I feel kinda stupid right now. Today is the first time it ever occurred to me that WWN is supposed to be funny. Is that right?
Now, I’ve always realized the stories ridiclous. But I’ve always thought that the paper’s readers actually believed the nonsense within its pages.
Ive never read it before, and before today, I dont think Ive even opened one since I was a kid. Ive seen the front page every now and then, and I always think to myself, “Who buys this crap!?” But I thought the people that did buy it, actually believe it. There are a lot of people who will believe anything: UFOs, that Crossing Over guy, satan’s face at any disaster, conspiracy theories, demons hovering over Somalia, Jesus’s face in my soup, virgin Mary on my stained office window, the great moon landing hoax, Scientology… people will believe anything!
But today I actually opened one up. I don’t know why. And there was a picture of Michael Jackson’s face with a Mr. Universe body! At that point I started thinking, “Was this thing the original Onion?” So I looked further to discover an article about an alien in NM who was arrested for DUI in a flying saucer and another one that suggested aliens were visiting Earth in search of good headache medicine. These sound way too funny for even the quackiest whack-job to believe.
So anyway, is WWN comedy like the Onion? Has it always been that way?
Or is it published for the ignorant and gullible who actually believe this stuff?