-> '''Bigfoot Saves Baby From Flaming Camper'''
-->-- typical ''Weekly World News'' headline

Tragically defunct (as of August 2007) American absurdist/parody supermarket tabloid. Published deeply weird, tongue-in-cheek 'news' about bizarre 'science', astrology, {{Atlantis}}, {{Bigfoot|SasquatchAndYeti}}, aliens, [[Music/ElvisPresley Elvis]], vampires, the Loch Ness Monster etc. Famous for recurring stories about 'Bat Boy', a pop cultural icon that inspired a hit off-Broadway musical.

''Weekly World News'' defiantly remained focused on its own brand of weirdness when most of its competitors had switched to mindless celebrity drivel, which sadly might account for its decline in popularity and eventual disappearance from the shelves. Another possible contributor to its demise would be the direction the paper was taken after the 2007 buyout, when its sales really went in the toilet.

It survives as a web site, [[http://www.weeklyworldnews.com/ found here]], and has recently reappeared as a section in the pages of the Sun (US). A ComicBook was published in 2010.

A huge online collection of old ''Weekly World News'' issues can be found at [[http://books.google.ie/books?id=YfADAAAAMBAJ&dq=weekly+world+news&source=gbs_all_issues_r&cad=1&atm_aiy=1985#all_issues_anchor Google Books]]

Trivia note: After the ''[[UsefulNotes/AmericanNewspapers National Enquirer]]'' switched to color, its publisher started the ''Weekly World News'' as a way to keep using their old black-and-white presses.
!! The ''Weekly World News'' provides examples of:

* AuthorAppeal: A majority of the stories involved either [[PsychicPowers psychics]] or [[AlienInvasion space aliens]] in some way.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: Self-explanatory.
* BigfootSasquatchAndYeti: Almost every issue had at least one story about a sighting, capture or sexual conquest of one or all of them.
* CrazyCatLady: Parodied and inverted with a headline of a "Fat Cat Who Owns 23 Old Ladies".
* DanBrowned: Of course, it's all part of the parody.
* ElvisLives: The TropeCodifier, if not the TropeMaker.
* EvilMentor: "Dear Dotti", a hilarious EvilCounterpart to Dear Abby, giving advise on taking petty revenge and getting away with cheating, among other things. Or just giving a written TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to anyone confessing to a wrong they committed and asking what to do.
* HarmlessFreezing: In one issue a lifeboat full of survivors of the sinking of the Titanic was found frozen in a block of Atlantic ice. When unfrozen the survivors of course came back to life.
* HurricaneOfPuns: Particularly after the ExecutiveMeddling.
* {{Kayfabe}}: They ''never'', ever, ever broke character or included a disclaimer that the "newspaper" was a parody, even when publishing stories that could potentially get them sued for libel.
** This was perhaps lampshaded during a "Guess the Fake Story" contest they ran featuring four real 'weird news' articles and one fake. In the description they wrote "While it's not like us to print a fake story, we're making an exception for our latest crazy contest."
* InOneEarOutTheOther: They ran several stories using this trope, ranging from a man with transparent brain tissue (so one could shine a light in one ear and have it come out the other), to a DumbBlonde woman who discovered someone blowing in her ear would result in a breeze coming out the other side to a dimwitted Californian surfer dude who was cleaning his ear with a q-tip, and "not finding much resistance" decided to see how far it could go (right out the other ear it turns out, which the surfer found "way cool").
* TheLavaCavesOfNewYork: One story was about a family on a trip that accidentally drove into an active volcano. They drove around lost before finding an exit as the tube glowed red behind them. It wisely withheld exactly where this family was at the time.
* LuridTalesOfDoom: The entire magazine.
* MeaningfulName: Ed Anger ''was'' pretty angry.
* MultipleDemographicAppeal: Two target audiences - people who actually believed it, and the larger group of people who thought it was funny.
* NegativeContinuity: Among other things, the magazine predicted the end of the world more times than a doomsday cult.
* PageThreeStunna: Page 5 usually had a girl in a swimsuit.
* PoesLaw: Especially in its website incarnation. For example, when it declared that Website/{{Facebook}} [[http://weeklyworldnews.com/headlines/27321/facebook-will-end-on-march-15th/ was going to be shut down]], a lot of people who found the article via a web search and didn't know anything about Weekly World News thought it was real and panicked.
* RogerRabbitEffect: They once ran a story about a construction worker who watched too many cartoons. Over time he developed FourFingeredHands and started to astonishingly follow ToonPhysics, resulting in much ConstructionZoneCalamity on the job.
** The July 11, 2005 edition ran a story about anime fans slowly morphing into animated anime versions of themselves due to being so obsessed.
* RuleOfSexy: Sabrina, "America's Sexiest Psychic," did a fortune telling column. She was also kind of their resident PageThreeStunna, she seemed to require a bikini for her job more often than is standard in the news industry.
* ShoutOut / AscendedMeme: Some media specializing in the strange, including ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' and Film/MenInBlack, cite WWN as being a reputable, informative news source.
* StrawmanPolitical: Ed Anger's extremely right-wing editorial page "My America" veered into this territory. Ed Anger himself may have been a StealthParody.
* StupidJetpackHitler: He was quite the industrious fellow, based on how many stories about him showed up.
* TakeThat: Several. Notably, the ones toward the Bush Administration disappeared after the Meddling.