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23rd Aug '16 3:14:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* Endemic at Wiki/{{Conservapedia}}, a site created by right wingers as the MoralSubstitute [[http://www.conservapedia.com/Examples_of_Bias_in_Wikipedia for Wikipedia]]. As soon as it was founded, people descended on it writing completely-over-the-top articles (to the point it's now considered a FlockOfWolves), which some people took seriously. Their ''serious'' projects include [[http://www.conservapedia.com/Bible_Retranslation_Project a translation of the Bible into Conservative language.]] For instance, the whole "easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven" thing is apparently socialist, and "blessed are the meek" should really be "blessed are the God-fearing".

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* Endemic at Wiki/{{Conservapedia}}, Conservapedia, a site created by right wingers as the MoralSubstitute [[http://www.conservapedia.com/Examples_of_Bias_in_Wikipedia for Wikipedia]]. As soon as it was founded, people descended on it writing completely-over-the-top articles (to the point it's now considered a FlockOfWolves), which some people took seriously. Their ''serious'' projects include [[http://www.conservapedia.com/Bible_Retranslation_Project a translation of the Bible into Conservative language.]] For instance, the whole "easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven" thing is apparently socialist, and "blessed are the meek" should really be "blessed are the God-fearing".
14th Aug '16 1:56:13 PM trulymadmoves
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** Other reports claim they intended it to be dramatic, and were surprised when the test audience laughed.
12th Aug '16 9:52:42 AM OlfinBedwere
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* Part of [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony's]] review of ''Film/HighlanderTheSource'' featured him reacting with horror at a bizarrely out-of-place montage sequence that was accompanied by a terrible cover version of Music/{{Queen}}'s "Princes of the Universe," leading to him angrily accusing the film's producers of ruining not just ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'', but Queen as well. In his commentary for the episode, Spoony revealed that his fellow Website/ChannelAwesome producers subsequently assumed that the actual scene used the Queen original and that Spoony had found some crappy cover version and dubbed it over to make the scene look even worse, forcing him to clarify that the scene ''did'' use the cover.
11th Aug '16 9:15:21 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* A woman was arrested in 2015 for using a counterfeit $5 bill; she claimed she thought [[http://theskunk.org/2009/02/obama-wants-citizens-to-print-their-own-money/ this story]] from ''The Skunk'' was true. ([[http://www.wesh.com/national-news/police-woman-passes-fake-5-claims-obama-legalized-it/34218100 This story may be a warning for what occurs when Poe's Law is implied.)]]
5th Aug '16 10:27:07 PM stuffedninja
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* ''WebVideo/McJuggernuggets'' falls into this a lot - one of the major questions fans and haters have is "Is this real or not?". The depiction of a [[DysfunctionJunction dysfunctional family]], [[SanitySlippage an abuser losing people to dominate and becoming less rational as time goes on]], multiple abusive relationships, [[ApatheticCitizens nobody thinking to help]] (Especially not the [[PoliceAreUseless police]]), as well as the fact that the title character (Jesse) regularly moves back to a house where he's clearly abused brings up a ''lot'' of people to suspect both.

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* ''WebVideo/McJuggernuggets'' WebVideo/McJuggerNuggets falls into this a lot - one of the major questions fans and haters have is "Is this real or not?". The depiction of a [[DysfunctionJunction dysfunctional family]], [[SanitySlippage an abuser losing people to dominate and becoming less rational as time goes on]], multiple abusive relationships, [[ApatheticCitizens nobody thinking to help]] (Especially (especially not the [[PoliceAreUseless police]]), as well as the fact that the title main character (Jesse) Jesse regularly moves back to a house where he's clearly abused brings up a ''lot'' of people to suspect both.
4th Aug '16 5:46:10 PM wmyork
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Novello "Don Novello"]] (aka [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Father_Guido_Sarducci "Father Guido Sarducci"]]) wrote a series of letters in the 1970's and 80's to various politicians, corporations and famous people under the persona "Lazlo Toth" (named after the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laszlo_Toth "man who vandalized Michelangelo's Pieta"]]). The Toth persona was a parody of a low-information Nixon supporter: jingoistic, clueless, earnest, and maddeningly obtuse. It is the printed pre-cursor to Stephen Colbert. The targets of his correspondence often took his letters at face value and sent sincere replies. Occasionally "Toth" would string them along through several rounds. One example: Toth wrote a letter to the "Mr Bubble" corporation asking how he was supposed to use the product given the admonition on the box to "KEEP DRY". An excerpt from the lengthy reply: "It is true, we do say on our box: Free Flowing 'MR BUBBLE' must be kept dry. By this statement we mean that the box of powder should be protected against dampness, such as moisture in the bathroom if the box is not put away. The box of 'MR. BUBBLE' should be closed and placed in a cabinet until the next use. Some people tell us they transfer the 'MR BUBBLE' powder to a plastic container, or even a large coffee can, to keep dampness out of the powder. Some have mentioned they keep a measuring scoop in the can for convenient measuring of the proper mount of powder to use in each bath. Over-use is only wasteful." If you want to read the correspondence with VP's Agnew and Ford, H.R. Haldeman, McDonald's (about jelly on the egg McMuffin), Mayor Rizzo or J. Edgar Hoover, buy the book [[https://openlibrary.org/books/OL1706423M/The_Lazlo_letters "The Lazlo Letters"]].
2nd Aug '16 11:50:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* During the CausticCritic boom of 2007, when [[FollowTheLeader everyone with a camcorder was jumping on the]] ''AngryVideoGameNerd'' bandwagon, one particular user named {{Creator/Armake21}} chimed in. According to himself he was supposed to be riffing on reviewers who wanted to be the AVGN but had no idea how to write jokes beyond "swear at the TV". In terms of viewership, he was moderately successful. In terms of the parody... not so much: after a review of ''Shinobi'' for the NES he had to post a follow-up video demonstrating his previously-poor skill was actually StylisticSuck.

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* During the CausticCritic boom of 2007, when [[FollowTheLeader everyone with a camcorder was jumping on the]] ''AngryVideoGameNerd'' ''WebVideo/AngryVideoGameNerd'' bandwagon, one particular user named {{Creator/Armake21}} chimed in. According to himself he was supposed to be riffing on reviewers who wanted to be the AVGN but had no idea how to write jokes beyond "swear at the TV". In terms of viewership, he was moderately successful. In terms of the parody... not so much: after a review of ''Shinobi'' for the NES he had to post a follow-up video demonstrating his previously-poor skill was actually StylisticSuck.
30th Jul '16 5:28:23 AM DaibhidC
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* ''Literature/{{Flatland}}'' is part geometric fantasy, and part satire of Victorian classism and sexism. Unfortunately, it can be hard for modern readers to tell that the author was being ''satirical.''

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* ''Literature/{{Flatland}}'' is part geometric fantasy, and part satire of Victorian classism and sexism. Unfortunately, it can be hard for modern readers to tell that the author was being ''satirical.'''' And apparently for some readers at the time, since in the second edition Abbot added an author's note that spelt out that the opinions of A. Square were not his own.


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* At least two of A.P. Herbert's ''Misleading Cases in the Common Law'' were reported elsewhere as real court cases. The most famous is "The Negotiable Cow", in which Albert Haddock writes a cheque to the Inland Revenue on the side of a cow. There was also "Is It a Free Country?" which shocked one American legal commentator who believed a British judge had actually said "It cannot be too clearly understood that this is ''not'' a free country, and it will be an evil day for the legal profession when it is."
29th Jul '16 5:28:44 AM smalltime
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', with the way the feminist characters are written, it's to tell whether Tatsuya Ishida supports radical feminism, is mocking it or pretending to support radical feminism to troll people.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', with [[DesignatedHero the way the its feminist characters are written, written]], it's hard to tell whether Tatsuya Ishida Tat supports radical feminism, feminism himself, is mocking it or is only pretending to support radical feminism to troll people.these are his views as a very elaborate troll.
29th Jul '16 5:23:06 AM smalltime
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', with the way the feminist characters are written, it's to tell whether Tatsuya Ishida supports radical feminism, is mocking it or pretending to support radical feminism to troll people.
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