The Onion: It’s Not a Scam, It’s an IQ Test

Not all misinformation that you see on Facebook is the result of scams and fraud. Some of it is just the unbelievable gullibility of certain people who don’t know that the Onion is a satirical newspaper. Serious, now. Who doesn’t know about the Onion?

One of my personal favorites that caused an uproar on Facebook was about an “$8 billion abortionplex.” According to the story, the government planned to spend $8 billion building a gigantic abortion clinic.

When the Onion published this story, Facebook lit up with comments asking how Planned Parenthood could act so cruelly and how people could stop this from happening. A lot of people prayed that the abortionplex wouldn’t get help and wondered what had happened to American society. All of these comments would make sense… if the article weren’t such an obvious joke.

The website Literally Unbelievable has started keeping track of Onion articles and tweets taken seriously by Facebookers. You could spend hours gasping at how gullible some people are. One recent post on the headline Scientists Trace Heat Wave to Massive Star at Center of Solar System gor the Facebook comments “What loony teabagging conspiracy nut came up with this one,” which proves once and for all that there are plenty of liberal morons as well as right-wingers.

Another terrific post on the headline “Social Security Scam Robs Elderly by Convincing Them are Dead” says “Some people are so gullible. Yep, that just about covers it.

Seriously people, it’s not a scam. It’s an IQ test.

 

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~ by facebookhoaxes on September 30, 2011.

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