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Quotes: Poe's Law
"HAHAHAHAHA - Oh wait, you were serious, let me laugh even harder."
—Bender Bending Rodriguez, Futurama

"The problem with irony and satire is the dumb motherfuckers don't get it."
Ray Wylie Hubbard

"Try explaining Hitler to a kid."
George Carlin, Brain Droppings

"It's a chillingly accurate documentary."

"Vladimir Putin's full name is 'Tom Clancy's Vladimir Putin.'"
Chase Mitchell

"*Not The Onion''
—Frequent footnote on Rational Wiki

"Fox News, with absolutely zero irony, used something that looked exactly like the Bioshock Infinite logo...You wonder if Fox News is just full of Stephen Colbert contemporaries who have just gone so many levels deep, they don't even know where they are anymore?"

"I love the title SLAM DUNK'N HOES. It sounds like something Newt Gingrich would guess if you held a gun to his head and told him to name a rap album."

"If the video was intended to be a parody of teen pop convention, it would be on par with some of the best SNL Digital Shorts by Lonely Island."
Rolling Stone's review of "Friday" by Rebecca Black

"And what I'm doing now, as everyone in this room understands—just in case there's anyone from the Mail On Sunday watching this- is I was using an exaggerated form of the rhetoric and implied values of Top Gear to satirize the rhetoric and the implied values of Top Gear. And it is a shame to break character to explain that, but hopefully it will save you a long, tedious exchange of emails."

"Starship Troopers is such an amazing satire most critics didn't even realize it was one. And when someone can't tell that Psychic Gestapo Doogie Howser isn't serious, they can't even be trusted to watch movies for a living."

"Most of the themes in my comic strip "Dilbert" involve workplace situations. I routinely include bizarre and unworldly elements such as talking animals, troll-like accountants, and employees turning into dishrags after the life-force has been drained from their bodies. And yet the comment I hear most often is: 'That's just like my company.'"
Scott Adams, The Dilbert Principle

"This leads to a fascinating idea: could this scene, with itís ridiculous dialog, the playing of 'America, America' during the filming, the comic book villainy, etc., have been meant by (Steven) Seagal as satire? Certainly, nothing else in the movie is even remotely less than deadly serious, no matter how dumb and self-important the film gets. And is Seagal, who appears to be one of those guys who wouldnít get a clue if it was mailed to him by Western Union, even capable of understanding a fairly abstract idea like satire? I donít think so, for that would indicate Seagalís entire public life to have been the greatest piece of satiric Performance Art the world has ever known."
Jabootu on On Deadly Ground

"Remember when guys like this were the parody of Wall Street?"

"Hilariously, Jennifer just sighs upon hearing the news that her cousin can turn into a seven-foot-tall green rage monster. He says heís being hunted by the government and is in great danger. Jennifer says she knows what danger is like, because thereís a 'crime mob' currently after her. And while this dialogue may sound clunky, itís actually pretty close to whatís in the original comic."
The Agony Booth on She-Hulk XXX: An Axel Braun Porn Parody

"Now, some of you are probably looking back on issue 4 and now today's comic and thinking to yourselves, maybe this is all still a parody comic, I mean, Bill Jemas can't be serious when it comes to Wolverine being the first human being and evolving from an otter, right?"
Linkara on Bill Jemas' satire of Darwin, Marville #5

I actually defended Frank Millerís All Star Batman and Robin when it came out, because I thought it was hilarious. I thought the whole thing was a send-up. I thought Sin City, too, was meant to take the broad archetypes of Noir and push them out to their logical extremes, and I thought by making something that highlighted and extreme and ridiculous you could get at the emotional truths that had spawned these sorts of revenge fantasies to begin with. I said I liked these comics. This is embarrassing now. Marv and Dwight punching shit in Sin City is actually how Frank Miller views the world.

"Lobo was designed as a brutal parody of Wolverine's violent stupidity and ended up becoming sincerely popular. And now you know why comic writers stick a cape on an element and go to the pub."

"Hereís what got the 'Oh come on' out of me: The Thing tells a story about the Wrecker literally killing a bus full of five year-olds. Welcome to the Heroic Age, everybody! ...The only way you could make it crazier is if it was 'a bus full of disabled but hopeful kindergarten kids who were on their way to a puppy farm on Motherís Day.' Itís almost as though [Paul] Jenkins is doing it on purpose to create an extremely dark comedy, parodying the overblown super-seriousness and ultraviolence thatís currently in vogue in comics, but if he is, itís so close to the source material that itís impossible for me to tell."
Chris Sims, on The Sentry: Fallen Sun

Imagine if, in 1729, there had been a number of letters to the editor by various authors proposing that Irish children be exterminated and eaten. Imagine that laws of that nature were being seriously debated in Parliament, and that one of the parties had made it a part of their platform. While the laws were being regularly defeated, opponents still had to stand up and seriously debate why it was unethical to eat babies. Imagine that a candidate for prime minister actually solemnly suggested that we ought to at least consider the merits of eating Irish children.

In that context, Swift's essay would have fallen flat as a cowflop dropped from the Tower of London. His efforts to use straight-faced absurdity and hyperbole and satire to expose the lesser injustices of the time would not have succeeded at all. The invisible quotation marks would be undetectable, because there would have been a substantial background of equivalent proposals given in absolute seriousness.

"This is a joke both so old and so obvious that it's a puzzlement anyone would take it seriously enough to ask us 'Is this true?', but appparently there's never so obvious a joke but that someone doesn't get it."
Snopes, on the Penis van Lesbian joke

When, many years ago, I was given this book, I thought it was a satire. I learned later that it was the first work of a distinguished sociologist. Otherwise, when we look closely enough into a society, we know is not Utopia and its fair description runs the risk of border on satire.
Jorge Luis Borges prologue of Thorstein Veblen's ''Theory Of The Leisure Class'' (The reader can find more about this book at Conspicuous Consumption, Real Life).

There are a number of spoof sites on religion (and it's a measure of what's at the bottom of the barrel on the religious side that it can be hard to tell the spoofs from the real deal). There is, for example, The Society of Christians for the Restoration of Old Testament Morality (sorry if I blew your cover) or Landover Baptist Church (much easier to identify as a spoof, although I have no doubt there are people who miss it). Read their mail page. Read the religious believers praising them for their stance. Then read the nonbelievers flaming them. Then come back here and tell me with a straight face that nonbelievers are inherently more rational, better informed, and better at critical reasoning than believers.

Disclaimer: THIS IS A PARODY. Apparently, Answers in Genesis feels that some people might mistake this for their original work and not a parody. While it can be pretty hard to tell whether their original cartoons are meant to parody Biblical Creationists or are actually serious, it should be noted that the above cartoon is a PARODY of an original cartoon from the AIG website. The original art is copyrighted by AIG, but it has been modified with the intent to poke fun at how ridiculous the original cartoons and creationism are.

Not sure if trolling, or extremely stupid.
A popular meme showing Fry squinting skeptically

"Sheesh! This chart has so many half-truths that it's hard to believe it wasn't made by someone that was trying to make Christians look BAD!"

"And then we get to the part where the letter straight-up sounds like satire"

""Language has always been important in politics, but language is incredibly important to the present political struggle. Because if you can establish an atmosphere in which information doesn't mean anything, then there is no objective reality. The first show we did, a year ago, was our thesis statement: What you wish to be true is all that matters, regardless of the facts. Of course, at the time, we thought we were being farcical."


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