Ten years ago it was much easier to discern whether a headline was reporting on actual news or if The Onion was back at it with its hilarity. But times have been weeeird. And Florida Man has really been testing parody publications' creativity. Seriously, it's hard to contend with a man using a fish to beat an employee for not giving him extra sauce. But it's refreshing when the headline is in fact a joke we can all laugh about.
Here are some of my favorites:
"Study Reveals: Babies Are Stupid"
"Woman With Amazing Rack Told She Has Beautiful Eyes"
"World's Scientists Admit They Just Don't Like Mice"
"CIA Realizes It's Been Using Black Highlighter's All These Years"
"Archaeological Dig Uncovers Ancient Race of Skeleton People"
Tell me you didn't laugh at at least three of those. Now The Onion has released a true crime inspired list: "The Most Infamous Crimes In Every State." Naturally I wanted to know what they chose to say about good ol' Idaho. No surprise that they went for a potato joke, but you be the judge whether it's actually funny.
"In 1936, a local farmer was arrested for massive potato fraud after selling hundreds of brown-painted rocks at market."
Eh, that's a little weak for me. Going through the list I didn't find many that impressive but did give a chuckle at Hawaii's most infamous crime being cited as a hotel charging $14.85 for a small canister of macadamia nuts. But I guess for a national publication they steered toward the obvious so more people would understand. What crime would you have made up for Idaho? Boise State Bronco Used In O.J. Simpson slow speed chase, perhaps?