Thursday, June 02, 2011

How far can they push the joke?

First, it was a satirical article published by The Onion: Planned Parenthood Opens $8 Billion Abortionplex.

Then there's was the blog that catalogs the reaction to this and other Onion stories that people mistakenly think are true: LiterralyUnbelievable.org.

Then, someone created an entry for the Abortionplex on Yelp, a local business directory. And, as you might imagine, hundreds of people have stopped by to leave "reviews" - many of them wickedly funny. Here's a relatively tame one:

Come for the abortions, stay for the delicious baked goods!

My kids loved the waterslide. They also have an AARP discount, which is great.
- John M., San Francisco, CA

Ouch! (Read more here.)

It's actually fairly impressive how consistent the comments are given that the business doesn't exactly exist.

Perhaps the scariest part of all this is that people would believe the Onion article in the first place. But, I suppose, on the web it's notoriously difficult to separate fact from fiction.

Still, as goofy distractions go, I'm impressed by this one.

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