04 10:35:31 AM  
I am from and live in NY and have lost people in 9/11 and I still find the Hulk mashup hilarious.
 
2012-08-04 10:35:53 AM  
Dear Americans,

Get over yourselves, you humorless coonts.

Signed,

A fellow American.
 
2012-08-04 10:36:37 AM  

MBK: In response to questions about the criticism and using such an image, The Onion marketing director Grant Jones stuck with the newspaper's tone. He wrote in an email that, "9-11 must never be the fodder for jokes. Perhaps you didn't see the news that humor died after 9-11."

Alright, which one of you bastards works for The Onion.


Grant Jones, The Onion marketing director?
 
2012-08-04 10:37:02 AM  

destrip: Thoughts?


If you are looking for these, you have come to the wrong place.
 
2012-08-04 10:40:31 AM  

Oysterman: /hot from a GIS that tied it to a fark thread


There was actually a thread where someone made a joke about someone's mom dying. An indignant Farker came in and said "how would you feel if someone made a joke about how your mom died"...the original person came back and posted that picture and said "go for it, brother".

Second funniest Fark exchange ever
 
2012-08-04 10:40:58 AM  

destrip: How long was the original Pearl Harbor an untouchable subject, and other than the obvious memorials, was it enshrined and ingrained into the country's collective conscience anywhere near as much as 911 is now? It would seem to me that, since Pearl Harbor was the event that began the Pacific phase of WWII, it would have been remembered more as a catastrophic opening battle for that part of the war than as a unique event.

Thoughts?


Good question. Maybe because Pearl Harbor was clearly a military target attacked by a sovereign nation that had been in a saber rattling dance for years versus a civilian target attacked by stateless actors using commercial planes as weapons? Plus, the media. We didn't have a million cameras around at Pearl Harbor to catch every event and sear it into our collective memories.

I honestly don't know.
 
2012-08-04 10:42:20 AM  

edmo: alwaysjaded: It never fails to amaze me how many people will send me an Onion article thinking it was real.

I send these to friends TELLING them it's a parody done by a parody site called The Onion and they STILL think it's real. These are college grads, fairly sharp otherwise, etc. And conservatives I should add.

Something about the intertubes dummifies people.


I'm am assuming this is based on the results of controlled study which involved both sending out an article that is politically neutral and sent out to an equal number of aquaintences of both political affiliations, before the results of this study were posted on fark.

Or was it that the articles were politically biased or received by a larger sampling of conservatives so your conclusions may have been a bit skewed?

/cue the "what republicans think crowd"
 
2012-08-04 10:42:25 AM  

alwaysjaded: It never fails to amaze me how many people will send me an Onion article thinking it was real. When they did that article about the Planned Parenthood mega complex, I saw it at least 4 times linked by someone who was all "ZOMG!!! OUTRAGE TO ELEVENTY!!??!!?11!!?!!

I'm kinda surprised I haven't received that one about the roving band of gays.

/ The Onion rocks. Always a great time sink.


is it gonna be shaped like a coat hanger???
 
2012-08-04 10:42:55 AM  

Oysterman: [zedzeek.com image 728x800]

What's going on in this thread?

/hot from a GIS that tied it to a fark thread


That's exactly what I came in here for. Well played, sir.
 
2012-08-04 10:46:34 AM  

drgloryboy: MBK: In response to questions about the criticism and using such an image, The Onion marketing director Grant Jones stuck with the newspaper's tone. He wrote in an email that, "9-11 must never be the fodder for jokes. Perhaps you didn't see the news that humor died after 9-11."

Alright, which one of you bastards works for The Onion.

Grant Jones, The Onion marketing director?


That is not the fark handle he is looking for.

/That is not the fark handle he is looking for.
 
2012-08-04 10:47:01 AM  

bulldg4life: Oysterman: /hot from a GIS that tied it to a fark thread

There was actually a thread where someone made a joke about someone's mom dying. An indignant Farker came in and said "how would you feel if someone made a joke about how your mom died"...the original person came back and posted that picture and said "go for it, brother".

Second funniest Fark exchange ever


Well now I'm just curious as to why it would be labeled second best

/unless you're talking about the baby cremation thing
 
2012-08-04 10:47:08 AM  

destrip: Amazing that 911 still evokes such emotion so many years later.

Guess PNAC was right on the mark four years before 911 when they called for a "New Pearl Harbor." They got that, and more. The airlines, airports, etc. are laughing all the way to the bank as they collect things like "911 security fees" and TSA agents confiscate snow globes from Disneyland (no shiat, snow globes are on the banned list...)

How long was the original Pearl Harbor an untouchable subject, and other than the obvious memorials, was it enshrined and ingrained into the country's collective conscience anywhere near as much as 911 is now? It would seem to me that, since Pearl Harbor was the event that began the Pacific phase of WWII, it would have been remembered more as a catastrophic opening battle for that part of the war than as a unique event.

Thoughts?


Reaction to Pearl Harbor was pretty much exactly the reaction to 9/11. A largely isolationist, anti-war country completely lost their shiat after the "sneak attack," because they weren't sufficiently informed about our relations with Japan to know that war was inevitable. Many Americans still refused to buy Japanese products well into the '60s, mainly because they saw Pearl Harbor as an unforgiveable stab in the back.

Because we cut off selling steel and oil to them after they occupied Vietnam, the Japanese had 18 months to either persuade us to let up, or lose the ability to wage war at all. And our demands were unacceptable to them, that they pull out of China, where they'd been fighting a war of conquest for 4 years. Nobody really knew that they were that much up against the wall until after the war, but we still shouldn't have been all that surprised when they attacked.

The only Pearl Harbor joke I've ever heard is this:
 
2012-08-04 10:47:23 AM  

cretinbob: Of course it's never to early for Teabaggers to actually fly planes into buildings, is it?


That guy wasn't a Teabagger. He was a just an angry right wing-extremist who hated taxes.

edmo: I send these to friends TELLING them it's a parody done by a parody site called The Onion and they STILL think it's real. These are college grads, fairly sharp otherwise, etc. And conservatives I should add.


Relevant to your interests: http://literallyunbelievable.org
 
2012-08-04 10:47:58 AM  

medic2731:

is it gonna be shaped like a coat hanger???


Maybe more like a jagged little pill.
 
2012-08-04 10:48:52 AM  
This showed up on Facebook for me yesterday. Of the eleventy bajillion comments, I'd say 99% got that it was supposed to be a joke and were familiar with The Onion. They still didn't think it was funny.

But I forgot. Outside of Fark, everyone is a teabaggin' religious conservative Westboro fundie gay hatin' easily offended srs bsns republitard who should just get over it already. God, you people are like a skipping record sometimes.

/preemptive welcome to fark
 
2012-08-04 10:51:08 AM  
www.myfacewhen.net

In other news, New Yorkers take themselves very, very seriously...
 
2012-08-04 10:51:23 AM  

mbillips: The only Pearl Harbor joke I've ever heard is this:


Well, that's almost as bad as when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor...

/Never heard that one? Really?
 
2012-08-04 10:51:39 AM  

KnowledgeJunkie: Well now I'm just curious as to why it would be labeled second best


The single funniest exchange on Fark happened in some random thread about stars and supernovas and blackholes or some shiat.

A well-known poster, who has a pension for dominating threads and becoming the de facto expert on things, was going on and on about how this and this was wrong and how people didn't know anything. Some random guy came in to the thread and made a single post about how he was wrong and explained very clearly what this guy had gotten wrong for the past hour.

The well-known poster flipped out and spent 10 minutes berating him and questioning him and calling him an idiot. He ended it by saying "what the f*ck do you know? Are you a genius or something?"

The random guy came back and said, "No, but I am an astrophysicist that has written four books about quasars, supernovas, and blackholes".

I'm not sure if I ever saw that other guy posting again.
 
2012-08-04 10:52:46 AM  

mbillips: I'll just leave this here.

/Hey, they took a week off, whadayacryinabout?


I remember finding that issue very cathartic and quite frankly a perfect response.
 
2012-08-04 10:54:43 AM  

LDM90: This showed up on Facebook for me yesterday. Of the eleventy bajillion comments, I'd say 99% got that it was supposed to be a joke and were familiar with The Onion. They still didn't think it was funny.

But I forgot. Outside of Fark, everyone is a teabaggin' religious conservative Westboro fundie gay hatin' easily offended srs bsns republitard who should just get over it already. God, YOU PEOPLE are like a skipping record sometimes.

/preemptive welcome to fark


You know how I know you're a racist teabaggin' religious conservative Westboro fundie gay hatin' easily offended srs bsns republitard who should just get over it already?
 
2012-08-04 10:54:57 AM  
This happened on my birthday.
I lost six co-workers that day.
Two of those co-workers had been to several of my kids' birthday parties, graduations and what not.

I thought the Onion image was pretty funny.

/and yes... All my birthday cakes since then have been 9/11 themed, why do you ask?
 
2012-08-04 10:56:24 AM  
i.imgur.com
If we can't laugh about our problems then our problems control us. humor uber alles.
 
2012-08-04 10:59:09 AM  

Honest Bender: Get over yourselves. Some terrorists crashed planes into a couple buildings. People died. How about we acknowledge all the people dying from war, famine, disease... Or how about we acknowledge the atrocities committed in China or North Korea?

A few thousand American's die and all of a sudden it's crying bald eagles and fark anyone who dares to parody it. Well fark you. In the grand scheme of things, the WTC attack was a pittance. Maybe next time you stuff your face full of fast food you can stop and think a moment about the people of the world who are breaking their backs to keep from starving to death today.


I think it's like how we hold up the Holocaust, Hiroshima bombing, and Pearl Harbor: both as a not only reminder of the atrocities humans are capable of inflicting on their own kind, but also as a memorial to the fallen. Making light of these events, or the denial of their occurence, only poisons their reality.

Currently, 9-11 is all we got as the "gold standard" of things have gone wrong on American shores. Be patient though- maybe you'll luck out when someone gets a nuke into Cali and blows up the whole shooting match out there.
 
pla
2012-08-04 11:00:21 AM  
From TFA: "That's not funny," said Christina Lopez, 36, who was living on New York's Long Island on Sept. 11, 2001. She said she can't foresee a time when such a gag would be appropriate, adding: "It's not OK. Ever."

In other news, Christina Lopez also doesn't like the Three Stooges, "Blonde" jokes, or puppies.

Seriously - Unless you personally lost a close relative in 9/11, quit biatching. You don't need to "get" every joke, and usually it works out better for everyone if you just keep quiet rather than raising a fuss about whatever Sensitivity-of-the-Week the joke teller has offended.

In any case, we already kicked the biggest 9/11 joke out of office 3.5 years ago, so that should provide some consolation to the humorless amongst us.
 
2012-08-04 11:01:44 AM  

TheOriginalEd: [i.imgur.com image 155x160]
If we can't laugh about our problems then our problems control us. humor uber alles.


Try not to dance on the graves of others in the process though. Humor is probably akin to optimism but still must be somewhat tempered by respect for others.
 
2012-08-04 11:05:16 AM  
 
2012-08-04 11:06:10 AM  

Honest Bender: A few thousand American's die and all of a sudden it's crying bald eagles and fark anyone who dares to parody it. Well fark you. In the grand scheme of things, the WTC attack was a pittance. Maybe next time you stuff your face full of fast food you can stop and think a moment about the people of the world who are breaking their backs to keep from starving to death today.


While I don't have a problem with parody, what the fark does this have to do with anything? If I don't eat my peas, kids in Africa will starve? Every goddamned time someone tries to make a point, they use starving people. Get a new farkin shtick
 
2012-08-04 11:08:51 AM  
I wonder how many people who were offended by this are also the ones complaining about political correctness run amock?

// This wasn't one of the Onion's funnier pieces IMO, but I wasn't all "ZOMG!!!!!1!!!1!1 don't make fun of 9-11" about it
 
2012-08-04 11:10:49 AM  
the second hollywood made movies about or involving 9/11, all bets were off.

/especially when you cast nic cage
//and he is cast in any role but the tower
 
2012-08-04 11:11:55 AM  

miss diminutive: The Onion is a national treasure and is a testament to the fact that living in a society with free speech doesn't always involve having to tolerate hateful bigots who picket funerals. It helps balance out the derp.


Well said.
 
2012-08-04 11:12:19 AM  
Never to soon to show it on fark.
 
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