For a long time, The Onion has billed itself as “America’s Finest News Source,” but that was done with a wink. The publication is pure satire, with its headlines ranging from obvious jokes about current-day politics to insane takes on everyday life. In fact, The Onion‘s empire has even expanded beyond newspapers, taking aim at online publications with Clickhole and video games with Onion Gamer Network.
For most people, it’s very obvious that these headlines are meant to be funny and weird. But a lot of people just glance at the headlines as they scroll by on Twitter and react accordingly. These people “ate The Onion,” as the practice of believing comedic and/or satirical headlines is now known. It’s a shameful moment for these folks — a clear indication that they don’t read the articles that make them so angry on the internet.
Could eating the onion be an indication that you need to learn a little more about a subject before you pop off about it on social media? Perhaps, but I’m gonna go ahead and say that’s too much self-awareness to ask out of these people. Here are some of the best moments of people online eating The Onion.
(IMPORTANT NOTE: All these italicized responses are real people reacting to Onion tweets. What a bummer for those real people.)