The Onion and Facebook make a pretty good comical team. Add Hudson Hongo's new Website Literally Unbelievable to the mix and it gets even better.
Planned Parenthood recently opened an 8 billion dollar "Abortionplex"
Never doubt the power of satire.
Everyone knows that The Onion is a satirical news outlet that publishes fake news stories. These stories are always very well written and are usually outrageous and often hilariously entertaining.
Just last Friday, May 20, 2011, the Tumblr site Literally Unbelievable - Stories from The Onion as interpreted by Facebook was born. The idea for the site came to its creator, 24-year-old Hudson Hongo, when he began noticing how many people on Facebook were taking seriously and posting links on Facebook to ridiculous stories like the one on The Onion Website entitled Planned Parenthood Opens $8 Billion Abortionplex. Mr. Hongo found it both amazing and amusing that so many Facebook-users were gullible enough to believe that story and other stories like it were true. Never mind that the story about the fake Abortionplex is in poor taste. I'd be the first to agree with that. But, that so many people could fall for what was so obviously meant to be satire seemed to Hudson Hongo to be Literally Unbelievable.
According to the fake story, The Onion claims that Planned Parenthood recently opened an 8 billion dollar "Abortionplex" in Topeka, Kansas. According to the obviously satirical story, the bogus 900,000 square-foot, U.S government funded, facility can supposedly perform one abortion every three seconds, or a million abortions per month! Here is the abortionplex story on The Onion that has caused so much consternation on Facebook.
Since the site, Literally Unbelievable went up last Friday many other articles from The Onion that have fooled a lot of people on Facebook have shown up on Hudson Hongo's pages. Is President Obama really giving every man, woman and child in America a free parrot? Well, of course he is. But, isn't that a terrible waste of tax-payers's money? Of course it would be and it would be insanely silly, too, if it were true, which of course it isn't.
So before you find something on the Net that you can't wait to share with your friends on Facebook because it is so preposterous, so outrageous, that it gets your blood boiling, be careful that story didn't originate on The Onion, because if it did it's fake, satirical news. And don't treat that story like it's real and share it on Facebook or you might wind up on Literally Unbelievable and that could be embarrassing.